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Archive for November, 2010

I Saloni Milan Goes to New York | Exhibition


This special series of exhibitions and events honoring Italian Design will inaugurate a yearlong worldwide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of I Saloni, known familiarly in the U.S. as the Milan Furniture Fair.
I Saloni, or the Salone Internazionale del Mobile ,widely recognized as the world’s largest and most important annual exposition of international design with over 300,000 visitors annually, will mark its anniversary during the fair, next April.


Issey Miyake 132 5. | Shop Design

Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka has created the first store for 132 5. Issey Miyake.

‘132 5. Issey Miyake’, the newest label from Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake, draws on his previous ‘a piece of cloth’ project. The idea behind it is based on ideas of ‘regeneration and recreation’. The clothes are presented on five transparent torsos that are hung from the ceiling. Each one is accompanied by computer graphic images displaying the garment construction process shown on iPads installed throughout the store.


Galliano Designs Christmas Tree for Second Year

Claridge’s, a beacon for social life during the festive season, is delighted to announce that the Claridge’s Christmas tree is now up and has been designed by John Galliano for Dior for the second year running.


Versace Home Designs Tower Interiors

DAMAC Properties received two awards for its landmark ‘DAMAC Tower’ development, in collaboration with VERSACE Home, in Lebanon. DAMAC Tower was successful in the categories of “Best High Rise Architecture’ and ‘Best Interior Design. ’ DAMAC Tower was launched in June and is the first exclusive VERSACE Home branded residential tower in the region. Situated in the elite marina area of the new Solidere development in Beirut, DAMAC Tower has extensive views of the Mediterranean. The spectacular flowing curves and undulating volumes of the 28 storey building were designed to emulate the surging waves of the ocean. “DAMAC Tower is a majestic development which strikes a balance between technology and luxury without compromising on style and aesthetic appeal. This innovative collaboration between DAMAC Properties and VERSACE Home will deliver to residents the luxurious Italian lifestyle concept” McLoughlin said.The 28-storey luxury tower is slated for completion in 2013 and will be built in downtown Beirut. Apartments in the tower will start from $700,000.


Vivienda 19 House by A-Cero | Residential Design

A-Cero is an architecture studio that has become a reference for most architects and designers. Their modern use of proportions, volumes, and minimalistic aesthetics has given them this significance. The Vivienda 19, located near Madrid, is a clear indication of their contemporary style.


Handmade Crafts Christmas Market at VitraHaus

A Christmas market is held in the VitraHaus in Weil am Rhein  and staying there till 9 January 2011. Dedicated to “handmade” crafts, the market will feature objects, accessories and Christmas decorations from different cultures that have been carefully produced by hand from paper, wood, glass, ceramics, cotton and wax.


Lladró … From Fantasy to Love and Birds

Lladró is a name synonymous with high quality porcelain figurines. The company was founded in 1953 by three brothers, Juan, José and Vicente Lladró, in the village of Almácera near Valencia. Starting with items such as vases and jugs, it wasn’t until 1956 that they started producing the sculptures for which they are now most famous. Enthusiasm for the items produced by the Lladró brothers saw their small workshop expand several times until eventually they moved to Tavernes Blanques in 1958.


Tower of Power | Green Architecture


The ambition to create a 300-meter high freestanding tower with sightseeing and recreational functions that will serve as a ‘model green building’.This is one of two entries submitted by NL Architects for Taiwan Tower. Instead of having just icons of steel or concrete, the idea here was to generate power via the tower. An innovative and bold concept.



