South Korea's coffee scene is thriving. In the capital city of Seoul, customers can take their pick from thousands of coffee shops, and there are plenty more noteworthy outlets throughout the rest of the country. Softer Volumes has put together a selection of some of the best cafés in Seoul—as featured in our recently published book, Softer Volumes: Cafés.
Hunter Lab's Ultra Glow Kit features three powerful, natural formulations for the skin. Their Lipid Vitamin Cleansing Oil, Marine Healing Essence and Lipid Vitamin Face Oil work in harmony to hydrate, balance and brighten.
Apotheke Fragrance are dedicated to craft. Their home fragrance products individually handcrafted by skilled workers in Chiba, Japan. Everything is made in-house, with no mass production methods.
LIFE is located in Gangnam, Seoul. Developed by FastFive and designed by Ian Lee, the building contains 140 micro-apartments. Clean lines, light colours and hidden storage create space, and shared facilities and weekly events create a sense of community.
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Designed by studio.psd, HOUSE CA3 is a celebration of material and texture. In this dwelling the warm, natural wood is enhanced by the other finishes used, inspiring an appreciation of simple, thoughtful design and natural materials.
In Brussels, B-ILD has created Hodb House; a light, spacious apartment where contrasting materials and use of natural light have turned an industrial unit into a refined and minimal, yet warm, home. Bright white walls and floors are juxtaposed with a mix of light and dark colours and textures.
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.
What’s the most versatile piece of clothing in your wardrobe? A plain t-shirt? Perhaps an Oxford shirt? For myself, I'd probably say it's a pair of trousers — but it hasn’t always been.
Carter Lovett is a family-run, neighbourhood favourite offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. Setting up shop as an espresso bar, cafe, wine bar and bistro, it's quickly gained a strong local following since opening in late-2019. Softer Volumes spoke to co-owner Mary-Jane Daffy about the venue's unique concept, contemporary design and elevated menu.
Bottega is a modern Italian restaurant with a warm atmosphere that spills out onto the street in the heart of one of Melbourne’s best-known dining precincts. Softer Volumes spoke with owner Denis Lucey and head chef Dusty Treweek to find out more about Bottega’s unique offering, how it’s stood the test of time, and what makes the restaurant's distinctive menu so inviting.
Softer Volumes spoke with Il Baretto Managing Director, Kelly Nogarotto, to learn more about the inspiration and passion behind the restaurant, its unique style, buzzing atmosphere, approach to food, and the dishes that keep people coming back time and time again.
Sitting proudly by the water at Barangaroo in Sydney, Barangaroo House is an eye-catching building housing three levels of restaurants and bars. As part of a new interview series in partnership with Peroni Nastro Azzurro which explores the creativity and passion behind a selection of Australia's best contemporary venues, Softer Volumes spoke with the Barangaroo House team about its unique style and flair and the creative concepts behind the venue's design, menu and overall experience.
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.