The Pernod Absinthe Distillery, France by Alastair Wiper

I've got news for you: the Pernod you grew up with is not the real Pernod. The real Pernod is absinthe, the first absinthe, and it was banned throughout most of the world in 1915. You have probably heard a lot of stories about absinthe making people crazy …

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Steinway & Sons Piano Factory, Hamburg by Alastair Wiper

Steinway was founded in Manhatten in 1853 by German piano builder Heinrich Engelhard Steinway (later Steinway). The company became very successful in the US, registering hundreds of patents and defining the sound and construction of modern pianos. In 1880, in order to reach European customers who wanted Steinway pianos and to avoid high import taxes, a factory was established in Hamburg Germany …

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Niederegger Marzipan Factory, Germany by Alastair Wiper

Lübeck is the town of Marzipan, traditionally the confection of choice of kings and queens. The story in Lübeck goes that marzipan was invented in Lübeck when it was under siege, and all the food had run out except for almonds and sugar ...

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The Absolut Vodka Distillery, Sweden by Alastair Wiper

Absolut Vodka is the third biggest spirit brand in the world, and the 99 million litres of it which are produced every year are all made here in Skåne, southern Sweden. The brand was started in 1879 by Lars Olsson Smith, the man who introduced continuous distillation to Sweden ...

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The Boeing Factory, Washington by Alastair Wiper

The Boeing factory in Everett, Washington, is the largest building in the world. Just north of Seattle, the 13,385,378 m3 building was constructed to build the first 747's in 1968, and is currently the place where the Boeing 747, 767, 777 and 787 are assembled.

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The Future Consumer Lab, Copenhagen by Alastair Wiper

The Univeristy of Copenhagen's new Future Consumer Lab is all about the future of food. What do we like, why do we like it, when do we like it and where do we like it? Through a series of experiments the lab aims to answer these questions and more ...

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The Archives of the Copenhagen Zoological Museum by Alastair Wiper

The Zoological museum in Copenhagen is one of the oldest museums in Europe. You might not realise that when you look at the slightly run-down 70s building that houses it, in the same way that you might not realise that most of what makes up the museum itself is hidden from the public ...

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Vitra Campus, Germany by Alastair Wiper

Vitra is a family owned Swiss furniture company that was founded in 1957. The company made it's name by selling designs from some of the most famous furniture designers in the world such as Charles and Ray Eames, Verner Panton and George Nelson, and today it's campus is a place of pilgrimage for architecture and design lovers ...

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Sausage Factory, Denmark by Alastair Wiper

Among all the magical things in life—your first love, snow on Christmas Eve — there are few wonders greater than the Danish hotdog. But who knows what actually goes into that sausage which sits there in the sliced bun, all golden and gilled, snuggling up to remoulade, crispy onions, and pickled cucumber ...

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The Sunbeam Theatre, Hong Kong by Alastair Wiper

The Sunbeam Theatre is a landmark theatre in Hong Kong, showcasing Cantonese Opera. Established by immigrants from Shanghai in 1972, the theatre has changed hands numerous times and has been fighting closure for the last 15 years. The theatre sits on prime real estate, which is worth a lot of money in Hong Kong, and the landlord had been threatening to close ...

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From Cow to Cheese, Denmark by Alastair Wiper

Arla Foods is the biggest producer of dairy products in Scandinavia. It is a cooperative owned by over 7,000 Danish and Swedish farmers, and it is the seventh largest dairy company in the world measure by turnover. I followed the process of some of their cheese being made, from the milking of the cows to the cheese production at one of their huge dairies in Taulov, Denmark ...

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Hasselblad Factory, Sweden by Alastair Wiper

October the third 1962 was the day everything changed for Hasselblad.
NASA astronaut Walter Schirra blasted off into space on the Mercury-Atlas 8 mission, taking his personal 500C Hasselblad camera with him. That camera captured the first recognisable images of Earth from its orbit, and became a part of the history of the space race ...

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Kvadrat Wooltex, UK by Alastair Wiper

Founded in Denmark in 1968, Kvadrat is one of the world's leading upholstery textile suppliers. In collaboration with high profile designers, architects and artists, they have supplied fabrics for some of the most notable buildings on the planet: from MoMA in New York ...

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Harry's Razor Blade Factory, Germany by Alastair Wiper

This is Feintechnik, a razor blade factory in the small village of Eisfeld in Germany. A three hour drive from frankfurt, the factory has been producing razor blades since 1920 and is one of the very few highly specialised factories to do so left in Europe. In 2014 the factory was bought by Andy Katz-Mayfield and Jeff Raider, founders of New York based shaving start-up Harry's, for $100 million ...

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Koenigsegg Supercar Factory, Sweden by Alastair Wiper

On an decomissioned air-force base just outside the small town of Ängelholm on the west-coast of Sweden sits the factory of the most unlikely supercar manufacturer in the world. Forget Ferraris and Lamborghinis, Koenigsegg is in a class above, consistently setting Guinness World records for the fastest acceleration ...

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