Pioneering bed bug-safe hotel to open in Helsinki

U14, a Marriott Autograph Collection hotel, is the first new hotel building to be designed safe from bed bugs after the Valpas member hotel standard

U14 will open in March 2020

In collaboration with a Finnish start up Valpas, Helsinki-based Hotel U14 is set to be the first hotel designed safe from bed bugs.

The team behind U14 have installed a new in-room technology that keeps all 117 rooms preventively safe from bed bugs. The technology is designed to respond to bed bugs’ natural behaviour and is integrated with the latest IoT (Internet of Things) to stop incoming bed bugs before they cause damage.

Bed bugs are blood-sucking parasites that tag along luggage and are carried into homes and hotels. Hotels with their high turnover are at the centre of the rising problem as bed bugs spread from one guest to another. U14 wants to advance more sustainable travel without material waste and toxic pesticides and contribute to stopping the spreading of bed bugs.

“U14 is a carefully crafted experiential boutique hotel with a strong focus on sustainability”, said founder Roni Saari. “Ecology is woven into many elements and is reflected for instance in the use of renewable energy, hybrid vehicles and in all used textiles from employees’ workwear to traceable cotton covers. With Valpas, harmful pesticide use and unnecessary furniture waste is avoided – both at the hotel as well as in guests’ homes.”

Design Forecast: 10 Trends to Watch for in 2016

As we close the door on 2015, lets take a look at what the design industry experts are saying about the coming year. As modern life gets busier and more pressured, our homes have become our sanctuaries. Centered around simplicity, serenity and seamlessness, the 2016 interior reflects our need to switch off and detox. Warm but calming colors are complimented by natural textures and soft shapes while furniture is becoming ever more tailored and intuitive, both at home and in the office.

Global color authority Pantone surprised the design community by naming not one but two colors for the 2016 edition of its Color of the Year forecast. The pastel pink Rose Quartz and powder blue Serenity may seem like a sugary sweet selection but according to Pantone, the pairing is in fact part of a more unilateral approach to color—a commentary on the current societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity.

Chiming with Pantone’s prediction, British wallpaper brand Graham & Brown’s 2016 forecast was full of dusty pinks and pale blues enlivened with warm metallic accents. Demonstrating how these contrasting shades can be united within a single design, Calico Studios prove that they were way ahead of the curve when they launched their Aurora line of wallpapers last year. Inspired by ombre skies, the 16 gradient designs were created by dying organic linen with ultramarine and indigo dyes.
Design Detox

“Comfort Zone” by Valspar.

Offering a complete color palette cleanse, some of the major wallpaper and paint brands are moving towards quiet and calming hues for 2016. New York-based hospitality designer and entrepreneur Stacy Garcia tells us ‘the growing emphasis on this need to always be connected has created a movement to find quiet simplicity amongst the noise.’

Signaling a move away from cold greys to warm stone hues in 2016, Sherwin-Williams has announced Alabaster (SW 7008), a hue symbolic of new beginnings, as its 2016 Color of the Year. Also wiping the slate clean is paint brand Benjamin Moore, who has selected Simply White OC-117 shade as its 2016 Color of the Year while Valspar paint says that its restorative 2016 color palette ‘Comfort Zone’ is an antidote to a ‘fast-paced lifestyle’ and will ‘balance the mind, body and spirit.’
Warm Metals

Arik Levy’s Bowl collection for Inbani.

Particularly effective in the bathroom and kitchen space, rose gold, brass, copper and gold will continue to dominate in 2016 according to London-based interior designer Gemma Gordon-Duff of Gordon–Duff & Linton who suggests pairing them with raw, natural materials such as marble and wood. “Good quality materials like this are a great investment because they will never go out of style,” she advises.

Made of a copper and gold alloy mixture, the 18-carat patina of Dornbracht’s non-corrosive electroplated surface Cyprum is the first new finish to be launched by Dornbracht since 2009. Patricia Urquiola’s two-part Cuna bath for Agape features a thermoformed solid surface tub supported by a tubular copper frame. Arik Levy’s Bowl collection for Spanish bathroom brand Inbani mixes white ceramic with copper and marble details.
Rough Luxe

John Whitmarsh’s new cement tile collections for Clé.

