Foster + Partners wins Jabal Omar Development Project competition in Saudi Arabia

 

As shared by Foster + Partners:

Foster + Partners’ competition winning scheme for a new luxury hotel and serviced apartments in the heart of Makkah has been revealed. Inspired by traditional Arab architecture, it’s design reinterprets the traditional dense building clusters, creating a new contemporary vernacular that respects its sacred location. Following the mountainous terrain, its cascading vertical elements form a new topography. The new mixed-use development will create a new gateway along the route to the Grand Mosque for pilgrims from the world over.


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This is the Pantone Color of the Year for 2017 | Trends

This year Pantone chose a neutral yet fresh color which symbolizes rebirth. I have been watching closely the predictions for the trends in 2017 and for the first time most brands and developers agree on one thing, NATURE. I have seen another hue of green as a trend prediction for 2017, and I was not surprised that Pantone chose green as well.

Among other trends are Terracotta and cork, two natural materials as well. Let’s see the upcoming exhibitions and see if this is how the major brands will go.

 

On Pantone’s website, you can see the palettes they chose to show how Greenery can be used in different ways for different purposes and effects. Personally I would use this specific green with white or light grey to keep the ‘zestiness’  of the color. I would love to use it with blue as well.

 

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Fendi Casa 2016 Collection | Luxury Furniture

 

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With several shows per year, we can’t but be impressed with the amount of beautiful and luxurious designs brands such as Fendi Casa come up with. This past September Fendi Casa released some of their nicest pieces yet. As you will notice, velvet has been a trend all year in fashion and in furniture. Which is your favorite piece?

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Cheval Bar in Greece | Restaurant Design

 

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Completed and open in 2014/2015, Cheval is a beautiful lounge/bar in Thessaloniki, Greece by Ark4lab. Such a beautiful and richly designed space. It consists of two floors. You will find the horse theme (meaning of the word Cheval) prevalent throughout the two floors. The images are on the wall and in the sculptures. The contrast between clean geometric shapes on the ceiling and rough finishes on the walls and floor give it that trendy vibe.
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Cozy and Stylish Apartment in Dongguan | Interiors

 

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When you look for a design which incorporates both, the modern lines and ethnic materials, this is the perfect project. The warmth of the wood against the cleanliness of the black steel lines are a match made in heaven.

This apartment is located on the 22nd floor of a new, high-rise residential building in Dongguan in southeast China. The apartment was designed by both Minas Kosmidis [Architecture in Concept] from Greece and YuQiang and Partners Interior Design from China.


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Maison et Objet September 2-6, 2016 | Events and Ehibitions

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Maison & Objet is a design exhibition which takes place in France twice a year, both in January & September. Tomorrow the September edition will start and looks really interesting so far. There will be a ‘Game’theme which is something to look forward to, all in addition to some lectures for designers etc.. The designer of the year is Ilse Crawford who is known for her exquisite taste in material combination.

 

This exhibition is a great way to meet new designers, check out latest products from suppliers from around the world. It’s an overall lovely experience for designers and design enthusiasts.

 

September 1, 2016 is the last day to save 10 Euros on the badge when you order it online, and it will make your life easier when entering since you won’t have to stay in line.

Dates: September 2-6, 2016

Location: Paris Nord Villepinte

Opening time

From Friday to Monday: 09:30am to 07:00pm.
Tuesday: 09:30am to 06:00pm.

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This map will make it easier for you to plan your visit. Also i advise you to go to some of the lectures, they are interesting. Download th M&O application so you can go through the schedule and find the locations of the brands and designers.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #MO16 for all your social media interaction.

For more information go to their website or facebook page.

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Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates Dubai | Luxury Hotel Design

 

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As they say, nothing is impossible in Dubai. When you thought it was all about the desert and the heat, they created  skiing slopes, something I would have never imagined there. Overlooking the slopes is the 5 star luxury Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates. The hotel even has chalets that are so cozy and warm, fit for a skiing lodge. The hotel has almost 400 rooms including 20 chalets with fireplaces that will allow you to feel as if you were in Switzerland. All rooms are well equipped with the state of the art technology.

Living in the Gulf for the past 8 years, I noticed that people refrain as much as possible from using wood and other warm materials, that is all due to the hot climate. With the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates it is different. At this hotel you get to experience what it would be like to live in a cool climate, the use of stone & solid wood interprets this coziness perfectly. The marble however, gives the rooms and restaurants the lavish and luxurious feel Dubai is known for.

I will leave you to enjoy the photos of this lovely hotel (slideshow) and a link to the hotel website in case you want to check out more details.


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