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Life in Syria
Haid Haid’s brother was killed in Aleppo. He tells us about his hopes and fears for Syria.
We pull up a seat at New York food spot Tom’s Restaurant with owner Michael Zoulis, to hear why classic US diners are still a little bit special.
Editor Darren Wall’s speciality is focusing on the history of video games. But he presents this niche world via beautifully designed books; the latest of which is ‘The Bitmap Brothers: Universe’.
Food Neighbourhoods: Athens, Exarchia
With a reputation as a stronghold for anarchists, students and intellectuals, the district of Exarchia in downtown Athens is going through the gradual process of gentrification. It is not famous for its food – yet. But that is bound to change thanks to the area’s many hidden gems.
Canadian film-maker Xavier Dolan is a prodigy. At age 16 he wrote his first feature film that took him all the way to Cannes. As he completes work on his seventh film, he tells Ben Rylan about his impatience with cruel reviews and why his latest film, “It’s Only the End of the World”, is his favourite work to date.
King’s Cross regeneration
The area around King’s Cross station has long been in development. What was a goods yard and then a no-go area is fast becoming a destination that you want to spend a bit of time in. The people behind this are Argent – a big developer with a suitably grand plan. They’ve repurposed many of the old buildings and Robert Bound meets project director for retail Craig White and one of the new tenants – Paul Noble, founder of Spiritland, the bar with the best speakers in town.
Working between the worlds of art, design, craft and technology, Dominic Wilcox’s latest project is the ‘More Than #PlayMore’ exhibition: the world’s first contemporary-art event for dogs. He discusses this and his other unusual commissions.
Prestat chocolate factory
British chocolate brand Prestat has been making delicious delights for more than a century and former fans include the Queen Mother and that literary lover of all things chocolate, Roald Dahl. But after more than 100 years of ups and downs and a succession of colourful owners, the company aims to attract the next generation of fans. We visit the factory and sit down with chairman Nick Crean.
Jacob van Rijs
Jacob van Rijs is the co-founder of Rotterdam-based architecture firm MVRDV. He tells us how the company incorporates unbuilt plans and competition entries into its business model.