“Instant aging of materials and adding texture and depth to a space always helps add to the experience,” says Jon Sherman Founder & Creative Director of Brooklyn-based wallpaper company Flavor Paper, who predicts that papers that mimic industrial finishes will be big news in 2016.

“Being able to add some grime or roughness to a very sterile environment adds an unexpected touch and intrigues the senses,” says Sherman of Flavor Paper’s textural designs, Teardrop Wall, Charred Cedar and Galapagos Wall, which bring roughness into the interior but without the cost, weight and problematic depth. Similarly Piet Hein Eek’s latest tromp l’oeil effect papers for manufacturer NLXL resemble architectural materials such as painted bricks and salvaged wood. Sculptor John Whitmarsh’s new cement tile collections for Clé are made by taking gypsum cement castings from reclaimed materials such as pallets, roadside guardrail posts, and discarded metals
Customized Interior

Custom furniture by Tylko.

2015 saw a slew of online furniture brands launch onto the market offering their customers the ability to customize and order furniture online to their own unique specifications. The trend looks set to continue into 2016 as these new online companies establish themselves and reach a wider audience.

Jason Goldberg’s new flat-pack furniture brand Hem offers a slick set of customization tools on its website that allow customers to pick fabrics, sizes and configurations to suit their individual space. With a big focus on the development of complex algorithms and 3D software, new Poland-based furniture brand Tylko allows customers to not only customize colors and finishes but to also create furniture with its own unique shape and form. Launched this year at NeoCon, ShopFloor makes use of generative algorithms and 3D software to facilitate streamlined production of customized furniture designs including wall coverings, perforated metal panels and a snaking aluminum bench by Jonathan Olivares.
Retro Tech

Serif TV by Samsung.

Technology is softening its edges and moving away from the impersonal, hard lined approach of the past. Like the early domestic technology of the 1950s and 60s, the latest devices are part of the furniture.

Samsung’s Serif TV is bringing back the mid twentieth century concept of the stylized TV. With its I-shaped profile and a magnetic fabric panel at the rear that conceals messy wires and plugs, Serif is challenging the perception of what a flatscreen TV should look like. Packaged in a soft-edged, stitched leather carry case that blends 1960s styling with cutting edge technology, Michael Young’s new portable Bluetooth speaker for Italian brand Brionvega is inspired by one of the Italian brand’s earliest products, the TS 207 portable radio designed by Rodolfo Bonetto. Recognizing a gap in the market for finely crafted audio equipment, New York-based Symbol handcraft modern audio HIFI consoles and vinyl LP storage cabinets in the tradition of fine furniture.
Tailored Materiality

Mid-Century, part of West Elm’s new office division.

“Finish application has always been an important element of workplace design,” says Steve Delfino, vice president of corporate marketing and product management at Teknion, who believes that 2016 will see designers using color and texture to create a more varied, inspiring and personalized work environment. “We’re seeing an increased emphasis on varied materiality throughout the workplace to create environments that influence wellness and productivity,” he says.

Teknion’s upStage™ offers an assortment of material options, including textiles and wood veneer, translucent and back-painted glass, perforated metal and a range of metal and laminate finishes. “We’ve taken everyday materials and used them in unexpected ways that draw reference from residential design cues,” says Teknion. The Alumni chair by Amsterdam-based designer Jesse Visser and Geke Lensink of Dutch manufacturer eQ+ can blend into the home or office thanks to its various base options and coatings that include nickel, gold, black, black brass or white as well as a wide selection of Kvadrat fabric and leather upholstery options. Launched earlier this year at NeoCon, the 75+ pieces in West Elm’s new office division are designed to make the office feel less ‘office-like’ with finish options that run the gamut of style, from steel and white laminate to walnut veneer and antiqued bronze
Seamless Functionalities

Le Lit Nationa’s Origami Bed by Elise Fouin.

Seasoned retail and trade show editor Heloisa Righetto of trend forecasting and analysis service WGSN Lifestyle predicts a move towards furniture that facilitates numerous different activities. “Although multifunctional furniture is not a new concept, these added functions are becoming more intuitive, more fluid and less about novelty.”

