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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.