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Exclusive: Inside Roche Bobois Kuwait | Part 1

To me as a designer, reviving Roche Bobois in Kuwait was such big news. I couldn’t wait till they opened and I had no idea this is how a lot of people felt as well. Even before the doors were officially open, customers were swarming, which is an indication of how aware people in Kuwait are becoming of high quality and uniquely designed furniture. It is sad how other shops are just importing distorted “replicas” and ruining the general taste. I was lucky enough to obtain these exclusive photos of the showrooms located in the newly established 7 zones Design Center, Shoueikh.

Roche Bobois is a French brand that officially began under its name in 1961, the creators however, started in the furniture business as early as 1930. Roche Bobois is now available in over 40 countries with a total of 240 stores. The collections under Roche Bobois are mainly two. Les Contemporains, which houses the designer labels, the modern and unique pieces, the latest techniques, and exclusive finishes. The second collection is Les Provenciales which reflects the work and artisan of the French country men, a charm not found in any brand you’ve seen. This collection gives “classic” a whole new feeling, a feeling that is appealing to everyone. All techniques in this collection hold the authentic methods and finishes.

Pro-design group brought Roche Bobois back to Kuwait in a 1200 m2 space showcasing the two collections in separate yet adjacent areas. Each area reflects the mood and spirit of the collection itself. The light partitions, finishing, and wallpaper used in the showroom are actually a big hit among customers and passers by. The accessories and playfulness of some items leave an impact on every client walking in. I am actually impressed with the turnover of the furniture and the thirst for good design.

I have met at least 20 clients who are requesting the “Roche Bobois” feel in their homes. The entire showroom and the collections are meticulously displayed and adorned with the most beautiful accessories. New pieces are added regularly, with every visit you will find something gone and something new. In this post I emphasized some of their “Les Contemporains” collection. Wait for a second post with photos from “Les Provenciales”.

 

 

 

Roche Bobois Kuwait have created a facebook page with DAILY updates of furniture and elements from their extremely wide and exclusive collections, I suggest you join their page for the latest updates.

 

Roche Bobois Kuwait

t: +965 222 58 68 0

f: +965 222 58 68 1

rb@pro-design.com

Opening Hours:

Mon – Thurs:
10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Sat – Sun:
10:00 am – 9:00 pm


Bisazza Bagno Collaborates with Jaime Hayon | Bathroom Fixtures

The famous brand for mosaics, Bisazza, just debuted a line for bathroom fixtures. The launch of their line Bisazza Bagno was designed by the famous designer Jaime Hayon, with an obvious plan to commission future projects to other famous designers. This line was revealed at at ISH in Frankfurt.

According to the designer’s website:

“The collection recalls the glamour of the 1930s with a Scandinavian touch and feminine shapes. Elegance is the main trait of this innovative collection. The bathroom is the most important room in the home and it should not be hidden. With this collection, it becomes an area you want to show, a place you can keep open. The bathroom becomes a stylish room, full of charm and style, with a strong identity.” 

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Vincent Dubourg Ruptured Designs | Art

The first impression you would get when viewing this piece of furniture is probably mixed. There is some kind of “violent beauty” to it. French artist Vincent Dubourg’s works are like that, full of thrills and an unexpected “exploding” character. Once you look closely, you will notice the beauty of the materials and quality of work. These pieces can not go unnoticed, you either love or hate them.

The art Dubourg has presented is not the conventional art, it does not rely of form, yet on the structure and interior of each piece.

 

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Creative Paper Miniatures by Paper Too | Art

Creative Russian designers Alexei Lyapunov and Lena Ehrlich (people too) have created paper miniatures of celebrity and historical figures. I advise you to scroll along and check out these amazing creations made out of special paper using a range of knives, scissors, tweezers, etc… For the characters they created entire sets. Thir topics range from Elvis Presley, Michal Jackson, Queen, Elton John, Tsar Peter,etc.. you can check the images below in addition to the tools they use at work.

