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David Strange (who is, indeed, strange) started as a session musician and is likely most famous for being a former guitarist in Courtney Love’s band. As he wrote music privately, he was heard and picked up by his current producer, Charlotte Kemp Muhl (the Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger) and now readies for the […]

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ModernThemes is a new WordPress theme site dedicated to giving away free themes. The themes were designed and developed by Robbie Grabowski and Mike Driscoll, the folks behind a group of agencies that specialize in custom WordPress work. The duo created the site in order to make modern themes and give back to the web community.

Currently, ModernThemes offers a dozen free themes in multiple categories, including video, resume, e-commerce, business, and portfolio. They plan to add new themes every month, and the next one on deck is a blogging theme for posting and sharing recipes.

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All of the themes are based on Underscores and the Simple Grid. Many of the themes offer support for WooCommerce, WordPress SEO, Advanced Custom Fields, and other various plugins. The team behind ModernThemes strives to keep theme and plugin functionality separate as much as possible. They aim to be plugin-friendly, as opposed to plugin-heavy.

While the free themes offered on the site have beautiful, appealing designs, they would not be able to pass WordPress’ theme review guidelines. A cursory sweep with the Theme Check plugin reveals a number of errors that would preclude ModernThemes’ products from being listed in the WordPress.org Themes Directory.

On the plus side, the themes utilize the native customizer exclusively, which will help them to keep pace with advancements in WordPress over time. When you install a theme from ModernThemes, you’ll find dozens of options available in the customizer for personalizing your site.

Demo content for the themes is available in the zip file, but documentation seems rather sparse. Getting your site to look similar to the demo will require a bit of time spent in the customizer, tweaking various sections. ModernThemes offers a basic video tutorial on using the customizer to set up the themes.

Free theme projects like this one tend to be influential in raising the bar for commercial theme developers. It will be interesting to see how long the ModernThemes team can sustain a free themes shop without any direct monetization. The project has plenty of potential and we’ll be watching to see how the site evolves in the coming year.

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David Harvey’s Course on Marx’s Capital: Volumes 1 & 2 Now Available Free Online

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For many people, the arguments and analysis of Karl Marx’s three-volume Das Kapital (or Capital: A Critique of Political Economy) are as relevant as ever. For many others, the work is a historical curiosity, dated relic, or worse. Before forming an opinion either way, it’s probably best to read the thing—or as much of the huge […]

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Upstate Style: A New York Prefab by Way of Austria

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Matthew Hranek, Yolanda Edwards, and their 11-year-old daughter, Clara, are a traveling trio. The urge to see the world perhaps explains their careers—he’s a celebrated photographer and contributing style editor at Conde Nast Traveler, where she’s the creative director. It also explains their approach to putting down roots: When they were looking to build their country house in Sullivan County, New York, they went shopping globally and ended up ordering a prefab design by Austrian architect Oskar Leo Kauffman. Hranek and Kauffman first crossed paths at a shoot for Wallpaper in Milan, where Kauffman had been commissioned to create an overnight glass-box house for a Design Week party. Hranek was so impressed by the results that when he returned home, he and Edwards, longtime committed modernists, stopped their search for an architect and placed their own order. She was pregnant at the time, and the two felt ready to trade the cabin on their 130-acre property for a little more room and a much better view.

Kauffman gladly accepted his first (and, to date, only) US prefab order—he and his team even traveled to the site to survey the possibilities. Hranek and Edwards, in turn, made the trip to Dornbirn, Austria, to see their walls and roof in progress at Kauffman’s factory operation. ("These guys are perfectionists," says Hranek. "They’re so beyond us in their skill level. They create concrete surfaces as smooth as baby skin.")

The prefab design arrived in a series of containers, along with a small crew. Four days later, the structure was standing. And it was complete for the arrival of Clara. Now that they’ve had time to fully make themselves at home, what does the family of three have to say about life in their $350,000 kit?

