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Archive for April, 2011

Inside Zaha Hadid’s London Home | Interiors

People are usually curious when it comes to celebrity personal lives and home interiors look like. Much more when that celebrity is one of the world’s top architects known for standing out structures and iconic buildings world wide.

Zaha Hadid’s own home is more like a gallery of some of her famous furniture and accessory designs, than an actually cozy home. From the first look you can tell its hers, the famous strong architectural lines and curves are present in every piece she displays.



TAKREEM Awards for Great Arab Achievers | Event


April 30,2011 marks the date for the Arab Achievement Awards TAKREEM and will take place in Doha, Qatar.  As proud as I am that its founder is the Lebanese TV host and producer Ricardo Karam, I am even more proud that the team and jury who are part of this project are the elite of the Arab world, people who make us proud and are active in reflecting the best image possible by promoting our great achievers and leaders through highlighting Arab excellence worldwide.

The international jury members are:  Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein, Dr. Lakhdar Brahimi, Dr. Mohamed El Baradei, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, Mr. Carlos Ghosn,  & Mr. Raja Sidawi.

The Award Categories are:

1-Advancement of Peace Award
2-Philanthropy and Charitable Services to the community Award
3-Arab Woman of the Year Award
4-Exceptional International Contribution to Arab Society Award
5-Cultural Accomplishment Award
6-Excellence in the field of Education Award
7-Young Entrepreneur Award
8-Sustainable Development of the Environment Award
9-Outstanding Corporate leader Award
10- Scientific and Technological Achievement Award


The Ceremony takes place Saturday, April 30th and will be broadcasted on regional TV Channels, such as Future TV among other channels.

You can be part of this MAJOR event by joining TAKREEM’S facebook page, following them on twitter, and checking their website for additional details.

Tom Dixon Designs Award Listed Tazmania Ballroom


Shortlisted in the ‘International Bar’ of the year category in the Restaurant & Bar awards 2011, Tazmania Ballroom has been making a splash in Hong Kong nightlife. Designed by World renowned British designer Tom Dixon, the venue incorporates numerous copper shades suspended from the high ceiling and gold plated pool tables, both elements that make up the main concept.



Many of the furniture and pieces used were designed by Tom Dixon himself. The gold, black, dim mood, and diamond like walls are all part of the luxurious mood the owner wanted for the space.



Volkswagen Reveals 2012 Beetle: More Power, Less Flower


On April 18th, 2011,  Volkswagen unveiled the third generation of their iconic Beetle in New York. This is a post I dedicate to my sister who loves this car so much, I am sure she will enjoy skimming through the photos. Below are the details taken from Volkswagen site of this beautiful car.

The Beetle story began in the United States in 1949; the 2012 Beetle continues that story for a new generation. Redesigned for only the second time in history, the all-new Beetle is a modern interpretation of the iconic Beetle design, complete with enhanced performance and fun-to-drive dynamics that define the Volkswagen driving experience.

German-engineered with no compromises, the 2012 Beetle offers the dynamic, fun-to-drive handling that defines the Volkswagen driving experience. In addition to a sportier, retro look, the 2012 Beetle will offer such now-expected amenities as Bluetooth, touch-screen radio, branded audio systems, navigation and ambient lighting. It also offers premium options such as an available panoramic sunroof, Fender Premium audio system, 18- or 19-inch wheels, keyless access and more.


Illustrations and Mixed Media Art by Linn Olofsdotter

Linn Olofsdotter is an illustrator born in Sweden yet working and living in Brazil. Her style of work has enabled her to stretch out to various mediums such as advertising, branding for well known brands such as Levi’s, Oilily, and La Perla, wall murals, and CD covers for artists. Her work is best described as surreal with use of different media in a collage-like manner focusing on form and color integration. Below is a selection from her work.



Skype Redesigns its California Offices | Office Design


With all the competition in creativity everywhere, workspaces are taking a new direction in terms of design and function. Just as we saw how Facebook and Google tackled their office designs, Skype followed in their lead.

Great companies are realizing more and more the importance of employee comfort and sense of security in order to give out the best he/she can. I am proud to say We have been working on a project here in Kuwait which is focusing in promoting creativity and standards barely met in the region before , details to come at a later stage. But for now let’s take a look at Skype’s revamped Headquarters in Palto Alto, California designed by Blitz.

Skype’s primary goal was to create a world-class office that would differentiate them from their Bay Area competitors in the recruitment of talent. The project entailed a tenant improvement of 54,000 square feet of existing office space to support 250 employees involved in high technology development.

The space reflects Skype’s spirit of innovation in a highly functional yet creative workplace designed to encourage interaction and spontaneity, as well as meet specific acoustic requirements in support of their extensive use of AV. The project is registered for and seeking LEED Silver certification.


