corkigami

Craving of the week (it’s my birthday today). Love how simple and comfy this chair looks.

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As we started to imagine a seat made entirely out of cork, everyone said it was impossible: then we realized we had a challenge to work on. Cork is sustainable, natural, lightweight, quite strong, flexible, warm.. All these attributes make cork a unique material. Corkigami aims to take these properties to the limit, and also refers to the process of making 3D objects from 2D materials. We choose cork as sheet material to make this shell construction simply using this technique.

Strength relies on both flexibility of the shell structure and a special process of lamination using quality cork. This is how we gain the strength for the seat. After lamination, we cut the shape out of the flat material to be able to bend it. Then, we glue it again on a simple curved former.

The shell rests on a solid oak stool, resulting a very attractive design. To protect…

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13 Ways To Go Greener

A few simple steps that we can all take to make the world a better place for future generations.

1. Recycle (This Should Go Without Saying)

2. Whenever You Can, Walk/Cycle

Save the planet, excercise, enjoy the scenery/city rather than stand in the smelly underground/bus. It’s all good.

3. Get On Top Of Your Mail

Try online subscriptions and switch to online payments whenever possible.

4. Shop Responsibly: Read The Labels

Make sure you know where the food is made, how it’s was grown; is it fairtraid? Is it organic? Find out!

5. Buy Reusable Containers

It just makes sense to stop using and throwing away at least one coffee cup a day AND they’re pretty.

6. Go Paperless: Submit Electronically

This is not only greener, but it will save you from running around printing, writing and mailing all sorts of forms and cheques.

7. Buy Local

Purchasing from local farmers whenever you can not only reduces our carbon footprint but it also keeps money in the local economy.

8. Choose Greener Vacations

When you’re planning your next trip ask yourself the following questions before booking a hotel: What’s their environmental policy? What percentage of their employees are local citizens? Do they support the local community? What sort of policies have they implemented to reduce water consumption to conserve energy and recycle waste? How do they educate visitors about local natural areas, wildlife, etc.?

If you’ve never asked these questions, now may be a good time to start.

9. Sign Up To Your Local Library

This will save new ink and paper being used to produce new books -not to mention how much money you’ll save. Plus, 2nd hand books have more character!

10. Search and Support Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient Technology

It can be somehting as simple as switching to efficient lightbulbs or asking your energy provider about ‘green energy tarifs‘.

11. Keep Electronics Out Of The Trash

E-waste contains mercury and other toxins and its a growing global problem, plus, you can make money from recycling or reusing your phone.

12. Check Second Hand Options Before You Buy Something New

Save money and reduce your carbon footprint.

13. Study Up On Where Your Food Comes From

It’s important we know and understand where our food originates and to teach those around you.

Which of these are you already doing? What will you start doing from now on? Leave your comments bellow!

This article was originally published on urbantimes.co.

The Real Food Store. A community success.

These are the kinds of shops that should never stop existing!

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(Matt Austin is a photographer based in the South West of England, For more photos visit his page at http://mattaustinimages.wordpress.com.) 

Real Food Store is a community owned shop and cafe located in the centre of Exeter’s busy town.

Walking through the door into it’s unassuming space full of fresh food and organic produce offered a quiet break from the pace and energy of the main high street. Unfortunately by the time i got there they where fresh out of bread, with only a few rolls left. However we picked some local smoked cheddar, brought the last of the rolls and with a few vintage ciders thrown in felt very happy with our impromptu dinner. With the food in a brown paper bag and our cider stuff into my rucksack we headed for the riverside to enjoy our finds in the warmth of the afternoon sun.

The concept for the store…

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27 Things Every Good Foodie Should Know

27 Things Every Good Foodie Should Know

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Fun list I published on urbantimes.co. Check it out an let me know what you think! Anything I’ve missed?

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More (Food) Photography and Exhibitions this September

A few days ago, a friend sent me a link to an article about photographer Emily Blincoe‘s Sweet Photo Series -who by the way has a beautiful instagram account, if you’d like to follow her.

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Red sweets photograph or mood board by Emily Blincoe via CreativeBloq

Besides finding them aesthetically pleasing, I liked the idea because it reminded me of the curious tumblr that showcases neatly displayed objects (often deconstructed dishes) submitted by contributors from all over the world.

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I can’t quite explain why, but I think my inner neat-freak rejoices when looking at these images, and judging by how often similar images pop up all over the internet, I’m not the only one.

A couple of days ago, another set of images reminded me of this kind of photography: this time a witty campaign to promote the Sydney International Food Festival. David Lebovitz, one of my favourite food writers and bloggers of all time, shared a link to their clever campaign showcased on visualnews.com. The idea was to promote a national cuisine by making the country’s flag with food its traditionally associated with. My favourite one is Japan’s, minimal and brilliant, like most Japanese things.

