Sitting at the peak of a hill in the Moroccan mountain ranges, Villa E rises up from the landscape, like a form extruded from the earth. The locally sourced Oika stone walling reads like an extension of the landscape. From the road in the valley, only the tiniest window openings pierce through the structure, veiling the life that occurs inside. Hidden within is a private mountain retreat by Studio KO. With studio bases in both Paris and Morocco, Villa E represents the convergence of ideas from both design cultures. Studio KO weave together the contemporary minimalism of Paris with the earthy textures of the Moroccan aesthetic.
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.
Kettner’s is one of London’s most precious & nostalgic lounge spots, re-vamped by Studio Ilse in the luxurious, aristocratic tone from the past.
Givenchy’s latest flagship store was always destined for awesome. With a much sought after location in Paris, and Joseph Dirand as the collaborator, the label’s creative director, Riccardo Tisci, was making all the right calls from the get go.
What could one expect from a partnership between luxury French fashion house Louis Vuitton and a bunch of blue chip designers? Nothing other than the ultimate killer combination of extreme love variety! Launched at the recent Design Miami, “Objets Nomades” is a collection of 16-piece personal and travel accessories designed by 11 notable designers – think Fernando and Humberto Campana, Patricia Urquiola, Maarten Baas, Christian Liaigre and Oki Sato of Nendo amongst others. The designers were given the brief to come up with portable objects inspired by Louis Vuitton’s signature luggage and travel accessories…
As if seeing couture in Paris isn’t privilege enough, those that attended this year’s Dior Autumn/Winter runway were spoilt with one über hot interior. Raf Simons debuted his first collection as the new Creative Director of Dior in a mansion engulfed in fresh cut flowers. Oh Raf Simons, you do know how to make a splash. Both the collection and the interior reference Christian Dior’s passion for flowers and his iconic “Flower Woman” silhouette of 1947 – a silhouette influenced by the architecture of the flower…