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Giraffe Manor

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By Clare Hillier in Cool Travel on Friday 20 May 2011

Giraffe Manor is like something from a storybook. Only better, because it’s not an act of fiction! Located in Nairobi, this boutique hotel has a herd of Rothschild Giraffe that you don’t have to simply admire from afar. In fact, they might just join you for breakfast!

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Clever Grooming Lounge app

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By Clare Hillier in New Trends on Thursday 5 May 2011

High-five to The Grooming Lounge and their witty app which allows you to send an anonymous alert to a gentleman with a glaring grooming faux pas!

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Hotel Sezz in Saint Tropez

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By Clare Hillier in Cool Travel on Wednesday 4 May 2011

Designed by Shahe Kalaidjian and Christophe Pillet, Hotel Sezz in St Tropez, is all your sleek modernist dreams come true. Each of the 35 rooms has been individually designed. Oh, and there is a Dom Pérignon bar and spa developed in partnership with Payot. What more could you want?

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Chernobyl: Before and After

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By Clare Hillier in New Photography on Tuesday 3 May 2011

Last week marked 25 years since the Chernoyl atomic disaster. It remains the world’s worst nuclear accident, with humans able to start repopulating the area in about 600 years. Here’s a haunting series of before and after photos from around the area. It’s pretty awe-inspiring that despite the region remaining radioactive, nature has still managed to reassert itself. Trees have pushed through thick concrete and there is a very healthy population of wolves, deer and boar. This is the type of take-over bid that I salute.

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Plastic Bottle chandelier

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By Clare Hillier in New Design on Thursday 21 April 2011

New York-based, Shaun Kasperbauer, is the genius behind the Bubble Chandelier. Inspired by the shape of soap bubbles, it was constructed from two-litre plastic bottles. Now, that’s a lot of soft drink!

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Knit Your Own Royal Wedding

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By Clare Hillier in New Trends on Thursday 21 April 2011

Still waiting by the letterbox for your invitation to the Royal Wedding? Never fear, now you can knit your way there. Created by Fiona Gable, Knit Your Own Royal Wedding, includes patterns for the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince Harry, the Archbishop of Canterbury and of course, the happy couple. Here’s hoping Kate […]

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Another Time, Another Place in Melbourne

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By Clare Hillier in New Art on Tuesday 12 April 2011

By his own admission, Australian artist David Bromley has an ‘obsessive addiction to creativity’. This artistic energy has seen his pop sensibility stretch across painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and film. Now Bromley is adding two more strings to his bow with the launch of Another Time, Another Place at Melbourne interiors emporium, Capocchi.

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The Anti-Status Status Bag

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By Clare Hillier in New Eco on Friday 8 April 2011

Cop this! Thursday Friday are giving conspicuous consumption the bird with their Together Bag. Featuring the iconic Birkin bag, printed on the front, back, bottom and sides, this canvas tote creates a fabulous Trompe L’oeil from any angle.

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Tank House Loft in New York

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By Clare Hillier in Architecture on Friday 25 March 2011

Holy cow! This renovation of an existing loft apartment and sprinkler tank house in downtown New York, gets full marks for ingenuity: ‘The tank house was conceived as the quintessential retreat, a place for reading, relaxing and listening to music’, explains architect, Brian Messana.

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The Breakfast Project by Sayaka Minemura

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By Clare Hillier in New Photography on Wednesday 23 March 2011

Breakfast projects are nothing new. But this one by Japanese photographer, Sayaka Minemura, is dripping in whimsy and proves that it is possible to always wake on the sunny side.

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Dancers Amongst Us

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By Clare Hillier in New Photography on Wednesday 2 March 2011

Dancers Amongst Us is an ongoing project by photographer, Jordan Matter. No trampolines or trickery have been used, just the incredible talent of professional dancers from some of New York’s top dance companies. These joyful images make you feel alive, don’t you think?

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Throne Up Sick Bag

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By Clare Hillier in New Products on Saturday 26 February 2011

Wedding, schmedding. Not everyone is looking forward to Kate and Wills getting hitched in a few months time. In fact, illustrator Lydia Leith has just released a cheeky, screenprinted ‘Throne Up’ sick bag. I’m sure Republicans everywhere will be have it at the ready on April 29.

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Believe it or not, this is a bank in Paris

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By Clare Hillier in Architecture on Friday 18 February 2011

Created by Paris-based architects, Zoevox, for BNP Paribas, this space has been designed in ten zones that dispel the traditional banking set-up where the client and teller are separated by deep counters and screens. With a honeycomb ceiling, 25 square-metre living wall, coffee bar and exhibition area dedicated to kids, you’d happily cop a long queue from a bank like this!

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Handmade Romance and the Travelling Circus

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By Clare Hillier in New Events on Friday 11 February 2011

Roll up, roll up! Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, the circus is in town. Travelling all the way from the depths of Craft Valley, you’ll find never before seen creations from Handmade Romance.

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Wearable Planter

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By Clare Hillier in New Fashion on Thursday 3 February 2011

Let Collen Jordan’s Wearable Planter lead you up the garden path. Each piece is handmade to order and is perfect for wearing a sprout, succulent or flower you found on your morning walk. As a guaranteed conversation starter, there will be no uncomfortable silences when wearing this piece of miniature perfection.

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