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Louis Vuitton Voyages Launches in China | Exhibition

Louis Vuitton presents the " LOUIS VUITTON VOYAGES " exhibition at the National Museum of China May 29th to August 30th 2011, Beijing.
This exhibition will be tracing the highs of the Vuitton Maison since its establishment in 1854. As the name of the show implies, it will focus on the traveling heritage of the house, from the handmade trunks of the past to the modern globetrotting figures who continue to stand by the brand.




Missoni Hotel Kuwait Sponsors Reception 2 | Event

Missoni Hotel Kuwait held its Grand opening on May 25,2011. This Saturday, May 28,2011, the hotel will be sponsoring an exhibition labeled Reception2 at its premises.

The event will shed a light on high end brands and luxury products of particular interest to brides to be, women, and everyone interested in discovering the latest releases from world renowned luxury brands.

Furniture brands such as Roche Bobois, Fendi Casa, and Baxter will be part of the exhibition. Try to be there, I know I will!

$1 Billion Star Trek Resort to Come to Jordan

Rubicon Group Holding has announced a $1 billion Res Sea Astrarium resort in Aqaba, Jordan. The resort is going to be ‘out of this world’ with its Star Trek theme. RBH will work closely with Paramount Recreation to make this attraction a 23rd century, futuristic theme. The 184-acre resort is expected to be complete by 2014. It will also ‘serve as a model for green energy’ with state-of-the-art renewable technologies throughout the facility. There will be a ‘future pavilion’ where people can learn about alternative energy sources ranging from solar and wind energy to grey water harvesting.


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.

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)

Milan 2011: A Preview of What to Expect at I Saloni

As I have mentioned numerous times before, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, also known as Milan Furniture Fair, is the fair that designers and suppliers look forward to the most among exhibitions of the same nature. During this fair all brands and designers showcase their latest designs and trends for the coming year. In this post I will show you a preview of a few of the items that will be highlighted at the fair.

This Fair, Vitra will introduce the new Tip Ton Chair, that was designed in cooperation with British design studio BarberOsgerby.
The rocking base of the chair allows dynamic sitting which stabilizes the spine and encourages blood circulation. I am definitely getting one of those. This chair is stackable, comes in many colors, and best of all moves with you.



FAVN is the Danish name for ‘embrace’ and will be launched at Republic of Fritz Hansen’s showroom in Milan on Corso Garibaldi, 77 during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2011. The new sofa will be available to purchase from Republic of Fritz Hansen stores and selected authorized Republic of Fritz Hansen dealers from around the world as of September 2011.




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.



Kevin Lyons Customizes Chanel Bags | Event


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.




Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid Facebook Edition| Event

For their one millionth fan milestone on Facebook, German automaker Porsche thought of celebrating by coming out with a special exhibition inside the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart solely dedicated to a unique custom-made 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid . Starting February 11, 2011, the Porsche museum will be presenting a Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid adorned with the signatures of more than 27,000 Porsche Facebook fans.



The 911 GT3 R Hybrid was chosen for this extraordinary signature-gathering campaign because it impressively embodies the future of motorsport – with Porsche Intelligent Performance.



Roses Bloom in New York | Event


Spring will arrive early to New York this year. In an attempt to transform Park Avenue into a fanciful garden, Will Ryman creates 38 sculptures of rose blossoms towering as high as 25 feet, complimented by 20 individual scattered rose petals, to be installed along Park Avenue from January 25 through May 31, 2011.

Reflecting Ryman’s flair for the dramatic and absurdly wonderful, roses painted in shades of pink and red will spring up in vibrant contrast to the traditionally bleaker winter months preceding spring in the artist’s large-scale love letter to New York City.


Maison & Objet January 2011 | Exhibition | Part 3

As much as I was looking forward to discovering new brands, rediscovering the well known ones and checking what they have been up to was even more intriguing. The experience at Maison & Objet2011  was amazing, almost anyone who has been to their previous fairs admitted that this year the traffic was higher. People are eager to discover what’s new.  Among the stands I visited are Christofle, Bernardaud, Lladro, Baccarat, Antolini, Guaxs,PTMD,  and THS whom introduced a new line of mixers designed by Daum. Enjoy the photos, still more to come.




Maison & Objet January 2011 | Exhibition | Part 2


One of the furniture brands that really stood out in terms display in collection was Baxter. This collection is by the creative designer Paola Navone, known for her urban and laid back designs.





You can check their PDF file with more details for pieces exhibited. Link


Known for their sleek designs Glas have entered the world of selective pieces to adorn luxurious households. Among their projects is the Mandarin Hotel in Barcelona, in addition to projects and furniture pieces for Minotti and B&B Italia.





Maison & Objet January 2011 | Exhibition | Part 1

Maison & Objet is an exhibition that takes place twice a year in France. The exhibition is mainly for products and services related to design, whether furniture, finishes, fabrics, accessories, kitchenware, decorative items, new materials, graphics, design services, etc… During this event most brands release their latest collections or products or just display items from previous collections. Agents usually place orders for their shops as well.  Activities take place during the exhibition such as lectures and competitions.

It was a great opportunity for me to be able to attend this year and experience this event. I will post photos as we go by and will divide them over more than one blog post.