Photography by Matthew Hranek.


Matthew Hranek and Yolanda Edward's Austrian-made prefab house in Sullivan County, NY by architect Oskar Leo Kaufmann | Remodelista

Above: Yolanda, Clara, and their dog, Charlie, in their customary morning perch—in front of the 40-foot windows that overlook their meadow. The walls and ceiling are covered in European oak veneer, all of it precisely fitted (note the lack of baseboards and moldings to hide the seams). Kauffman even contributed the dining table (the chairs are vintage Thonet.)

The house is as old as Clara is. "Oskar is a true pro, so I wasn’t nervous," says Edwards. "I was actually more anxious about the idea of having a house built from the ground up by local contractors, because I knew the price and the finish date would be constantly moving. Instead, it was a fast and easy process."


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Above: The open-plan main room—39 feet long and 24 feet wide—has oak floors with radiant heat and built-ins fabricated by master cabinetmaker Heinz Ruscher. (His work was installed by a five-man finish crew that arrived from Austria after the structure was in place and a local team had added essentials such as plumbing.) "The cabinets are painted with something like car enamel," says Hranek. "Everything is solid in this house and made from the best materials. You close doors and have a seamless surface." 


Matthw Hranek and Yolanda Edwards' Austrian-made prefab house in Upstate NY by architect Oskar Leo Kaufmann | Remodelista

Above: The kitchen, with its white Corian-topped island, is the hub, and Hranek is the designated cook: "I’m completely sold on Corian, it’s indestructible. The only thing I’d do differently in this whole place is put in a double kitchen sink," he says. "The Austrians are into little tiny sinks." The pair of 1950s stools are from Housing Works on 17th Street in New York City’s Chelsea. Hranek had the pendant lights made to his own specs by "a copper guy out West."


Matthw Hranek and Yolanda Edwards' Austrian-made prefab house in Upstate NY by architect Oskar Leo Kaufmann | Remodelista

Above: The couple supplied their own appliances: "We shopped online for the most affordable options from restaurant supply stores; the range is a commercial model by Dynasty." (For a kettle like theirs, see Object Lessons: The Great Japanese Cast-Iron Kettle.)


Matthw Hranek and Yolanda Edwards' Austrian-made prefab house in Upstate NY by architect Oskar Leo Kaufmann | Remodelista

Above: Books do furnish a room—even one shelf. The living area is sectioned off by a felt "ravioli" carpet—two layers of wool with natural latex in between—by Austrian designer Johannes Mohr, and is furnished with the couple’s collection of midcentury designs that come from places like "the Swedish version of the Salvation Army." 


Matthw Hranek and Yolanda Edwards' Austrian-made prefab house in Upstate NY by architect Oskar Leo Kaufmann | Remodelista

Above: "At one point I was very into European pottery," says Hranek. "Someone had to stop me." The black and white pieces are by Arabia of FInland.


Matthw Hranek and Yolanda Edwards' Austrian-made prefab house in Upstate NY by architect Oskar Leo Kaufmann | Remodelista

Above: A French tin holds Champagne caps from many weekend celebrations.


Matthw Hranek and Yolanda Edwards' Austrian-made prefab house in Upstate NY by architect Oskar Leo Kaufmann | Remodelista

Above: Hranek and Edwards found the Haida prints over their sofa at the gift shop in the Museum of Natural History in Vancouver "for about the price of a poster at Spencer Gifts." The ceramic lamp is a 1950s Martz design.


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Above: A Hans Wegner 1960s daybed with a snowy view. One of the couple’s requests to Kauffman was for "as much glass as possible." 


Matthw Hranek and Yolanda Edwards' Austrian-made prefab house in Upstate NY by architect Oskar Leo Kaufmann | Remodelista

Above: Family craft books from the 1970s on the daybed’s wool-felt mattress from Johannes Mohr. "We are all our happiest when we’re here," says Edwards.


