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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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Enduring Crafts: Screen Printing

With its origins seated deeply in the past, the process of screen printing continues to intrigue people, with the craft seeing a revival in modern times. Screen printer Jonny Akers walks us through screen printing’s origins and current incarnation.

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Raising the Bar

Louisa Canham made a bold career move to set up her own company making soaps and lotions in response to the stresses of her career in clinical psychology. She shares her story with us.

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Carving among Icebergs

We visit carver Kim Kristensen’s studio nestled high on the hills of Greenland’s west coast, and discover his passion for carving and carrying on Greenlandic tradition.

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January Finds

It's a new year, and we're happy to share with you our new product finds, which are in no short supply.

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Workspace: Ugmonk

Jeff Sheldon takes us behind the scenes of design-centric clothing and accessory brand Ugmonk.

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Whisky Talk: 6 phrases you should never say

As New Year’s Eve approaches, you may be tempted to reach for a glass of whisky to bring in Hogmanay. But when it comes to discussing whisky, you might find it all to easy to utter some controversial words about Scotland’s most famed beverage. Fortunately, Drew Nicolson of Whisky Blendler is here to help keep those embarrassing dinner party outbursts to a minimum.

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Keeping it Sweet

Maryse St-Amand and Julie-Anne Cassidy delve into a little-known Canadian tradition and meet the men who’ll ensure that Quebec’s historic sugar shacks won’t meet a sticky end.

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Lagom Christmas Playlist 2016

We’ve put together the first ever Lagom playlist for this Christmas. Some of the tracks are Christmassy, some of them are more wintery, but we think they'll all make you feel festive.

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Jogging Stockholm

Surrounded by water and open spaces, it’s little wonder that jogging is such a popular pastime in Sweden’s capital. Turkey-born, Stockholm-based jazz musician Robert Ikiz shares some of the best locations to run around the city.

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Old Schmuck cold brew cocktail recipe

California-based Outpost Coffee share their sweet and spicy cold brew cocktail recipe with us — perfect for Christmas time.

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Terrific results from our Black Friday sale – thank you!

We decided to do something different for Black Friday and raised money for charities instead of profits. Here's how we did.

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December finds

Christmas is nearly here and if you’re anything like us, you still have a few last minute presents to get. Finding quality products to give to loved ones as a gift for Christmas can be time-consuming – but don’t worry, because we’ve done the leg-work for you.

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Trading Places

Powered by the wind and aided by the latest information technology, New Dawn Traders take cargo shipping back to its roots, as founder Alexandra Geldenhuys explains, by transporting rum and chocolate around the world in a traditional sail ship.

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Doing Black Friday the right way

We’ve been giving some serious thought about whether or not to do something for Black Friday / Cyber Monday. This year we’re going to take part, but we’re going to try and do some good at the same time.

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Using GIFs to sell houses

Ah, the humble GIF. A remnant of the early days of the web that disappeared for a while only to return for comedic purposes and stay well and truly put in our online lives, it might’ve just grown up: today, Swedish real estate website Nooks is launching its first ever GIF-powered home ad.

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November Finds

We’ve gathered some truly beautiful, functional, unique, and inspiring products for this month’s ‘Finds’. From a Bluetooth speaker to a camera bag, you might want to start making that Christmas list sooner rather than later.

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Hotels to inspire

We always enjoy taking a look at Design Hotels™ collection for inspiration. Some of their newest members are luxury hotels that combine tradition and modernity in a sleek finish.

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The Whisky Bond, Glasgow

Photographer Morgane Bigault visited The Whisky Bond in Glasgow to capture the warehouse-turned-workspace in an exclusive film and photos for Lagom.

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October finds

From possibly the best chocolate you’ll ever have from Amelia Rope, to a stunning letterpress calendar from Mr. Cup, via notebooks from Danish shop / type foundry PlayType, we present our October finds: our favourite products from around the internet.

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Our essential guide to coffee shops to visit during the Prague Coffee Festival

We’ve condensed the essentials of our feature on Prague’s coffee scene into this handy accompaniment to the Prague Coffee Festival​.

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A Taste for Tradition

Helsinki restaurant Juuri is leading the way in modern Finnish cuisine with its fresh and honest ‘sapas’ dishes. We spoke to co-founder Jarkko Myllymäki about their popularity.

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Lagom #5 is now available to buy

We’re pleased to announce that our fifth issue is now available to buy from our online shop​! It’ll be finding its way to shelves at newsstands and independent shops around the world shortly after.

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Artéfact, Paris

Photographer Morgane Bigault visited Artéfact in Paris and captured their unique blend of café and art space in an interview with co-owner Kaleigh Johnson and a series of beautiful photos.