Made up of modular units, including tables, poufs, cabinets and sofas in various fabrics, Werner Aisslinger’s ‘Bikini Island’ sofa system for Moroso can be customized to integrate as many functions as needed. “Life in the living room has changed quite a lot recently,” explains Aisslinger. “Families and their kids are chilling with different activities—reading, downloading files, writing emails, gaming, chatting with friends, watching movies on a pad, relaxing, talking, thinking or meditating.” Induction-charging stations are gradually being integrated into furniture and lighting as standard. Earlier this year Ikea introduced a series of lamps, bedside tables and desks that are able to wirelessly charge any portable electronic devices that are placed on top of them. The headboard of Le Lit National’s Origami bed by Elise Fouin is covered in decorative pockets that double as storage while the reverse serves as a desk.

Chouchin pendant lamps for Foscarini.

1970s-inspired furnishings are set to make a comeback in 2016 according to New York-based hospitality designer and entrepreneur Stacy Garcia. “The relaxed, free-spirited nature of that era has been attractive to the fashion industry and has quickly moved towards interiors as well. Many design elements of the 70s were bold, raw and globally-fueled, as a response to the changing social and political environment of that time.”

Stacy Garcia’s Calabasas furniture collection for D’Style takes its design cues from the wanderlust of the global traveler and the boldness of the 1970’s nonconformist. Musician Lenny Kravitz turned his hand to furniture design in 2015 when he paired with CB2 to launch his debut line of furniture, lighting and accessories. Inspired by 1970s New York club culture, the 20-piece collection features polished metals, bold geometric patterns, walnut and sheepskin. Ionna Vautrin’s Chouchin pendant lamps for Foscarini evoke the 1970s with their lantern shapes and avocado green, grey and orange colorways.
Agile Planning

QuickStand by Humanscale.

The flexible office trend has dominated the contract furniture industry in recent years and in 2016 Steve Delfino, vice president of corporate marketing and product management at Teknion, expects the theme to evolve. “There is an increased expectation for flexibility and adaptability in the workplace,” he says. “Now clients are requesting products that can adjust to an ever-changing work landscape.”

Catering to offices of anything between two and two hundred, Poppin’s Series A Desk System has an easy, tool-free construction that lets growing offices quickly and effortlessly create new different desk configurations. hiSpace is an expanding height-adjustable bench design from Teknion that can create benching environments for two to sixteen users. Named as the best office accessory of the decade at our very own Interior Design 2015 Best of Year Awards, the QuickStand by Humanscale is a height-adjustable workstation that attaches to the back of any work surface to transform it into a height adjustable desk.


Hotel Design Inspiration – Genius Loci, or “The Spirit of Place”

