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Paris-based Lebanese-born restaurateurs, Liza Soughayar and Ziad Asseily, recently made a comeback on the upmarket Middle Eastern dining scene with their latest venture – Liza Beirut. The restaurant, named after it’s owner and the city that inspired it, is located in the stylish suburb of Achrafieh in East Beirut. The sprawling 500sqm interior is housed on the first floor of a historical venue that is the Metropolitan Club – the former residence of some of Lebanon’s most prominent families.
I’ll preface this post by saying that this was one of my Top 5 favourite products from Milan Design Week. Yep, 100% – these are that good. Designed by Doshi Levien for Spanish rug maker Nanimarquina, Rabari rug collection evokes “the sensual and shiny world of tribal folk embroidery of India.” I am a real sucker for projects which clearly reference designers’ past experiences, memories, ethnic origins and iconography, particularly when brought into a contemporary context such as this. For me, this is an example of design authenticity at it’s best.
To Switzerland, today, where outside the little town Balsthal stands this sweet cottage by Pascal Flammer. Looking at the photos, I can’t stop the walls and roof morphing into gingerbread. I’m starting design work on my own little house in the woods, so when I see a project like this, out comes the pen and I start taking notes.
With brass chandeliers, a concrete ceiling punctured with round skylights, sleek fireplaces, leather lounges and shaggy topped stools, the aesthetic is a unique and luxurious take on the Australian shack. The space is high end but without the stiff, unapproachable feel of most hotel lobbies. As soon I walked in I had already decided that I was coming back.
Aesop Kyoto store at 97 Aburaya-Cho Sanjo was created by Simplicity team under Shinichiro Ogata, drawing inspiration from many Japanese aesthetics.
A home tour of architect Joseph Dirand’s luxuriously minimal Paris apartment where he discusses his preference for function over form in decoration.