Every Leash has a Story…and a Dog


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My name is “Rascal”
Dogs have always been man’s best friend, but even more so when you get an animal from your local animal rescue and local shelter. I was in San Francisco two weeks ago and stumbled upon Ryan Dempsey, and his company called “Dog Patch SF”. Dog Patch SF is a small San Francisco based company, focusing on dogs and cats and how to improve their lives through beneficial products and reaching out to a variety of animal charities and shelters. One of their main products are the dog leashes made out of recycling climbing rope,
“Ropes for Rescues”.
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 People and businesses donate their old climbing ropes so that Ryan can make them into custom leashes, donate them to shelters and sell them at art fairs with the proceeds helping rescue dogs. I love how Ryan printed up a paper with a personal vision of the climber’s journey and a tidbit about them.

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Dog Patch owner, Ryan Dempsey and his sweet Australian Shepherd named “Rascal”

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Show Ryan your support for his cause by “liking” his Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dog-Patch-SF/136557566485479

http://dogpatchsf.co

Scale a Wall + Smell a Flower = Vertical Landscaping

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The Ruebens Hotel at the Palace Hotel in Victoria, London, has unveiled the city’s largest “living wall”, a vertical landscape, composed of 16 tons of soil and 10,000 plants, designed to reduce urban flooding.

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The wall took two months to construct and covers a 350 square foot area, the 21 meter high wall will adorn the cityscape year round with seasonal flowers such as buttercups, winter geraniums and strawberries.

Because of the lack of absorbent surfaces in the Victoria area of London, the Victoria Business Improvement District (BID) decided to step in with the design of this magestic wall that combats urban flooding with special water storage tanks. Designed by Gary Grant of Green Roof Consultancy, these tanks can store up to 10,000 liters of water that are then channeled back through the wall to nourish the plants. The wall will do a wonderful job of keeping the surrounding streets flood-free, boosting the area’s green appeal and attract wildlife into the dense urban environment.

Affectionately nicknamed The Green Lungs of Victoria, the wall boasts significant environmental benefits, such as improving the air quality for those working in and passing through the area and attracting much-needed wildlife such as bees, butterflies and birds.

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In celebration of the wall, The Rubens at the Palace Hotel has launched a Living Wall-inspired menu, designed to incorporate plants and flowers featured in the wall itself.

The bar team at the Rubens at the Palace have also been inspired, and there will be  a new cocktail menu designed, including the English Garden, featuring Bloom gin, elderflower, ginger ale, basil, strawberries and lemon and the Green Goddess packed with mint, lemon verbena, lime zest, Chase vodka and lemonade.

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Given the height and scale of the wall, it graces not only the side wall of the Rubens, but also that of its five-star sister property Hotel 41, recently awarded

Hotel of the Year 2013

http://vimeo.com/72804575″>London’s largest living wall | The Rubens at the Palace from Red Carnation Hotels on Vimeo.

http://www.fastcodesign.com/3017384/londons-largest-living-wall-takes-root#6

http://www.rubenshotel.com/about-us/history

http://www.redcarnationhotels.com/about-us/media/press-releases/2013/august/londons-largest-living-wall-unveiled

http://www.decoration-ideas.co.uk/architecture/londons-largest-living-wall-will-combat-flooding/

http://www.archdaily.com/423990/largest-living-wall-unveiled-in-london/521f976ae8e44e56b5000062_largest-living-wall-unveiled-in-london_-jpg/

http://greenroofconsultancy.com/

When in Paris~Culture Chanel N05 Exhibit

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Palais de Tokyo

13 Avenue du Président Wilson

75016 Paris, France

May 5 – June 5, 2013

Chanel: Livre d’Artistes is released in conjunction with the “N°5 Culture Chanel” exhibit at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Created by renowned book-maker Irma Boom, Chanel features 600 pages embossed with Boom’s original designs and quotes from Gabrielle Chanel in French. The monochromatic white pages provide the perfect backdrop for Boom to display her raised, braille-like patterns. Boom’s embossings play with the senses, capturing the essence of the Chanel N°5 fragrance through touch.

  • Irma Boom (Dutch, born 1960)
  • Attended AKI Art Academy in Enschede, and studied Graphic Design
  • Founded her studio in Amesterdam in 1991
  • Youngest ever, being honored with Gutenberg Prize in 2001 for outstanding achievement as a painter, composer and artist
  • Has  a permanent collection in the Museum of Art, New York City

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http://5-culture.chanel.com/en/exposition/

https://www.typotheque.com/articles/irma_boom_book_designer

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irma_Boom

http://www.abramsbooks.com/Books/Chanel-9781419711367.html