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Jono Smart: Reshaped

Potter Jono Smart  traded in his successful career in the fast-paced world of advertising for the tactile experience of working with clay in his Glasgow studio. He credits the craft for more than just a career change, enabling him to recover from long-term depression. Here, he shares what he has learned from his experience as a potter — lessons that can easily be applied to any other profession, and even to other experiences in life.

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Lagom #8 is now available to buy — and our back issues are on sale

Our eighth issue is now available to purchase online from our online shop, and will hit the shelves of shops all over the world soon after.

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Kokko, Stavanger

Coffee shop, coffee roaster, and… architecture studio? It’s all in a day’s work for coffee-loving architect Ole Marius Skjærseth, whose combination of work and play has helped ignite a passionate coffee scene in one of Norway’s most beautiful cities.

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The Attaché Guide to Travel, volume 1

A while ago we announced our partnership with the travel brand Attaché. Now, the 230-page book we’ve made together is available to buy. Expect a guidebook unlike any you’ve seen before, presented with the quality you’ve come to expect of Lagom.

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B&O PLAY Spring/Summer 2018 Collection

Today, our friends at B&O PLAY are announcing their Spring / Summer 2018 Collection with a seasonal range of limited edition premium headphones and speakers inspired by the vibrant and powerful colours of the ocean.

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10 inspiring women from the pages of Lagom

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2018, we’ve collated 10 stories from the Lagom archives, each showcasing an inspiring and creative woman.

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Changes to Lagom’s online presence

When selling a product and running a brand in our current age, it’s very easy to get caught up in the idea that quantity trumps quality; that metrics are the only indicator of success; that likes and shares and retweets and clicks dictate what you put out into the world. We’d like to think that we’ve always maintained a healthy degree of scepticism on this subject, but in truth, when we sat down to take a good, hard look at what we’re doing with Lagom online, it’s apparent we’ve actually found ourselves sucked into that mentality to a degree. And we’ve decided to change that.

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This Is The Kit: Living in Harmony

We spoke to Kate Stables of This Is The Kit — who at the end of 2017 released the breakthrough album ‘Moonshine Freeze’ — about how balance pervades every aspect of her life, from creative productivity, to home life, and social responsibility.

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Announcing the Lagom patronage subscription

Today we’re announcing the Lagom patronage subscription: a way of showing your support for the publication that will help us continue to run the magazine in an honest, meaningful way. It’s open to anyone, but aimed at small studios looking to provide inspiration for their teams and get a little exposure in the process.

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Changes to Lagom’s shipping rates

From the day we launched the magazine, we’ve aimed to keep shipping costs simple and fair by offering a flat fee of £4 to anywhere in the world. However, after some number-crunching, we’ve decided that it’s time to update our shipping costs.

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January Finds

Everyone deserves a treat in January to combat those post-holiday blues, and in this month’s Finds we’ve got a range of products that will ease you and your home into 2018.

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The Cloud Room, Seattle

For those seeking a Seattle coworking space that feels sleek and sophisticated, take a look at The Cloud Room: a shared workspace that also houses a cosy cocktail bar.

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Book of the Month: Rock The Boat: Boats, Cabins and Homes on the Water

Discover the diversity of life on the water, from refitted barges, to fishing vessels transformed into luxury hotels, and rustic DIY rafts.

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The Hoxton, Paris

Continuing their expansion across the globe, boutique hotel The Hoxton recently opened their doors in Paris, immersing their guests with luxuries and from the 18th century while sympathetically combining it with modern comforts.

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New Dawn Traders rum cocktail recipes

Liven up your New Year’s Eve with a taste of paradise. These three cocktails, contributed by New Dawn Traders founder Alex Geldenhuys, draw their influences straight out of tropical Brazil and the Caribbean.

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Wild running in the Scottish Highlands

​Freelance filmmaker, broadcaster, and photographer Calum Maclean lives and works in the Highlands of Scotland, and as an avid outdoor enthusiast and hill runner, he’s perfectly placed to recharge among stunning the vistas of this dramatic landscape.

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Recipe: Shakshuka from Waxed, Hossegor

For our 7th issue, we visited speciality coffee shop Waxed in the surf town of Hossegor, southwest France, for a taste of hearty shakshuka.

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Book of the Month: Nomadic Homes

​Our ancestors started out as nomads, and this book celebrates the fact that the nomadic lifestyle is still very much alive today, in all its varied forms, from the luxury and the eccentric, right through to the practical.

