Monthly Archives: January 2018

Pierre Hermé and L’Occitane Meet at 86 Champs-Elysées

The collaboration was self-evident. Both brands are committed to using natural ingredients and to preserving traditional savoir-faire and creativity. Appreciating the best products with the best that nature has to offer. Who are we talking about? Pierre Hermé, the Picasso of pastries and L’Occitane. Two years ago, L’Occitane launched a collection based on fragrances created by Pierre Hermé, packaged in containers designed by Olivier Baussan. This ephemeral collection including three perfumes (Jasmine, Immortelle and Neroli, Grapefruit and Rhubarb, and Honey, Immortelle and Mandarin) was a great success. This encouraged the two to continue and go even further. The two embarked on the creation of a space named with its street number, 86 Champs-Elysées, a concept store which brings together three things the French are know for: delicious pastries, fragrance and the pleasure the unique experience on the most beautiful avenue in the World. The unique...

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Artbags: Our Relationship with Material Objects

Artbag is the brainchild of British artist Debra Franses Bean (DFB). These original resin sculptures, said to be around 15 kilos each, are filled with random objects including guns, money bills, Coca Cola bottles, sunglasses, makeup, pocket watches, or rusted keys… and more. Through her unique art work, Debra explores ideas centered on consumption and mass production and acknowledge the complex relationship that we have with material objects as consumable goods – our penchant to consume is denigrated by the ensuing guilt and anxiety that tends to follow. She describes Artbag as  ‘a window into her soul’. Every bag designed is an original piece that is autobiographical. She visualizes how she felt about areas of her life, depending on the different phases of her life. “Each and every one of my bags no matter if they are part of a collection or commissioned individually, are...

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Bulgari Introduces it’s TriColor Version of Tubogas

Bulgari released several new interpretations of their legendary Tubogas watch and we’ve fallen for the version combining the three classic gold colors: white, pink and yellow. An eagerly anticipated comeback for an interpretation offering a contemporary take on the tricolor creations introduced in the 1960s. The latter confirmed the snake as the cult theme of the Maison, with Tubogas as the House signature. Serpenti has continued to nurture desire ever since. Among the headline models of the era were the famous Tubogas creations combining the precious color contrasts of gold. More so, celebrate the icon watch which is also found embellished with gold, leather or diamonds. For more than seven decades, Serpenti has shed its skin in countless different ways, the better to wrap itself around the wrist of the greatest female icons. The 2018 creations are faithful to the spirit guiding this distinctive reptile,...

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300 Champagne Bottles Later a Stool is Born

The bar stool by Russian designer Anna Strupinskaya is made of more than 300 corks collected from Abrau Durso champagne bottles. Yes 300 corks make up this bar stool. This product is a perfect combination between functional quality and material as well as tackling the recycling aspect of this world. Not only is this piece appealing, the soft cork makes it an ideal seat. The legs and frame of the ABRAU stool are made of steel reinforced with metal welding method. Strong and solid mounting of corks and steel frame makes this bar stool almost unbreakable....

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Karim Tamerji Explores the Power of the Subconscious

Karim Tamerji, an architect and self-taught artist, combines his studies with his passion for art and started exploring the link between the subconscious and human behavior. This intense link is expressed in his latest body of art work, Introspection. His visual language, inspired by the continuous study of the ‘self ‘and individual’s psychological confinements, can be seen at SV Gallery at Saifi Village, Beirut. Represented by Banzy Gallery, Tamerji says that Introspection is the examination or observation of one’s own mental and emotional process. The artist, born and raised in Beirut, visual language is inspired by the mystery of the self, the work begins and ends with the urge to understand and find a way to represent how the subconscious mind is expressed through behavior. Abstracting the human body with muted grey tones reveals moments of contemplation, hidden compulsions, and struggles with temptation.­ An intriguing...

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L’Atelier Blanc Introduces ‘The Lab’

Beirut’s bridal boutique L’Atelier Blanc recently launched The Lab, an exclusive collection of seven wedding dresses designed and produced by L’Atelier Blanc. Made of delicate, luxurious materials like lace, tulle, Mikado silk and guipure, and showcasing delicate embroidery, the elegant dresses come in variouBeiruts shades of white and light blush, in keeping with wedding traditions but also showcasing contemporary trends. The Lab is a new venture for L’Atelier Blanc, and it’s located inside their flagship boutique in Gemmayze, which is set in a graciously restored old Beirut building. The bridal dresses that form The Lab collection are designed to suit a wide array of tastes and are available in a range of prices, ensuring that virtually every woman will find a gown to suit her needs. The happiest day of your life just got more beautiful....

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