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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.

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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.

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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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Artistic and Customizable Wallpaper | Bloom Papers

 

 

 

 

Wallpaper is back and better than ever. As a designer, I don’t always want to turn to elaborate designs that require expensive materials and too many details. At such times I need to convey an idea through a statement on a wall. Bloom Papers has come up with an innovative idea for wall-coverings. I loved their idea of having large digitally printed images on non-woven wallpaper. Dimensions and designs can be customized. But to save you from this hassle they have compiled a very large selection of works done by contemporary artists. (more…)


Flirtatious Tea Set | Blaue Blume by Undergrowth

This tea service by Tina Tsang of London design brand Undergrowth Design is the latest addition to the designer gifts on sale at our pop-up store The Temporium in London this December. Called Blaue Blume, the range features a pair of legs that stick out of the ceramic objects, forming handles and spoons.The collection includes a teapot, milk jug and tea cup all with legs for a handle, a cake stand, plates and a sugar bowl in the shape of a bathtub.Some of the products have an inscription on them, inviting you to use the object.The Temporium runs from 9-19 December at 221 Brompton Road, London.

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Swarovski Brings a Touch of Poetry to Christmas

Year after year, Swarovski brings a poetic touch to the festive season with breath-taking ornaments. The Annual Edition Christmas Ornament is without doubt the star of the Christmas collection – and a much-loved collector’s piece.    How it all began

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Flames for Any Space

These images are of decorative and environmentally fireplaces that burn potato-infused bio-ethanol. They’re beautiful and sustainable, no prior installations required and come in a  large number of sleek and modern designs. Add to that they can be installed indoors as well as in the garden.

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Marcel Wanders Tableware for KLM

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will begin serving meals on a new service for World Business Class passengers effective 27 March 2011. Leading Dutch designer Marcel Wanders has created porcelain, glassware, cutlery, linen and a tray.

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Trendy Outdoor Accessories

Ok Well I know I already posted about “lit” outdoor furniture by Vondom, in fact its the trend now and looks amazing. They add a glamorous and trendy effect without trying so hard. Since outdoor furniture is a big hit now for most furniture companies, many have introduced complimenting accessories, such as vases, lighting, special hammocks, and carpets. Below is a selection from a few brands and where to find them in Kuwait. My  post on outdoor furniture

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New Watch Store by Dezeen

Dezeen just launched their online Watch Store. Prices and specifications of each watch are included, I think they are really stylish! Brands included are:

Issey Miyake   Michael Young   Mr Jones Watches   Nava   Normal Timepieces   Uniform Wares  Void

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Donna Karan to Launch Tableware Collection

“New York City inspires and fuels everything I do. Donna Karan New York and DKNY embrace the energy of the city. One is luxe sophistication, the other is fast, hip and spirited. Both are modern and reflect how we live day into night. To me, they’re like caviar and pizza,a limousine and a taxi, the skyline and the street.”

Scheduled to preview in New York tonight, Donna Karan’s tabletop collection with Lenox includes serving pieces, stemware, flatware and more, in a variety of textures and materials that includes sculpted metal, hand-carved wood, bone china, mouth-blown china and more. Her stemware line was inspired by the New York City skyline at night, and she has incorporated elements of fashion into the range with names like Platinum Voile and Wave and Pleats. The cornerstone of the collection is a group of seven pieces that can be mixed and matched to achieve a singular look that fits your home aesthetic. Karan told WWD: “Tableware has grown beyond the traditional tabletop. It’s all about objects of desire that have to connect with you in an emotional way. It has to connect with a certain sophistication that you bring into your home.” The pieces will retail for between $25 and $3000 at specialty and department stores  around the U.S. What I am actually looking forward to is the setup she has stored using all the elements within the collection. Will update you once photos are available.

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Le Jardin D’eden for Christofle

 

Christofle has been collaborating for long with many famous designers, such as Martin Szekely, Andrée Putman, Ora-Ito, who are called to design collections of hosiery, inspired by their sensitivity.
This is the time of Marcel Wanders, who marked forks, knives and spoons with leaves, flowers and curls.

The Dutch designer Marcel Wanders designs a collection of  silverware engraved by nature, a baroque style, with variations on the theme of the seven deadly sins…

 

Prices

Spoon : 66 €
Fork   : 66 €
Knife  : 75 €

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Product design by Zaha Hadid

 

 Zaha Hadid has been one of the most well known names to people in our field, i.e. design and architecture. However the way her work has been spreading in the past 20 years has allowed her to be household name rather than just a name circulated among designers. Not only is she a successful architect, but one with such a unique style that indicates her touch once you see a building or product designed by her and her team. Her architectural iconic buildings have swept over every design magazine and website. What I liked to highlight in this post , however, were the products she designed.

The products below are among my favorites , and incredibly synonymous with the style she has created for herself. When you look through them you will notice her signature in every product. The latest product she designed was the beautiful Seoul Tea service.

 The Seoul Tea Service

Inspired by the ancient traditions of Korean culture and lifestyle, the tea service designed by Zaha Hadid Architects has re-interpreted the ceremonial aspects inherent to Korea’s way of life throughout history into a fluid, seamless vision of the future both through material and form utilizing digital design and fabrication processes to realize their transformation.