Capturing the essence and soul of a location that surrounds a structure, and exhibiting that essence through the design extends the cultural experience into the hotel and further establishes a sense of place within the lodging experience. In architecture and interior design, genius loci is a profound inspiration for creating a sense of “place” and a truly unique experience for guests. How does genius loci inspire hotel design, both structurally and in the interior design, and how can hotels use it to create a more enhanced guest experience?
What is Genius Loci?
The genius loci is a long-familiar concept in architecture and design, and has, over many years, been adapted and incorporated in a variety of ways. In fact, the origins of genius loci (Latin for “spirit of place”) date back to ancient Roman religion. The Romans constructed numerous altars throughout the empire dedicated to the protective spirits of those places. In Asia, the spirits of places are still honored today in numerous indoor and outdoor shrines.
The genius loci is widely known as one of the principles of garden and landscape design, established by 18th-century poet Alexander Pope, who determined that the design of a landscape should always be adapted to the context of the location. In architecture, the Neo-Rationalist style, derived from the genius loci concept, is identified by the incorporation of vernacular elements and forms, and adapting the structure to the existing environment.
What motivates a traveler to journey to a distant locale? Often it is the desire to be immersed in the culture and character of that place, to have an authentic experience unlike any other. A hotel that presents an exclusive experience that is an extension of the culture and feeling of the locale is likely to excite and attract these guests.
The “spirit” and “power” that resides in a place is unique to that native area, and is considered part of the land. Capturing the essence and soul of a location that surrounds a structure, and exhibiting that essence through the design extends the cultural experience into the hotel, its restaurants and services, and further creates a sense of place for guests.
The genius loci is more than simply placing traditional or vernacular objects on display, or incorporating regional materials in the construction process. The spirit of place is translated through creating special abodes that reflect local sacred spaces, or creating opportunities for guests to experience excitement and memorable moments. Genius loci often incorporates a historical narrative, sometimes layered with the complexity of that particular place, or involves infusing elements of the local culture that make that place distinctive. The structure, both inside and outside, portrays the character and individuality of the location but is also part of the larger ecosystem of place. Authenticity is integral.
In his 2001 article, “Can Spirit of Place be a guide to Ethical Building?” Isis Brook suggests that genius loci is a means to prevent homogenized design and instead celebrate design diversity by creating meaningful places. Likewise, the author Christian Norberg-Schulz encourages architects and designers to create spaces with distinct character, buildings that help people to know how they belong to that place.
What Does This Mean for Hotel Design?
In tapping into the genius loci architects and interior designers not only immerse themselves into the environment surrounding the structure to observe and harness a “feeling” for the location, they also conduct an immense amount of research to ascertain any historical, cultural and environmental information to help formulate a design narrative. The narrative is the backbone that guides all design decisions, from furnishings to fixtures and from room layout to finishes. The hotel operator’s existing brand, the client’s cultural influence, and even nearby competitors all can play a role in the ideas extracted and translated in establishing a sense of place. Like detectives searching for clues, hotel designers extract ideas from the myriad sources of information to incorporate into the hotel’s theme or story driving the design.
History, Local Culture and Art Translated Through Interior Design
A prime example of genius loci as inspiration for hotel design is the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The inn, which was recently renovated on the occasion of the hotel’s 25th anniversary, offers guests an authentic Southwest experience that celebrates the city’s artistic spirit and Native American heritage. When the luxury hotel was first constructed in 1991 in a historic building, architects of Aspen Design Group and interior designers of Wilson Associates sought to preserve the Pueblo exterior and celebrate the history and rich cultural heritage of Santa Fe in the building’s design. The hotel is named for the Anasazi Indians, a cliff-dwelling tribe the Navajo called “the ancient ones” who inhabited the region nearly 2,000 years ago.
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In an effort to honor their spirit and culture, the design team visited several Anasazi sites and extensively researched the culture and craftsmen before designing the space. The authenticity of the design is evident in the incorporation of Navajo symbols and patterns into ironwork and woven rugs, historical pigments used in the color palette, and stonework crafted in traditional methods. At every stage the design team “invoked the spirits” with ceremonies and blessings. Utilizing desert earth tones, handcrafted millwork and furniture, and authentic art from the area, each space in the hotel-from the cozy lobby lounge and restaurant to the guest rooms and suites-exhibits the soul of Santa Fe. Canvases by prominent New Mexican painters, Navajo weavings, and custom-crafted objects by local artists line the walls, while hand-loomed antique-patterned rugs cover plank pine floors.
Unlike many interpretations of Southwest décor, which can appear unauthentic, the Inn of the Anasazi is a contemporary sophisticated interpretation of the traditions and history of the Santa Fe region. In its recent renovation by Principal Designer Jim Rimelspach and the same interior design team that created the initial space 25 years ago, the hotel is a refreshed and modernized authentic Santa Fe experience.
Social Customs Can Inspire Unique Hotel Space Planning
Tapping into the genius loci as inspiration for interior design not only produces cultural and historical references for design, but many social customs in a region can be translated as genius loci as well, and inspire some truly innovative space planning in hotels.
The Hilton Chengdu is an elegant and sophisticated urban hotel located in the new financial district of Chengdu, capital of the Sichuan Province in China. A predominately business hotel, the Hilton Chengdu is part of a modern mixed-use development interconnected by an outdoor landscaped roof terrace that overlooks the lobby entrance atrium of the hotel. When creating the hotel, interior designers from Wilson Associates’ Singapore studio wished to make guests, most of whom are weary business travelers, feel as comfortable as possible, especially upon arrival to the hotel’s lobby.
The Hilton Chengdu lobby welcomes guests, much like being invited into a friend’s home for a gathering, in that the check-in counter isn’t what greets guests first. Unlike typical hotels where the check-in counter is the primary focal point in the lobby, the Hilton Chengdu lobby emulates the customary, more familiar gathering in a friend’s home. When invited to someone’s house, guests enter a welcoming living room with an open kitchen adjacent, where they can replenish with a refreshing beverage and sumptuous meal made by the host.
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This social custom defined the architectural layout of the lobby space: As guests enter the front doors of the Hilton Chengdu, they are welcomed into an expansive, comfortable gathering space with various seating arrangements for resting and relaxing after a long day of business. Adjacent to the “living room” space is an all-day dining area that invites guests to recharge and replenish. The intimate check-in area is tucked away and easy to find once guests are ready to retire to their rooms or require personal assistance.
Five Ways to Incorporate Genius loci into hotel interior Design:
Site Visit – Visit the site where the building is to be constructed, and take time to observe the surrounding area.
Historical Research – What is the history of the people and land in that area? Are there significant historical events that took place in the region? Any historical landmarks or personas from the region?
Environment – What natural elements exist in the area (a dense forest, a vast river known for trade, or maybe a mineral quarry)? What is the weather like (snow, delicate rain, bright sunshine)? Are there natural resources that have been integral to the region’s success?
Neighborhood and Vicinity – What other structures exist around the building site, and what is their purpose? Why do people visit that area?
Local Culture – What is the cuisine like? What makes the people of this locale unique? Is there local or regional art that defines the area culture?
Tapping into the Environment
In hospitality, we are in the business of creating genuine and often one-of-a-kind experiences for our guests and clients. We’re composing the spaces where people all over the world enjoy and celebrate life – places where they eat, sleep, laugh, share, and create memories.
Finding design inspiration in the local resources and building architecture, historical events, culture, color palettes and patterns, and even cuisine flavors can inspire a hotel’s design. All inhabit the genius loci, and this essence of the location surrounding the hotel help create a unique experience and sense of place for guests.



