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Friday Five



1) World’s first 3D printer for food launched

3D printed food

The first ever kitchen-ready 3D printer for food has been unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

American manufacturer, 3D Systems, introduced their Chefjet series of 3D printers which use milk chocolate or sugar to print a variety of shapes, colours and flavours.

Liz von Hasseln, Creative Director of Food Products at 3D Systems, said:

“Food is an incredible platform for creativity, experimentation, and celebration and we are thrilled to place these powerful 3D printers in bakers and chefs’ kitchens,”will-i-am 3D

The company rounded off the week by announcing pop star,, as their new Chief Creative Officer.  The Black Eyed Peas frontman took to Twitter to say he was,  “so proud to officially be an employee at 3D Systems.”

The printers are expected to go on sale towards the end of the year and 3D Systems are hopeful they will become a mainstay in professional kitchens.


2) Hirst paints Mickey Mouse for charity

Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2013

Damien Hirst is to auction a new painting of Mickey Mouse in support of charity, Kid’s Company.

The painting, requested by Disney, is part of Hirst’s iconic series of spot paintings and will be auctioned by Christie’s at the start of February.

Hirst said his new work, “represents happiness and the joy of being a kid,”:

“I have reduced his shape down to the basic elements of a few simple spots. I hope people love it, because it is still instantly recognisable – Mickey is such a universal and powerful icon.”


3) Polaroid reveal new Socialmatic camera


Iconic camera manufacturers, Polaroid, unveiled their latest design at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The new camera, a collaboration with design and social media company, Socialmatic, will still feature Polaroid’s distinctive in-built printer but will be brought into the modern age with WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities.

The Socialmatic will go on general sale later in the year.


4)  Visitor numbers drop at Louvre


Visitors to the Musée du Louvre in 2013 were down half a million on the previous year.

However, the museum put this down to exceptional shows in 2012 featuring Raphael and Da Vinci and the opening of a new wing dedicated to Islamic art.

With an attendance of 9.2 million in 2013, the Paris landmark still attracted three million more visitors than its closest competitors, the British Museum in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.


5)  Interabang’s children’s TV stamps now available in UK

Designs  for a new set of stamps commemorating classic British children’s TV programmes went on sale this week.

A spokesperson for the company responsible for the design, Interabang, said their research had been, “extensive and immensely enjoyable”:

“We wanted the stamps to reflect the playfulness of the characters and feel like a child’s sticker set – hence the characters bursting out of the frame.”

Andrew Hammond, from Royal Mail Stamps, said they were very pleased with the results:

“It has presented us with a cast of characters that, like the memories of the programmes themselves, remain with us throughout our lives. It feels appropriate to celebrate all of these unforgettable characters on a set of very special stamps.”

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