New Italian ice cream shop reflects its delicious ‘clean label’ products

March 2, 2018 by  
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Italian architecture firm NINE Associati designed this stunning ice cream shop in the Italian village of Isola del Liri to reflect the company’s commitment to serving “clean label” products. Started by the Masci family in 1989, ZERO-E serves up traditional Italian gelato made with zero preservatives. The company’s commitment to serving all-natural ice cream inspired the architects to create an elegant, breezy shop with bespoke furnishings made by local Italian artisans . Located in the small town of Isola del Liri, about 100 km south of Rome, ZERO-E stands out for its commitment to serving “clean label” ice cream . It’s the first shop of its kind in the area, and it’s a breath of fresh air – both in terms of its product and its design. Related: Cleverly layered compact dirt walls mimic ice cream cakes in this Tokyo patisserie With just 38 square meters to work with, the architects wanted to leave the interior open and uncluttered. They developed a 3-point strategy that optimized the space, provided tailor-made furniture, and created flexible areas that can adapt to new uses in the future. The shop’s walls are painted a light blue hue, and the atmosphere is clean and vibrant. Subtle graphics add a bit of flair to the space – from the tiny bathroom signs to the ice cream menu and ingredients listed on the walls. In addition to designing the shop, NINE Associati also provided branding for the company. + NINE Associati Photography via Alessandro Zompanti

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Solar-powered Lucy tracks the sun to brighten any indoor space

September 14, 2016 by  
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Lack of sunlight can lead to everything from Vitamin D deficiency to seasonal affective disorder. Solenica , founded by Diva Tommei, came up with a bright solution: Lucy, a smart, solar-powered natural lighting system. Lucy tracks sunlight and reflects it inside to brighten even the darkest spaces. Solenica is currently crowdfunding on Indiegogo , offering Lucy for a reduced price. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hm5TUYOuKmU According to Solenica, for 90 percent of our lives we live indoors, missing out on the benefits of natural sunlight . Those who live through dreary winters or are simply more sensitive to a lack of light suffer. Solenica’s Lucy eases that suffering through an “articulated mirror” that follows the sun using a “proprietary algorithm” to reflect bright light into a home throughout the day. Lucy makes slight adjustments as the sun moves to bring more sunshine inside. Lucy can be placed indoors or outdoors – Solenica also sells a security lock if users want to place the device outside – and can easily be moved to different spots around the home. Related: Lucy is a robotic sunlight reflector that brings light into every dark corner of your house Lucy is a green alternative too: users can save energy and money by using the natural lighting system instead of electricity-fueled lamps. Lucy runs solely on solar power, and doesn’t include wires. The only time a user has to turn on the device is when they pull it out of the box. Italian design inspired Solenica to create a device that wouldn’t stand out but would rather add beauty to a home. Solenica started crowdfunding yesterday on Indiegogo and while they’ve reached around 300 percent of their goal, their early bird special is still available. After the campaign Lucy will cost $299, but right now Solenica is offering 200 Lucys for $199. Backers also have the option to purchase more than one or to purchase security locks. You can back the campaign and grab a Lucy here . + Solenica Images courtesy of Solenica

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Extraordinary alpine villa in Italy is heated and cooled by the Earth

February 17, 2016 by  
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Wes Anderson designed a cafe and it’s almost as good as his movies

May 20, 2015 by  
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Elegant Glass and Copper Tableware Uses Activated Charcoal to Purify Water

October 27, 2014 by  
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ESTIA is an Ethically Built Wooden Shelter that Overlooks Ancient Italian Ruins

September 2, 2014 by  
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Toxin is Causing Pelicans to Drop Dead Out of the Sky in California

September 2, 2014 by  
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All along California’s coastline fisheries have been shuttered, marine hospitals have been flooded and birds have been dropping dead right out of the sky. The problem? A dangerous neurotoxin called domoic acid. As nutrients from human activities are pushed into the ocean,  dangerous algae blooms containing the toxin have started blooming more and more often and animals across the food chain are being poisoned as they eat it. And the danger isn’t restricted to sea life – the toxin poses a serious danger to humans as well. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Toxin is Causing Pelicans to Drop Dead Out of the Sky in California Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: algae bloom , algae bloom California , algae bloom pacific , Algae neurotoxin , algal bloom , algal bloom california , algal neurotoxin , dolphin deaths California , domoic acid , domoic acid algae , domoic acid California , domoic acid ocean , domoic acid Pacific , fisheries closed California , pelicans dropping from sky California , sea lion deaths california , whales deaths California

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Giant Solar Energy-Generating e-QBO Cube Lands in the Streets of Italy

February 10, 2014 by  
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Foodscapes: Contemporary Compostable Tableware Made from Recycled Food Waste

May 7, 2013 by  
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Next time you throw a dinner party at home you can wow your guests even if your cooking isn’t amazing. Designed by Italian studio  Whomade  and  Michela Milani , ‘Foodscapes’ is a contemporary tableware collection that is compostable , free from artificial agents and made entirely from recycled food waste. Read the rest of Foodscapes: Contemporary Compostable Tableware Made from Recycled Food Waste Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carrot peels , compostable , Foodscapes , green products , italian design , Michela Milani , peanut husk , potato starch , Recycled Materials , recycling / compost , tableware , Whomade        

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Fabio Servolo’s Drip LED Lamp Subtly Urges Users to Save Electricity

May 6, 2013 by  
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The Drip LED Lamp designed by Italian designer Fabio Servolo is cleverly shaped as a tap and a faucet. Rather than being switched on, it is turned on exactly like a tap – by rotating the handle. The design draws a connection between the precious resources of water and energy , encouraging users to conserve energy rather than letting it ‘go down the drain.’ Read the rest of Fabio Servolo’s Drip LED Lamp Subtly Urges Users to Save Electricity Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Conserve Electricity , Drip Lamp , Fabio Servolo , Faucet Lamp , green lamp , italian design , LED , Power Conservation , Recycled Materials , Spreading Awareness        

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