Matthew Hranek and Yolanda Edwards Austrian-made prefab house in Sullivan County, NY by architect Oskar Leo Kaufmann | Remodelista

Above: The raised one-story house is entered via stairs. Kauffman detailed the passage from the living room to a bedroom with a narrow bridge and a barely visible panel of glass.


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Above: The wood paneling continues in the house’s three bedrooms. Clara’s room is shown here.


Matthew Hranek and Yolanda Edwards Austrian-made prefab house in Sullivan County, NY by architect Oskar Leo Kaufmann | Remodelista

Above: Clara in the guest room. The blanket is a vintage national park Pendleton.


Matthew Hranek and Yolanda Edward's Austrian-made prefab house in Sullivan County, NY by architect Oskar Leo Kaufmann | Remodelista

 Above: "The house is like an elevated shoebox that has a glass wall on one side," says Edwards. 

All told, the project rang in at about $336,000—$236,000 for the turn-key house ("We got a good deal because Kaufmann is a friend," says Hranek), $12,000 in shipping costs, and the rest for site prep and other work done by the local crew, including electrical installation. "Unlike standard, stick-built construction, there were no surprises. What the Austrians said would happen, happened," adds Hranek. "This house is our think tank. It’s the best thing we’ve ever done." As for Kauffman, he’s since moved on to large-scale, one-of-a-kind projects, but we’re hoping he makes his way back to the world of prefab.

Curious to see where Hranek and Edwards are traveling? Take a look at their his-and-hers blogs: The William Brown Project and Travels with Clara. (Edwards is also a founding editor at Mom Filter.)

For another notable Upstate New York design, see The Architect Is In: A Rural Barn Transformed for Modern Living. More prefabs? We have our eyes on:

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Chances are, you’ve already admired the work of Jersey Ice Cream Co.’s Tara Mangini and Percy Bright—the duo are longtime Remodelista favorites and recent members of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory. A few weeks ago, we presented their transformation of Local Milk blogger Beth Kirby’s kitchen—see The One-Month Makeover. And before that, they helped our own Justine create a Dream Kitchen for Under $3,000. Self-described “homeless home designers,” the couple are a full-service design and construction team—they like to do it all, just the two of them. They also like to relocate to renovate. For Beth Kirby, they moved into a rental in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and for plenty of jobs, they’ve camped out on site. In other words, they will go to any length to get to know you, your house, and how you want to live.

This weekend, Tara and Percy are on hand to help us launch our new feature, Ask the Kitchen Expert. They’re available for the next 48 hours to answer any and all questions you may have about kitchens. Ask away!

Beth Kirby’s Kitchen 


White Venetian plastered kitchen with Lacanche Sully range by Jersey Ice Cream, Local Milk, Beth Kirby | Remodelista

Above: "For Beth—who, in addition to being a blogger, is a photographer, recipe developer, stylist, and teacher—the kitchen is the heart of her everything. So we really wanted to hit this one out of the park," Tara says. The room is set up to offer Beth not only a range of work surfaces but also places to maneuver with her camera. It has enough space that she can hold classes and demonstrations (eating takes place in the dining room next door). Photograph by Beth Kirby.


White Venetian plastered kitchen with Lacanche Sully range by Jersey Ice Cream, Local Milk, Beth Kirby | Remodelista

Above: Self-taught design and construction savants who got their start remodeling Percy’s former house in Philadelphia, the couple are able to tackle just about any task. They even Venetian-plastered the hood above Beth’s state-of-the-art Lacanche Sully range. As Tara tells us, "We don’t like to hire outside help because they almost never meet our standards." Photograph by Beth Kirby.


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Above: For budget reasons, Tara and Percy recommended keeping the existing lower cabinet framework as a skeleton to which they added new cabinet fronts that they built on site. They found the vintage copper cabinet pulls at salvage shop ReStore, in Philadelphia. Photograph by Beth Kirby.

