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Marcel Wanders Designs Suitcases

 

If you are a follower of this blog you will know how much I love Marcel Wanders work, if it were up to me I’d post about every single item he designs. This time the world renowned designer has designed a collection of suitcases for  luggage and bag company Fabbricapelleteriemilano. The collection is called: ‘Saint-Jacques.

Each of the suitcases comes with a TSA combination lock and handles designed to provide easier means of toting the bags around.

 

The interiors are organized to allow for the optimal placement of one’s belongings, while the exterior of the suitcase is covered in wanders’ signature pattern with zipper pulls that recall the ironic face of the designer.

‘I think the style conscious people will love the colors, the contrasts and the interior in bright colors, while those who are attracted by the multi-sensory will appreciate the three-dimensional embossed surface (…).’ – marcel wanders

The suitcases are available in quick silver, jet black or space blue colors.

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Exclusive: Inside Roche Bobois Kuwait | Part 2

 

Roche Bobois to many means the stylish modern and fresh contemporary furniture brand, to others its their favorite provincial style  furniture with charm written all over it. Both styles have allowed it to become one of the most popular furniture brands worldwide appealing to a very large number of tastes. In a previous post I included photos of their contemporary collection showroom here in Kuwait, in this one you see exclusive photos of Roche Bobois’ Provincial showroom located adjacent to the first one, also at 7 Zones in Shoueikh.

“Provincial” is a description which means items pertaining to the Provence of France, designers there are known for their intricate details and rustic finishes. The woodwork is mostly handmade in the Provence by craftsmen known for their skills for ages. The introduction of bright colors to many of their signature pieces gives the classic designs a twist and distinct appeal.

 

Roche Bobois accessories are a world of their own, some are not part of our daily lives anymore yet look wonderful within the setting they are intended for.

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Donna Karan Tableware Collection Revealed

 

 

Back in October I posted about the world renowned fashion designer Donna Karan collaborating with Lenox to launch her tableware collection. Well now it is officially being sold in the U.S. and very soon in the U.K. The Donna Karan limited edition tableware is an exclusive line of limited home designs which are a showcase of many old world methods based on her personal travels to different exotic destinations of the world.

 

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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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Luxury Narghiles for Stylish Smokers by Airdiem

Don’t get me wrong, I am totally against smoking in all forms. However, when you live in the Middle East you get used to the idea that many people plan their entire outing around the availability of the “Narghileh , Argeeleh, or hooka ”, if you boycott that, you might end up going out alone. Due to its “social aspect”, restaurants and cafes have been making it an integral part of their menus. Some even are dedicating a whole menu to its flavors. Since it has a very down to earth image, many have been working on altering its image by creating very stylish ones such as the Lebanese concept “Café Blanc”, I always thought they had the best looking narghile’s until I came across Airdiem at Maison et Objet last month.

In spite of all the non-smoking campaigns all over Europe, I was shocked with the number of smokers in France, and especially the large number of narghile users in the cafes on the Champs Elysee. Airdiem is a French company and the world’s leading manufacturer of today’s narghiles_ Over the past 4 years Airdiem and its team of international designers has brought a totally new approach to a product which is over 500 years old.Among their designers is the famous Nedda El Asmar who works for renowned names as Hermès, Puiforcat, Royal Boch, Eternum, Gense, Villeroy & Boch, Robbe & Berking, Obumex, Vange and Carl Mertens. 

France has a tradition of producing the most outstanding narghiles and put the product on the world stage with designs by Baccarat and Saint Louis in the late 19’" century. Airdiem’s research and design team have created a modern version to suit demanding customers demands and lifestyle. Stable levels of heat are at the heart of the matter, their research and development teams have engineered a unique burner and selected materials that guarantee the constant flow of heat.

 

Airdiem are the suppliers for narghiles for luxury hotels and restaurants in the region. In Kuwait they are working with Missoni Hotel which will officially open very soon. Their product uses only high end finishes and has numerous accessories.

Let me know if you need any additional information.


Versace Home Christmas Collection | Tableware

Versace is a brand synonymous with details and luxurious finishing. The Versace Christmas 2010 collection of tableware and ornaments will make your holiday tabletop glitter with wonderful winter motifs, and an ambience fills your dining room.

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Take Your Fire with You | Conmoto Fireplaces

 

 

 

Fire in the role of its life: fiercely blazing, steady and yet quite free. ROLL FIRE from Conmoto, provides warmth wherever it is installed. Anyone who values variety and is looking for all-over warmth will simply love the independent heat it radiates. As it rolls, ROLL FIRE easily balances its stainless steel tank, mounted on its roller bearings. The two glass panes fitted at the sides render it completely transparent. As it is held in place by magnets, when the tank is being filled with bio-ethanol the glass is lifted off in no time at all. However, that’s not all ROLL FIRE can do: with its wall bracket (available as an option), wall mounting is a simple matter. Alternatively, the bracket can be used to secure the fire to the floor – for those who want to see their ROLL FIRE with rather less of a life of its own. The circular heat-resistant black felt surface cares for absence of friction and a rolling slide.

Height:65 cm Width: 65 cm Depth: 22 cm Tank: 1,825 L Burning time:  ca. 2-3 h Fuel:  liquid fuel Weight:45 kg. Steel black powder coated, components: black coated  (heat-resistant wet paint finish), glass-ceramics with black circular screenprint, tank: stainless steel . Design: Sieger Design.

Check out how it rolls :

 

 

 

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Evoking Romance Designs by Nika Zupanc| Furniture

 

 

In last April’s Fuori Saloni (Milan Fair) in Milan, Nika Zupanc released her 2010 collection in a creative and fun pavilion designed as a tiny house with toy like  windmills. Her exhibition was titled “ Gone with the Wind” . The objects she designed are characterized with total femininity, there is no way you can just ignore them, they are very delicately designed. Zupanc has  designed for the famous brands MOOOI and Moroso. The first few photos are from her 2010 collection, you can scroll down to see her other designs.

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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.

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