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CERSAIE 2011 SUSTAINABLE TRADE FAIR

PHILIPPE STARCK DURAVIT

JULIAN HENCO

HANSGROHE

BACCARAT HIGHLIGHTS

LEA CERAMICHE THE COOL OF CONTEMPORARY & CLASS OF COUNTRY

BATHROOMS

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38 INDUSTRY NEWS 22 CERSAIE 2011

36 LG Implements One Of The World’s Largest

Ushers in the age of the “Sustainable Trade Fair”

24 INTERNATIONAL CERAMIC CITY Set to launch in Dubai 26 ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA & FLOS Partner up at the Salone del Mobile 28 LG LG Tops sales of global washing machine 30 ZAZZERI

32 LAB 03 BY KOS

KITCHEN TRENDS 38 KITCHENS

Wins the 2011 Compasso d’Oro ADI

34 KOHLER Numi “smart toilet"

The Cool of Contemporary & Class of Country

42 SCAVOLINI

FLUX Styled by Giugiaro Design

46 ARMANI/DADA

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The kitchen, checkers

50 LA CORNUE A new Vision of the Kitchen

KITCHEN ACCESSORIES 52 CULIN’OR New Kitchenware Brand Aims to Cook up a Passion

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BATHROOM TRENDS 58 BATHROOMS

The Cool of Contemporary & Class of Country

62` INDA The strength of design is the pleasure of comfort 66 DURAVIT Bright symphonies of colour in the bathroom 70 TEUCO Music for the ears, pampering for the skin 72 GALASSIA New collection Meg 11 76 RONAN & ERWAN BOUROULLEC OF AXOR We want our products to adapt to the needs of the users 78 KOHLER - FORMILIA BATH

102 BATHROOM ACCESSORIES 80 GROHE Luxurious leather, inspiring illumination

GROHE SPA™: New WC flush plates

82 TECE Toilet push plates can now be flush 84 sam Let yourself be inspired 86 KLUDI RAK Prime the beauty if geometric order 88 ARTE CASA Feel the difference

INTERVIEW 90 PHILIPPE STARCK 96 JULIAN HENCO - Hansgrohe Sales Director 126 NASEER AHMED -ICC CEO August - October 2011

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HOME 100 FENDI CASA - AATI 102 MISSONI HOME Transform your home with bursts of colour, pattern and texture

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106 CRATE&BARREL Fall 2011 Collection 108 SEMPRE - CLEYBERGH® TABLE ART 110 BACCARAT Jeu de Dames en Noir by Philippe

& Ara Starck “Checkers Game in Black”

114 GABRIELLA B Italian design at its pinnacle

136 PLAZA CERAMICAS 140 RAGNO ESPRESSIONI

Follow your own rhythm , naturally

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ARCHITECT FOCUS 142 TABANLIOGLU

launches the Lighting ‘ambience’ range in the U.A.E.

TDIC Launches First St. Regis Branded Villas

LIGHTING 118 BACCARAT Highlights

EYE ON DESIGN 144 ST. REGIS VILLAS

124 MODULA-CONCEPTIO

146 BVLGARI HOTELS & RESORTS

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TILES & CERAMIC 130 MAINTAINING CERAMICS FLOORS & WALLS 132 MOSAIC + Italian Design Attitude

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TDIC Launches First St. Regis Branded Villas

150 RIXOS HOTELS 154 MADINAT JUMEIRAH - AL MAJLIS 158 PORSCHE CAYMAN R

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Editor's Letter Dear Readers, I still remember the day Edge was launched 5 years ago where we positioned it as the region’s only magazine that is specialized in the fundamentals of the house. We got so many questions like: why not a decoration magazine? What do you mean by fundamentals? And many more.. To answer we said: when you build a house or a villa or even a tower, the basics and most expensive fundamentals for your interiors are the Kitchens, Bathrooms, Tile and Lara Mansour Sawaya

Ceramics, whereby many individuals or even specialists like architects and interior

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designers get confused on where to start and what to choose due to the many options they can see in the market. Edge’s mission and objective was to be the reference to all those industry professionals and individuals to bring to their hands through its pages the world’s most prominent brands and the latest on trends in all those sectors. Next month, the world’s eyes will be directed to one of the most important exhibitions in the world of Sanitary, tiles and ceramics, Cersaie 2011 that will be taking place in Bologna-Italy. Edge will be present there to share with you in its coming issue the latest novelties, exclusive interviews and trends that this exhibition will present. Another main event that will take place in Dubai this year will be Index 2011 where the connoisseurs of luxury interiors meet. Edge is one of the main media partners of Index and will be waiting to welcome you on our stand in the Kitchens & Bathrooms pavilion.