Justine Hand’s Kitchen


Open kitchen shelves, wood Ikea countertop inJustine Hand's Kitchen by Jersey Ice Cream | Remodelista

Above: When Remodelista editor Justine bought her family’s Massachusetts house, it was filled with historic character—except the kitchen, which required an overhaul. Working with a budget capped at $3,000. Tara and Percy stepped in, and, in a mere six days, gave Justine what she was after.


Painted white cabinets, farmhouse sink under window and ship lap panels on kitchen island in Justine Hand's Kitchen by Jersey Ice Cream | Remodelista

Above: Tara and Percy updated the existing orangey-hued wood cabinets with several coats of white paint. "To minimize the hulking form of the island, Percy enclosed it in horizontal shiplap-style boards, which added a lot of character," says Justine.


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Above: A few simple moves, such as replacing the existing yellow granite counters with wood ones from Ikea and installing a new farmhouse sink, create an uplifting work station by the window.

Hudson Valley Kitchen


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Above: Tara and Percy renovated this 1860s house in the Hudson Valley from top-to-bottom in two months: They were hired in September and were finished by Thanksgiving. As they told Design Sponge, "In the kitchen, we wanted to create a look that was bold and classic, something that was unfussy and romantic that feels very true to the house."


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Above: The wainscoting around the room is painted in Black Horizon by Benjamin Moore with plastered walls above. The two-toned design was inspired by A Kitchen for the People, Courtesy of Prince Charles


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Above: The designers repurposed an existing built-in cabinet and completely altered its look by changing the cabinet fronts. See more details in Steal This Look: A Prince Charles–Worthy Kitchen.


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Above: Percy and Tara are available for the next 48 hours to answer your kitchen questions and quandaries.

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Dior Homme creative director, Kris Van Assche, takes us into a world where musical influence reigns. In this video, showcasing the Dior Homme Spring/Summer 2015 collection, we are introduced to the season, centre-stage, radio-wave print…

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Behind the collection – Laurel Wreath Menswear Autumn 2014

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Behind the collection – Laurel Wreath Menswear Autumn 2014

Friday, 14th Nov 2014

               

Pictured above, the Static Cable Knit Sweater

For autumn 2014, our men’s Laurel Wreath Collection has a sharp, defined aesthetic.

We spoke to collection designer John Tate to find out the background behind the collection, which was inspired by British New Wave and electronic music of the 1980s.

Hello John, tell me a bit about the story behind the collection.

The thinking behind the collection was that it took inspiration from an imaginary night out, probably in London’s Soho district. There is a good mix of dark tones and pops of colour running throughout – reflecting the dark of the night, and the bright lights of the area. I feel there is a hedonistic undertone running through the collection. My thoughts were about going out, losing myself in the nightlife and trying to visualise how everything can start to get a bit blurry…

Yeah, details in the collection seem to reflect a night out?

I took direct influence from patterns and images you might see on a night out. One of the main thoughts behind the knitwear this season was the idea of visualising static, or white noise. The knitwear pieces feature a blurred or fuzzed effect, woven in – the sort of thing you might imagine on a monitor at a gig or in a DJ booth, with sound levels going up and down.  

               

Pictured above, the Static Knit Crew Neck Sweater

Lots of the shirts feature a ‘blown-up gingham’ effect; moving the traditional micro-check gingham shirt to something a new and different. My thinking here was to reflect the ‘pixelated’ sensory effect you sometimes feel from being surrounded by bright lights and loud music. I also used a speaker-grill print throughout the collection. It looks a lot like a fine polka dot initially, but when the reference is mentioned you can see how the print has evolved from looking at the inside of a speaker. It’s subtle, but effective.

Was music an inspiration when designing this collection?