From My Kitchen | Delightful Berry Trifle


Well it’s the 19th again, and the blog is now 8 months old, which means its time for one of the very easy and tasty recipes from my kitchen. Since its already heating up, and everyone is switching to lighter foods getting ready for the summer season, I thought this popular dessert would be just perfect. This can be made with sugar free gelatin, and the angel food cake is already a naturally fat-free food. Berries are full of benefits, your nutritionist would be proud.

For this recipe you will need:

1 package angel food cake mix

1 1/4 cups cold water

2 packets (4 servings each) Berry flavor Gelatin (jello) can be sugar-free

2 cups boiling water

4-5 fat free berry flavored yogurt such as Elle & Vire 0% fat free Blueberry

1 packet of frozen mixed berries

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Mix the Angel food cake mix with the water according to packet directions in a glass or metal bowl (not plastic), then put in separate loaf pans without any grease. You can use the angel food cake pan as well but the loaf bread pans are more likely to be available.


Once the cake is done and cooled as per package directions, cut it into small pieces.

Get a nice glass bowl you will put the final assembly in. At the bottom put half of the cake pieces randomly. In a bowl mix the gelatin dessert with the boiling water, mix well, add 1/2 of the berries then put the bowl in fridge for 15 minutes, before it sets.

Pour 1/2 of the gelatin mixture on the cake, layer with half of the fruit yogurt. Put the second layer of cake, gelatin mixture, and the fruit yogurt. Garnish with the remaining berries.


Cool the dessert in the fridge for at least 2 hours, after which the gelatin will set and  trifle is ready to devour.

Options: you can have single berry flavor, and you can have individual servings that would look nicer to guests, you can use glass ice cream bowls.

I’m sure you’ll love it,

Bon Appétit !

Trussardi Relaunches Furniture by Michael Young

In celebration of its 100th anniversary and for the Milan Furniture Fair 2011, Trussardi relaunches the Trussardi Design brand through a new collaboration with world renowned designer Michael Young. During  Milan’s Furniture Fair 2011, Trussardi presented at Palazzo Trussardi Alla Scala in Piazza della Scala 5 a collection that Michael Young designed to relaunch the Trussardi Design brand. Inspired by Trussardi’s commitment to product design that was amply developed in the eighties and nineties, Michael Young’s collection is the result of his research of Trussardi’s archives to review the history of the brand and its values and transform it into inspiration for his new contemporary products.



Hermès Furniture Collection Finally Revealed

Checking out one of my favorite websites, Yatzer, I came across their post with the Hermès collection in details as revealed in Milan this past week. Most people were looking forward to the final debut of this long awaited collection. In my post about Hermès  Maison, the collection was still vague, with information of their collaboration with Dedar for their wallpaper and home fabric collection.

Well known architects, Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines, designed the exhibition space, the Hermès Pavillion , the furniture however was designed by Enzo Mari, Antonio Citterio and RDAI Studio.

The beautiful exhibition space was mainly made out of cardboard tubes woven with paper. The Pavilion  incorporated  rooms of different sizes resembling the spaces of a home, some private and some shared. When pieces have such simple structure and form, quality is crucial. The luxury prevails through the material used and the fine finishing details of every part of every piece.


Art Exhibition | Fatima Kawtharani "Blue or Pink?"

Fatima Kawtharani "Blue or Pink?"
Opening: Thursday, April 21 at 7pm
The exhibition will last until May 26
Art Circle cordially invites you, on April 21, to the opening of “Blue or Pink?”, a solo show by Lebanese artist Fatima Kawtharani.

Blue or Pink? Boy or Girl? This solo exhibition by artist Fatima Kawtharani revolves around her life, relationships, namely those with her family members. A constant feeling of childhood swivels around Kawtharani, it watches her, plays with her, accompanies her throughout her white canvases, forcing her naturally to use childish symbols such as fish, flowers, birds and geometrical shapes. Inside the artist lives a big playful child, wanting to play with toys, and later on break them. This is how the creative game starts with the artist. Coincidences at once, and thoughts on a child’s life and motherhood at others, are portrayed in Kawtharani’s paintings.
Born in 1971, Fatima Kawtharani graduated in 1994 from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Lebanese University where she is currently achieving her Master’s degree. She has exhibited frequently in her home country namely the Salon d’Automne of the Musée Sursock in Beirut, as well as abroad.
On opening night,  Fatima Kawtharani will be present to meet you and discuss her work.

For more information please contact Alia Nohra at alia@art-circle.net or call +961 3 027776.
Open: Tuesday to Friday, 11am – 7pm • Saturday 11am – 5pm

Hamra, Antoine Gemayel street, Assaf building, Beirut, Lebanon
(in the street going down from Commodore st. to Wardeh stores)