This cooking demonstration is unlike anything you've ever seen. 
 
Commissioned by Japanese mobile provider DoCoMo to demonstrate it's quick service, the video features two women propelling crustaceans from a canon-life device through flour, egg, breadcrumbs, and flame to heavy metal music.
 
It's over-the-top absurd, not to be tried at home, and doesn't translate well but, regardless, we love the trifecta trend jumble of Mashification (in this case: food X cellular) Mass Expediting (the demand for accelerated products and services), and LifeStory Labeling (digital and honest storytelling). 
 
Take a look if you dare. 
 
 
 
{source: Trendera}
 
Lark 2.0
 
A sneak peek at Bitter/Raw & Lark 2.0. We love the stunning loft spaces nearly as much as the new menus. Thank you for inviting us to the soft opening at the Central Agency Building.
 
Lark and Bitter/Raw will be open to the public tomorrow, December 4th. 
Pharma-Libre
 
 
Within 24-hours of arriving in Corsica, we'd already fallen for a genius add-on concept: Pharma-Libre. 
 
Located on the exterior of an existing pharmacy, this compact vending machine meets the needs of tourists and locals off-hours. Offering a simple selection of must-have merchandise, from sunscreen to band-aids, the 24/7 unit serves as a late-night drugstore, quick-serve cash register, and marketing tool for the stylish resort town.
 
Wouldn't you love to see a version of this concept in your city? 
 
 
Pizzaria Gabbiano
 
Roman-style pizza. Cut to order. Sold by the kilo.
 
Located in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood, Pizzeria Gabbiano is well worth a visit for completely customizable portions at lunch.
 
Expect a fluffy focaccia-like crust, made from 150-year-old-starter, with layered seasonal toppings like Sweet Potato with Pancetta, Italian Sausage with Kale and Pecorino, or Squash with Walnuts and Mama Lil’s peppers (shown). Order as much or as little as you want of the ready-made, rectangular slabs before your personalized collection is placed within the oven to take the chill off.  
 
This definitely reminds us of Pizzarium in Rome. 
 
 
Known for his design work with American modernist founder George Nelson, Irving Harper is finally sharing his intricate paper sculptures.
 
The nearly four-decade collection – many of which had never left his home in Rye, New York until earlier this year – was built mostly out of paperboard, but also included materials such as straws, toothpicks, pinecones, telephone wire, twigs, dolls’ glass eyeballs, and pieces of the ceramic clocks he designed for the Michigan-based company Howard Miller.
 
In the video below, Harper recounts his inspiration and how he became good at working with paper from making models for presentations. 
 
 
We're struck by the use of creative outlets as stress reliever and way to see the world more clearly outside the confines of work. Read more about Irving Harper's work within the WHY series at HermanMiller.com
Laduree Orly
 
Among certain circles, it’s commonplace to critique the finer points of French macarons endlessly. This post about Ladurée will do nothing of the sort. 
 
Across France, customers insatiable appetite for this sweet meringue-based confection has extended beyond traditional Pâtisseries to frequent flyers. And at Paris Orly airport, many brands have taken advantage of the Captive Venue Trend by building out mini-shops for patrons on the go. 
 
Within this sweet store, and across at the adjacent kiosk, a multitude of products, shapes, and packaging options are presented in organized abundance.  Working horizontally, the back wall scheme draws your eyes from left to right – along the same plain as the most forward pastry casework. 
 
These cues – along with well-placed mirrors, repetition, and color-blocking – create a framework for the outlandish and colorful macarons. Every element is functional to facilitate quick service before moving onto the gate. Without these points of balance, the space might look like a pastel period gallery. 
 
We love how Ladurée, and the French for the most part, carefully master Simplexity in merchandising without turning into a retail parody.    
Repetto CDG
 
In the realm of stunning visual merchandising, Repetto continues to impress. These windows at Charles De Gaulle Airport maintain the “On Point” reference to the brands ballerina past while capturing interest with modern, gold laser-cut visuals.  
 
Likely unbeknownst to the average consumer, laser-cutting technology is currently being used in both fashion and industrial manufacturing to achieve an intricate and elegant pattern with extreme accuracy. 
 
We love the play on cutting techniques and technical accuracy as an integrated theme. 
 
 
If you want to discover the heart and soul of Spain – wander the food markets to get a sense of the people, culture, and vibrancy.
 
Madrid's El Mercado San Antōn in the Chueca neighborhood offers a multi-story supermarket, food hall, and restaurant under one roof. 
 
 
After over 15,000 miles in planes, trains, and automobiles – we’re back.
 
You can view photos from our travels to Corsica, France; Seville, Spain; Gothenburg and Stockholm, Sweden; and Healdsburg, California, USA here or here.  
 
We will add new cultural insights from the journey as soon as we finish categorizing themes, downloading hi-res images, and cross-referencing notes. Watch this space. 
Acne Retail
 
“There are forever buildings to be made, music to be composed, art to be created, clothes to be designed and photographs to be taken. But high speed can make for wrong turns and short cuts can come out the wrong place. Inspiring are those who break free to find a richer soil in which to create.”
 
An Acne Studios window installation in Gothenburg, Sweden. 

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