The concept of the boutique hotel has changed perceptions of the hotel market. Mistakenly credited to Ian Schrager and his individual hotels in the Morgans group in the mid-1980’s, the concept is much older. If we are looking to innovative modern iterations of boutique then we must go beyond Schrager to Anouska Hempel’s Blakes Hotel of 1978. Visiting as a designer I was excited by her first use of narrowly focussed downlights,black table cloths and Samurai armour along with the sheer visual drama this created. Schrager started with nightclubs at the end of the 1970’s and took the drama and use of electro-art into Morgans in 1984, bringing boutique to the USA.

What changed with these hotels was that they were controlled by the designer. Without an accountant questioning the value of design they were able to realise an innovative, idiosyncratic, vision of the complete environment which both excited the guest and ultimately became very profitable. Pitched initially at the less than 100 bed luxury end of the market, their impact on individual owners was marked and led to a wave of boutique-style hotels and b&b’s opening that began to impact on the identity and profitability of chain hotels . Barry Sternlicht, now owner of the Louvre/Golden Tulip group was the first CEO of a major brand to drive a vision of a corporate boutique with the very successful development of the ‘W’ brand whilst he was CEO of Starwoods. Reputedly the most financially successful hotels in the Starwood Group, their high RevPAR rapidly had other brands following the same route looking for similar returns. Dare I mention Denizen? No – perhaps not…

Many hotels are uniquely and individually designed, and what set boutiques apart initially was their placing at the luxury end of the market, with high individual service standards as well as highly individual design. What the hype and noise from the general press obscures is that successful boutiques come out of a clear operational and design philosophy and a trusting relationship between hotelier/developer and designer. Whilst boutique branding may take brands into more defined design areas than they would have ventured into before, it is inevitable that controlling the look to match a brand standard will ultimately stifle design innovation and remove the inspirational differences that Hempel and Schrager pointed the way to.


