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A kontor was a foreign trading post of the Hanseatic League.In addition to the major kontore in London , Ipswich, Bruges, Bergen , and Novgorod , some ports had a representative merchant and a warehouse.Of all the kontor buildings, only Bergen's kontor, known as Bryggen in Norway, has survived until the present day. The Hanseatic kontor at Bryggen was closed in 1754 and replaced by a "Norwegian kontor", run by Norwegian citizens, but still with a large element of German immigrants. Bergen's kontor is on the UNESCO list of the World Cultural Heritage sites.The Hanseatic Warehouse in King's Lynn, England, survives – but it was converted into offices in 1971. Wikipedia.

Leer J.,Kontor | Meldgaard K.,University of Southern Denmark
Food, Culture and Society | Year: 2015

In this article, we examine the ways in which the encountering of “other” food cultures is played out in the two travelogue cooking shows Gordon’s Great Escape and Jamie’s Italian Escape. We investigate how the two protagonist chefs, Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay, imagine, meet and evaluate the “other” food cultures in these programs, paying special attention to how the encounter with the local Indian and Italian is imagined to be a gateway to an authentic and/or primitive experience. Our main argument is that despite Jamie and Gordon’s “noble” intentions and their “enlightened” cosmopolitan approach to meeting the other (culinary culture), ultimately, their respective culinary adventures work to reaffirm a social hierarchy in their favor. © Association for the Study of Food and Society 2015.

Preisser A.M.,University of Hamburg | Budnik L.T.,University of Hamburg | Hampel E.,Kontor | Baur X.,University of Hamburg
Science of the Total Environment | Year: 2011

The fumigation of freight containers to protect transported goods from fungal and pest infestation has increased worldwide in the last five years due to international regulations requiring fumigation or heat treatment of wooden packaging material and dunnage. We have found in 2008 that every sixth container and its contents do retain harmful concentrations of various fumigants and chemicals, representing a significant health risk for port and transport workers, customs officials, warehousemen, store employees and consumers. The shipping documents of these containers did not provide any information about the fumigation procedure or the used fumigant.We report here the cases of 26 patients introduced to our outpatient clinic with presumed intoxication to fumigants, or with symptoms due to inhaling the air out of fumigated containers. All patients were examined from 2007 to 2010 according to a standardized comprehensive diagnostic program. We were able to confirm the diagnosis based on typical symptoms and extensive clinical examination; by laboratory analysis we identified ethylene dichloride, methyl bromide, phosphine and methylene chloride. The predominant symptoms were headaches, concentration and memory problems, dizziness and nausea, irritation of the skin and mucous membranes and a reduced ability to do exercise. In addition to the neurological and neuropsychological impairments our analyses verified the development of reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS) in 14 of 26 patients with long lasting symptoms due to their contact with fumigants.Intoxications with fumigants are serious and could be avoided. These systematical explored cases show the sustainable impact for health and socio-economic wellbeing. These findings also emphasize the necessity for international standards on permitted fumigants, appropriate labeling in the shipping documents and handling of fumigated containers. © 2011.

Kontor | Date: 2013-01-01

Beers; mineral and aerated waters and other non-alcoholic drinks, namely, colas, fruit drinks, isotonic drinks, sports drinks; fruit drinks and fruit juices; syrups and other preparations for making beverages, namely, fruit drinks and sports drinks; non-alcoholic fruit extracts used in the preparation of beverages; non-alcoholic fruit drinks; non alcoholic drinks, namely, orange juice, non-alcoholic malt beverages, tomato juice; non alcoholic honey based beverages; non-alcoholic aperitifs; apple juice, sweetened fruit juice, and sweetened apple juice; beer wort; powders for effervescing beverages; pastilles for effervescing beverages; non-alcoholic cocktails; peanut milk; preparations for making mineral water; preparations for making aerated water; essences for making non-alcoholic beverages; fruit drinks; fruit nectars; fruit juices; vegetable juices beverages; extracts of hops for making beer; ginger beer; isotonic beverages; aerated waters; kvas; lemonades; syrups for lemonade; lithia water; malt beer; malt wort; milk of almonds for beverages; orgeat; mineral water; whey beverages; must; products for making beverages, namely, scented water for making beverages, concentrates, syrups and powders for making soft drinks; preparations for making liqueurs, namely, essences used in the preparation of liqueurs; sarsaparilla; seltzer water; syrups for beverages; soda water; sherbets in the nature of beverages; table waters; tomato juice; unfermented grape must; water beverages.