 

 

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Leo Burnett Offices Australia | Office Design

Leo Burnett, the advertising agency behind Marlboro man , Pillsburry doughboy, and  Green Giant, commissioned Hassel, a design company in Australia to come up with their Sydney office design. The “unfinished” look is the main part of their concept.

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Serge Mendzhiyskogo Urban Collages | Photography

Russian Photographer Serge Mendzhiyskogo is no regular photographer. His style relies on the fact that he takes hundreds of photos of the same area and creates an amazing collage of his work.

His photos are mainly of busy cityscapes sliced and then combined in a very unorthodox fashion creating a new look for the city he depicts. Serge Mendzhiyskogo  does not have a website so I will leave you here with a selection from his magnificent work.

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Philippe Starck Chandelier for Baccarat at Milan 2011

 

For Milan Design Week 2011, world renowned crystal company Baccarat chose to showcase lighting solutions as proposed by eight of the most famous designers. One of these international designers is Philippe Starck who designed the ‘Marie Coquine chandelier’ making use of LED technologies. This chandelier features a classic looking candelabra which is structured around an umbrella. This umbrella acts as a canopy which diffuses the light to create a mellow ambiance.

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Coca Cola Introduces an Eco Dinner Table

This is how Coca Cola turns an eco- friendly concept into a hip one. For the first time Coca Cola reveals a dining table full of sustainable features including a dinner service made from iconic Georgia green glass recyclable bottles, Emeco designed chairs, made from one hundred and eleven recycled plastic bottles , and in Coca Cola’s iconic red and white colors and hand-blown lighting fixtures also made from recyclable bottles. The installation was designed by the photographer Stefan Beckman.

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London’s Latest Charm: The Folly | Restaurant Design

The trend of the “back to nature” look is prevailing in every design domain, thus you will notice how interiors have picked up the look a couple years back and developing towards the more laid back image year after year. Almost all fabric companies have introduced linen as the major background for their patterns. You will notice in “The Folly” located in London how natural and cozy the whole setting is. The concept behind it is allowing their customers to dine in a garden atmosphere away from the city’s hustle & bustle, with a creative combination of various aesthetical elements. The diversity in seating choices, lighting fixtures, actual trees, parquet flooring are what distinguish the design aspect of this restaurant.

The Folly, Drake & Morgan’s fourth bar, follows the success of the refinery, Drake & Morgan’s first bar in Southwark, which opened in September 2008, and The Parlour, which opened in the City in October 2009. Drake & Morgan were established in February 2008 and are looking to open their fifth bar in 2011.

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From My Kitchen: Heartwarming Lentil Soup with Pasta (Rashta)

 

It is known that Lebanese and the Middle Eastern cuisines in general use lentils in many of their recipes. Variations of soups, salads, and dips can be made with this wonder food. My personal favorite is the Lentil soup (flat greenish one) with added pasta to make it a full meal that is healthy, light, and extremely tasty. All members of the family will love it.

For this recipe you will need:

2 cups lentils/ the flat greenish kind picked and washed

1 onion finely chopped

Water (try to fill the pot to 3 quarters, you might need to add more later on)

3/4 cup small pasta, here I used Conchigliette a small shell like pasta

3 Chicken stock cubes (this will replace salt)

1 TBS    ground  cumin

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp 7 spices

1 lemon squeezed on the side to add optionally to individual bowls

Instructions

As a first step boil the lentils and combine with the onions, wait until lentils are soft. The good thing about this specific type of lentils is that it cooks quickly. Add the spices, the chicken cubes, and the pasta which will need around 8 minutes to cook. You might need to increase hot water since the pasta will be absorbing a large amount. Make sure the water you add is already hot, in case there are any undone lentils, cold water will halt their cooking.

Stir and taste, you might want to add some salt according to taste. Serve in individual bowls hot, you can a dash of squeezed lemon depending on preference.

