Memento Amare = Remember to love.
Valentines day is coming.
If it was up to us, it would be about finding one or more people you really cherish, spending a night in, with all phones locked in a box, steaks frying gently on a cast iron skillet, giving each other full, undivided loving attention.
However, for some of you, it might be a good idea to arrange a little phyisical token of affection, or treat yourself, as a little memento amare.
Because you can always count on a helping hand from us, we will ship all of these little beauties...
As designers, a large part of our work is visual, spatial or physical, which leaves a lot of time for consuming audio content while we work.
We thought we'd share 4 very different podcasts with you that feature female voices prominently that we listen to while we work, because we believe that women are sometimes overlooked in the tech-heavy world of podcasts.
These podcasts have nothing to do with design (that might contaminate our own work) but instead open up a world for us of far away people and big ideas that are inspiring in a more indirect way.
We reccomend that you use the relative calm of November to think of the 5 people closest to you and take the time to think of the small tokens of affection that you think might put a smile on thier face and inject a bit of beauty into thier day to day.
Before the hysteria of Christmas kicks off, and everyone is dashing about with something for everying, this is an opportunity to be specific, thoughtful, and possibly even economical.
Here is our staff pick of 5 treasured gifts for close friends and family:
You may have heard of the movement to banish tech from the bedroom, it has been around since about 2014. We here at the studio have tried various variations on the theme from time to time, and suggest the following revisions to the dogma, to make it easier to stick with.
Sometimes the answer to too much tech is more tech.
Get a nice quiet alarm clock. Braun is the classic to beat.
- 1kg waxy potatoes
Boil the potatoes until done (approx 20 mins), drain and then halve or quarter the potatoes (depending on size).
Set them aside.
Make the dressing with:
- 100ml cider vinegar
- 100ml olive oil
- 2 tablespoons mustard
- 200ml vegetable stock
Dress the still steaming potatoes and allow to cool, the potatoes will soak in the dressing, and the starch will ooze out and thicken the dressing.
- 150g speck (or fried bacon lardons)
The world cup is here, and for most of us that means fiddling with TVs and projectors and tending the grill in the back yard.
For those of us for who have had enough of cheap sausages, this is a simple and also economical alternative. (chicken wings are something of a by-product of the leg and breast preferences of most consumers) Perfect for big groups.
The principle is simple: chicken wings already have the fatty skin that makes them succulent and crunchy on a grill: all you need to do is help the flavour along by pre-marinading...
This isn't so much a recipe as a reminder: now is the time of year to enjoy the fresh, cooling hangover-proof daytime drinking classic, the white wine spritzer.
For the classic spritzer, you just need some cold fresh white wine, Bergdolt does an excellent Grauburgunder (Pino Grigio) but a Weissburgunder (Pino Bianco) or Riesling are also great as a spritzer. Remeber that the water is important, something with a full, aggressive sparkle, low sodium content, and always from a glass bottle, never plastic.
We will be serving these at our opening on the 28th of April, courtesy of our...
Heat the olive oil in a caserole dish. Chop the onions and paprikas into thumb sized chunks and saute gently until the onions are translucent.
Chop the courgettes, aubergines, tomatos into similarly sized chunks and add to the onions and paprikas.
If you look up 'tea' in the first cookery book that comes to hand you will probably find that it is unmentioned; or at most you will find a few lines of sketchy instructions which give no ruling on several of the most important points.
This is curious, not only because tea is one of the main stays of civilization in this country, as well as in Eire, Australia and New Zealand, but because the best manner of making it is the subject of violent disputes.
When I look through...
Sometimes zucchinis (courgettes) can be hit and miss. An then there are all these theories that it's best to sweat them with salt before cooking and all sorts of hassle.
But we can now exclusively reveal: it's all super easy.
What you need:
- 4 zucchinis - small is best, we love the pale green ones.
- butter to fry
Split the zucchinis in half, long ways, and fry them, medium high heat, for 3 minutes each side (flat side down first, and then the skin side). Place the fried zucchinis in a bowl when done. You might need to...