News Article | November 11, 2015
Site: www.fastcompany.com

Say you want to redesign your office. Type "modern office" into Pinterest or Tumblr, and you'll see a slew of inspiring spaces, but you won't find much practical information like product names and manufacturers; maybe if you're lucky, the images will identify the architecture firm responsible. Kontor, which bills itself as "a visual network for workplace design," seeks to bridge the gap. "Before Kontor, there wasn’t a good way to find inspiring spaces, to find great architects and designers, or to collaborate with designers by sharing images with relevant data and sources," says Mia Lewin, Kontor's cofounder with Andy Parsons, Kevin Ryan, and Tom Melcher. "People have been trying to use Google Images search or Pinterest, but they really don't fit the needs of a serious design conversation." Kontor launched today with over 60,000 images from 350 design and architecture firms around the world. Like Pinterest, users can search based on keywords, save images to galleries, and follow other users of the site. What sets it apart is that the images are much more robust in their metadata. Hover over a photo and, depending on how well it's tagged, you'll be able to identify specific products and their manufacturers. If you like the product enough, you can click on an outlink to the manufacturer's site. Kontor's in-house team hand-picked the inaugural roster of designers featured on the site, but plans to open it up to more firms down the line. "We built the product to help professional designers and architects convey their vision," Lewin says. Kontor also spearheaded the image categorization, calling out information staffers find more relevant to the overall aesthetic of the space, the dominant architectural moves, and practicalities like specific lighting or furniture. "The way people look at projects and how they research are totally separate," says William Hanley, Kontor's editorial director. "There are blogs for products and spaces, and you have product indexes, but there isn't anything that marries the industrial design side to the architectural side. The information tends to be offline. We're making the connections between projects, products, and designers." While the startup is currently backed by $5 million in Series A funding from Venrock and seed-round investments from Kevin Ryan and Tom Melcher, Kontor eventually plans to launch fee-based premium services related to contextual advertising, lead generation, and data analytics. For the time being, the site is free to use for all. So the next time you feel like ogling offices that are way cooler than yours, click on over to Kontor, and find a designer who can turn your dream workspace into a reality.

News Article
Site: techcrunch.com

Home furnishings site Dot & Bo is expanding into workplace design, with the launch of Dot & Bo for Business. The e-commerce startup will be offering a free styling service to other startups and businesses who are looking to find the right vibe for their offices. In an industry where nap pods and slides are commonplace, a comfortable work atmosphere has been considered a critical component for hiring at tech startups and corporations, and San Francisco-based Dot & Bo is looking to capitalize on this market opportunity. “We’re launching a new service specifically targeted toward small business as well as larger enterprise clients that are looking for help and design advice,” founder and CEO Anthony Soohoo tells TechCrunch. The Dot & Bo team tested out the service with local coffee chain Philz Coffee and decided to expand the program. Dot & Bo says it plans to work with interior designers and furniture dealers to create fashionable work environments at affordable pricing. Companies will be able to lean on Dot & Bo stylists for design advice and the team will aim to make the decorating process more efficient. “It’s a pretty daunting task, said Claire Lee, head of trade and business sales at Dot & Bo. “We help them the whole way through and it makes their lives a lot easier.” Dot & Bo is not the first startup to enter the office furnishings space. Launched last year, New York-based Kontor also aims to be a resource for business style. Founded in 2013, Dot & Bo is backed by Trinity Ventures and Oak Investment Partners.

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