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As more of the U.S. population gets vaccinated, imagining a post-pandemic life is a key topic of conversation—for Google’s workforce, that future is looking like inflatable-balloon privacy walls and camp-themed outdoor work areas. While the design industry adapts to a changing world, stay in the know with our weekly roundup of headlines, launches and events, recommended reading, and more.

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Salone del Mobile will officially take place September 5 to 10 at the Fiera Milano exhibition space near Milan—an announcement that comes on the heels of recent leadership changes and concerns that exhibitors may back out amid pandemic-related

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British retail war erupts over chocolate caterpillar cake, Food News & Top Stories

LONDON • It is one of Britain’s more unusual legal wrangles, involving a chocolate cake in the shape of a caterpillar and two of the country’s best-known retailers.

Marks and Spencer (M&S) has threatened its cheaper supermarket rival Aldi and the high-street giants have traded barbs on social media.

M&S’ food store chain last week lodged an intellectual property claim with the High Court in defence of its trademarked chocolate-iced sponge character Colin the Caterpillar.

It argued that the German supermarket chain Aldi was misleading customers with its “Cuthbert” cake, which is also sold in green packaging, and wants it

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