Louis Vuitton and its parent company LVMH have formulated a 304-page tome to be published this Fall. Named simply as Louis Vuitton – Architecture and Interiors, the book will revisit some of Louis Vuitton’s most memorable and iconic retail spaces with the provisions of never before seen sketches, blueprints, and mock-ups. The book also contains designs from rnowned architects and designers including Peter Marino, Christian de Portzamparc, and Jun Aoki.
Beautifully bound, each printed matter will cost around $85 US. There will be a limited edition as well, with 3 separate photographs on the cover to coincide with 3 monogrammed fabric slipcases in gold, silver, and copper, list around $130 US. All will be made available by publishing house Rizzoli in October 1st at Louis Vuitton retail locations and specialty book stores.
The Mandarin Oriental opened its Paris location a few days ago in the famous luxury shopping street Saint Honore. The Asian based hotel chain has been opening in several high end locations around the world.
The hotel has 99 rooms and 39 suites within an eight-story building with an exterior façade dating back to the 1930s. The target clients of the Mandarin Oriental are luxury seeking guests from around the world, who enjoy staying at one of the most fashionable locations.
The overall feel of the space design is a little bit feminine due to the butterfly motifs and floral carpets yet very relaxing.
The hotel has a 900 square meter spa, a 40-seat restaurant overseen by Michelin-starred chef Thierry Marx, and a cocktail bar cut from a single piece of brown Spanish marble.
The rate for a deluxe suite with balcony overlooking the courtyard is 2,750 euros/night , also available is the 350 square meter duplex penthouse for clients with higher requirements.
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Designed by South African firm Design Partnership, this beautiful villa is located in Johannesburg, South Africa.I am particularly interested in the interior of this project, the colors, furnishing and beautiful spaces. The staircase as you will see is a sculpture in its own. Its obvious grey tones are the trend now, after being exclusive to showrooms and shops, people are choosing grey as the main color for their residences.
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Checking out one of my favorite websites, Yatzer, I came across their post with the Hermès collection in details as revealed in Milan this past week. Most people were looking forward to the final debut of this long awaited collection. In my post about Hermès Maison, the collection was still vague, with information of their collaboration with Dedar for their wallpaper and home fabric collection.
Well known architects, Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines, designed the exhibition space, the Hermès Pavillion , the furniture however was designed by Enzo Mari, Antonio Citterio and RDAI Studio.
The beautiful exhibition space was mainly made out of cardboard tubes woven with paper. The Pavilion incorporated rooms of different sizes resembling the spaces of a home, some private and some shared. When pieces have such simple structure and form, quality is crucial. The luxury prevails through the material used and the fine finishing details of every part of every piece.
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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.
Lake Como has long been known a luxury retreat for celebrities like George Clooney and Madonna. The beautiful lake is bordered by both the countryside of Italy and the mountains of Switzerland.
CastaDiva is a newly renovated hotel designed by interior designer Erasmo Figini, which recently opened its doors to posh travelers who are in search for a romantic Italian get away. This hotel is of 18th century architecture, all decorative elements are of classic style yet the interior is modernized with a hip spa and bright colored furniture and finishes.
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