Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs Beirut by Zaha Hadid Architects | Architecture

 

 

I posted about this project back in 2011,  I remember how thrilled I was that Lebanon would have its own Zaha Hadid designed building. Finally it has come to life. Below details from her website.

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Designer in the Spotlight : Sacha Lakic

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Sacha Lakic is the main designer behind Roche Bobois’ most significant pieces. With the new Bubble sofa which will be officially launched October 2014, I couldn’t help but post some of his great designs. Sacha loves using latest technologies & materials while focusing on innovative designs. The pieces shown in this post are a small example of how he can accomodate several styles and tastes.

Browsing through Roche Bobois website, you will realize that some of the most remarkable pieces were in fact designed by him.

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Clock by Marcel Wanders for Christofle

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Marcel Wanders creates a state-of-the-art clock for Christofle. Joining meticulous design and fine mechanical skills, this item sets a new standard in the manufacture of luxury mechanical clocks.

Oversized proportions, complex etching work and noble materials set the pace. Available in an exclusive edition of 50, the owner can customize the three internal clocks to time different cities across the globe; anywhere from Tokyo to Paris to Miami.

Preciousness, sensuality and poetry distinguish the silversmith’s work. As part of the Jardin d’ Eden silverware collection, the nature-inspired silver etchings are lovingly executed. This clock carries the family’s iconic pattern signature; interlaced leaves, curled lys flowers and decorative apples against a geometric matrix reminiscent of the lush garden. Marcel’s sustainability strategy comes across in his high standard design; this is a timeless luxurious item to always hold on to. 

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The Dock Kitchen London | Restaurant Design

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Tom Dixon is a designer whose name is becoming a household one more and more everyday. The charm and innovation in his designs and products have been shining through in the recent years. His work has been the center of attention at many fairs and in several publications in the near past. The Dock restaurant in London is not a new project, yet is one to check out. Open in 2009, and yet noticing the details in this space, you could immediately feel the creativity and avant garde approach, a style which only recently has become extremely popular.

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Arper Produces the Bowl Chair Designed in 1951 for the First Time| Furniture

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Furniture company Arper have finally put the Bowl chair by Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi into production for the first time since it was designed in 1951. they will only be making 500 chairs, I have no idea why they won’t go through a permanent line for this beautiful product.

Arper worked closely with the Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi to produce the chair, basing it on the only existing original prototype and Bo Bardi’s design sketches. The Italian furniture brand shares the designer’s mission to place the person at the centre of her projects, and her idea that ‘man is the ultimate objective of architecture’.

The significance of this chair is the fact that it doesn’t need any mechanism, it can achieve movement from all sides on its own and only due to its spherical form.

Part of the proceeds from the chair’s sale will be invested in the Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi’s social and cultural projects.

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Marcel Wanders Designs First Ceramic Collection For Bisazza

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Departing from their well-known glass mosaics, luxury Italian design brand Bisazza has launched a new line of decorative ceramic wall tiles for their 2014 collection; a bold, brand new collection conceived and created by Marcel Wanders.
The tiles use Marcel’s signature hexagonal shape, and come in black or white diamond and flower forms that can be freely matched, transforming walls into tactile and asymmetrical artworks. Innovative and daring, Frozen Garden is ideal for all interiors.
To wit: “It only takes one crystal to grow a Frozen Garden. Plant one with loving care, and watch Frozen Garden unfold before your eyes. Organic and wild, glass and ceramic crystals transform walls into tactile and textured universes. Run wild in a garden of your own.”

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