Lebanese Villa Damaged By War Gets Renovated | Architecture

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Going through Lebanese towns, you will notice that almost every area has demolished or abandoned houses because of the 15 year civil war Lebanon witnessed. Most of these beautiful homes have not been refurbished, due to the fact that they either were severely damaged and would cost alot, or the owners have established their lives elsewhere and find it painful to come back. Najib from Blogbaladi posted about this house a couple of days ago, I had to find out more about it.


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No.57 Boutique Cafe in Abu Dhabi | Restaurant Design

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The Dinner Club by No. 57 was a popular concept that started back in 2012 by Buthaina Al Mazrui & Alamira Noor Bani Hashim, based on the concept of ‘invitation only’ pop up restaurant/ event place. There was no particular location for those monthly events. Due to popularity of the concept, No.57 Cafe Boutique came to life. Located in Abu Dhabi and designed by Dubai based architects Anarchitect, the owners want to make sure to keep it the place alive and still have the secret dining room for special events.

Materials used were mainly the timeless Carrara marble, concrete, oak, and metal.


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Iwan Maktabi Beirut Flagship Store By Maria Group | Retail Interiors

 

contemporary-retail-space-design-beirut-03 As one of the leading retailers of modern and classic carpets, designing a showroom for Iwan Maktabi has many challenges. Maria Group were commissioned to create a modern space that would be powerful yet reveal the beauty of the luxurious products on display. Allowing proper visibility of the products to be appreciated, was the main concern for the designers.

The high ceiling, natural light, and beautiful open space aided the designers in coming up with ideas that would address each area perfectly.

 


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Bottega Veneta Raising Awareness to Preserve Japan’s Post-War Architecture | Architecture

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As a longtime admirer of Japanese Modernism, I am deeply saddened that these great buildings might soon disappear. We hope that Bottega Veneta can help promote awareness of this issue, as we believe that great design is timeless. As part of the cultural heritage of the future, it would be a great loss for the next generation to be unable to embrace the beauty of these icons for themselves.” Tomas Maier


Due to the risk of losing much of Japan’s post-war architecture, Bottega Veneta Creative Director Tomas Maier, a lifelong architecture enthusiast, is raising awareness for, and encouraging the honoring of, these icons.


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House SAR By Nico Van Der Meaulen in South Africa | Residential Design

 

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As usual, Nico Ven Der Meulen have just delivered a beautiful residence in South Africa, I had to share it with you.

From the Architects:

Designed by the highly acclaimed Werner van der Meulen, House Sar encapsulates luxury, comfort and functionality in a minimalist architectural setting. The clients approached Nico van der Meulen Architects with a modest single storey pitched roof house.

Limited views and access to the garden resulted in the rooms beings dark, and thus the clients main request was to transform this house into a light-filled open plan contemporary home. Ensuring that every room was naturally lit became the challenge for Werner van der Meulen, but one he proved could be done.

A framework of steel columns and beams surround the entrance while louvered planes conceal the four garages and floating roofs. It’s as if each plane whether wall, roof or floor has been intentionally treated differently either in material, texture or colour creating a unique entrance design.


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Bentley Emirates unveils limited edition Mulsanne Majestic in Dubai | Cars

 

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Bentley Emirates has revealed the first of only five Bentley Mulsanne Majestic models exclusively reserved for the UAE.

Only 15 models of the Mulsanne Majestic have been hand crafted by Bentley’s Mulliner division in Crewe and all are reserved for customers in the Middle East. Five models are dedicated to customers in Saudi Arabia, five in the United Arab Emirates and five in Qatar.


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Design in Beirut Design Lighting For Dikakeen in Kuwait | Lighting Design

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Dikakeen is a cafe which opened in Kuwait not long ago. The designers of the project worked closely with DIB (Design in Beirut) to complement the concept of the space with proper customized lighting. Since the shop concept itself is inspired by old souks, DIB came up with fixtures that would resemble traditional lamps by using handmade glass yet embraced with modern stainless steel accessories.

The design itself is associated with nostalgic memories of old Kuwait ‘kiosks’, chefs at Dikakeen specialize in Kuwaiti food with an added twist.


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