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HUBBA, Bangkok

HUBBA is Bangkok's vibrant coworking network, covering three separate spaces and hosting a range of events for freelancers and entrepreneurs.

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Lagom Christmas Playlist 2017

The time for our annual Christmas/winter playlist has arrived! We’ve chosen a number of tracks that sound like winter is in the air. We hope you enjoy along with mince pies and egg nog.

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Stora Hotellet, Umeå

This hotel holds on tightly to its maritime history, a story that is told eccentrically in the details and furnishings of the hotel.

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Christmas Finds

Christmas time is here again, so we felt it was a good opportunity to put together a selection of awesome products from people and brands we've included in past issues. If you're looking for unique gifts that are a bit more special than what you can get on the high street, look no further, and find out about the makers in the process.

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Last posting dates for Christmas

Order your single copies, back issues, or subscriptions in time for Christmas!

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November Finds

Music, lighting, time-telling, desk accessories and coffee goods — our finds this month cover what you'll need to help you out during your working week.

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Black Friday 2017

This year’s Black Friday / Cyber Monday sale season is here and, just like last year, we’re offering discounts on everything in our online store and donating the difference to charity.

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Visit: Ocean Sound Recordings, Giske

Located on a quiet island about halfway between Bergen and Trondheim, Ocean Sound Recordings is a studio like no other: one where artists are encouraged to get off the grid and focus purely on their music — and, of course, the scenery provided by the fjord.

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Luminary Bakery, London

The Hackney bakery/cafe setting out to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable women.

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Lagom Autumn Playlist 2017

Autumn has to be our favourite time of year, so we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to select some recently-released tracks for this season. So light that fire, wrap around that scarf, and join us for the Lagom Autumn Playlist — and be sure to listen out for Hotter Colder, by This Is The Kit, who we interviewed in our latest issue. The photo on the playlist’s cover is also from the new issue, taken by Tiffany Farrant-Gonzalez for her piece on hiking around Burlington.

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Hotel Alexandra, Copenhagen

Step back in time to mid-century Denmark in the heart of downtown Copenhagen.

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Book of the Month: Los Logos 8

A beautifully laid out handbook of thoughtfully curated logo designs.

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Creative workspace: Dogpatch Labs, Dublin

Ireland's largest coworking space is a hub for tech startups, with different environments spread across three floors in one of Dublin's historic buildings.

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October Finds

This month’s edition of Finds is all about buying objects that last, from a perpetual wall calendar to a refillable notebook, a sustainably-sourced planter, a modern take on the phonograph, and more.

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Recipe: Spicy Honey Margarita by Bushwick Kitchen’s Casey Elsass

In the new issue of Lagom, we’ve got a big feature on Casey Elsass, the founder of Brooklyn’s Bushwick Kitchen. We asked him to create a couple of recipes and this first one is his take on a Margarita.

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Villa Söderåsen, Röstånga

Located at the edge of Söderåsen National Park in southern Sweden in the village of Röstånga is family-run guesthouse Villa Söderåsen. Run by internationally acclaimed techno artist Sebastian Mullaert and his wife Åsa Mullaert, a trained yoga instructor, the couple have been running the guesthouse since early 2016.

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Lagom #7 is now available to buy

Our seventh issue is now available to purchase online from our online shop, and will hit the shelves of shops all over the world soon after.

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Sebastian Mullaert’s woodland studio

Sebastian Mullaert has lent his name to countless techno compositions, all created in his cabin studio deep in the Swedish woods. We visited Sebastian and discovered his passion for being present in the moment, aided by nature and a desire to inspire presence in others.

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Video: Lindsey Ross

We’ve collaborated with the talented team at HRDWRKER, who’ve made this film exclusively for Lagom about Lindsey Ross, a vintage process photographer working in Santa Barbara. Lindsay candidly discusses the motivations behind her work, and how she deals with the pitfalls of her trade.

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Achieving ‘flow’ through surfing

​For San Francisco-based designer Cameron Ewing, getting out on the waves is an important part of his week and he frequently rises early to surf before starting his working day. Here he shares an intimate view of the benefits he reaps from his passion with the sport.

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September finds

From paper, to wood, to computer software, our collection of products this September covers a range of materials that have quality and thoughtful design at their core.

