Monthly Archives: December 2018

Karen Chekerdjian’s Totem Reveals the Power of Matter and Color

Karen Chekerdjian‘s famous “Totem” is part of a permanent collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, while the marble version is part of the M Mairo collection. Featured internationally, the Totem side table is full of life force, futuristic dynamism and ancestral power. With a cylindrical base, the numbered and limited edition Totem, with  an interchangeable tip is aimed at the ground or the sky. Karen Chekerdjian’s creation never belies its marble support. Totem is unique and trine, the divine inspiration of a design object. Materials: (i) Red Levanto marble, Black Marquinia marble and Green Imperiale marble (ii) Black Marquinia marble and Green Imperiale marble (iii) Black portoro marble (iv) white onyx (v) Black Marquinia marble (holly hunt – US – exclusive)  ...

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Last Minute Christmas Shopping? Buy Local Creativity!

Christmas is exactly in one week. Last minute shopping? Buy local designs, buy local creativity…  There are loads of designers out there making and creating the most amazing items from jewelry, to fashion to home accessories… We just want to give you an idea on what you can get, but the list is not limited to these at all… A Flame of Light Lebanese production of scented resin candle holders with brass inlays designed and executed by Sahar Bizri Designs. A perfect gift for the home or office. Love for Lebanon Nivine Makatabi is no stranger to rug and scarf designs. Nivine’s designs are a reflection of her multifaceted upbringing. She combines her artistic taste with her rich Persian/Lebanese heritage, focusing on the traditional values of craftsmanship and artisanship mixed with a modern twist. Most of her creations represent Lebanon & the Orient while being...

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Rimowa X Assouline: A Century of Luxury in One Book

As 120-year anniversary draws to a close, RIMOWA honors its mission, legacy, and craftsmanship by partnering with a like-minded publisher, Assouline, to compile over a century of products and stories that have helped shape us as a distinctly unique brand. RIMOWA‘s success skyrocketed in the 1920s when the suitcases caught the eye of the world’s travelers prizing function above all else, followed by the launch of the first aluminum luggage in 1937 that has made all RIMOWA products distinctive and unique. This book, written by Dan Thawley, an Australian journalist and editor, celebrates 120 years of the functional and practical luxury brand, and the people and story behind it—focusing on the ingenuity and inspiration that have characterized RIMOWA’s innovative designs and the creative history that has laid the groundwork for a dynamic future. Founded in Cologne in 1898, RIMOWA has become synonymous with sleek design and...

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Johanne 8: A Popular Colorful Artist Talks to FashionRepublik

A favorite at FashionRepublik is French artist, Johanne 8. With a solo exhibition, taking place at La Boheme in Deauville, (between December 15 and March 1), this unique artist, from Lyon, speaks about society, violence, sexuality, the suffering of people, their little happiness in a style inspired by comics, mangas, graff and Pop-Art. We talk to Johanne 8 behind the scenes to learn more about her creative work and ambitions, and discovred that the number 8 attached to her first name represents the date of birth of her son Mattia. After a career in aeronautics, she decided to return to her passion for everyday life. In her paintings, there are many references to the memories of her childhood, to the characters who accompanied her like the superheroes, the American pulps and comics of the 50s, Hello Kitty, Walt Disney but also many winks to US,...

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B018: Lebanon’s Landmark Comes Out in a Whole New Look

B018 is a name written in the Lebanese history and culture. A name synonymous to life, music, innovation and international acclaim, B018, in the 1980’s, was where everyone escaped the rage of war. Today, B018 steps out in a whole new look, keeping the same DNA. “It is a place like no other,” said the world-renowned Lebanese architect Bernard Khoury who has redesigned B018, and giving the old famous interior a  fresh new format. Located in Quarantina, B018 is a 6000 square meter underground club. “Despite its underground location, its retractable roof has become a much loved and anticipated attraction for party lovers. “B018 is an iconic landmark in the Middle East’s nightlife scene and its force is unquestionable,” says Khoury continued. While keeping the same DNA, the club is currently undergoing a renovation. The new partners and entrepreneurs who joined Musicom sal, including Romy...

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Nada G. Brings the Power of Light to the Holidays

Nada G never seizes to amaze… and now the new capsule collection, ‘Power of Light’ is uplifting. The collections is inspired by Sursock museum’s architectural window designs and based on the lotus flower, a symbol for rebirth and purity. Award-winning Nada GTM have partnered for the 3rd consecutive year with Sursock Museum to launch a new capsule collection called ‘Power of Light’. The collection is inspired by the designs of the rose window traceries and the fanlight windows of the museum which were based on the lotus flower. Nada Ghazal, Designer, Founder and Managing Partner of Nada GTM has consistently designed jewelry based on her experiences and her will to translate those designs into beautiful jewelry items with a soul that embody positivity; ‘Power of Light’ is no different. The lotus flower designs which graces the rose windows, fanlights and the traceries of Sursock Museum...

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