Since the founding of organizations such as the European Fair Trade Association (1987), the production and consumption of fair trade coffee has grown as some local and national coffee chains started to offer fair trade alternatives. For example, in April 2000, after a year-long campaign by the human rights organization Global Exchange, Starbucks decided to carry fair-trade coffee in its stores. Since September 2009 all Starbucks Espresso beverages in UK and Ireland are made with Fairtrade and Shared Planet certified coffee.
And while West Elm delivers all over the continental US — at not inconsiderate expense — its brand is rooted in urban areas. Its stores are largely located in cities; its newly designed flagship is in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn, the Valhalla of thirty- and fortysomething New Yorkers just settling into bourgeois adulthood. The prime West Elm demo, according to one advertising agency, is the HENRY: high earners not rich yet. People who’ve been in the workforce long enough to pull in larger salaries, potentially partnered with someone with an equally sizable salary, but still paying off loans, figuring out saving, realizing they can do things like drop a grand on an item of furniture, even if they don’t own a house.
Rounding out your decor while keeping beverages, remotes, and more at arm’s reach, coffee tables are an essential in any home. Take this one for example: showcasing a clean-lined silhouette and understated construction, it’s the perfect pick for a variety of aesthetics from classic to contemporary. Its frame is crafted from metal awash in a blackened bronze finish, and includes a lower tier for storing books, blankets, movies, and more.
Bold yet versatile, this mid-century chair rounds out a dining table arrangement or acts as a spare seat in the living room. It stands atop four tapered legs – the back two of which are splayed – and features dramatically curved arms for a look that’s sure to grab glances. The poplar frame is wrapped in cotton upholstery, and foam fill in the cushion encourages you and your guests to kick back to enjoy your latest home-cooked meal.
I met a flower child friend of friends in the early seventies who worked for a year or two as a call girl in hollywood. One of her gigs was to be naked in a bathtub in the Capitol Record building at a party spraying water on her clitoris and pretending she was getting off to add to the party atmosphere. She said she had Danny Thomas as a client for awhile - he wanted to be called "Danello". His thing was that she was to leave a glass of orange juice on the counter in the kitchen and her door unlocked at a certain time. He would come in and drink the orange juice, then she would come out from another room and "discover" him and be angry as though he was a bad child. The whole routine would end up with him literally kissing her ass on the couch.
Consider rectangle (or oval but more on this shape next) if you have a standard sofa (or an extra-long sofa with chaise) so everyone can have easy access to their coffee, cocktail or late-night snack of choice. This is also a great choice if you have a narrow space with minimal walk-around clearance. If you’re a household with more remotes or tech cords than you can count, think about getting a table with some functional but still sleek drawers like #1, #21, #23 and #30. If you have a pretty deep living room, a nesting rectangular coffee table like #7 is a great option to balance the space. It’s hard to see in the photo, but the table at #2 has a shadow box top (that’s great for putting in your favorite curiosities and trinkets but still having plenty of surface area for you know…real life stuff. Oh, and if you regularly eat in front of your TV (whether by choice or because you don’t actually have a formal dining area), a lift-top coffee table is super useful for not having to hunch over your plate (#15 and #29).
Yes, this was certainly tricky. :-) I didn't use the glass that was going to fit inside the table as the template. I clamped the glass that I cut off to the table instead, and then was able to offset that a distance away from the edge where I wanted the inset to go, and then used that as the template. Does that make sense? Because it's the shape that matters though, not the spacing between the wood, it doesn't really matter either way. Cut the glass, use it to rout the wood, put in the glass inset and then mount the legs and supports so that it fits nicely together.
Meanwhile, coffee had been introduced to Brazil in 1727, although its cultivation did not gather momentum until independence in 1822. After this time massive tracts of rainforest were cleared for coffee plantations, first in the vicinity of Rio de Janeiro and later São Paulo. Brazil went from having essentially no coffee exports in 1800, to being a significant regional producer in 1830, to being the largest producer in the world by 1852. In 1910–20, Brazil exported around 70% of the world's coffee, Colombia, Guatemala, and Venezuela, exported half of the remaining 30%, and Old World production accounted for less than 5% of world exports.
In the 17th century, coffee appeared for the first time in Europe outside the Ottoman Empire, and coffeehouses were established and quickly became popular. The first coffeehouses in Western Europe appeared in Venice, as a result of the traffic between La Serenissima and the Ottomans; the very first one is recorded in 1645. The first coffeehouse in England was set up in Oxford in 1650 by a Jewish man named Jacob in the building now known as "The Grand Cafe". A plaque on the wall still commemorates this and the cafe is now a cocktail bar. By 1675, there were more than 3,000 coffeehouses in England.
Brewed coffee from typical grounds prepared with tap water contains 40 mg caffeine per 100 gram and no essential nutrients in significant content. In espresso, however, likely due to its higher amount of suspended solids, there are significant contents of magnesium, the B vitamins, niacin and riboflavin, and 212 mg of caffeine per 100 grams of grounds.
She wanted something more traditional. I started by looking for a reasonably priced table leg. The one I found was from Van Dyke’s Restorers. They have tons of shapes and sizes. It was on sale, around $16 each plus some shipping. I sketched up a square table per her request. The table would be 42” wide, 42” long and 18 ¾” tall. (the sketch originally had a 15” leg but it did not suit her). I attempted to use stock wood for all the components to keep it simple, on time and on budget.
I unclamped the top. It wasn’t as sturdy as I hoped. However, I only needed it to stay together while I screwed the skirt to it. I flipped over the top. I then flipped all the joined legs and skirt upside down and placed the works on top of the table top. Once centered, I traced the skirt and legs on the underside of the table top. I moved everything over and ran glue around the marked areas of the top. I then placed the skirt and legs back in place. I proceeded to to screw pocket screws around the perimeter, zigzagging from side to side to help it from wiggling out of place while I worked. The block end of the legs added much needed stability to the mitered corners of the top. Reluctantly I shot one or two nails in each of the corners of the top to keep them from separating while everything dried. The basic table was done.
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