Artistic and Customizable Wallpaper | Bloom Papers





Wallpaper is back and better than ever. As a designer, I don’t always want to turn to elaborate designs that require expensive materials and too many details. At such times I need to convey an idea through a statement on a wall. Bloom Papers has come up with an innovative idea for wall-coverings. I loved their idea of having large digitally printed images on non-woven wallpaper. Dimensions and designs can be customized. But to save you from this hassle they have compiled a very large selection of works done by contemporary artists. (more…)

Flirtatious Tea Set | Blaue Blume by Undergrowth

This tea service by Tina Tsang of London design brand Undergrowth Design is the latest addition to the designer gifts on sale at our pop-up store The Temporium in London this December. Called Blaue Blume, the range features a pair of legs that stick out of the ceramic objects, forming handles and spoons.The collection includes a teapot, milk jug and tea cup all with legs for a handle, a cake stand, plates and a sugar bowl in the shape of a bathtub.Some of the products have an inscription on them, inviting you to use the object.The Temporium runs from 9-19 December at 221 Brompton Road, London.


Zaha Hadid Designs Grand Rabat Theater| Architecture

Following a recent ceremony in Rabat, Morroco, Agence pour l’Aménagement de la Vallée du Bouregreg (The Bouregreg Valley Development Agency) verified that architectural designs will be provided by Zaha Hadid Architects.  The program will include three theater spaces, indoor spaces consisting of 2,050-seat and a 520-seat, and a fully-equipped outdoor amphitheater holding up to 7,000 people.   The theaters will share back of house facilities, efficiently reducing the size of the building services needed.  Creative studios will also be incorporated into this cultural venue. Estimated cost is at 120 Million Euros for the Rabat Grand Theater.


Management Solution for the Homeless Epidemic


Urban Caterpillar is the brainchild of Abby Brazier, concocted during her final year as a design student at Sheffield Hallam University. She does not claim solution of the homeless problem, but describes her project as an attempt to manage it. Working closely with international charity The Salvation Army, Brazier discovered that whilst free sleeping bags were handed out by many shelters, once wet they are near impossible to dry out – especially during the winter.


Quirky and Witty with Gary Salter | Photography

Gary Salter is a photographer based in London who produces bold images with a distinctive and unique photographic style and quirky sense of humor.



Sculptures with LEGO | Nathan Sawaya


Some artists use paint, others bronze – But for Nathan Sawaya he chooses to build his awe-inspiring art out of toy building blocks.  LEGO® bricks to be exact. With more than 1.5 million colored bricks in his New York studio, Sawaya’s sculptures take many forms. 

The Art of the Brick® features 29 large-scale sculptures by Lebanese/ American artist Nathan Sawaya made entirely from LEGO® bricks. Sawaya’s art is currently touring North American museums in a show titled, The Art of the Brick.  It’s the only exhibition focusing exclusively on LEGO as an art medium. The creations, constructed from nearly one million pieces, were built from standard bricks beginning as early as 2002.


Fighting Fakes | Batta Mon Returns

On view November 6 through November 27, 2010 at Osaka’s CAS in Japan, Mitsuhiro Okamoto’s “Batta Mon” sculptures raise questions about the relationship between authenticity and imitation. The  locust shaped works are produced from fake designer bags – with logos prominent – and the name plays off of the slang term for knock off.

Okamoto’s work was previously displayed at the Kobe Fashion Museum, but removed after Louis Vuitton protested pieces containing their brand logo.


Oprah’s Favorite Things 2010


November 19, 2010 was this year’s Oprah’s favorite things’ day (part 1) , where she gives her audience everything SHE wants for Christmas. This is one of the most touching moments of every years Oprahshow episodes. The reaction of the audience is indescribable.

The first half of the famous list included a variety of items including hair products, books, foods, cooking supplies, clothing, music, and technological goods, in addition to many other gift ideas of different budgets.

This years part 1 list included


Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bali | Hotel Design

This hotel and villa development is designed as an ecologically sustainable development designed by WOHA. Located on the dry savannah landscape of the Bukit Peninsular on the dramatic southern cliffs of the Indonesian island of Bali, it comprises of a 50 suite hotel with 35 residential villas. The resort opened its doors in June 2009.