Definitely! I took particular inspiration from British post-punk/new wave electronic music of the 1980s – the sort of music you would imagine played at a dark club hidden away in Soho. Gary Numan and the Tubeway Army were probably the biggest influence overall, they have that real raw industrial sound to their music. But also the early side of the Human League, when they were more electronic than vocal. Soft Cell’s Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret album was also a big influence. That Soft Cell album is dark and hedonistic, it was a great reference point. 

You mentioned Gary Numan’s industrial sound…

Yeah, alongside the imaginary night out narrative behind the collection, I would say there is also an element in the collection taken from industrial Northern British towns – particularly Sheffield. The Human League originated in Sheffield, and had a very gritty, electronic early sound on tracks like Being Boiled. Soft Cell also originated in Leeds, before settling in Soho – their early single Memorabilia is again quite a tough, industrial sounding track so there is certainly a Northern context woven in too.

Were you involved in the photoshoot that accompanies the collection?

Yes I was - I actually helped choose the model. He had an element of David Sylvian from the band Japan about him. Japan were probably best known for the track, Ghosts – another track from the scene that inspired the collection, and I liked the idea of weaving this further into the visual presentation.

John, thanks for your time!

                   

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Benedict Cumberbatch is utterly convincing as Alan Turing, the mathematician who did more than anyone to defeat Hitler but who was destroyed by homophobia

Is The Imitation Game the queerest thing to hit multiplexes for years?
Codebreaker Alan Turing takes centre stage in new film The Imitation Game

Despite its flaws, The Imitation Game watchably recreates one of Britains finest hours, and one of its most shameful. In 1952, the draconian era of home secretary David Maxwell Fyfe, the mathematician and wartime codebreaker Alan Turing was prosecuted for gross indecency and forced to undergo chemical castration hormone treatment in lieu of a prison sentence, after which pointless ordeal he killed himself.

Turing was a war hero equal to Alanbrooke or Montgomery, but unlike these men his lifelong vow of government secrecy meant that he did not have the prestige that might have made his persecutors think twice. Just a decade before, Turing had done perhaps more than any individual to defeat Hitler by cracking the Enigma code in which Nazi military instructions were delivered, and then calculating precisely how much of this information the Allies could act on without giving the game away. But a shabby and squalid homophobia reduced Turings postwar career and happiness to rubble.

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The term “creative nonfiction” has picked up a great deal of traction over the past decade — perhaps too much, depending upon how valid or invalid you find it. Meaningful or not, the label has come into its current popularity in part thanks to the essays of novelist David Foster […]

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Before and After: A London Victorian Transformed

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Scenario: Beth Dadswell and Andrew Wilbourne, a creative couple with a young son, become their own clients when they take on the renovation of a 1,750-square-foot, semi-detached Victorian in Dulwich, South London. They come with experience: She’s a fashion editor turned interior designer and the founder of Imperfect Interiors (motto: "Because who wants to live in a soulless showroom?"); he’s a graphic designer.

The Challenge: How to reinstate the original Victorian grandeur of the house while also telegraphing a comfortable and casual vibe?

The Solution: They introduce light into the tall, dark public spaces by knocking through two strategic walls and installing new glass doors that open to the garden.

Dadswell’s Top Tip: Spend time thinking about the space before you pick up a hammer: "The work you devote at the front end of a project, researching and putting together mood boards, makes for much easier and less stressful decisions later."

Photography by Leanne Dixon.


Built in banquette seating with scattered cushions and framed pictures on the walls in dining room of Victorian house renovation by Imperfect Interiors, Beth Dadswell, London, Photography by Leanne Dixon | Remodelista

Above: The first wall that Dadswell removed was the one dividing the dining room and kitchen, where she also opened the space to the garden with a large, bifold, glazed door. "This part of the house gets the most use and is where I think the biggest transformation occurred," she says. By building the banquette seating right up to the kitchen counters, the dining room intentionally feels like it’s part of the kitchen and garden. Adds Dadswell: "Having built-in seating means that you can fit more people around the table and hide ugly stuff in the storage underneath." She sourced the enamel pendants, cloth cord, and fittings on eBay, and made the seating pads from her mother’s old curtains. 


