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Opinion

The simple pleasures of spaghetti bolognese

Posted on 29 July 2018 at 15:59 by Anthony Teasdale, editor, Umbrella magazine in Opinion

We know by now that spag bol isn’t authentically Italian. That you can go from Turin to Palermo, stopping off at countless trattoria along the way and you’ll never come into contact with the dish which until the River Cafe and Jamie Oliver surfaced was pretty much the only Italian mea... Read more

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Architecture

Architects' houses: discover the homes of Norman Foster, Frank Gehry and Ray and Charles Eames

Posted on 20 July 2018 at 09:09 by Anthony Teasdale, editor, Umbrella magazine in Architecture

Being an architect isn’t all wearing collarless shirts and talking about Le Corbusier in the Groucho Club. Away from the office, they also have regular lives with the same worries and hassle with the council as the rest of us. However, unlike, say bus drivers or asbesto... Read more

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Design

The Casio F-91W: the story of the world’s most popular watch

Posted on 29 June 2018 at 13:00 by Matthew Reynolds, creative director, Umbrella in Design

Some design classics get all the love. The Eames chair, Philippe Starck’s silver juicer, the Leica Rangefinder camera. Of course they’re all great, but how many of them do you actually own? Exactly. Step forward the Casio F-91W. Epitomising the phrase &... Read more

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Style

Mundial x YMC deliver retro USSR footy top collection

Posted on 08 June 2018 at 16:03 by Anthony Teasdale, editor, Umbrella magazine in Style

For a nation dedicated to the pursuit of sporting excellence (see their admirable dedication to performance-enhancing 'cold remedies' in the Olympics), the Soviet Union never quite made the grade in the football stakes. Sure, they won the Euros in 1960, but that was in the days when there... Read more

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Architecture

The Umbrella-ist: ‘The Gentle Author’ – the man behind London's Spitalfields Life blog

Posted on 01 June 2018 at 07:30 by Elliott Lewis-George in Architecture

Since August 2009, the anonymous ‘Gentle Author’ has spent every day documenting east London on his Spitalfields Life blog. From profiling the capital’s oldest fireman to exploring Old Street’s strip of fried chicken shops, this mysterious writer shares many of the same in... Read more

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