Swarovski Brings a Touch of Poetry to Christmas

Year after year, Swarovski brings a poetic touch to the festive season with breath-taking ornaments. The Annual Edition Christmas Ornament is without doubt the star of the Christmas collection – and a much-loved collector’s piece.    How it all began


From My Kitchen| Mexican Fiesta


For the 3 month anniversary of my blog I am sharing this Mexican recipe my mom makes us on the days she wants to guarantee everyone’s satisfaction with her meal choice, this is also my sister’s favorite. Its really easy to make, and very kid friendly. Try it, you will enjoy it!

For this recipe you will need:


Alexandre Orion | Humor with Graffiti & Photography



Alexandre Orion, aged 27, was born in the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is a photographer and artist, having graduated in Visual Arts. He has been working with graffiti and heavily involved in urban intervention since 1995. As a self-taught photographer, he became involved in the theory and practice of photography in 2001. Recently he has been looking at images composed by using both painting and photography. His work subtly but provocatively explores boundaries between languages and their capabilities for abstraction and representation from both the conceptual and formal point of view.


Karim Rashid Designs Desks for Della Rovere

In 2008 Karim Rashid collaborated with Della Rovere and designed two desks, Zero and Uno. The ZERO (pictured above) is  free-standing body molded in thermosetting resins and reinforced with fiberglass.

These desks are the concrete expression of how office furnishing has changed. The two collections stand out for the use of thermo-hardening resin with fiberglass and high density polyurethane – innovative materials for this sector.The Uno desk won the 2008 Good Design Award.


Recycled Art using Media Storage | Nick Gentry

Nick Gentry creates recycled art with obsolete media storage as his medium. After assembling canvases by puzzling together floppy disks with all kinds of different data, he paints portraits of over them. “The floppy disk stands firm and lives on as a metaphor for the increasing pace of the modern life cycle, mass production and the throwaway culture of today.”


Christian Louboutin Limited ‘Peace Of Shoe’ For Charity



Christian Louboutin has created a very limited style called “Peace Of Shoe.” All of the proceeds from sales of the style will benefit microfinance and the charity of choice for Christian Louboutin is Grameen Foundation, a organization dedicated to reducing world poverty. The shoe is a silk, peep-toe platform trimmed with hand-stitched, embroidered Indian ribbon. Just 33 pairs will be made, 10 in pink, 12 in champagne and 11 in lavender, carried at Christian Louboutin boutiques in Hollywood and Miami. Info and images courtesy of Christian Louboutin via Highsnobette.


American Fashion Designers at Home | Book

“Where do Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, and others relax after the chaos of Fashion Week? With the CFDA, we present an intimate look into the private quarters of over 100 top designers. Explore eclectic homes from tiny one-bedrooms to sprawling estates…”

American Fashion Designers at Home offers an intimate look into the private quarters of more than 100 members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America—including Diane von Furstenburg, Cynthia Rowley, Kate Spade, Bob Mackie, Johnson Hartig, and Derek Lam—and offers a stunning photographic tour of the domestic side of fashion.
Explore eclectic domiciles from the minimal chic to the bold and exotic, from compact one-bedrooms to sprawling estates, and discover how designers’ dwellings often become extensions of their métier:
Find Carolina Herrera’s classic elegance also woven into her Louis XV–influenced New York apartment and Betsey Johnson’s trademark pink and girly glamour mirrored in her sumptuous, flower-filled flat. Be a guest in the home of Tommy Hilfiger, whose preppy aesthetic softens in his cozy “Adirondack room,” featuring a fireplace and repurposed beams from a Vermont barn, or take off to Donna Karan’s tranquil villa in the Turks and Caicos Islands, complete with eco-friendly architecture and yoga pavilion.
This collectible book—a one-of-a-kind sneak peek into the lives of CFDA stars—reveals that fashion’s most creative minds also take their work home them.

The book is priced at $65.

About the Author
Rima Suqi is a writer, stylist and photographer based in New York City. She has held staff positions at Metropolitan Home magazine, and written for New York Magazine (where she was Best Bets editor) Elle Decor, Departures, Town & Country, In Style, and The New York Times. American Fashion Designers at Home is her fourth book.