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Starbucks Opens Their First Location In Italy And The Inside Is Even More Amazing Than The Outside

On September 6th, Starbucks has opened their first location in Italy. It is called the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and is located in Milan, inside the historic Poste building in Piazza Cordusio. The cafe is designed as a homage to the Italian espresso culture that inspired former Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, to create the Starbucks Experience 35 years ago.

It is the third Starbucks Reserve Roastery in the world and the gigantic 25,000 sq. ft. (2,300-square-meter) location will offer small-lot Arabica coffee sourced from all over the world, freshly baked bread by local baker Rocco Princi and will showcase the theatre of coffee roasting, brewing, and mixology. Another unique thing located inside the newly opened cafe is something called the ‘Dancing Lady’ –  a 22 ft. bronze roasting cask, that periodically opens, giving the visitors a view of the degassing phase of coffee bean roasting.

The location’s interior is also unique – the interior is exploding with colors, features white marble countertops, mosaic marble floors, and a floor-to-ceiling story of Starbucks engraved in brass. Outside, the customers will find a beautiful terrace with giant bronze bird cages and a hand-crafted marble statue of the siren by sculptor Giovanni Balderi.

Starbucks says the new location created nearly 300 jobs in Italy, so if you’re Italian and always wanted to work for the company – you just might be in luck. Check out the pictures of Italy’s first Starbucks location in the gallery below!

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On September 6th, Starbucks has opened their first location in Italy

It is called the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and is located in Milan, inside the historic Poste building in Piazza Cordusio

It is the third Starbucks Reserve Roastery in the world and the gigantic location will offer small-lot Arabica coffee sourced from all over the world

The interior features white marble countertops and mosaic floors

And is full of bright colors

You can even buy freshly baked bread by local baker Rocco Princi!

Another unique thing inside is the ‘Dancing Lady’, a 22 ft. bronze roasting cask, that periodically opens, giving the visitors a view of the degassing phase of coffee bean roasting

Outside, the customers will find a beautiful terrace with giant bronze bird cages and a hand-crafted marble statue of the siren by sculptor Giovanni Balderi

Starbucks says the new location created nearly 300 jobs in Italy, so if you’re Italian and always wanted to work for the company – you just might be in luck!

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New and Noteworthy: 7 Recent Awards, Retrospectives and Partnerships

From award recognitions to exhibition openings, we’ve rounded up the most important design news from the past several weeks.

1. Rottet Studio named AIA Houston’s 2019 Firm of the Year

Rottet Studio senior staff accepts the award. Photography by Mark Johnson.

Rottet Studio is on a roll! From revamping the New York Stock Exchange (which won a Best of Year award in 2018) to opening the Hotel Alessandra in Rottet’s hometown of Houston, the firm has shown its undeniable presence in the design world. Rottet Studio received the award in early April during the Celebrate Architecture Gala at the Lone Star Flight Museum. 

The bar at Bardot, Hotel Alessandra’s cocktail lounge, combines walnut, brass, and resin. Photography by Eric Laignel.

2. Michael Anastassiades exhibits “Things That Go Together” retrospective

Michael Anastassiades’s ‘Things That Go Together’ in partnership with Flos. Photography courtesy of Flos.

The Best of Year award-winning duo is back. Flos partnered with designer Michael Anastassiades for his 12-year retrospective at the Nicosia Municipal Arts Center in his hometown of Cyprus, Greece. The show’s content ranges from Anastassiades’s design process to his research and includes his collaborations with Flos. The exhibit will run through July 20th.

3. “Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance 1850-1970” opens at RISD Museum

Circa ’70 Coffee and Tea Service by Donald H. Colflesh for Gorham Manufacturing Company, 1960. Silver with ebony and Formica. Photography courtesy of RISD Museum.

RISD Museum’s Elizabeth A. Williams curated 120 years of creations by American silver manufacturer Gorham. The collection ranges from 19th-century objets d’art to Cubist-inspired coffee service, all crafted with Gorham’s signature glistening metal. The exhibition runs from May 3rdto December 1st.

Cubic Coffee Service by Erik Magnussen for Gorham Manufacturing Company, 1927. Silver with gilding, ivory, and oxidized decoration. Photography courtesy of RISD Museum.
Egg Spoon by Gorham Manufacturing Company, 1879. Silver with gilding. Photography courtesy of RISD Museum.

4. Coalesse announces new design partners

The VerdantaTM line by Sagegreenlife is a collection of self-contained free-standing walls and partitions. Photography courtesy of Coalesse.

Workplace furnishings company Coalesse recently announced new partnerships with Sagegreenlife, Carl Hansen & Son, Viccarbe, and EMU. The four companies bring fresh ideas to the table, such as bioliphic partitions from Sagegreenlife, and Carl Hansen & Son’s legacy pieces by Hans Wegner.

Embrace Collection by Austrian design trio EOOS for Carl Hansen & Son. Photography courtesy of Coalesse.

