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This edible lasagne cookbook is brilliant – simply layer your filling between its pages. Food for thought from It’s Nice That. Mo.x


Pont Max Juvenal, Aix en Provence (Patrick Blanc)

Quai Branly museum, Paris (Patrick Blanc)

We’ve been inspired recently by the ultimate urban gardening – living walls. More like artworks than the grassy roofs we’ve seen on libraries and the like, they add colour, pattern and movement to buildings, and don’t take up any floor space – a bonus in a busy city. Leading the way in ambitious designs is French botanist-artist Patrick Blanc, some of whose beautiful work is posted here. Layers of PVC and felt on a metal frame with an integrated, automated watering system, create an easy-care support for the plants, which is a boon, as we wouldn’t fancy the weeding much…

Pershing Hall hotel, Paris (Patrick Blanc)

Rue d’Alsace, Paris (Patrick Blanc)

It goes without saying that here at Livingetc we’ve a passion for all things furniture related, and it’s no secret that as soon as the clock chimes 3 (okay, sometimes before) we’re more than partial to a spot of tea and cake too. So we couldn’t believe our eyes when we chanced upon these marvellous miniatures on Moco Loco, all golden brown and baked to perfection. Created by designers Ryosuke Fukusada and Rui Pereira, the concept was born “of a reflection about the velocity of the contemporary furniture industry, and how consumers are unable to digest the large number of new products companies launch into the market every year.”  The idea with these small wonders is that you can bake an edible living room, decorate your furniture cakes with your favourite icing and toppings, then just eat them all up and start again. Amazing! If only you could do that with a regular sideboard. We can’t wait for the kettle to boil.

It may be raining outside, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream of sunnier climes. It doesn’t take much but the photography in Helen Tsanos Sheinman’s new book, Love, Laughter and Lunch certainly puts us in the holiday mood, with its celebration of the culinary and interior style of Cyprus.

‘Food is nothing without the love of the people who share it,’ says Sheinman, who reconnected with her family heritage to create a book that’s part-memoir, part-travel journal and part recipe book.

It’s not all food, there are plenty of droolworthy interiors shots, too.

Love, Laughter and Lunch, £28, is available from Anthropologie and online from April 22.

Although we enjoy shouting at the TV as much as anyone when The Apprentice contestants make bumbling business decisions, we feel less qualified to pass judgement on Facebook’s recent acquisition of photo sharing app Instagram. The app allows iPhone users to apply retro and Polaroid  camera effects onto their digital phone photos, and share them with their friends. The Facebook deal has been witheringly referred to as ‘paying $1 billion for a set of photo filters’.

For us it’s just a reminder of how great real Polaroid photography is. For a distinctly smaller sum of money, Facebook could have picked up a secondhand SX-70 camera on eBay and stocked up on instant film from The Impossible Project.  $1 billion could buy you an awful lot of Polaroids.

The authentic analog snaps – with their unmistakable lo-fi, low-tech washed out colours and imperfect focus – are so much more beautiful than any digital simulation. Professionals, amateurs and enthusiasts alike help keep Polaroid photography alive, sharing their work on Polanoid (such as those gems above), a sort of Flickr for Polaroids.

David Hockney is also a fan – creating collage artworks by combining Polaroids together, showing multiple views of the same scene (such as in the below work titled ‘San Diego Wild Animal Park’ from 1982).

Like all things analogue facing obsolescence in the digital age, there’s a small amount of magic that gets lost from their modern successors – the warm crackle from a vinyl record, the comforting feel of a favourite book in your hands, and the suspense of watching a Polaroid photo develop right before your eyes not knowing exactly how it’s going to turn out. Let’s hope they stick around for a little while longer.

These beautiful ‘sketch sculptures’ by Julieann Worrall Hood have just been unveiled in the window of The Conran Shop in Chelsea. They have an amazing animated quality, as if someone has quickly scribbled their outlines in the air.

Mo, acting news ed.

Who needs to paint a mural when you can use staples?

There was certainly no other medium in sight when Baptiste Debombourg took on this amazing project titled Aggravure. Baptiste has created a series of art installations created inspired by 16th century engravers Hendrick Goltzius, Jan Harmensz, Cherubino Alberti.

If you have a spare 500,000 staples and approximately 340 hours free this weekend, you could do something similar.

Lucy, Style Assistant

Coming to Sadler’s Wells this May, Angelin Preljocaj’s ballet interpretation of the classic fairy tale Snow White is a far cry from the cheerful Disney animation most of us know. Dark, dramatic and even a little bit frightening, it’s probably much closer to the Brother’s Grimm original tale. What caught our eye here at livingetc were the spectacular sets and costumes, (just as important as the choreography in our opinion) designed by none other than Jean Paul Gautier (costumes) and renowned set designer Thierry Leproust. Both the costumes and the set design cleverly frame the dancers and transport the audience into the magical realm of make-believe without a shred of kitsch or cliche….although we hope there’s still a ‘happily ever after’ ending!

Kate, Editorial Assistant

I’ve danced beneath a few in my time, but they never looked quite like this…

Check out these ‘melted glitterballs’ I found on Yatzer, as reinvented by the artistic group Rotganzen. These fantastic glittery blobs, exhibited as part of a collection called ‘Quelle Fête’ based in two locations in Rotterdam, bring the eighties right into the noughties.
Nic, Picture Editor

We love our feathered friends here at Livingetc – but even more so when they’re photographed in all their avian glory against the most stylish of backgrounds. With their bright blues, radiant yellows and gorgeous greens, these brilliant photographs caught our interiors eye in that they bring to mind a classy paint colour card – only more fun. This is the work of talented photographer Luke Stephenson, whose aim is to document the eccentricity of the British psyche, which this, his Incomplete Dictionary Of Show Birds series, does with aplomb. As well as these beautiful birds, his portfolio includes a study of painted faces, ice cream vans and moustaches. A word of warning, though: coulrophobics should steer well clear of Luke’s Clown Egg Register pictures.

Kathy, Acting Deputy Chief Sub Editor

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