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To Øl’s best and worst beer label designs

Artist and designer Kasper Ledet gives a refreshingly honest account of his best and worst work for Copenhagen’s iconic craft brewery To Øl.

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Creative workspace: Ministry of New, Mumbai

The coworking space that offers a calming sanctuary in the heart of crowded and chaotic Mumbai.

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My Craft: Gilly Seagrave of eka

What started as a side-project in between snowboarding soon grew to be a full-time earner for Gilly Seagrave of clothing accessory brand eka.

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Visit: Holybelly, Paris

Our latest adventures in the big, wide world of coffee have lead us to Holybelly — one of Paris’ pioneering places for brews over breakfast.

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Book of the Month: Upgrade

​This beautiful hard-cover book celebrates the creative vision of architects and home owners who sought to breathe new life into a building, be that a dilapidated barn, old factory, or a family home in need of reimagining.

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August Finds

By a happy accident, most of the products we’ve selected for this month’s Finds have a musical theme. Of course, there’s always room for a good chair, or a beer from the world’s 5th best brewery.

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Stay At: The Flushing Meadows — Munich

Peer through the doors of this Bavarian boutique — Munich's magnet for the creative and the cultured.

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Creative Workspace: Exchange Workspaces — Melbourne

What started out as a simple business expansion soon took on the idea of becoming something much more collaborative. Now, with two former warehouses turned co-working spaces centred in downtown Melbourne, it seems that Exchange Workspaces has really found its feet.

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Caravan City launching this October

Caravan is a familiar name in London’s speciality coffee scene, but the company that got its start as a restaurant is about to open a brand new culinary location in Bloomberg Arcade: Caravan City, described as a “multi-terraced all-day dining restaurant, coffee / cocktail bar, and flexible working and events space.”

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Artist profile: Calamityware

Calamityware is the one-man band outfit on a mission to bring playful design into everyday homeware. From crockery to fabric and playing cards, Don Moyer’s illustrations introduce unexpected additions to otherwise traditional patterns. Take a closer look and you’ll realise why you shouldn’t take Calamityware willow pattern for granted...

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Meum: a revolving art exhibit for your home

If you’re someone who wants to be able to engage in the art community by discovering new works from emerging artists, but find yourself frustrated by how difficult it can be to access this scene, new subscription service Meum — launched today on Kickstarter — is definitely deserving of your attention.

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Refinery Specialty Coffee Store, Berlin

Refinery High End Coffee Bar has been educating Berliners about just how good coffee can be since opening its doors in 2015, and the local community have embraced the shop and its concept to the extent that co-founders Tansel and Bora Ozbek have now expanded their business, opening Kreuzberg’s Refinery Specialty Coffee Store in July 2017. We spoke to Tansel about their exciting new venue.

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July Finds

More quality, hand-made, beautiful, and sustainable products for your desk and home.

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Stay at: Hobo, Stockholm

Serial hotelier Petter Stordalen saw an opportunity to create something different with the Hobo hotel, which opened its doors just a few weeks ago. The space has been met with an incredible response from locals and visitors, offering a trendy refuge for tourists, but also becoming a staple part of the city’s nightlife. We spoke to House Creator Pauline Högberg.

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Artist profile: Pippa Dyrlaga

​The practice of paper-cutting is something that requires patience, finesse and a steady hand. Artist Pippa Dyrlaga demonstrates all of these skills and so much more, as she elegantly manipulates an everyday commodity into a work of art. We cut to the chase with Pippa, as she explains the perks of her work and the challenges that arise when working as an independent maker.

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Book of the Month: Be Great, Be Grateful

From looking for shapes in the world around you, to disconnecting yourself from the digital world and instead surrounding yourself with nature, Be Great, Be Grateful encourages you to find delight in the everyday.

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Visit: Sweatshop, Brooklyn

Created as the product of coffee-shop hot-desking, owners Luke Woodard and Ryan De Remer merged the concept of an Australian-style cafe with the functional aesthetic of a design studio.

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Finds: Lagom #6 special

Every month we bring you our collection of ‘Finds’, but this one is special: we’ve put Finds into our latest issue for the first time ever, and so this month we’re republishing that selection of Finds online. All photos and styling by us.

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My Craft: Kasper Ledet

To Øl has quickly become a household name amongst craft beer enthusiasts everywhere. Its success can in part be attributed to its visually stunning bottle and can designs from art director Kasper Ledet.

