I admit I have unintentionally killed a few plants during my lifetime. I love plants but I don’t like taking care of them. This is why I thought it would be a great idea to compile a small list of low maintenance plants that also purify the air from chemicals such as formaldehyde.
Beware though, as most, if not all, of these plants, are not suitable for pets.
1- Snake Plant, I love this one because it absorbs more carbon monoxide than any other indoor plant. it emits oxygen and filters toxins from the air such as benzene and formaldehyde. It can go for a month without water and has a clean ‘architectural’ look.
2- Aloe Vera: Well I love this the most because of its healing beauty properties. The gel inside the leaves can be used to rub the skin and scalp with great effects. You can also mix this gel in the mixer with water and drink for numerous digestive benefits. It is also very low maintenance and easy to take care of.
Last June during the Swedish furniture giant’s “Democratic Design Days” event, a collaboration between Off-White™ and IKEA was announced, At the same time Virgil Abloh, founder of OFF-WHITE, unveiled a redesigned IKEA FRAKTA bag with “Sculpture” on the side. After that a printed rug with ‘KEEP OFF” was also revealed.
After the tremendous success Gucci has been having since Alessandro Michele took over as the main designer, now they are opening a new concept store in Florence which will also be serving pasta among other delicacies by non other than Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura of the Modena-based Osteria Francescana. The place is known as Gucci Osteria and located on the ground floor at the Gucci Museo , which opened in 2011 at the ancient Palazzo della Mercanzia. The Osteria will serve iconic Italian dishes as well as contemporary twists on classics for all-day dining.
I am not sure of their choice any why they went for such a loud green but because it’s Gucci, everything is allowed 😉 The design is very basic but nonetheless cozy and charming.
Gucci Garden; Piazza della Signoria, 10, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy; +39 055 7592 7010.
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.
And he’s back. One of my favorite designers , Marcel Wanders, designed the latest addition to the Mondrian hotels, the Mondrian Doha in Qatar.
sbe, the leading lifestyle hospitality company that develops, manages and operates award-winning hospitality venues globally, announced that they will open itsfirst hotel in the Middle East with the launch of Mondrian Doha, Qatar in spring (quarter two), 2017. The lavish 270-room hotel has been designed in collaboration with world-renowned Dutch designer, Marcel Wanders, along with South West Architecture – the architectural company of record for Mondrian Doha, responsible for the design of the building.
This lovely home is located in Wadi Abu Jamil in Downtown Beirut designed by Lebanese architecture firm Platau. The main feature of the apartment is the wood enveloping the house and the contrasting white featured in the walls, handrail, and other finishes. The penthouse was designed for a family of four. Doors are all built in within the wooden walls.