Sleep 2016 Event to Take Place in London November 22nd and 23rd

Comprising a conference program, innovative design installations, and an exhibition of cutting-edge products specifically aimed at well-designed hotels, Sleep—Europe’s hotel design and development event—attracts influential speakers, creative talent, and leading contract brands from around the world to London’s Business Design Centre. As a special focus at this year’s event, taking place November 22nd and 23rd, the science behind understanding today’s diverse hotel guests will be explored through conference sessions and built concept guestrooms by international design companies.

The Sleep Set design competition is an event highlight that attracts international design companies and is widely recognized for challenging convention. For this year’s theme, the Science of Tribes, Sleep is partnering with scientists from social science research consultancy the SINUS-Institute to look at how different groups of people across the world can be identified by their shared values, tastes, and attitudes—and how this can be applied to our understanding of today’s hotel guests. The London offices of Aukett Swanke and Gensler, Singapore-based WOW Architects, Tokyo-based Mitsui Designtec, and London-based Studio PROOF are each creating a guestroom for a different “tribe.” Following an introductory presentation by SINUS, the designers will have an opportunity to explain their concepts before a panel of judges in front of a conference audience, with the winner announced at the installations.

The complimentary conference sessions also reflect a global perspective and speaker lineup, attracting the likes of design legend Adam D. Tihany, who will participate in a panel discussion on cruise hotels along with Rick Meadows, president of Seabourn Cruise Line and Cunard North America, and Christian Schönrock of Costa Group—looking at what it takes to bring innovative design to life on a new vessel.

A panel of curators, including Alex Toledano of Los Angeles-based Visto Images and Sune Nordgren, curator at Nordic Hotels & Resorts, will reveal how thoughtfully curated art can strengthen a hotel’s brand narrative. A discussion on the future of wellness looks at how successful hotel spas are in meeting new consumer aspirations and how good design can support mind and body in all our built environments—with views from Sue Harmsworth, CEO of ESPA; Clodagh, founder of New York-based Clodagh Designs and designer of award-winning Six Senses Douro Valley in Portugal; Kevin Underwood, principal at HKS; and Aiden Walker, author of Ecology of the Soul.

Two popular roundtable sessions will include one hosted by professionals from the hotel development, owner, investor, and operator sectors, while the other will offer practical tips from experts on a range of specialties including lighting design, trends in materials, F&B concepts, and curating music for a memorable hotel stay. In a penultimate session on day two, Vince Stroop, principal at New York-based Stonehill & Taylor, joins Nick van Marken, head of hospitality at Deloitte UK and Matthias Arnold from the SINUS-Institute to analyze the hopes and fears for the industry in a globalized and less certain world.

Additional offerings at Sleep include an Immersive Reality Lounge featuring the recently launched HTC Vive—the newest Oculus Rift headset—and the latest Sublime Portal, a shared immersion experience for visitors. This fast-evolving technology is set to transform the design process, providing a critical stage between the drawing board and built space, enabling stakeholders to explore concepts and solutions at one-to-one scale.


New Luxury Resort to Arrive in Canouan

Canouan island in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is home to the forthcoming 5-Star Pink Sands Club, Canouan resort. The 26-suite, six-villa property will open its doors early next month.

The Club is done in a classic style with pink accents, cool marble, cream fabrics, and dark wood. Coastal and lagoon-view guestrooms feature technology, including a mirrored sliding glass door with a TV embedded, and marble-clad bathrooms are outfitted with double vanities, separate rainfall showers, and soaking tubs.
The Spa will offer nine hillside and two overwater palapas with glass-bottom floors, accessible only by boat. Following treatments, guests can enjoy the infinity pool with three-tiered tanning deck.

All-day dining venue Romeo will feature an open kitchen, while the sophisticated Juliet offers two private dining rooms and indoor-outdoor seating. Other F&B options will include Lagoon Café, an elegant beach house-style bar and restaurant offering ocean views, a pool bar, and an additional five bars and restaurants.

The resort will also be home to the Canouan Golf Club, which offers a Jim Fazio-designed 18-hole championship golf course. A floodlit tennis court, Technogym fitness center, and teen and kids club will also be included onsite.


