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Archive for January, 2011

Maison & Objet January 2011 | Exhibition | Part 2


One of the furniture brands that really stood out in terms display in collection was Baxter. This collection is by the creative designer Paola Navone, known for her urban and laid back designs.





You can check their PDF file with more details for pieces exhibited. Link


Known for their sleek designs Glas have entered the world of selective pieces to adorn luxurious households. Among their projects is the Mandarin Hotel in Barcelona, in addition to projects and furniture pieces for Minotti and B&B Italia.





Maison & Objet January 2011 | Exhibition | Part 1

Maison & Objet is an exhibition that takes place twice a year in France. The exhibition is mainly for products and services related to design, whether furniture, finishes, fabrics, accessories, kitchenware, decorative items, new materials, graphics, design services, etc… During this event most brands release their latest collections or products or just display items from previous collections. Agents usually place orders for their shops as well.  Activities take place during the exhibition such as lectures and competitions.

It was a great opportunity for me to be able to attend this year and experience this event. I will post photos as we go by and will divide them over more than one blog post.

Roche Bobois



Ligne Roset


DIOR Flagship Store in New York | Shop Design

Christian Dior flagship boutique in New York recently got a new look done by the famous architect Peter Marino, the designer behind the designs of most luxury boutiques such as Chanel, Armani, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Dior, Zegna, Loewe.

According to Marino, the re-imagined space “combines 18th century details blended with modern elements to achieve a feminine and glamorous aesthetic,” inspired by the timeless yet modern fashions at Dior.



Jakob Wagner Living Cities| Photography

Jakob Wagner is a German photographer with breathtaking talents. Among his work you will find some of the most beautiful city and landscape photography using long exposure and Photoshop, giving the photos a different breath of life. Below are some of his photos and details, you can check his website or contacts for more information.


Maison & Objet 2011 Designers | Exhibition

Each year maison et objet, Paris acknowledges creatives from the past year who have made an impact on the French design scene.

This year architect Edouard François, designers Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec and interior architects Gilles and Boissier have been selected.
At Maison et Objet Paris 2011 (January 21st – 25th) they will be honored and each will give a lecture about their design practices.The presentations will take place from Friday, January 21, 2011 at hall 5B at Paris Nord Villepinte.


From My Kitchen | Beef Strogonoff

This blog is 5 months today, I am overwhelmed with everyone’s feedback keep them coming! For this month I am sharing another one of my favorite recipes: Beef Strogonoff. I have no idea if this is the original recipe I got from mom as I tend to change some ingredients or methods with time. Yet I still promise you, it is one of the best recipes you will ever come across, you will love it!


1 KG Beef sliced julienne

2 TBS Flour

pinch of black pepper

1 TBS Oil (I use canola for health benefits)

2 Large onions diced

300-500 gr Fresh mushrooms sliced

5 green (spring) onions

2 pcs bouillon (chicken stock)

1 tomato peeled and diced ( it can be easily peeled once put in very hot water for a while)

1 Liter Whipping Cream

2 TBS dried oregano

First mix the beef with the pepper and flour. In the meantime heat the oil, start adding the onions and flip until withered. Add the beef and keep stirring until there is no pink in the meat. Add the mushrooms, the green onions, the tomatoes, and chicken stock. Mix all together then add the whipping cream and let them all integrate together and thicken. Once you feel it is done, which is just a few minutes until the cream heats and starts boiling, add the dried oregano, mix and turn the heat off. Try it, you might like to add salt depending on your taste. Be careful not to overcook and burn the cream. For best results you can use cream specially made for cooking.

It is best devoured with tagliatelle pasta or plain white rice as shown in photos above.

Bon Appétit!

10 Best of … Teas

As I grew up everyone I met was a coffee lover. Most blamed “no coffee” for their stress, headaches, and bad moods. My thing all along was a nice cup of tea.To me tea is a symbol of serenity and clear thinking.  Experiencing with tea and enjoying it is part of my daily pleasures, it is the time of the day I look forward to and savor. In this selection I referred to Nathaniel and Andrew Lande’s expertise, experience, and reviews to mention the top 10 best of teas.Many of you will be disappointed that Lipton and Twining’s did not make this list.

1- Republic of tea

In 1992, a few people shared a vision that tea could be something more than a Lipton tea bag in a cup; that tea was actually more like fine wine and that consumers might be open to that vision. So started the tea-revolution in the United States. Creative Director, Nancy Bauch led the team to think about a new way to communicate the experience of tea. Founded in 1992, The Republic of Tea sparked a Tea Revolution. Their mission is to see these teas steaming in the cups of men, women and children everywhere, and to emphasize a Sip by Sip Rather Than Gulp by Gulp lifestyle.

2- Upton Tea Imports

Upton Tea Imports are known to scour the world in search of the top teas. They have over 400 varieties. www.uptontea.com


Villa Kian in Iran | Minimalist Residence Design

Those who know me as a designer know how much I appreciate traditional design, yet the style I am passionate about is the minimal modern. To see such a structure in Iran, a country known for and rich in culture and history is magnificent!

Villa Kiani is located in Mohammad Shahr region, near Karaj city, Iran. The 500sq.m residence has a 4000 sq.m garden and was designed by Makan Rahmanian and Kamran Heirati. The volumes of this villa along with the beautiful planes of the garden complement the high ceilings and high glass facades. Everything is minimal, yet luxurious through the use of the finishes and the sleek architectural lines.



Famous People Portraits by Ljosha | Art


Alexey (Ljosha) Kurbatov is a Moscow-based graphic designer, illustrator, photographer, and artist with a unique style. I came across his work on The Cool Hunter and loved it. Something about the quality of the lines, the colors, the classiness in his portraits just caught my attention.



Salvador Dali Museum Opens on 11.1.11 11:11

“ Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure – that of being Salvador Dali.” Salvador Dali

On a date that would have been perfect for the famous artist Salvador Dali, a museum holding his name and works opens in St. Petersburg, Florida. HOK, along with Beck Group, has designed a new museum with an architecture greatly inspired by the great surrealist, “combines elements of the classical and the fantastical,” according to the director of the museum. The design speaks to the essence of Dalí while incorporating functional elements to combat Florida’s tough weather.

The new $36 million, 66,450-square-foot museum Dali Museum houses more of the artist’s works than any other museum outside Spain, including a permanent collection of 96 oil paintings (including the 8 masterworks), 125 drawings and watercolors, 2,500 prints and photographs, 250 objets d’art, and a 5,000 book library.

While the concrete protects the art, this “treasure box” is broken and disrupted by the organic, triangulated glass “Enigma.”    The glass is seen as “contrast between the rational world of the conscious and the more intuitive, surprising natural world” – a recurring theme of Dalí’s work.