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Lagom #5: out next week

We thought you might like to know that in exactly one week today, our fifth issue will be available to purchase online right here from our website and will hit the shelves of shops all over the world shortly after.

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Will Lagom #5 be included in my subscription?

Ahead of our new issue’s launch next week, here’s a quick answer to the question many readers are asking us: “will Lagom #5 be included in my existing subscription?”

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8 Faces: Collected

​Some of you may know that before Lagom, there was 8 Faces — a magazine run by the same team, but about a very different subject: typography.

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Stay at: Casa Malca

Few places manage to combine nature and contemporary art as well as Casa Malca, located on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

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Uniting the Modern Beardsmen

With the popularity of beards reaching new heights (and lengths) in the world of style and fashion, we quizzed Eric Bandholz — founder of beard grooming company Beardbrand and online magazine / community Urban Beardsman—about the culture of beard-wearing.

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September finds

They're hand-made, beautiful yet functional, and ethically made too. It's this month's selection of our favourite finds.

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Winston Struye’s Nepal

Photographer Winston Struye’s first trip to Nepal found him helping out in the wake of the 2015 earthquake; a year later he returned to capture the country’s stunning beauty. Here he shares a selection of his photographs from the trip — as well as his personal thoughts on travel.

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My Craft: Architect Paul Kariouk

For architect Paul Kariouk, choosing the right people to work with is as important as the work itself. Here, he writes about his deeply personal approach to client projects.

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Artist Q&A: Katarina Kühl

We speak with Hamburg-based illustrator Katarina Kühl.

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Workspace: Crew Collective & Cafe

Montréal-based Crew set up their co-working space to be what they describe as an ‘adult creative centre’ in one of the city’s grandest buildings

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Music Without Limits

For Kalle Paulsson, formerly of Propellerhead (the makers of Reason), no software can quite live up to the tactile experience of making music with analogue synths.

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Stay at: Rooms Hotel Kazbegi

Georgia isn’t a destination frequented by many Westerners, but set against the dramatic backdrop of the Caucasus Mountain Range, the sleek and sophisticated Hotel Kazbegi​ might have you looking at the next available flight to this seldom-visited country.

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Artist Q&A: Paul Tysall

Paul Tysall – who has recently traded in job security for the rollercoaster world of freelancing – gives a refreshingly honest account of his experience working as an illustrator.

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August Finds

In the second of our series of ‘finds’ from around the web, we take a look at some inspiring products for the home and office.

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Stay at: The Hoxton, Shoreditch

Intrigued by its trendy-yet-informal interior, and its relaxed-yet- bustling public spaces, we were keen to find out more about The Hoxton, Shoreditch. We met with CEO Sharan Pasricha, who proudly describes the brand as being fiercely independent and fiercely local.

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Workspace: Paul Ledbrook

Nestled in the Kent countryside in a pear orchard is web designer Paul Ledbrook's log cabin, which serves as his workspace. He opens the doors to us and talks about the importance of taking time to look away from the screen.

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My Craft: Baker Emily Garland

Emily Garland works under the name Maid of Gingerbread, and is fast becoming known for her design-centric take on traditional gingerbread structures, drawing her inspiration from unlikely places such as central London coal plates, with stunning results.

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Space to Play With

Jaime Boddorff speaks to the New York musicians working from their living spaces, and finds that a lack of work/life separation isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

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Stay at: Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita, Italy

Daniele Kihlgren’s Italian retreat might change your opinion of spending the night in an ancient cave.

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July Finds

A selection of great products for July — the first in our series of monthly ‘finds’ from around the web.

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A year at Brewbot Belfast

​Friends of Lagom magazine Brewbot have just celebrated their first year at their bar Brewbot Belfast, which also doubles up as Brewbot’s HQ. We take a look back at the bar’s first year of tap takeovers, beer pairings, podcasts, event hosting, and exciting cocktails.

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Call of the Wild Sea

Christopher Murphy explores the importance of taking time out to recharge your creative batteries. Here he shares his passion for wild swimming and the benefits of unwinding in the sea.

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Artist Q&A: Monica Lee

We spoke to Monica at her home studio to learn more about her journey as an artist, and discover that an important part of her work ethic revolves around challenges.

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Lagom #4 in the wild

One of the most rewarding parts of creating a printed magazine is that we get to see it appearing in stockists all over the world.

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Tour of Ara

Photographer Richard Johnson — who shot our feature on Drogo Michie — has shared his photographic account of last year’s gruelling Tour of Ara in South Africa, along with words by the tour’s founder, Stan Engelbrecht.

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Marshmallow Laser Feast

Marshmallow Laser Feast is a virtual reality company that aims to help us to see beyond our senses.

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