Roche Bobois



Ligne Roset


Maison & Objet 2011 Designers | Exhibition

Each year maison et objet, Paris acknowledges creatives from the past year who have made an impact on the French design scene.

This year architect Edouard François, designers Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec and interior architects Gilles and Boissier have been selected.
At Maison et Objet Paris 2011 (January 21st – 25th) they will be honored and each will give a lecture about their design practices.The presentations will take place from Friday, January 21, 2011 at hall 5B at Paris Nord Villepinte.


Merry Christmas!

Happy Festivus! A Holiday for the Rest of Us !

For those of you who grew up watching Seinfeld, and clung on almost every episode like I did, you will definitely get this ! This is not a cult or anything, I love all holidays but this one in particular cracks me up. Since it December 23, I would love to wish you all a Happy Festivus!

The Story

Many Christmas’s ago, Frank Costanza went to buy a doll for George. There was only one doll left and when he reached for it, so did another man. After struggling for the doll, he thought there could be another way. The doll was destroyed, but out of that, a new holiday was born. It was called Festivus. A Festivus for the rest-iv-us..


Lebanese Architect Bernard Khoury Keeps Walking…

Lebanese Architect Bernard Khoury joined the ranks of Sir Richard Branson, Jenson Button, Marc Herremans and Louis Hamilton as one of the giants Johnnie Walker wants us to Keep Walking with.

The “Keep Walking” mantra is over a decade old and embodies an unwavering determination to succeed despite adversity. The campaign has celebrated Lebanon in times of happiness, and helped uplift the Lebanese spirit in times of despair, making Lebanon, as General Manager Levant Tony Amine puts it “especially used to the Keep Walking attitude.”

Bernard Khoury is a world-renowned architect whose projects have become national monuments celebrated across the world. However, his ever-evolving, dynamic design concepts faced considerable challenges after his graduation from the Rhode Island School of Design in New York. It wasn’t till B018 was built, by Bernard Khoury’s own initiative, direction and oversight, that Lebanon and the world came to realize the avant-gardiste spirit of the man once dismissed as just an unrealistic “paper architect.”

B018 was completely revamped for the Johnnie Walker “Keep Walking with Bernard Khoury” party, with posh furniture, huge flat screens, elaborate lighting and of course a huge projection on the retractable roof of the upcoming campaign.


Beirut Exhibition Center for Contemporary Art

Beirut Exhibition Center (BEC), is the first structure dedicated to contemporary art in the new waterfront development area. Designed by L.E.FT, the BEC responds to its location, a constantly shifting context, and contributes to a new skyline for the city. Simultaneously the interior is in constant motion with the shifting of exhibitions and as L.E.FT described, “the architecture is trapped in a dynamic state of limbo.”


Share your Christmas Story with Mont Blanc

Starting December 1,2010, Mont Blanc are asking you to be part of this festive season.Each day they will be sharing a story until Christmas Eve. The idea as all of Mont Blanc’s campaigns are very creative and people oriented. The inspiration for this event was by Virginia O’Hanlon’s timeless query, a story of an 8 year old girl who was wondering about the existence of Santa Claus. Her story and the reply she received have become part of American History and culture.


Galliano Designs Christmas Tree for Second Year

Claridge’s, a beacon for social life during the festive season, is delighted to announce that the Claridge’s Christmas tree is now up and has been designed by John Galliano for Dior for the second year running.


Oprah’s Favorite Things 2010


November 19, 2010 was this year’s Oprah’s favorite things’ day (part 1) , where she gives her audience everything SHE wants for Christmas. This is one of the most touching moments of every years Oprahshow episodes. The reaction of the audience is indescribable.

The first half of the famous list included a variety of items including hair products, books, foods, cooking supplies, clothing, music, and technological goods, in addition to many other gift ideas of different budgets.

This years part 1 list included


The Paul Smith Mini Road Trip

mini-at-greene-street-blog-62150The Paul Smith Multi-stripe Mini started with  its first tour of the United States on September 25th 2010.

Starting at the Paul Smith Las Vegas shop in Crystals City Center, travelling over to The Melrose Shop in Los Angeles and finally ending in Greene Street, New York.


Orgatec : Cologne – October 26- 30, 2010 | overview

Orgatec, is an International Trade Fair for the Planning, Furnishing and Management of Business Environments. This is an exhibition that takes place every 2 years to display the latest in office furnishing and accessories. Top brands from around the world take part in this fair. This year companies from 84 companies joined and are displaying their latest releases. The exhibition started on the 26th and is continuing till October 30th, 2010.  Orgatec takes place in the Cologne Fair, Cologne, Germany.  Brochure for visitors.

The brands included are: Wilkhahn, Herman Miller, Vitra, Walter Knoll, Nurus, Rolf Benz, Bene and many others.


The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

“This is precisely the kind of project John Lennon would have loved.” – Yoko Ono Lennon

Montblanc is proud to honor John Lennon’s life, his music and his dreams by contributing to selected cultural projects which support music education. After releasing the related theme pen ,I mentioned in a previous post, For one year Montblanc will be sponsoring and collaborating with The John Lennon Education Tour Bus, a US non-profit mobile recording studio providing young people with the means to learn how to compose, play, perform, record and produce songs and music videos.