Beautiful stainless steel bottles help the environment while keeping your style in check

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By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Wednesday 25 March 2015

Did you know you can look good while caring for the environment? 24Bottles is a fresh designer bottle company out of Italy keeping us hydrated and looking cool.

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The most unusual, bizarre, creative pens ever invented: This pen, designed way back in 1911, splits into two halves when in use

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By Kenny Ong in New Products on Thursday 1 January 2015

In 1936, the first Quadretti Colorado, a prototype of a highly unusual double-nibbed fountain pen, was created by an Italian named Orlando Quadretti who was born in Bologna in 1911 in San Giovanni, Persiceto, in Bologna. He did not patent his pen until after WWII had ended, with the dates variously given as 1946 and 1949.

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Beer drinkers sober up to the idea of having beer for breakfast with this creamy spread

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By Kenny Ong in New Food and Packaging on Monday 13 October 2014

Launched as the world’s first spreadable beer, Birra Spalmabile is made of 40 per cent beer and comes in two flavors – one light and delicate from its blonde ale content, and the other with an intense aroma and stronger taste from its dark ale content. The result of a collaboration between Italian chocolatier Pietro […]

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You can stay at this mountain cabin 8,300 feet high on the Italian Alps absolutely free

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By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Tuesday 23 September 2014

Do you fancy some awe-inspiring, panoramic views over the Italian Alps? They’re naturally free for the taking, courtesy of Mother Nature. But what if we tell you there’s some snuggy accommodation you can stay in the vicinity that’s absolutely free? Would that hasten your climb up the mountain? This little cabin in question is built at 8,300 feet (2,531 metres) on the top of Foronon Buinz Mountain, in the Julian Alps of Italy.

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QWERTY sofa: fall asleep on your keyboard

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By Annie Churdar in New Design on Thursday 25 April 2013

Have you ever fallen asleep on your keyboard? I bet it wasn’t every comfortable. But thanks to Italian design firm ZO_loft, we can all take comfortable naps on our keyboards. This QWERTY sofa is the most cushioned keyboard out there! Trust me, you’ll sleep like a baby.

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Old world meets new in the decor at the Capo Hotel, Shanghai

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By Annie Churdar in Architecture on Wednesday 17 April 2013

The Capo Hotel blends old world Italian charm with the modern flash of glass and polished metals. The hotel, situated in Shanghai, was voted Best Restauarant 2013 by the China Tatler. And no wonder! Fresh, oven baked pizzas and scrumptious cocktails are readily available to enjoy in this super cool atmosphere. I love the strange classical art found throughout.

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The modern art of shopping: Hit Gallery in Hong Kong

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By Annie Churdar in Architecture on Saturday 13 April 2013

I feel a bit like Alice walking into Wonderland. This new retail space all glass, huge sculpture, and black and white floors. Designed by Italian architect Fabio Novembre, Hit Gallery in Hong Kong brings the retail experience to a new realm of surrealism. The shop is meant to communicate the Italian fashion and lifestyle. This design elevates shopping […]

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Yellow helmets as a protest installation

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By Annie Churdar in New Art on Wednesday 27 February 2013

When these angry members of the construction industry decided to take a stand, they did it with art. Instead of destroying something or creating chaos as most protests tend to lean towards, these Italian citizens joined together to set up 10,000 yellow helmets outside the Milan stock exchange building. Rather than being destructive, they organized […]

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Mike Patton performs with a 40 member orchestra

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By Shannon Thompson in New Music on Wednesday 21 November 2012

You’d know him from Faith No More, as the lead singer of Mr Bungle who played with Tomohawk. Yes! Mike Patton. Just recently, my iPod switched into a phase of progressive, experimental and metal sounds and is now playing my favourite album of the moment, Mondo Cane. I know, I’m behind the times. Released in […]

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Hip, hip, hooray: Vaughn de Heart turns two years old

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By RoyLyn Palmer-Coleman in New Fashion on Friday 3 June 2011

I started the Vaughn de Heart brand, which is sold through the Lost At E Minor online store, two years ago. This is a video to celebrate and tell more of the story. The music is by Lemolo.

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