The Seoul Tea Service is the latest product design by Zaha Hadid Architects, which was commissioned by NY Projects in 2009. The service is made out of ceramic while the textured case that resembles a spaceship is carbon fiber. The fluid and dynamic form of the set is based on the exploration of movement through space.

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Vivienne Westwood Eco-friendly Bottles

SIGG have partnered with Vivienne Westwood to provide an eco-friendly alternative to plastic water bottles at fashion shows. Available only in a limited qty. in selected stores, the SIGG Webshop as well as in Vivienne Westwood stores. She designed the limited-edition reusable bottles with SIGG for her Fashion Week guests.

Unveiled at the Spring/Summer 2011 presentation of Vivienne Westwood Red Label at London Fashion Week, the bottle is the third and final design in the Westwood’s SIGG series

Emblazoned on the bottle is a call to stop climate change, one of Westwood’s pet causes.

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Lighting Statements: Impressive Chandeliers

 

How are designers inspired?  No one knows what exactly, anything could inspire us, but what really helps is the client’s attitude and extent of flexibility. In “flexibility” I mean how much he is willing to allow the designer to create in addition to the budget limit he/she sets for the project.

This Chandelier called “Bacterioptica “ is made of  petri dishes (dishes biologists use to culture cells) and 15000 feet of Fiber optic cables. The interesting thing about this chandelier is the story behind it, its why I mentioned how clients shape our designs in many ways.

According to the designers, MADLAB, it is “designed to be adaptive, not only in its form and mechanics, but more importantly, in the way it evolves.  Bacterioptica is not your typical chandelier, just as no family is a typical unit of interactions. Its on/off switch does not control it. Bacterioptica is alive. It grows. It is itself a household organism. It is living and breathing the same air and bacteria we are. It is designed to synchronize with the life of a very unique New Jersey household, comprised of two parents, three children, a dog, and one hell of an extended family: grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, not to mention house plants, insects, allergens, fungi, and billions of bacteria that live with, on and among all humans."

 

MADLAB is an award-winning and internationally published architecture firm noted for its research and innovative design services. We approach every project with a creative collaborative mindset and expanded understanding of the diverse and complex factors that influence wonderful design- from interior fixtures to urban environments.

MADLAB was Founded in 2003 by Petia Morozov and Jose Alcala, the firm is comprised of design professionals who reflect MADLAB’s commitment to environmental sensitivity, intelligent creativity and client service. Each of our projects is the result of a unique vision, with a masterful expression of space, materials and systems.

 

 Swarovsky Crystal Palace

Another design house not just promoting luxury materials in their lighting fixtures but working with talented designers to create breathtaking chandeliers is  Swarovsky Crystal Palace.

The Topograph by Karim Rashid for Swarovsky Crystal Palace is a depiction of the Tyrolian Mountains, home to Swarovski Headquarters.

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Alexander McQueen for The Rug Company

The Rug Company is internationally acclaimed for the high quality of its handmade rugs, wallhangings and cushions, and its unique collaborations with international design luminaries. The strongest names in fashion, art and design contribute to The Rug Company’s Designer Collection, including Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood, Marni, Diane von Furstenberg, Tom Dixon, BarberOsgerby, Eva Zeisel and Neisha Crosland. Their latest addition is the collection by Alexander McQueen finalized shortly before he passed away. After three years of design and production, McQueen’s hand-knotted series—four large rugs and two coordinating throw pillows—is considered the Rug Company’s most ambitious project to date reports W Magazine. For one rug, in a military brocade design, McQueen was inspired by a gold bullion–embroidered coat from his fall 2001 runway show; for another, he mined his iconic skull pattern in striking white and silver. The rug above is priced at $18,900.


Mont Blanc releases John Lennon special edition

Today Montblanc unveiled their latest fountain pen—a  guitar neck clipped designed pen to honor John Lennon’s would-have-been 70th birthday.

This Donation Pen pays tribute to the legends of music and provides real help to young musicians by donating part of the pen’s proceeds to projects that support contemporary arts and music.

 

“To celebrate this edition, Montblanc will be hosting five simultaneous events in major cities around the world.The spectacular New York City launch event hosted by Susan Sarandon and Lutz Bethge, CEO Montblanc International will take place in a location overlooking Central Park, only a few blocks away from where the legend lived in his final years.
Throughout Sunday, September 12th Tokyo, Hong Kong, Berlin and Mexico City will be doing their part to bring to life John’s vision of bringing the world together. Of special note is the launch event to be held in Berlin – for it will be honored with the presence of Yoko Ono, who will be sending a special message of peace to the world in honor of the launch.”

Price for BP pen: $700 and FP pen: $920 prices go higher as gold and diamonds are added to the designs.

Update: Today , September 13,2010, Mont Blanc released the official stories behind their marvelous John Lennon pen collection with more photos of the various designs.

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The story of John Lennon for Mont Blanc is found in these 2 links: link 1  link 2