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Sacher Torte, the perfect chocolate cake

A simple recipe perfected over 180 years is just one of the elements in the process of making a great chocolate cake.

Back in 1832 Franz Sacher was commissioned by Prince Wenzel von Metternich to create a special dessert for several important guests. This was the first instance of the now famous Sacher Torte.

The original recipe is rather simple, and hasn’t changed significantly over the years. It is basically a dense chocolate cake with some layers of apricot jam and a dark chocolate coating.

But you have to see how they do it at the Hotel Sacher.

The care. The pride. Those humble yet fit-for-purpose tools.


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Ishac Bertran, artist and interaction designer

Interaction designers give shape to the relationships between people and machines. It is both an art and a science.

Ishac Bertran, as most interesting people you meet out there, is not stuck in a narrow field of work. He elegantly blends the fields of design and fine arts.

As a designer he works exploring new ways of relationship between people and technology, while as an artist he explores new ways of connecting analog and digital.

This new installment taps into Ishac’s practice and how he uses prototypes with varying degrees of fidelity as part of his work.

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Frank Buschmann

Frank Buschmann, wood and soul

Precision, humility and high self-demand. plus wood.

Frank Buschmann is the type of person that makes the question “Where are you from?” irrelevant. He has lived in South Africa, Nigeria, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain… yet passport stamps are clearly not the goal.

In the professional space, he has also gone through various stages. Each of those made sense as part of an evolution. Nowadays Frank is a woodworker with a level of quality and attention to detail beyond almost anything I have seen before.

This new instalment of Finura features the summary of a long conversation with this seasoned craftsman.

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