Lefkara is a small town in Cyprus, home to the Lefkaritiko needlecraft art.   Want to see more? Check out this video featuring the traditional Spanish Encaje de Bolillos technique. It is a really complex craft which expert practitioners make deceptively simple.

Portrait of Javier Cañada

Some designers choose to work in the digital realm, shaping pixels into elegant interfaces and environments.
Javier is one fine example of this species.

There is more to life than increasing its speed.

Mahatma Gandhi

A portion of Sacher Torte

The Sacher Torte is close to being the perfect chocolate cake. Its simple recipe is followed with great care and attention to detail at the Hotel Sacher in Vienna.

God is in the Details.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Picture of Ishac Bertran

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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Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Professional espresso machine brewing a coffee

 

Nowadays coffee makers can choose from countless brewing techniques and machinery

A vast range of coffee beans.

Many shapes of cups and glasses.

Tampers.

Stencils. Those are key for latte artists.

Dairy products, spices, toppings, sweeteners…

Things have got really complex. And possibly a bit silly too.

In this context, trying to highlight key aspects of the preparation process is far beyond the knowledge I have.

Yet there is a little thing I have found in some cafeterias which, to me, adds more to the quality of the experience than the beans’ pedigree.

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Frank Buschmann

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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I have lived with several Zen masters, all of them cats.

Eckhart Tolle