The lemon will serve as a flavor booster and a source of vitamin C that will further aid the absorption of iron  in the lentils.

Enjoy !!


Patchi Chocolate Boutique in Beirut | Retail Design

 

Lebanese chocolate makers Patchi have made huge impressions in the past few years in terms of image and design. Just a few meters away from their flagship store, Patchi opened a small chocolate boutique in the newly renovated historic Beirut Souks in downtown Beirut. The interior of this shop was designed by French architectural and interiors practice, L’Autre Fabrique.

In this boutique the approach was different than the previous shops. Instead of presenting chocolates as  "chocolate jewels"  on a plexiglass cone, they dedicated this shop to display their "Gourmandine" range with its wide variety.

 

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Fendi Casa Designs Jade Ocean Miami| Interiors

 

 

Luxury at its best! This 50- story residential tower has views of the Atlantic Ocean, advanced technology, distinctive style, and above all elegant interiors designed in collaboration with Fendi Casa.  All the furniture pieces in these photos are from Fendi Casa including the Murano Chandeliers and  vases.

 

In the above dining area you see the Diva Chair and the stunning Canova Console on the side. The barstool is the Bibendum. The kitchen is supplied by Sneidero and equipped with appliances from Miele and Subzero. Even the coffee machine is included.

 

Above is the Princess Bed, also as all other rooms there is the breathtaking view of the ocean. It is no secret that this was the purpose of high glass from floor to ceiling all over the apartment.

 

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Porsche Singer 911 | Restored. Reimagined. Reborn

Restored.     Reimagined.     Reborn.

The Singer Concept 911 attempts to channel the spirit of the delicate 1960’s original, the race bred chic of the ‘70’s longhoods, the ‘80’s bomb-proof solidity and the power and sophistication of the 964/993 series: a single jewel-like form that represents and celebrates the golden era of the world’s most important cars. However it features carbon fiber body, new powerful engines, and wheels inspired by the 60’s and a functional new premium interior.

 

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Royal Derby Recreates Titanic Tableware for the Ship’s 100th Anniversary

 

RMS Titanic is probably the most famous ship that has ever been built and ever sank. Built for the White Star Line by Harland and Wolff in Belfast, it was the largest passenger steamship of its day when it set off from Southampton on 10th April 1912. 2011 sees the 100th anniversary of the launch of this ship and to commemorate its 100th anniversary, British porcelain specialist Royal Crown Derby is reproducing the china that was originally created in 1911 for the liner.

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Blackbird Carbon Fiber Guitar | Instruments

As soon as I saw this I feel in love with it and regretted never continuing my guitar lessons. This is such a  wonderful instrument, the materials used is amazing. According to Blackbird, The Blackbird Rider features an all-hollow uni-body shell setting it apart from any guitar in the world. That is the body, neck, and head are cast in one-piece with the sound board, fretboard, tuners, etc. added to that main component. Forming the main component in one-piece eliminates the weak and sound-absorbing joints associated with standard guitars. This patent-pending construction relies on the incredibly strong and stiff properties of carbon fiber as well as plenty of unique design features to create the strongest, most resonant small-bodied guitar available anywhere.

This patent-pending construction relies on the incredibly strong and stiff properties of carbon fiber as well as plenty of unique design features to create the strongest, most resonant small-bodied guitar available anywhere.

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Fashion TV Hotel Concept by dwp | Hotel Design

It seems the popular Fashion TV is planning to open a series of hotels around the world for real life access to the glamorous world of fashion and all that comes with it.

Inspired by their diamond logo, the concept designed by dwp, is all mirrors and cut-diamond shapes . According to InDesign Live the hotel will be a 60-story tower and resort, featuring retail shopping, a nightclub, spa, gym, studio for photo shoots, hair parlor, a theme restaurant called ‘Cathedral of Shoes’ and 4 choices of guestroom types – silver, gold, platinum and diamond.The high-rise tower is shaped like a rotated, extruded diamond. Hotel rooms surround the perimeter and public areas take up the central atrium.

