Dubai Design Week has become the number one design event in the Middle East and is growing more and more annually. This year the program is more diverse than all previous years. I strongly advise you to make use of the large number of interesting talks and workshops. If you can, try to visit the Louvre in Abu Dhabi which will be officially opening November 11, 2017.
As for Dubai Design Week, it is a diverse 6-day program of exhibitions, installations, talks, educational workshops and more which will allow visitors the opportunity to discover and engage with design. The free-to-attend program will serve as a rich introduction to the design scene in the UAE, and build on the many events and exhibitions happening throughout the week and beyond.
In its fifth edition, the Fair will take place at the Dubai Design District and present a carefully edited roster of established and emerging brands across a range of product categories; including furniture, lighting, bathrooms, kitchens, textiles and accessories. This is a great time to check out the latest collections for most brands.
After several requests, I thought I would share with you the latest images from Fendi Casa for their 2017 collection as presented in Milan last April. As it is obvious, velvet is still the major element prevailing this years fashion whether in home collections or ready to wear.
Just after Apple collaborated with Hermes on their smart watch, now Louis Vuitton came up with its own version of a luxury smart watch, the Tambour Horizon in partnership with Google and Qualcomm. This watch was designed to serve the world traveler—Vuitton’s core customer. The watch costs anywhere from $2,450 to $2,900.
With the Tambour Horizon you can select the digital face you want. It has 30 easily interchangeable straps for men and women, it notifies you of calls, texts, and emails; has an alarm, a step counter, indicates the weather, in addition to time.
The great news is for customers living in China, currently they have to buy 2 different watches when they travel, with the LV watch they will only have to buy one as it operates on both world and Chinese systems.
Gucci Décor is the latest hype to be launched this September by Gucci. The collection is very inspired by their eclectic fashion line.
From the images that are circulated, the collection so far includes crockery and scented candle holders that are produced by Richard Ginori,
Additionally, four scents for both candles and incense have been developed by Michele — Inventum , Fumus, Herbosum , and Esotericum.
In addition to the above, cushions and a range of wallpapers in silk, vinyl, and paper will be offered for those who want to make a strong statement with strong Gucci patterns.
Gucci Décor progressively roll-out globally in Gucci flagship stores, online at gucci.com and select boutiques.
Gucci notes that the décor collection will not have its own dedicated floorspace, but be spread throughout the boutiques “to emphasise Alessandro Michele’s notion that these pieces are simply another way to dress in Gucci.”
I have mixed feelings about this collection, what are your thoughts?
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When I think of the future, I can’t help but remember how we imagined it to be back in the Eighties. Everything we thought would remain science fiction became part of our present. Touch screens, mobile phones, laser printers, carbon fiber, etc.. were all just part of movies and our imagination. Now we know, nothing is impossible and we also realized that the present and future will not be the same without going back to nature. For a couple of decades now minimalism was prevailing with the rise of technology, but not anymore. New trends have been emerging in the past few years and some are about to stay around for a while while others are perishing.
As recent interior design trends have been focusing on the operator rather than the consumer, this has created a great shift in all things design.
Workspaces, for example, are now focused on the employee rather than on the visitor or consumer. This innovative idea has been brought forth by firms such as Google, Facebook, Leo Burnett, Deloitte & Touche, Cisco, and many others. Numerous studies have suggested that a healthy and comfortable work environment produces better productivity, this may not always be true but has been an eye opening approach for many. These firms have come up with ideas we once though of as crazy, such as having pool tables, a gym, cafes, napping zones all at the company’s premises. With this in mind, the human is now the focus of all present and future trends. Focus now is on well being, healthy lifestyle, and communication.
As a result, new design trends emerged and were made possible with the use of materials that are more human and environment friendly.
Design trends that are here to stay:
1- Bringing Nature inside, and almost every other trending material is there to compliment this one. Greenery and nature are everywhere now, restaurants and cafes, entrances, airports, homes, etc.. no space is complete without greenery anymore. It is not a surprise that Pantone’s 2017 color of the year was Greenery! From fake to natural, green is everywhere and here to stay. Integration of nature and natural elements in our spaces and through our architecture has become a requirement now. This is why we are opting more and more for large windows and focusing more on the view. It might be a psychological attempt to replace the damage that has been done to our environment in the past decades.
At Place de l’Étoile end of the Champs-Élysées lies Le Drugstore Publicis founded in 1958 by Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet, founder of the world-renowned advertising agency Publicis Group, Publicis Drugstore was designed to bring American consumer convenience and bar culture to the Parisian public.The complex offered a diverse array of goods under one roof such as books, pastries and jewellery to cigars and champagne.
Apple Dubai Mall is reinventing the traditional introverted idea of mall-based retail as a more outward looking experience that engages with the spectacle of urban life. Its design is a highly innovative response to the culture and climate of the Emirates, while also demonstrating Apple’s pioneering ambition to create inspirational civic spaces for all. Located in Dubai Mall – one of the most visited urban centres in the world, attracting over 80 million visitors every year since 2014 – the new Apple Dubai Mall occupies the most pivotal position in the city, alongside the iconic Burj Khalifa and overlooking the famous Dubai Fountains. Spanning over two floors, it embraces the theatre of the fountains with a sweeping 186-foot (56.6 metre) wide and 18-foot (5.5 metre) deep terrace – a first for any Apple Store – with unparalleled views of the spectacular setting and the incredible choreographed display. Continue reading “Apple Dubai Mall With One of the Largest Kinetic Art Installations in the World Opens to Visitors”