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Inspired by Japanese design, Ben Richards moved from the UK to Tokyo to pursue a freelance photography career. In the two years since, he has built up an impressive portfolio of clients and projects, including Aman, Blue Bottle Coffee and Tokyobike. Softer Volumes spoke with Ben to learn more about how he approaches projects, his influences and inspirations, and the intersection of design and photography within his work.
Elevating the coffee pod experience, leading coffee roastery Allpress has released the Allpress Espresso Specialty Coffee Capsule. The new specialty capsules are designed to offer discerning coffee drinkers the brand’s signature Espresso Blend in the convenient form of a capsule—for enjoyment in the comfort of your own home.
Smell is a powerful sense that's able to transport our minds to other places in an instant. Aesop‘s new collection of three fragrances—named Karst, Miraceti and Erémia, and collectively titled Othertopias—has been created to take us to realms both real and imagined.

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Product stylist and photographer Hali Mason’s home has a serene atmosphere, sharing certain qualities with a beautiful showroom or gallery. Hali takes us through some of her favourite rooms in her home, giving insight into how she and her family use and enjoy each space and the objects they’ve chosen to include.
In a century-old building in Copenhagen, Aspekt Office has designed an open, collaborative space for Work & Co that fuses historical architecture with modern needs, and the city’s signature pared-back Scandinavian style.
Terence Chin is an interiors and lifestyle photographer with over 20 years of experience under his belt. He’s travelled around Australia and the world shooting for a range of notable clients including Saturdays NYC, bassike, Incu, IN BED, and Assembly Label.
Cleverly hidden in each temple of these contemporary glasses is an in-built speaker. The aim: to listen to your favourite song or podcast or jump on a call without the need for any other devices or accessories.
A complex cultural scene brimming with eccentricity, coupled with historic neighbourhoods, stunning natural vistas, and farm-fresh produce has come to define Tasmania's capital of Hobart, and the surrounds are becoming equally as appealing.