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Tuju, São Paulo

A restaurant with its own greenhouse, taking farm-to-table to another level

by CH Contributor in Food + Drink on 19 September 2014

Architecture, Brazil, Decor, Design, Food + Drink, Sao Paulo, Dining, Restaurants

by Jorge Grimberg


In São Paulo, a new restaurant has taken the search for local suppliers to the next level. “All we have planted here is eatable, from the greenhouse to the front garden," Ivan Raslton Bielawski—the eatery's 29-year-old chef—tells CH. Tuju, located at Vila Madalena (the original bohemian neighborhood of São Paulo) is a symbol of the recent and ongoing evolution of the area, which is transitioning from a hippie town to a design-conscious and forward-looking place.


Bielawski's menu is succinct, but playful, blending Brazilian traditions with global tinges in dishes like beans with foie gras or paella with local crayfish. “I create uniting product, technique and culture. For example, the duck cannelloni in tucupi [a traditional yellow sauce made from manioc root] is the gathering of Brazilian and Italian cultures with our in-house spices."


The design of the restaurant has been meticulously defined by studio Vapor 324, where partners Rodrigo Oliveira, Thomas Frenk, Fabio Riff and Fabricio Lenci created an environment defined by the chef’s desire to have all the ingredients on hand—with some extra style lent from the use of local materials. The furniture was designed specially for Tuju by Garupa Estudio and includes modernist wooden chairs and benches.

When diners enter the restaurant, they step right into an open kitchen—"the central space of any Brazilian house." The same flooring takes customers from the street into the bar and then the main dining space. This openness creates a transparency in the processes and creation of each dish that makes the restaurant friendly and oozing a fresh vibe.

Tuju is located at Rua Fradique Coutinho, 1248, Vila Madalena São Paulo.

Images courtesy of Tuju

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Six iPhone 6 Cases

Sexy protective options for those who know better than to leave their device naked

by Graham Hiemstra in Tech on 19 September 2014

Apple, Tech Accessories, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone Cases

At long last, the iPhone 6 has been unveiled—along with the even more anticipated Apple Watch. As assumed, the phone sports a larger screen and therefore larger profile in general, meaning it's time to start thinking about what sort of cover will best protect your latest investment without putting a dampener on your style. From battery-imbedded to leather-wrapped and metal-forged, the following six cases offer a range of options for keeping your new iPhone 6 safe.

Apple iPhone 6 Leather Case

It's no surprise one of the sleekest cases to debut alongside the new Apple phone comes from the Cupertino-based maker itself. A single piece of leather wraps the case while a microfiber lining protects the phone from inside. Plus the color is deep-dyed, ensuring it won't rub off after initial use. Find it from Apple for $45.

Squair Dimple Bumper

The nearest thing to going without a case, is a bumper. And while we'd certainly prefer to keep our iPhone unsheathed, it's not the smartest option. Smart, The Dimple is. The immaculately crafted bumper is made of a single piece of "Extra Super Duralumin"—a superior grade, age-hardened aluminum—to ensure your phone stays safe for longer than you'll likely own it. The intricate diamond-like pattern is rather lovely too—though one would expect nothing less from a $500, Japanese-made case.

Calypsocase Wallet

As we've seen before, CalypsoCase offers some extremely well-made options in the phone accessory world. And that certainly holds true for the simply named, limited edition Wallet—which is in fact more of a pouch than a case, but who's counting. As we'll soon see the need to carry multiple credit cards dwindle (thanks to the introduction of Apple Pay) this clever accessory is even more useful. The distinctive, handmade leather wallet sells for $149.

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Silk Pureview Slim Case

Designed for minimal aesthetic impact, the low profile Pureview Slim case covers nearly all sides of the device to ensure maximum protection, while leaving the back clear for viewing—or stashing a picture of your favorite pet like a picture frame. Two colorways compliment all phone iterations, and embellished corners help diffuse impact when dropped. For $12, it's one of the best (and most affordable) bets out there.

BuQu Tech PowerArmour

As we all have unfortunately found out before, phone batteries never last quite as long we'd like—though the new 6 does boast a better life. For drop-protection and battery extension, there's the PowerArmour from BuQu Tech. With just the right number of bells and whistles—on/off switch to conserve juice, LED lights to gauge the charge, secure fit—it's functional without looking like something MacGyver would carry. Plus it doubles your battery life—which is pretty great for $80.

Native Union CLIC Wooden Case

There's something so attractive about organic materials juxtaposed against the cold steel and glass of an iPhone. As we've seen before, Native Union does this well, and their CLIC Wooden (now available for iPhone 6) is always a favorite. And, of course, a little pop of color never hurts. Available for pre-order now for $40, with delivery expected for early October.

Images courtesy of each respective brand

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The Influence of Furniture on Love

A 17th century farmhouse, where artists reside, is transformed into a living art gallery

by Cajsa Carlson in Culture on 19 September 2014

Contemporary Art, England, Installations, Wysing Arts Centre, Exhibitions, Exhibits

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Economist John Maynard Keynes isn’t necessarily the sort of person you think would inspire a contemporary art show—even if he did hang out with the Bloomsbury Group. But at the Wysing Arts Centre outside Keynes’ hometown of Cambridge, a new exhibition, "The Influence of Furniture on Love," draws on an unpublished essay of his to explore the relationship between living space and creativity. The 1909 handwritten essay, called “Can we consume our surplus or the influence of furniture on love?” discusses if it's possible for the rooms we inhabit to “suggest to us thoughts and feelings and occupations.”

At Wysing, those thoughts and feelings would naturally turn to art; the early 17th century farmhouse has been used as artists’ residences for more than two decades. Now, as Wysing celebrates its 25th anniversary, the house has been emptied of personal belongings and filled with works by some of the artists that have lived there over the past 25 years. “Wysing allows for an informal way to create and share ideas around the kitchen table,” says curator Lotte Juul. “This exhibition sees artists responding to the house and what their time here meant to them.”

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Among those who have contributed to “The Influence of Furniture on Love” is Elizabeth Price, who was in residence at Wysing in 2012. Her piece “G.U.N” (1993) is displayed on its own in a room on the upper floor, where the set of drawers with a gun on top creates a new narrative and provokes questions for the otherwise empty room: who left the gun here, and has it been used—will it be used? Some of the artworks included in the exhibition (including “G.U.N”) already existed and were chosen for their suitability, whereas others were made specifically for the exhibition, such as Ruth Beale’s wallpaper entitled “The press, which is a tongue to the eye.”

Seeing the artists’ work on display in a space where they once lived is an oddly immersive and intimate experience, creating a more personal connection between the artist and the viewer than perhaps a gallery show would. “Influence” also underlines the relationship between the artist and the space in which s/he creates. As Florian Roithmayr—who was in residence at Wysing in 2013—says: “The house was always a space of production.”

"The Influence of Furniture on Love" is on view until 2 November 2014 at Wysing Arts Centre, located at Fox Road, Bourn, Cambridge, CB23 2TX.

Gil Leung, Monumentality (2013) photo by Plastiques photography, courtesy the artist and Wysing Arts Centre; Florian Roithmayr, The Y (2013) photo Guillaume Breton, courtesy the artist, Rowing Projects, MOTInternational, London & Brussels and Wysing Arts Centre; Elizabeth Price, G.U.N. (1993) courtesy of the artist and MOT international, London & Brussels; Lisa Wilkens, Prevented portrait myself (2011) courtesy the artist and Wysing Arts Centre

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