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.
Let me know if you need any additional information.
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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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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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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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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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
“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.
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. If you want to keep the essential kitchen staples a cut above the rest, be sure to keep them sharp with Japanese knives and steels.
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…
Spoon : 66 €
Fork : 66 €
Knife : 75 €