Wood, concrete, steel and light

Wood, concrete, steel and light

In coffee shops all over the world, the same set of design elements keep popping up. What is happening? This week, Quartz News looks at the global look that’s part Starbucks, part Silicon Valley, and very “Brooklyn.” If you’re in cities like Mumbai, São Paulo, Seoul, Paris, London, Kuala Lumpur, Lagos—anywhere, really—you might notice something: coffee shops are starting to look the same. Distinctive design elements—Edison bulbs, reclaimed wood, potted plants, exposed brick—are popping up in coffee shops everywhere. It isn’t just the design of these spaces that are becoming increasingly uniform. The expectation of enjoying beautiful, artfully-decorated, high-quality coffee has spread to places as far-flung as Auckland, New Zealand, and Atyrau, Kazakhstan. (To understand this, just follow #latteart on Instagram.) While it’s debatable where this look originated, it has come to be associated with one place: Brooklyn, New York.

Green with happiness

Green with happiness

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“Everything in Elizabeth Sweetheart’s life is green. From her bright green hair, to her self-dyed green overalls, the New York City artist has earned her moniker, “the Green Lady.” Elizabeth was inspired to wear green after an emotional trip to Florida with her father. Today, she continues to uphold the tradition because of the joy it brings those around her.”

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • It is pretty green
  • I’m quite green
  • A green kitchen countertop
  • Green knobs
  • The front door
  • I wanted to be an artist
  • I started wearing green when my dad invited me to visit Florida
  • We hadn’t really connected
  • Aqua green
  • Deep rich green
  • A lucky day
  • The way I dress makes other people smile
  • Can I have a selfie with you
  • As you get older you realize color is so much fun
  • It’s so positive
  • I’ll change to my next favorite thing

 

 

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