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The Attaché Guide to Travel: a Collaboration Between Attaché & Lagom

We’re very excited to announce that we’ll be working with the team behind the award-winning travel show Attaché on their first travel book, and the project is currently raising funds through Kickstarter.

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Lagom Summer Playlist 2017

Now summer’s here it’s time for our latest seasonal playlist. This selection of songs (some new, and some not so new) takes a step back from the motivational soundtrack of our spring playlist and winds down to more atmospheric, soothing melodies for long summer evenings.

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Creative Workspace: Nomad, Copenhagen

The hallowed halls of a former courthouse made the perfect vessel to house Denmark’s up and coming innovators and forward thinkers.

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Artist Profile: Karl Grandin

After interviewing Logan and Nick from Beavertown about their beautiful can artwork in our latest issue — a story you can also find online — we turn our attention to Sweden’s Omnipollo brewery and their resident artist: co-founder Karl Grandin​.

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Book of the Month: House Industries: The Process Is the Inspiration

While we’ll freely admit to being typography nerds at Lagom, there’s so much more to House Industries than fonts — and there's so much more to their beautiful new book The Process Is the Inspiration than type specimens.

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My Craft: Pottery West

Pottery West is the ceramics studio of husband and wife duo Catherine and Matt West, whose earthy designs and beautiful product photography have amassed a loyal following. Here, Catherine recalls their journey.

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Gorreana, The Azores

Of the things you could expect to find on a remote island in the middle of the Atlantic, a tea plantation would probably be among the last on your list. We find out what makes The Azores a prime location for producing one of the world’s best-loved beverages.

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Beavertown: the Art of the Can

Adorned by the vibrant illustrative talents of the brewery’s in-house Creative Director, Nick Dwyer, Beavertown’s beautiful, matte-finish cans have helped popularise the format and represent the brewery’s passion for heightening the experience of beer.

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Lagom #6: a Letter from the Editors

We’re very proud to announce the release of our sixth issue, which we think — in giving more breathing space to beautiful photography, and celebrating the bold entrepreneurial spirit of the world's creative community — is our best yet.

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May Finds

From a stylish chair made with traditional Mexican techniques, to environmentally friendly topographic coasters to put your fruity cup of Ethiopian coffee on, we bring you our finds for this month.

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Snickarbacken 7 — Stockholm, Sweden

What were formerly stables in the late 1800s now stand as one of Stockholm’s most notable attractions for those in pursuit of the perfect cup.

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Lagom #6: a new issue, a new look, and out next Wednesday

In one week from today, on the 24th, our sixth issue will be available to purchase online from our online shop and will hit the shelves of shops all over the world soon after.

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Gather: a modular desk organiser from Ugmonk creator Jeff Sheldon

Designer Jeff Sheldon — the man behind Ugmonk — has decided to put an end to the unsavoury sight of tangled USBs and muddled memos with a modular desk organiser called Gather.

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Book of the Month: What I Know About Running Coffee Shops

Colin Harmon — founder of Dublin’s renowned specialty coffee house 3fe — offers a helping hand in book form to all those currently working and operating within the specialty coffee industry, as well as those wishing to manage their own space.

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Creative workspace: The Farm, SoHo, NYC

What began as a humble barn in Missouri now acts as one of New York City’s key co-working spaces for creatives. The Farm houses a spacious array of facilities, towering over the bustling streets of SoHo.

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Artist Profile: Ariel Wilson

Long Beach-based illustrator Ariel Wilson talks about her work process, as well as how she uses art to help at risk youth in LA.

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Studio profile: London leatherworkers Craftory

A sunny Saturday in East London lead us to the shipping container workshop and showroom of leather goods company Craftory, and after a warm welcome and a brief tour of the space, we were dying to know more about founder Mihkel Männik, and the story behind his beautifully produced products.

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Stay at: La Granja, Ibiza, Spain

Nestled in the heart of Spain's party capital, La Granja couldn't be further from the island's pulsing nightlife reputation.

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Escape: Designer Dan Cederholm’s passion for the humble banjo

Web designer and Dribbble co-founder Dan Cederholm talks about how picking up a banjo helped him to combat anxiety and how he now uses it as a way of escaping from the stresses of the day-to-day. And if you think the banjo looks hard, ‘clawhammer’ might just change your mind.

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April Finds

From a carbon-neutral knife holder to the world's first intelligent turntable, we present our finds for April.