5. Ressource now offers extensive design services

Ressource offers design services at its New York showroom. Photography courtesy of Resource.

French paint manufacturer Ressource has announced new color consulting, design, and special effects application services. These services open the door for Ressource to work closely with clients on customizing their projects.

6. Jerry Pair launches new website

Luxury furniture retailer Jerry Pair has entered the e-commerce sphere with a website refresh. The site offers 35,000 residential products including furniture, lighting, accessories, textiles, and wallcoverings.

7. Biomimicry Institute hosts annual design competition

Art imitates life—and so does design. The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge prompts designers to imagine nature-inspired solutions for urgent sustainability issues, this year’s theme being climate change. The competition is open to university students and professionals. Enter by May 8th to be considered.

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8 Sultry Amber Lighting Products

Heads-up for warm, burnished tones. These eight lighting products give an amber glow.

 

Bernhard Dietz’s Tapermoon Bow dimmable LED lamp with anodized-aluminum base and paper shade by Zeed.

Jonathan Browning’s Jalama incandescent pendant in antiqued brass–plated mild steel with vintage bottle-glass strands by McGuire Furniture.

Poul Henningsen’s PH Artichoke LED pendant in satin-polished copper with rose finish by Louis Poulsen.

Natasha Sultan and Helena Sultan’s Armor pendants in hand-blown glass and stainless-steel chain mail with satin-brass finish by Konekt

Antoni Arola’s Palma dimmable LED pendants in blown opal glass with aluminum rings in graphite lacquer finish by Vibia.

Gerhard Reichert and Michele De Lucchi’s Logico table lamp in die-cast aluminum with hand-blown glass shade in Tobacco by Artemide.

Nicci Green’s Trilogy sconce in mouth-blown glass and brass with Spoti white finish by Articolo.

Read more: 6 Fantastical Lighting Fixtures

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Appalachian State University Design Students Show “Homework” in High Point

Plant Seven, an emerging center for design, culture and commerce in High Point, North Carolina, furthered its reputation for cultivating innovation with Homework, an exhibition of works by undergraduates from the furniture design concentration at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.

Led by Richard Prisco, professor of industrial design and furniture concentration coordinator from the school’s Department of Applied Sciences, the students applied the social, cultural, aesthetic, and functional tools they’ve learned in the four-year program, while also addressing the challenge of project-appropriate manufacturing.

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Read More: Glam to Galactic: Hot Products at the Spring 2019 High Point Market

Here’s a sampling of the students—all North Carolina natives—whose works were showcased at Plant Seven during the April edition of High Point Market. 

Designer: Emily Madson Miller

Product: Armstrong

Standout: Aiming for the contract sector, the Whittier-born designer favors industrial chic in a lounge chair constructed from powder-coated steel, cork, and aluminum.

Photography courtesy of Appalachian State University.

Designer: John Lalevee

Product: Netik

Standout: The Raleigh-based designer enables living room sprawl with a multi-surface maple cocktail table perfect for parties—or solitary multitaskers.

Photography courtesy of Appalachian State University.

Designer: Kris Frazier

Product: Acorn

Standout: The interdisciplinary visual artist from High Point hones her material expertise in a hanging lamp containing a playful blend of mahogany, brass, leather, and PLA plastic.

Photography courtesy of Appalachian State University.

Designer: Noah Howells

Product: Lunnette

Standout: Though primarily focused on public-space furnishings, the Boone-based talent’s vanity cabinet in walnut, plywood, walnut veneer, and tube steel seems a natural for residential applications.

Photography courtesy of Appalachian State University. 

Designer: Ryan Decker

Product: Warden of Wallop Park

Standout: With a cunning blend of digital art and functional sculpture, the Asheville native fashions a fantastical cabinet from walnut, aluminum, and faux fur.

Photography courtesy of Appalachian State University

Speaking of trade shows, have you seen the furniture highlights of Salone del Mobile? If not, you’re missing out. 

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Why You’re Seeing Brass at Every Trendy Restaurant

Bye, rose gold. The latest accent color we’re seeing at restaurants across the country is brass, and designer Tom Dixon is her to give the lowdown on why it’s popping now.

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Matt Gagnon Builds a Cityscape of Skyscraper Lamps at L.A.’s THE NEW

Matt Gagnon will debut his Light Stacks collection in “Material Relations,” an exhibit at THE NEW gallery in Los Angeles. Photography by Matt Gagnon.

In 2001, Matt Gagnon introduced Acrylic Lamps, a collection of works that mimics the nighttime glow of half-occupied skyscrapers. Inspired by evening strolls through cities, the lights are scaled to the floor plate of the New York Times Building—a proposal Gagnon worked on while cutting his teeth at Gehry Partners. The designer will transform Los Angeles’s THE NEW gallery into a miniature cityscape of floor lamps for “Material Relations,” on view February 8 to April 7.

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