Black and white Ikea carpet in living room of Victorian house renovation by Imperfect Interiors, Beth Dadswell, London, Photography by Leanne Dixon | Remodelista

Above: Dadswell also removed the wall that separated the house’s two old-fashioned parlor rooms and introduced large French doors that lead to the garden and flood the room with light. The couple’s son, Louis, watches a television hidden in a custom cabinet. The black-and-white graphic carpet is from Ikea.


Bookshelves in alcoves on either side of fireplace in living room of Victorian house renovation by Imperfect Interiors, Beth Dadswell, London, Photography by Leanne Dixon | Remodelista

Above: In the living room, the alcoves flanking the restored fireplace were put to use as shelving. The curtains are Ikea’s Aina design in linen, and the the graphic woven carpet is from the Designer’s Guild.


Michael Ruhl vase on mantel of Victorian house renovation by Imperfect Interiors, Beth Dadswell, London, Photography by Leanne Dixon | Remodelista

Above: The mantel still life includes dried hydrangea in a vase by glass artist Michael Ruh (who is selling his wares at this Saturday’s Remodelista Market in London) and a bark owl from Petersham Nurseries. "Rooms should be a mix of inherited pieces, things picked up along the way, and items chosen for specific purposes," says Dadswell. "The key is to get them all to work cohesively through color and style."


Stairwell with large scaled framed artwork, Down Pipe and Lamp Room Gray by Farrow & Ball in Victorian house renovation by Imperfect Interiors, Beth Dadswell, London, Photography by Leanne Dixon | Remodelista

Above: In the stairwell, Dadswell painted the wall Lamp Room Gray by Farrow & Ball and the railing Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe. She introduced a bright carpet and displays massed artwork to provide interest and contrast to the three-story-high wall.


Tongue and groove paneling and claw foot tub in bathroom of Victorian house renovation by Imperfect Interiors, Beth Dadswell, London, Photography by Leanne Dixon | Remodelista

Above: The gallery-style bathroom has tongue-and-groove paneling capped by a Carrara marble shelf. Two rows of subway tiles (Retro Metro by Fired Earth) provide a minimal backsplash. The vintage claw-foot tub was sourced on eBay.


Portrait of Beth Dadswell, White Ikea cabinets with vintage handles by Imperfect Interiors, London, Photography by Leanne Dixon | Remodelista

Above: Beth Dadswell in her kitchen. "We sanded and painted wood-fronted Ikea cabinets and then added vintage handles," she says. "Nobody believes that the cabinets are from Ikea—it all comes down to the details."

Before


Before Image of Kitchen in Dulwich Project by Imperfect Interiors, Beth Dadswell, London, Photography by Leanne Dixon | Remodelista

Above: The avocado kitchen was dated and gloomy.


Before Image of Kitchen in Dulwich Project by Imperfect Interiors, Beth Dadswell, London, Photography by Leanne Dixon | Remodelista

Above: Dadswell replaced the existing single kitchen door with double French doors that bring in more light.


Before Image of Dining Room in Dulwich Project by  Imperfect Interiors, Beth Dadswell, London, Photography by Leanne Dixon | Remodelista

Above: "These are the dining room cabinets in their original state before I sanded them and attached vintage handles," says Dadswell. (You can get a tiny glimpse of the After in the first photo.) "There’s a lot of wood in the house, and it had all been stained in a heavy Victorian shade of brown that made everything feel quite oppressive."

 


Imperfect Interiors, Floorplan of semi-detached Victorian in Dulwich, London | Remodelista

Above: The house’s existing floor plan before the renovation. The major work was done on the ground floor; the red dotted lines indicate where walls were removed, and the blue dotted lines show where old openings were replaced with larger ones.

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