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Wallpaper* Digest, May 2006 Edition
The May issue of Wallpaper* is the most inspiring issue of the magazine in quite some time, with the mag's Newspaper section leading the way.
Case in point: David Kaufman's article on the proliferation of Israeli café chains, several of which are eyeing international markets. The accompanying sidebar pegs 12 coffee bar chains around the world, including Vienna's iconic Aida, Jordan's Blue Fig, California's Peet's, and Cape Town's Vida e Caffé. The Cape Town chain gets the highest aesthetic praise.
Also covered in the section is the happy return of Ostalgie. Berlin's former East German State Council building, circa 1964, has morphed into the European School of Management and Technology. (It's hard to keep the excitement out of a place like that, we guess) The honors go to HG Merz, an architecture firm focusing on museums and renovations, with offices in Stuttgart and Berlin.
Also noteworthy in the May issue: Macau travel, Portuguese canned fish packaging, Paris' Stalingrad 'hood, and new Swedish furniture designers. Note that South Africa joins the Wallpaper pricing elite, with the price of the magazine now listed in rand. We know just the coffee shop for reading the mag.
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