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Will this $15 Million be Jennifer Aniston’s New Crib?

 

According to the Daily News, actress Jennifer Aniston has bought or is close to buying a four-bedroom, four-bath Village penthouse for $14.95 million. Located at 2 Horatio St. in the heart of the West Village, the duplex has a baby nursery, a staircase out of a grand Hollywood mansion, and two outdoor rooftop patios under a water tower that’s encased in brick to make it look like a castle.

 

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What Shoe Will the Princess Choose? | Fashion

 

With all the events taking place around us and with the easy access we all have to it, rarely does a story keep people’s attention for a period long enough. However when a new princess is to be crowned, and when a royal wedding for Lady Diana’s son is scheduled, news and gossip  keep flooding. With the royal event getting nearer, all media and fashion enthusiasts are just anticipating the every single detail starting from the wedding gown, jewelry, hair, makeup, venue, and in this post, the SHOES. When asked, some of the industry’s best designers sketched what she could possibly wear on her wedding. Below are the sketches and description of their vision.

 1.Manolo Blahnik
An ivory silk pump with organza lilies of the valley and sea pearls  is what famous designer Manolo Blahnik has in mind. “It represents springtime and everything fresh and new, which is what Kate Middleton is all about.”

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2.Giuseppe Zanotti
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Oporto Vodafone Office Building Portugal |Architecture

Photo credits: Paulo Lima

The Oporto Vodafone Office Building project in Porto, Portugal, is not a new project. Completed in 2009, this Building  has recently been awarded first prize in design blog Arch Daily’s 2010 Building of the Year Awards. The boldness in its façade design can not be missed, the fluidity and irregularity makes it a memorable building.

Photo credits: Paulo Lima

Four years after the conclusion of Vodafone Lisbon headquarter, Vodafone decided to build in Porto, a new building, which allows concentrate in only one place, their workers. In  July of 2006, Vodafone launched a competition, inviting fifty Portuguese architects’ teams, being the proposal submitted by Barbosa & Guimarães the winning one.

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Theurel & Thomas Delightful Shop| Shop Design

Theurel & Thomas is the first pâtisserie in Mexico specialized in French macarons, the most popular dessert of the French pastries. Anagrama, obviously branding pioneers, realized that in order to emphasize the unique value if such a brand is to focus on the product itself. In this case the product is a delightful French dessert known for its beautiful colors and simple shape.

 

White was their primary tool for design. It was the background and every detail of the shop, to act as a cushion to the lovely macarons. Due to the colorful macarons, any other color would have clashed and absorbed the attention. Just looking at this white space gives a heavenly feeling, personally I had to stop working on this post several times.

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MINI ‘Rocketman’ at Geneva Motorshow | Exhibition

The Geneva Motorshow taking place from March 3-13 2011 will showcase many “stars” as they called them. This year BMW MINI introduces the Rocketman, the smallest vehicle the brand has produced since 1959. The MINI has to be one of my favorite cars.

 

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Kevin Lyons Customizes Chanel Bags | Event

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On March 1, 2011, Kevin Lyons customized Chanel handbags at the CHANEL-COLETTE ephemeral boutique, rue Saint-Honoré, Paris for the opening of its Pop-Up shop. On display were an assortment of classic Chanel products, such as quilted bags, leather gloves and various apparel.

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Political Pop Art by Stello Diamantopolous | Art

I was intrigued by the work of this artist, not only for being creative but for holding various political messages and symbols of certain parts of history as well. The use of logos of popular American brands and images of American history makers or even negative aspects in their past are strongly present in all of his work.

Stelio Diamantopolous was first inspired by surrealistic art, he slowly turned towards political Pop Art. His strong views on the power behind standardized ad campaigns and the way portraits void of any trace of humanity have become commonplace, underlines the disintegration of our relationship with symbolic figures.

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