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As an independent artist or designer, selling your goods in bulk can often be a challenge. Etsy, ‘the world’s most vibrant online marketplace’, realised this – and created a new platform where artists and designers can connect with professional buyers to sell larger quantities of their goods, for sale in retail stores. ‘Etsy Wholesale’ is launching in beta soon, with the aim of creating a network where artists, designers and buyers can all benefit from each other’s expertise.
When Pete Tomlinson and Ben Russell spotted the ‘to rent’ sign on an underground Victorian toilet, they saw the opportunity to create something new on the London coffee scene.
Instead of erasing all memories of its previous function, they chose to renovate the space – keeping the 1890s Doulton & Co. urinals, maintaining the original iron-wrought cladding and creating the perfect subterranean café.
What really sets the Attendant apart, apart from its unique setting, is the food and drink. Coffee made from carefully roast beans, ingredients chosen nightly at New Covent Garden Market and incredible treats from the Bittersweet Bakers – all under one (toilet) roof.
Iconic saddle manufacturer Brooks invited design students from the Royal College of Art to participate in a project – using existing materials and processes from their factory in Smethwick, England to create entirely new products. The students created everything from saddle bags to contemporary leather goggles – proving that recycling can be innovative and stylish. (Nice find, John)
Do you ever step into a bookstore and find yourself overwhelmed by the selection?
If you live in Toronto, The Monkey’s Paw (a second-hand bookstore) has a wonderful solution: the Biblio-Mat. Feed the lovingly hand-constructed machine $2, and the pulley-system will dispense a random title for your reading pleasure. The perfect solution for indecisive book lovers! (Good spot, Polly!)
Is it beer marketing music or music marketing beer? Professor Green is releasing not only his latest single but also a beer called Remedy, crafted in conjunction with Signature Brew (cheers Elliot).
Professor Green on his taste choices: “I suppose a smart person would pick a beer that would sell very well, but with my music I’m quite selfish, I make music that I like. I don’t go in to the studio and go “what can I make that will sell x amount of copies?” I’m just going to go with my own taste requirements!”