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Creative workspace: Shyama Golden

We visited Brooklyn-based illustrator and designer Shyama Golden to find out more about her workspace and workflow.

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Video: Shyama Golden

​Brooklyn-based llustrator and designer Shyama Golden​ talks about her struggles with creative block, starting out on her own, and how to find inspiration and motivation outside your day job.

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Video: Thomas Callahan

Brooklyn-based bike builder and knife craftsman Thomas Callahan, of Horse, candidly shares his passion for craft in this short film for Lagom.

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A recap of The London Coffee Festival 2017

For 3 years now, the allure of The London Coffee Festival has enticed caffeine-lovers everywhere. The festival is a celebration of the city’s vibrant coffee scene and gives roasters, product manufactures, baristas, and other industry professionals the opportunity to share their love and knowledge of the world’s favourite beverage.

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Creative workspace: Betahaus, Sofia, Bulgaria

The work of Betahaus is spread across all four corners of the globe, offering desks for visionaries in Berlin, Hamburg, Barcelona and now Sofia.

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Book of the Month: Hackney Studios by Jenny Lewis

Hackney Studios takes a look inside the studios of East London's colourful creative community

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Video: Artéfact, Paris

Nestled in the beautiful and historic Le Marais district of Paris, Artéfact offers a sanctuary for lovers of art and tea — as well as the performative art of tea, which the shop keeps alive with style and sophistication.

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Lessons learned from creative entrepreneurs

We spoke to the owners of several independent, creative businesses and gained insights into their refreshing perspective on entrepreneurship, and what it can mean to run your own company.

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Video: The Old Market Printing Co.

If you enjoyed our piece on the enduring craft of screen printing, written by The Old Market Printing Co.’s Jonny Akers, you might enjoy this short film by Alex Blogg that quickly takes viewers through Charlotte and Jonny’s process.

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Visit: The MacSmiths / The Natural Philosopher

If a Mac repair shop and a cocktail bar sound like an odd combination, be sure to pay a visit to The MacSmiths (in the day) and The Natural Philosopher (at night). These Victorian-themed businesses that share the same space are just about strange enough to work.

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Stay: The Ludlow Hotel

Step inside Manhattan's The Ludlow Hotel, where contemporary art meets vintage-inspired furniture.

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March Finds

Tea, music, and out-of-the-ordinary products — relax with this month’s edition of Finds.

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How to launch a product: This is Ground & the yellow hotel room

On Thursday night we attended an event hosted by our friends This is Ground at their Los Angeles HQ, where they introduced the Tech Dopp Kit 2.

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Artist profile: Eloise Dörr

Flaunting a long list of collaborative and independent exhibitions, Eloise Dörr has experimented with all manner of artistic media. Be it animation, illustration, or painting the broken decks of her skating comrades, she colourfully celebrates the makes and breaks of modern skateboarding culture.

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Creative workspace: The Candy Factory

Far from the pits of chain coffee shops and poor signal wi-fi, The Candy Factory is a co-working safe haven for creatives.

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Lagom Spring Playlist 2017

Slowly but surely, it feels like spring is starting to make an appearance and we thought we’d celebrate with a brand new playlist. Expect to find plenty of motivational tunes, each with a slight spring in its step.

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Book of the month: Writing & Illuminating & Lettering

Last year marked the centenary of Edward Johnston’s iconic design work for the London Underground and to celebrate this landmark, D&B Books launched their publishing company with a new edition of Johnston’s Writing & Illuminating & Lettering, completely re-designed and with a new introduction by Paul Felton.

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Welcome to a refreshed readlagom.com

Just in time for spring, and ahead of a redesign of the magazine for our next issue, we’ve decided to make some improvements to the Lagom website. You might’ve noticed the aesthetic changes, but it’s not just about looks.

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February Finds

There are some beautiful and truly unique products designed for the table in this month’s Finds, along with an original ornament and some of the best headphones around.

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Job opening: Communications Intern (remote)

We’re looking for a remote, part-time Communications Intern to join the Lagom team and help grow the reach of our brand across digital channels. The role is paid and is based on an initial period of 3 months.

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Stay at: The Treehouse, Tulum, Mexico

The Treehouse offers luxury living that has little impact on nature.

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Garden workspaces: built to be green, surrounded by green

Take some inspiration from these beautiful garden studios, designed by Ecospace.

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