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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 !!