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Japan’s flag made from tuna and rice, campaign by WHYBIN\TBWAV via visualnews.com

So on the topic of photography, here’s a list of TimeOut’s top 10 exhibitions to see this month in London. Many of them are free and I can personally recommend the Miles Aldridge exhibit at Somerset House. It’s only £6.50 for adults and £3 on Mondays (excluding bank holidays).

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Vegetable Cocktails at Garden Gate

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This is what I’d be doing if I were in London (via Everything London)… but instead I’m doing this. If you’re ‘stuck’ in London this week, why not stop by their garden for a veggie cocktail?

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Food Photography: BBC Radio 4 Food Podcasts

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I’ve recently gotten into podcasts/radio programmes (a bit late, I know). But I like listening to them while I’m tidying up/cooking/packing or just going through my feedly, never time JUST to listen!

I especially like the BBC’s food podcasts (predictably), this one is a bit old (June, 2010), but I think it tackles a fascinating topic and personal obsession of mine: food photography. I’m definitely a… victim? of this trend and I often wonder why and when we all decided to document our food in an almost ritualistic way.

 

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London Delis

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I’ve been waiting for a while to write about some of my favourite London delis and gourmet food shops. I wrote a feature for Style Pärla magazine a few days ago and it’s now live, so feel free to check it out here. They’re all really good for different reasons and reasonably priced!

Since Style Pärla magazine is undergoing some changes at the moment, I thought I’d upload the article on to this post. This is the full feature, images are courtesy of the respective establishments except for the Taj Stores’s one, which I took myself.

LONDON CALLING – DELICATESSENS

In a city like London, it’s hard to make a short list of anything -there are simply too many options! After a big search, we’ve compiled four of our favourite delis and specialty food shops in London, from London institutions and neighbourhood favourites to international destinations; they’re all in the business of finger-licking delicious food!

Lina Stores

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On the corner of Brewer Street and Greet Court, in the heart of Soho, lies the oldest Italian deli in London. Its lovely green-striped awnings and the prosciuttos hanging by the window beckon you into this renowned establishment. The layout of the shop looks great, without excessive frills and as you browse through their dry goods, cured meats and fresh pasta, there’s no doubt this is authentic Italian fare –imported to Lina for almost 70 years and cooked fresh every day on premises. It’s all good, but be sure to try their fresh pasta –it’ll change your life!

18 Brewer Street,
London, Soho,
W1F 0SH

Tel: 020 7437 6482

http://www.linastores.co.uk

Brindisa

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One of the first retailers in Borough Market, this shop has been growing strong since the 90’s, evolving from a warehouse into a permanent cage at the heart of London’s flagship food market. Open from Tuesday to Saturday every week, pop by for a spot of hand-carved jamón ibérico, first-rate olive oil, an excellent selection of cheese and helpful staff who will offer to help with your shopping as well your Spanish cooking skills. On top of their gourmet selection, be sure to try a freshly grilled chorizo sandwich during market days, you’ll be back!

The Floral Hall, Stoney Street

Borough Market

London SE1 9AF

Tel: 0207 407 1036

http://www.brindisa.com

Taj Stores

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Whatever your catering needs, you can be sure to find it at Taj Stores. This pan-Asian shop stocks products from all sorts of eastern and middle-eastern countries such as India, China, Thailand, Lebanon and many more. An original east-London establishment, this shop has been in business since 1936 and is one of the oldest international grocers in the UK, providing locals with the best seasonal produce flown daily from Bangladesh and hundreds of spices and dry goods. They also boast some of the best prices in London so whether you’re an east-Londoner or not, be sure to visit when you’re in need of Asian ingredients.

112, Brick Lane

Spitalfields, London

E1 6RL

Tel: 0207 377 0061/247 3844

http://www.tajstores.co.uk

Villandry

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This grandiose-looking café may not look much like a deli from the outside but if you step inside, you’ll be surprised with all it has to offer. The entrance to this multiple-roomed restaurant is divided into four main sections: takeaway food, cake counter, florist and, past all this, not immediately visible, is a careful selection of unique products. The takeout and salads are fresh from their kitchen and made to order; the cakes are beautifully displayed on a round marble bar. Yet what make this neighbourhood favourite unique are the one-of-a-kind gourmet products, from olive oil cakes to exclusive chocolates, whatever your purchase, it’ll be extra special.

170, Great Portland Street

London W1W 5QB

Tel: 020 7631 3131

http://www.villandry.com

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Chorizo, pea and lemon couscous

Chorizo, pea and lemon couscous

Check out this lovely, quick and cheap recipe from Delicious Magazine and follow them on @deliciousmag to keep up with all their news!

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National Art Pass

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Just received my ArtPass in the mail, SUPER excited. I thought I’d share how this fantastic charity works in case anyone didn’t know about it or wants to become a member.

The concept is simple. You pay a (very) small fee per year and by showing this card in most museums and galleries around the UK you’ll get a discount or concession price.

On top of paying less to see exhibitions, of every pound you pay for your ticket, 25p will be given to the Art Fund -the charity behind this pass- and the money they collect goes to buying artwork for UK national collections.

 

http://www.artfund.org

To join click here.

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