Fashion: climate-friendly wedding dress and sustainable design – style

2022 could be a record year for weddings. In addition to those just about to get married, after two years of the pandemic, there have been a lot of celebrations that one would like to do away with completely or in a larger group. One of the biggest new trends this season is long opera gloves (see Nicola Peltz Beckham). Additionally, regardless of design: sustainability. Because no matter how breathtakingly beautiful a design may be – usually wedding dresses are only used once. Well-intentioned attempts to get close for other reasons fail reliably. More and more women therefore shop in vintage stores and then take their clothes back there. Another option is Bridal salon from reformation. The Los Angeles-based fashion chain, which is growing rapidly in Europe, has made “sustainability” a priority right from the start. Also for the wedding dresses, it is therefore specified how much water and energy consumption has been saved compared to conventional production. Nevertheless, the designers are not more expensive: Silk dresses start at around 400 euros, a white suit à la Bianca Jagger is available for almost 600 euros. There may still be money left over to sell out of the entire wedding at the same time as the Reformation. For under the motto “Cancel the wedding!” you can buy a climate coupon for 180 euros, which should roughly equal the cost of offsetting emissions for an average wedding party. The amount goes to climate-friendly and CO2-reducing projects. As if the wedding – at least in an environmental sense – had never taken place (thereformation.com).

To have and to be: Cut off from the outside world: The illustrated book shows the story of a mountain farmer family in South Tyrol

Cut off from the outside world: The illustrated book “Gspell 111” tells the story of a family of mountain farmers in South Tyrol.

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In winter, farmer Siegfried and his son Florian are sometimes completely cut off from the outside world, only their eight cows, 15 sheep and chickens keep them company, high up at the end of the Passeier Valley in South Tyrol. In the summer, mother Katharina also comes to the farm above Merano, which was first mentioned in a document in 1629. Together they make sure to sell the young animals, while the family uses the milk for themselves and for breeding the calves. In this everyday life full of deprivation, marked by the change of seasons, the photographer allows Roland Reinstadler, which also comes from the area, now take a look. In the volume “Gspell 111. Mountain farmers in the Alps. The last of its kind” he shows in atmospheric photographs a dying culture with quiet rituals of a life that hardly exists in Europe today (112 pages, Kehrer Verlag, 39.90 euros, kehrerverlag .com).

Supersalone sounded good, but last year’s edition of the Milan Design Fair was a shrunken version of the usual premium. This time, after two lean seasons due to corona – the event was completely canceled in 2020 – everything had to light up again at Salone del Mobile. For it to work, April was postponed to early summer, and now the countdown is slowly beginning among design lovers: Only a few weeks left to start on June 7th. 800 exhibitors from around the world are expected to present their designs on the square in the northwestern part of the city. For six days until 12 June, everything revolves around “qualità, innovazione, bellezza”, which the fair’s website happily proclaims, ie quality, innovation and beauty. And for the 60th birthday edition, how could it be otherwise, the focus should also be on sustainability. That is why the central, 1400 square meter installation by the architect Mario Cucinella from Bologna is also called “Design with Nature”. In addition, President Maria Porro said that in light of the war in Ukraine, Salone all the more sees itself as a cosmopolitan “meeting place for cultures” (salonemilano.it).

To have and to be: Chain deposition site by Saskia Diez.

Chain drop-off point by Saskia Diez.

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She is now known the world over for her jewelry creations, but now the Munich designer has Saskia Diez designed home accessories for the first time – but they also have something to do with jewelry again. Together with the furniture manufacturer Schönbuch, she developed Nikara – a set of sculptural table items made of wood that, with their shapes, function as perfect storage for small treasures. A screen with spaces for rings, an upright block over which unused necklaces can be placed decoratively, a stud for earrings and a small mirror should ensure order and look good even without extra precious metal. In addition to the original form of storage, the objects must also promote the joy of mindful decor and display the jewelry in a playful way at home – where they often just disappear into the usual coffin.

To have and to be: with surgical steel for the steak: the award-winning cutlery from Skife in Switzerland.

With surgical steel on the steak: the award-winning cutlery from Skife in Switzerland.

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How to eat steak in style According to the label guide Knigge, it is like this: “In the old-fashioned way, the fork is turned upside down with its teeth pointing upwards before it is brought to the mouth.” Before then, the meat must be sabered professionally and accident-free. Fine, but what cutlery should you use for this feat? An artfully forged, sharp knife and a sturdy fork are best. The officially most beautiful tool for this comes from Switzerland: the steak cutlery from skife came first in the “Tableware International Award of Excellence 2022”. The cutlery has been developed in collaboration with top chefs and is made of surgical steel and walnut wood. For a knife and a fork, however, you have to pay 471 euros. Options: finger food. According to Knigge, you can eat it with your hands (skinfe.com).

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