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What is going on with music? And I am not really talking about the music itself, but the products you need to hear the music. Nowadays we lost the real connection with music, we just download it and most of us don’t even buy cd’s anymore. Well, I can understand, you can just download for free, so why buy a cd? Artists have to come up with new creative ideas to sell their music in a physical way.

Beck Song Reader

Beck  came up with the idea to let his fans/listeners play the music by themself and submit them to the Songreader website. His “album” is called Songreader, it are 20 new songs presented as sheet music. Another Band who became very creative to promote their new song  ‘Blue Ice’ was Shout out louds, they selected ten individuals to send a very special package. The package included a negative imprint of the master cut and some water, the only thing you had to do is pouring water into the negative imprint and leave it in the freezer for no more than six hours. Watch the video below to hear (and see) the result. Are you not that fan of ice? Than just try a chocolate LP from Breakbot.

Besides artist that are coming up with new ways to promote their album. There are also smart people working on printable records. Find the right music and just print your vinyl with your 3d printer.

Breakbot Chocolate LP

Sources: nprmusic | Science of the time Inhabitat

The influence of environment on food – Magnum – Bompass and Par

The infinity pleasure pod is based on the results of the academic paper published by professor John Edward.  The finding of the research was : The environment in which you eat has a considerable impact on your perception of taste. His team at Bournemouth University discovered that the same dish, chicken à la king, tasted different depending on where it was consumed.  The dish was tasted in ten different locations, including a school, a care home, an Army base and a swanky restaurant. The more salubrious the surroundings, the higher the score: in the posh joints, it was rated as moist, tasty and filling, while in one of the dives, it was perceived to be claggy, dry and disgusting.

Bompas and Parr curated the infinity pod: The Infinity Pod tracks reactions such as pulse, heartbeat, skin elasticity, skin tension, swallow reaction and basic facial expressions and turns them into code, which is analysed and used to generate a digital artwork that is projected onto the interior of the pod in a shifting kaleidoscope of form and colour. It is the opposite of the research, because in this case, the environment reacts on the food. You can find the infinity pod in the Magnum concept store.

Of course this pod is just an attraction for shoppers and it will give Magnum some attention. But the information of this academic paper is very useful for the food industry. Saying you could let customers “feel” like they are getting higher quality food than they actually do. Who knows what further research shows. Maybe it is possible in the future to guide the brain of your customer just by clever decorating

De culinaire werkplaats

De Culinaire werkplaats is a wonderful place founded by Marjolein Wintjes and Eric Meursing. They want to inspire you with fooddesign, foodinspiration and other innovative foodconcepts. They are also very conscious by their choice of ingredients, their ingredients have to be produced animal friendly, local, fair trade, direct trade, seasonal and good for personal health.  The creations they make are almost art.

Inspiration is the key of this concept. De culinaire eetplaats is working to create ‘the dinnerplate of the future’. For example they used the inspiration BLACK. Images of this inspiration are above.

The loveliest thing of this concept is work’in: They offer you the chance to join them and learn by doing. You can decide what kind of project you want to learn. You can learn about technique,  about season products and more information about food.

Last but not least, they offer a shop’in: You can buy great products from their seasonal collection. All products are chosen consciously

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Lucia Nova – No Hotel

Lucia Nova is a boutique self-catering accommodation in Valletta, Malta. This place is wonderfull because of it’s historic value and the combination of old elements with new ones gives this place a luxurious feeling. The great thing about this house is the No Hotel philosphy. Wich is a way to avoid the old conventional hotels. The No Hotel philosophy means:

No to unneccessary large spaces
No to single dose toiletries
No to overlit hotel facades
Yes to small functional spaces
Yes to eco-friendly accommodation
Yes to personalised service
Yes to privacy

Trend: modern trompe L’oeil

What stood out to me in the sectors appearance and living is the use of the old trompe l’oeil technique. This is an old technique, the Romans already used, you paint something to make it look like something real. For example a window painted on a wall, it still is a wall, but it just looks like a window with a view. Nowadays designers use this as an inspiration for their products. With the new techniques for creating new kinds of materials there are a lot of possibilities. You can make floors, that look and feel like they are made of real wood, but in fact they are just made of plastic. This also applies in the fashion scene. Coats don’t have to be made of real fur, because we can make good look-a-likes now.

Godiva Chocoist

Godiva is a famous chocolate store, originally founded in Brussel, but now you can find them all over the world. Godiva also has a flagshipstore in Harajuku. The interior design is done by Wonderwall, a famous interior design firm based in Japan. The idea of Godiva was: “threat thyself”.

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