Australian firm develops method to safely cold-press raw milk

Screen-Shot-2016-06-08-at-15.01.18An Australian company has rolled out a new bottled “raw milk” that uses cold-pressing as an alternative technique to pasteurisation, after receiving the approval of the New South Wales Food Authority.

The micro-organisms in raw milk make it dangerous for humans to consume – but Sydney-based Made by Cow high-pressure processes the milk, which, despite the product’s positioning, mean it is no longer technically raw apart from avoiding the process of heating that conventional milk goes through during pasteurisation.

As Australian newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald reported, the company worked with NSW Food Authority “for more than a year” to ensure that the product was free from the pathogens that are usually present in raw milk, and which pose a serious threat to humans.

Made by Cow has made the 750ml bottles, with a retail price of AUD 5 ($3.74) each, available in health stores in Australia. Because of the unusual method of processing, each bottle of Made by Cow’s cold-pressed milk features a thick layer of cream on top.

“Good herd management, hygienic milking techniques and the cold-pressure method have meant we can put 100% safe, raw milk onto supermarket shelves,” Made by Cow founder Saxon Joye was quoted as saying by The Sydney Morning Herald.

“The bottles of milk are placed under enormous water pressure, squashed in about 15%, to remove the harmful micro-organisms.”


This bakery is making amazing bouquets out of cupcakes

13092005_1036677439714374_8076496503594734301_nSometimes you just don’t know whether to send cake or flowers – now one baker has solved the problem.

Baker Charli, who is 25, has designed these incredible cupcake bouquets.


She spends four hours creating each cupcake bouquet – that includes the time to make and bake the buns and intricately design the flowers in icing on the top.

She says it combines her love for art and baking.

Charli Owen has had a passion for baking since college and while studying her art degree she fed many of her friends with her cake creations.

It’s her skills with fabric which she says have helped her hone her sugarcraft skills.


She started her business, Charli’s Cakes, from her home in Bangor, Gwynedd, in April last year and says it has grown and grown.

She also makes novelty cakes, wedding cakes and sugar craft flowers.


Artisan chocolatier creates new collection of ‘chocolate ice lollies’

Ice-Lollies-FINALArtisan chocolatier Choc on Choc has created a new series of chocolate lollies, reimagining some of Britain’s favourite retro ice lolly brands in chocolate form.

Launching just in time for summer, the new collection is handmade using pure white and Belgian milk chocolate. Every four-count pack contains some of the UK’s most iconic ice lollies – a classic Fab topped with hundreds and thousands, an old school strawberry split, a traditional Twister and the multi-coloured rocket – each beautifully designed and intricately detailed.

The new additions have been produced using the brand’s patented production technique, which decadently layers chocolate on top of chocolate and allows the business to create a range of intricate designs.

The company previously lifted the lid on a giant chocolate hen with gold eggs, chocolate quail’s eggs, a white chocolate egg with chocolate dipping soldiers, plus a basket featuring a chocolate bunny delving into a crop of chocolate carrots – all, of course, to mark the key Easter trading period.

With a shelf-life of 12 months, each complete retro ice lolly set is available from Choc on Choc with a price of £15.


Russian Confectioner Creates Cakes So Perfect Eating Them Would Be a Crime

It may sound ridiculous but it’s true, there really are cakes in existence that are so perfect that even a person with sweetest tooth would question taking a slice out of them, especially if it’s the work of Russian confectioner Olga who’s mirror glazed cakes really are more artwork that cake.

The secret behind the mirror like glazed finish on each of them lies in the ingredients and the process as shared below by Reddit user SuperDrew124.

Mirror Glaze Recipe:

20 g Gelatin Powder 120 g Water 300 g Glucose 300 g Sugar 150 g Water 200 g Sweetened Cond Milk 300 g Chocolate (White, Milk, Dark or a combination) Food Coloring

  • Bloom the gelatin in the water.
  • Boil the glucose, sugar & water.
  • Remove from heat and add the gelatin.
  • Add the cond milk.
  • Pour over chocolate and buerre mix to remove air bubbles.
  • Use at 35C/95F

The marbling effect is with different color glazes poured together over the cake.