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Smoking bread

Smoking bread

One of the many striking things to spot when moving to Sweden from southern Europe is that alla bakar – everybody bakes – their own bread, buns and cakes. Maybe a result of being taught in school or, just to fill the dark snowy winter into something yummy and warm. Either way, the country has its hands...
H&M HoMe

H&M HoMe

On 25th September, H&M kicked off with the natural brand extension for a retailer: To jump from apparel to home textile and accessories. However, instead of creating “yet another H&M to dress your HoMe” – i.e. ZARA home – they went for a risky brand reinforcement via a pantone-inspired and impressively cool showroom installed in...
Lest. Let’s less best.

Lest. Let’s less best.

Some months ago, I drowned into the toughest buying decision: Where to live. My budget was enough for a tiny apartment in the center or one somewhat bigger in the outskirts. Greater size meant also bigger surfaces to be cleaned and greater spaces to warm up as well as longer everyday commutes. The tiny option...
Bohento

Bohento

Bohento is the newborn catching everyone’s eye in the Spanish fashion scene. Those attending their presentation back in February 2008, during the opening of El EGO de Cibeles – the young side of Madrid’s Catwalk – were astonished by a new flair for dramatic simplicity and an architectonic balance of texture, volume and shape. “A tearing eye...
Da Sushi hype... E Samba!

Da Sushi hype… E Samba!

Quickly after opening a tiny door to Södermalm, Stockholm”s bohemian ‘hood, Samba Sushi crushes the new wave on what it takes to be considered the best its kind in this fish-savvy city. While outstanding asian tends to be a synonym for appealing interior design, one will find neither fancy salons, nor hipster cocktails in here,...
Don't fad, stick to your craft

Don’t fad, stick to your craft

  Neither Barcelona’s cool, nor Madrid’s castizo, Zaragoza lies just in the middle, both geographic and socially. Things are charming, not so advanced, in the 5th biggest city in Spain. Here, my half-foreign eyes sadly contemplate a market ruled by the new rich, who spend on unsustainable consumerist fashion – only comparable to the BRIC....
Chocolate Wars: Simplicity versus irony.

Chocolate Wars: Simplicity versus irony.

Chokladfabriken is a must for many – and a personal favorite – in Stockholm. So, to get some goodies in the form of a thin pure chocolate slice, from Chocolat Factory – straight from the heart of Barcelona, was a funny thing that ended up with some comparative research. A look to these parallel stories...
Xmas Tale

Xmas Tale

  No matter how chilly the morning was, Moosy and Algie felt excited about meeting around the frozen lake. Some lo-fat grass to allay from heavy dinners, lots of fresh-to-share gossip and wishes –granted by Santa, only to good girls like them – to be shown. Moosy complained beside the Tree – filled with Tiffany...