MOSHIN HAMID - 3 WORKS
A trilogy of books that explore the bewilderment and missunderstandings between east and west, between new and old, rich and poor, stable and unpredictable. Hamid uses daring but accompolished writerly experiments to draw his themes into a sharp and fresh relief.
Available in English and German
FREDERIC BEIGBEDER - 99 FRANCS (Alternative title: €14,90 or €39,90 or 9.99)
A great beach read about success and regret in the advertising world in Paris, reccomended by newest team member...
Some winter mornings can't be overcome without a warming bowl of porridge. As an Irishman it pains me to say that after much testing, I have to concede that the Scottish custom of using only water in preparation yields the better result. (In Ireland and southern England the tradition is to use milk, or half-half). However, when oats are cooked in water, it draws the gluten out into the broth, creating a wonderful thick, creamy texture. Milk hinders this process somewhat, and is more likely to stick to the bottom of the pan.
Don't think you're getting away with a...
This is the perfect dish for when you open your fridge and see a whole load of veg that is too old to get excited about and still too good to throw away.
The principle is to create a savoury, wintry spicy base with the harder root vegetables and some good spices, then add a few more delicate veg on top with the stock, throwing in a can of beans or so for protein if you like.
Here is a sample of the principle with some typical ingredients:
- 2 onions
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 Carrots
- Half a celeriac ...
This salad is delicious in two very different configurations, depending on the availabity of ingredients in your area.
- half a head of red cabbage
- 5 carrots
- 2 red peppers
- 2 lemons or limes
- 2 cloves of garlic
- fresh ginger
- optional: fresh chilli pepper
- optional: buttermilk
- a handful of fresh corriander or parsely
- two handfuls of peanuts/cashews/mix
Shred half a head of red cabbage finely, grate 5 carrots and slice two red peppers in long thin strips. The colour combination of purple, orange and red is irresistable.
For the European version:
Make a dressing with...
This month's tip is to walk the Panke. This is a tiny little stream from which the area Pankow gets its name, although this walk is all about Mitte and Wedding.
Often we run this route before work in the mornings on a 10k loop. It's a particularly pleasant urban run, and running is the best tempo at which to take in the slightly random assortment, but it can also make for a great walk of cycle.
It cuts in a slightly arbitrary way through the fabric of the city, starting at the...
Ahhhh, Tumblr. It's still the best way to keep and share a visual scrap book, and browsing a tumblr is still the closest experience to flicking through an actual magazine, you know, that someone has taken the trouble of printing onto dead trees.
Here are our top 5 right now.
This is the collection of Tristan Scow, a talented desger who has been part of our team for almost a year. He will be heading back to his native USA next month, and we will miss his input terribly.
The worst of winter is over, but spring is not quite yet here. This warming soup is perfect for the transition.
- Fry a chopped onion. Season with pepper and salt.
- Add a packet of frozen peas, fry with the onions for about 7 minutes.
- In a separate pan, heat some stock (chicken is best).
- Add to the peas, enough to cover
- Throw in a handful of fresh mint
- Puree in the blender
- Enjoy the warm fresh goodness.
Never underestimate the pineapple. Did you know that the spiral follows the same growth patterns as sunflowers and pine cones, all reflected in the Fibonacci sequence. This become apparently when you peel them, as you choose which spiral to cut, the vertical 5's or the more horizontal 8's. See this awesome video.
When you serve the juicy flesh, don't forget to sprinkle a half a teaspoon of salt and a v. light dusting of chili. You won't believe it, but it make the taste even more sweet and intense, to the point where it becomes addictive.
What to do with the last 3 peaches that are going a bit too soft at the bottom of the bowl? EASY!
- Chop them up and boil them with about a half litre of water and a cup of pale brown sugar. Mush the peaches around with a wooden spoon and bring down the heat, leave to the side to infuse.
- Make some good black tea. We recommend Darjeeling loose leaf. Refridgerate.
- Strain the now cold syrup into a jug, and add to the black tea to taste. You can serve the ice tea premixed, or serve the syrup in...