The ViTRINE team was treated to a cocktail prepared by a rather special barista during their visit to Expo Milano: a robot. Makr Shakr is, as claimed by the design company Carlo Ratti Associati, the first robotic bar – capable of mixing, shaking and serving more than 100 cocktail recipes, as well as the variants suggested by consumers via a custom-designed app. Makr Shakr is up and running in Piazza Italia at the Expo venue, where all visitors over 18 years of […]
The only thing that is truly good is an excellent mental state, identified with virtue and reason
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The World Cup is here! You may already have heard the latest world cup hit tune way too often! World Cup mascot and theme songs have ranged from tacky to emotional wrenching tackiness. It make us wonders if the tune pickers have underestimate the lyrical tastes of football/soccer fans. Our editorial team have picked some old tunes for a re-listen. Have tunes gotten any better? You tell us! Italian Mush The Italian may be apt in preparing their pasta and […]
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As the bearded look is set to stay on the higher end of trend scale for a while, let’s bust those myths and malpractices of keeping a beard.
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Here in Brazil we have a strong tradition in woodcraft. I have always enjoyed playing with the old assembly wood games , the construction and the insight of my projects often come from there .
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In 2014 pastels moves out of the background and shares the center stage with vivid purple and blue, creating a cheerful and calming equilibrium
There’s little to write about really, when the video was released, everyone else was already writing, commenting, or sharing it. It is a great relief from all those overtly sexualised music videos that are in the media lately. We are glad the Lilly Allen is back with her sense of wit and irreverent humour…or is it really irreverent at al? Watch her video Hard Out Here and find it out yourself…
Brown is the word, this festive season. Pinterest, Apartment Therapy, and even Martha Stewart have spot on the trend on the potential of using brown parcel paper as a gift wrap. Gone are the days of excess. Post occupy movement is leaving us with the guilt that any expression of excess is ugly and embarassing. It is not difficult to comprehend why brown paper is the perfect gift wrap for the season. However, with a trick or two, your brown […]
Still hot on the trend is accessorizing / accenting with animal prints. Do not let Tammy Baker frighten you from hopping onto this trend wagon. Gone are the days when your love for animal prints is expressed through a loud and garish display of leopard fur (faux of real? does it really matter?) Nowadays, there is a wider range of subtlety in which one may accent with animal prints. Animalier may be expressed through nail art, interior decor, make-up, or […]
Much to the contrary, plaid is not synonymous with lumberjacks or coffee shop lounging hipster bearded sets. The sporty and casual fabric is also popular amongst the well-heeled jet setter, who of course prefer it in wool or cashmere. This fall, many fashion houses have incorporated plaid (or tartan and gingham) patterns in their designs. With so many options out there, how does one add plaid into one’s wardrobe? Accenting with plaid (or tartan) is a great way to jump […]
Independent designers, through Cityblis, have access to not only showcase their products and creations but also to disseminate products news and updates via the network in a cheap and efficient manner.
Whilst on a short weekend trip to Varese, a little town up north of Milan, we stumbled upon Sante’s presentation of his newly written song. Sante is an independent singer-song writer and is moving from record stores to record stores on his own, singing tracks from his new album. This performer is social media savvy as well. Rather than using the opportunity to sell his albums, Sante also request his audience to give a token for his performance in the […]
Tatsu Miki’s first encounter with the indigo dye was in Tokushima Prefecture (Shikoku region), the birth place of Japanese indigo. Fascinated with the mysterious brilliant blue hue that the dye takes on when exposed to air, this graduate in international affairs at Columbia University decided to create the dye himself in Tokyo. Tatz, as the artisan prefers to be called, adapts the traditional dye-fermentation process using sakè. Tatz’s covetable hand dyed woven silkscarves are available in a wide variation of indigo hues. For more information of Tatz […]
Global An online survey conducted by America Online and Salary.com showed that U.S. workers say they squander over two hours a day at the workplace, with surfing the Web, socializing with co-workers and simply “spacing out”. Most U.S. companies assume about an hour of wasted time, but workers admit to actually frittering away more than twice as much time at a cost of $759 billion in annual paid salary that results in no apparent productivity. ViTRINE has found a charitable […]
“World Book Night 2011 brings to mind the primeval act of story telling where fairy tales and folklores are often narrated to the habitants of a community, before the existence storybooks.”
“Japanese artisanry extends beyond lacquered ware or pottery that most people are familiar with”
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The Netherlands/ Germany Christoph Brach & Daniera ter Haar, both graduates of Academy Eindhoven, established an design lab focusing on experiments and research on material and graphic design with the objective to build a visual language. We were particularly impressed with their recent work exhibited at the Salone 2010. The duo devised a process to vary colour hues through light exposure, with each tone being defined by the duration of the exposure. Equally exciting are their veggie-dabblings (Raw Color No.1 […]
Milan/Singapore I have a phobia for buffet-style dinner party and I always have to de-sensitize myself into organizing one. The main reason, believe it or not, is that it is never easy to find well-made, practical, and refine party tableware that does justice to the food I prepare for my guests. (Manufacturers of party tableware assume that only fried food bought from the frozen section of Iceland is being served in buffet parties). Having taken a glance at Milan-based […]
Kyoto/Milan Kyoto-based design studio Sfera has opened a showroom in Milan. Sfera, a strong proponent of traditional Japanese handicraft, plans to use its Milan base as a lifestyle business consulting centre for European corporations. We are thrilled with this new addition in Milan and even more thrilled with any potential collaborations that may take off between this Grand Dame of Kyoto and Italian design studios. http://www.sfera-ricordi.com
Fai La Cosa Giusta (Do the Right Thing) is an annual fair that features alternative solutions to a more sustainable lifestyle.
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A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.