Monthly Archives: June 2018

BDW 2018: Carla Baz Pays Tribute to Marble at Joy Mardini Design Gallery

During Beirut Design Week 2018, Joy Mardini Design Gallery continues to show the solo work of Carla Baz entitled STRATAGEMS. The exhibition, which will go on until July 20, revolves around Carla’s new found relationship with marble, not just a medium but a source of inspiration that would guide her creative process. Baz’s collection, showcased at Joy Mardini Design Gallery, seeks to stage an elegy to marble not merely as a medium, but even more so as a subject and an object where the point of departure and destination loop into each other. Marble has been valued for its use in sculpture since classical times. Due to its soft properties and beautiful colors, it has come to be the favorite medium for Greek and Roman masters, who have carved their reputation in the lavish stone, making it a cultural symbol of refinement and sophistication. Today...

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Hermes Window Display: A Journey of Memory Through Toys

Hermès always puts an effort into their window displays, inviting designers and artists to collaborate on their window displays which always is an art installation. To celebrate the the brand’s renovated and expanded boutique on S. Marco 1292 in Venice, Hermès invited Nichetto Studio to work on an installation to celebrate the new renovation. This coincides perfectly with Venice Biennale. Hermès’ corner store of Salizada San Moisè now enjoys double the space (264m2) with  a second floor. The location welcomes visitors with a new facade in Istrian stone with warm colors, together with two large windows underlined by a new copper frame. Nichetto Studio worked on something really special. Drawing inspiration from the power of children’s imagination they created a big box with blocks like a board game with components that one can use in any way to build whatever object, like a train, for example....

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BDW 2018: The Makers Market at The Colony Beirut

Have you heard of the The Colony Beirut? Here’s a true Beiruti gem worth checking out. A beautiful spot in the heart of Karantina, The Colony Beirut hosts a myriad of events ranging from massive parties to art exhibitions, with its beautiful terrace and two rooms, this venue is perfect to host. “The Makers Market”, in its second edition, during Beirut Design Week 2018 is now taking place at Colony Beirut from June 22- 29, 6-10. You will have the chance to meet la crème de la crème of Lebanese artists passing by illustrators, painters, photographer, accessories makers, comics and many more. What makes The Colony Beirut special is the fact that the venue has a historical, cultural and artistic aura, as it used to be the old Karantina public school that was abandoned during the civil war. A division of the classes were preserved, ...

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Renaissance Man, DaVinci Inspired Lighting Collection

If the Renaissance Man, DaVinci were alive today, how would he use his body of work to design a lighting collection? This is the inspiration for Maurice Dery’s latest avant-garde luminaire series. The DaVinci collection is inspired by one question: If Leonardo, the great Renaissancian, were alive today, how would he incorporate 21st-century technology into his designs? Over the last ten months, this has been Karice’s inspiration and guide in creating this handcrafted luminaire series. In the fashion of Leonardo da Vinci, the theme revolves around machine gears, along with magnifiers that are used to intensify the light sources to mirrors, that can then redirect the light to the wall or floor. Using the latest in lighting, machining, and metalwork technology, the Karice’s Da Vinci collection brings the Italian Renaissance back to life, in avant-garde form. The light was designed, developed, and manufactured in Surrey,...

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BDW 2018: Charlie Makes Change Through Art

Beirut Design Week (BDW) returns in its seventh edition under then theme “Design and the City: _”. Under this theme, Nayef Francis Design Studio (NFDS) invites seven artists, each unique in style, to creatively express their thoughts, needs, desires and dreams as inhabitants of the city on a Charlie chair, designed by NFDS. Every artwork executed on individual Charlie chairs is a result of weeks of sketching and brainstorming that combine each of the artist’s style, NFDS’s identity, and of course a reflection of the BDW city’s theme. Artists include: Raydan Zabian ( SpazUno), Alfred Badr (EpS), Ivan Debs, Jad El Khoury (Potato nose), Randa Ali Ahmad, Katya Traboulsi and Ashekman. On the last day, June 29, all the chairs will be presented and put up for auction, where people can come in and make their silent bidding. Fifty percent of the proceeds will be...

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LV x UNICEF are Back to Support Children in Need

For the third year of its partnership with UNICEF, Louis Vuitton is shining the spotlight once again on its Silver Lockit bracelets in florescent colors. The campaign, which launched recently, continues the commitment to raising awareness and funds that will support some of the most vulnerable children around the world. The Silver Lockit, inspired by the tumbler lock invented by Georges Vuitton in 1890 to protect clients’ most precious belongings, is a symbol of protection. It has been chosen as a symbol of sealing one’s promise to help children in urgent need. The sterling silver padlock is held on a cord available in five colors (yellow, orange, pink, blue and black). The Silver Lockit Fluo retails at €250, €100 of which is donated to UNICEF. The partnership between Louis Vuitton and UNICEF has already raised over five million US dollars to provide humanitarian support for...

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