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Design detours

Rethink your design choices this season and discover

aisles of new inspiration debuting in the UAE.text: anna hansen

renaissance reigns

Villa d’Este, designed by architect/painter Tibaldi Pellegrino on the shores of

Italy’s Lake Como, has been voted as the Best Hotel in the World 2009 by

Forbes Traveler 400.

The hotel, which was built in 1575 in the Renaissance style on the grounds

of a former 15 th century convent, was originally known as the Villa del Garovo

in the mid 1500s and soon became a resort for politicians and intellectuals.

During the late 18 th century, the villa underwent major restoration with

the addition of a new Italian-style park with a nymphaeum and temple,

featuring a 17 th century statue of Hercules hurling Lichas into the sea.

In 1815, the villa became the residence of Caroline of Brunswick and the

Princess of Wales who renamed it Villa d’Este and had some of the gardens

landscaped in the English style, although many of the Renaissance gardens

still exist today.

The five-star luxury property, which has been a hotel since 1873,

is frequented by celebrities and politicians, and is a member of the

Fondazione Altagamma, the prestigious association that represents the

best Italian luxury brands. In 2008, Villa d’Este was listed as the

15 th best hotel in Europe and the 69 th best in the world by Travel+

Leisure magazine. The classic property continues to set contemporary

industry standards.

February 2010


Inch perfect

At only one-inch thick, the Panasonic Z Series Viera is

the world’s thinnest full-time, full high-definition plasma

television. Recently launched in the Middle East, the

stylish, environmentally friendly, network-ready set

offers high efficiency as well as outstanding picture

quality, with 1080-line moving picture resolution and

a dynamic contrast of more than 2,000,000:1.

Love it

Paul Smith, Suzanne Sharp and Rob Tyan have designed an

exclusive collection of kitsch LOVE wall hangings for the Rug

Company. Known for their handmade rugs and cushions, these

whimsical testaments to love are of the same high quality.

Brown bag brigade

Bloomingdale’s will open in two locations in Dubai Mall this month – a 5,000 square metre Home store

on the Lower Ground floor and an apparel and accessories store of 13,500 square metres – the first

stores for the iconic New York retailer outside the United States.

Featuring the iconic Bloomingdale’s black and white checkerboard flooring, the Home store is a

fusion of specialty shops offering furniture, bedding, cookware, kitchen accessories, fine china, crystal,

decorative accessories and more. Designer greats including Ralph Lauren and Barbara Barry will be

represented along The Street of Shops, with a water fountain at its heart, as will be the signature butter

cream frosted cupcakes from the first international Magnolia Bakery; Bloomie’s Ice Cream parlor;

custom blended tea from SalonTea; literary reads from Assouline and Rizzoli New York; the Art Gallery;

and three dedicated gift stores including New York, New York for Bloomingdale’s keepsakes; the Arabic

Bazaar for a blend of traditional and contemporary artifacts and the Vintage store offering a discovery

shop of antiques from across the globe.

Other highlights of the Home store include Gift Registry; a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen for

live cooking and a team of full-time interior designers at the dedicated Interior Design Studio.

Ever since founders Joseph and Lyman Bloomingdale first promoted the 19th-century fad, the hoop

skirt, the store has been considered visionary, not only in their fashions but also in their promotional

campaigns. Its trademark Brown Bag is instantly recognisable around the world.


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Pixel pieces

Jaimie Hayon, recognised by Wallpaper as one of the Ten Best New

Designers in the World, has unconventionally experimented with

mosaic and ceramic to create the Pixel Vases Collection for Bisazza

Limited Editions. The numbered, limited edition vases have the aura of

a fairy tale and were showcased at Bisazza’s flagship store in Paris.

Design agenda

IMOB, Istanbul Furniture Fair: Istanbul, February 2-6

Immagine, Italia & Co: Florence, February 5-8

Australian International Furniture Fair: Sydney, February 3-5

ZOW 2010: Bad Salzuflen, Germany, February 8-11

Cevisama: Valencia, Spain, February 9-12

Northern Light Fair, Sweden: Stockholm, February 9-13

The Office Exhibition: Dubai, February 9-11

Ambiente: Frankfurt, Germany February 12-16

Expocasa: Torino, Italy, February 27-March 7, 2010

Aircraft Interiors Middle East: Dubai, February 28-March 1

Gulf Photo Plus: Dubai, March 1-6

Italian Luxury Interiors: Abu Dhabi, March 4-6

Dubai International Boat Show: Dubai, March 9-13

Interiors UAE: Abu Dhabi, March 29-31

Pave the way

David Domoney, a British horticulturist and television gardening

personality, has collaborated with Bradstone to design three new

contemporary ranges of paving tiles, Serenity, Woven and Foliage, now

available a Royal Gardenscape in Dubai. Fluid, softly arched and rounded

perimeters in stylish hues escape the rigid, angular forms of traditional

paving and provide innovative possibilities for fresh garden designs.

Cleaning up

Design awards have been bestowed on two new Duravit concepts.

The soft curvaceous forms of the Pura Vida bathroom range by

Phoenix Design has been awarded the reddot award, iF Product

Design Award 2010 and Good Design Award Chicago Athenaeum. In

addition, their Inipi design concept for saunas, inspired by the original

sweat lodge of the Lakota Indians, has been nominated for multiple

awards, including the iF Product Design Award 2010, reddot Best of

the Best DESIGN PLUS award and Focus in Silver.

February 2010



Not so plane

Aircraft interiors, especially in the private jet

market, reflect the same innovative cabin fittings

and high-technological advancements high fliers

demand in their homes and offices. The latest

in interior flight design will be presented at the

Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME) show at the

end of this month.

photography: bud shannon

Sustainable seating

The eco-friendly, yet very comfortable, Futu – short for future – office chair by HAG,

part of Scandinavian Business Seating, has received the Award for Design Excellence

from the Norwegian Design Council. Not only are 99 per cent of the materials used

in the chair recyclable and 50 per cent of the raw materials used to create it already

recycled, but also only renewable energy was used in its production. However, low

emissions are not its only quality: the ergonomic chair was developed with a new seat

mechanism that follows your position and adjusts to your movements.

clutch me

Step into stylish footwear for spring/summer 2010 with a new

shoe collection from the innovators at Porsche Design. Outstanding

features include the sole concept, inspired by double clutching

when driving a car, where the left foot works independently of the

right. The soles were specially designed to satisfy these demands.


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