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This issue of Edge carries a lot of interesting articles through its pages, be it Interviews,

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the latest industry news, and our favorite designs for your Contemporary and Country

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kitchens and Bathrooms. And to complete the theme of the beauty and uniqueness, we

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Industry news: Cersaie 2011

Cersaie 2011 ushers

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“sustainable trade fair” A three-year project has been launched to reduce the environmental footprint of the International ceramic tile and bathroom furnishing exhibition. Six specific initiatives will be pursued immediately, from waste reduction to optimisation of energy, water and paper consumption, as well as agreements to promote sustainable transport The ceramic sector has long been sensitive to environmental issues and this is reflected in the latest project pursued by the international ceramic tile and bathroom furnishing exhibition Cersaie to reduce the show’s environmental footprint. The three-year project Cersaie for Sustainability has the key aims of reducing energy requirements and the production of waste, making this 29th edition of the show the first trade fair outside the environmental sector to focus strongly on sustainability. The project will be pursued in

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cooperation with BolognaFiere and will consist of six initiatives, some of which will already be implemented this year with a view to initiating an ongoing process of improvement in Cersaie’s credentials as a sustainable trade fair. As of this year, FSC certified eco-friendly paper will be used for all publications and printed material, while the press folder will continue to be produced in an electronic format. As for communication, the institutional stand will be reorganised as a “green area” for publicising the initiatives and results achieved by the sector in terms of sustainability. There will also be a focus on visitor transport through an agreement with Trenitalia to apply special fare reductions on the high-speed rail line to and from Bologna. Cersaie 2012 will focus on water, electrical energy and waste. The waste produced in the pre-exhibition set-up stage will be monitored this year, then in 2012 a programme will be introduced to encourage the separate collection of paper and plastic. This will include

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providing a larger number of collection points, setting up separate waste collection islands and launching a programme to convert waste into building materials. Last but not least, the project will focus on electricity and water consumption. On the basis

of variables measured at this year’s show, initiatives to reduce consumption will be introduced in 2012. Cersaie 2011 will be held in the Bologna exhibition centre from 20 to 24 September. For full information visit www.cersaie.it.

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Industry news: ICC

ICC will serve as a platform as well as catalyst for approximately 100 ceramic manufacturers. With its pragmatic approach to project development, after establishing stability and success, ICC plans to work on Phase Two, to capitalise on other niche industries within ICC.

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International Ceramic Cit y Set to launch in DUBAI new strategic trading hub for MENASA region One of the Middle East’s latest upcoming developments, International Ceramic City (ICC), is set to launch in Dubai to become the preferred destination for all companies dealing in ceramic building materials and related products. The new strategic trading hub that specialises in providing ceramic building materials is expected to be open for business later this year. The project, invested and funded by Al Rashid Investments (ARI), a major player in real estate investments and development, aims to provide a strategic hub for manufacturers to showcase and trade their products internationally and particularly in the rapidly developing MENASA region (Middle East,

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North Africa and South Asia). ICC is positioned as an international destination which offers a one stop shop for manufacturers and buyers around the globe, providing space for a variety of worldwide quality ceramics for the construction industry. The complex encompasses an area of around 400,000 square feet, with investments of USD120 million (Dh 440.4 million). Mr. Naseer Ahmed, CEO of ICC said, “The ceramics industry has a huge growth potential in the MENASA region. Thanks to real estate growth and demand in the region there still exists a huge demand for building materials. Besides the costs of core and shell building, the majority of the remaining cost is in interiors.

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Ceramics, in particular is a major component. Yet there is not a single destination which facilitates this trade. ICC hopes to act as a permanent international destination for international manufacturers and brands. The development aims to provide a strategic hub for manufacturers to showcase and trade their products such as Ceramic & Porcelain tiles, Sanitary Ware, Sanitary fittings & accessories marble, granite, stone and other ancillary products. ICC is a hub for manufacturers wishing to establish themselves not only in the UAE markets but also internationally and particularly in the rapidly developing MENASA region.”

“ICC was conceived as a dedicated business-to-business hub. At full efficiency it will function many notches above a typical trading hub”, said Mr. Ramesh Tolani, Managing Director, Al Rashid Investment “ICC with its specialised product range, will be a year round showcase for manufacturers to meet project procurement teams and decision makers across the real estate sector.” Along with its network of offices, ICC Dubai provides Trade Development services, Business Intelligence services as well as Advisory Services to ensure clients easy transition for clients and maximum return on investments. All the support services will be available to clients worldwide through the ICC network.

About International Ceramic City (ICC) ICC is an international destination which offers a one stop shop for manufacturers and buyers around the globe, providing space for a variety of world-wide quality ceramics for the construction industry. The hub, based in Jebel Ali Industry, Dubai, provides international exposure for Ceramic Building Materials manufacturers and reputed local traders. ICC also sets the stage for improved global intelligence and information exchange on the sector, product and markets. Along with its network of offices, ICC provides Trade Development services, Business Intelligence services as well as Advisory Services. All the support services are available to clients worldwide through the ICC network.


Industry news: Ermenegildo Zegna & Flos

Ermenegildo Zegna & Flos partner up at the Salone del Mobile Ermenegildo Zegna and Flos worked together on the occasion of the 2011 Salone del Mobile – Euroluce, which saw Zegna’s global store in Milan become a showcase for two lighting products from Flos: Net by Philippe Starck and Kelvin LED byAntonio Citterio with Toan Nguyen. The longstanding reciprocal admiration and deep esteem that link the two brands this year led to the idea of uniting their two particular trades, of joining the world of fashion to that of design to create a space where Net and Kelvin LED had an ideal dimension for public exhibition.

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Ermenegildo Zegna’s global store in via Montenapoleone in Milan, designed in 2007 by Peter Marino and lit by Flos, became a window for Philippe Starck’s latest creation, a lamp that illuminated and at the same time transmited images of the worlds of Zegna and Flos thanks to 2nd generation iPads or iPhones mounted on the lamp itself, while Kelvin LED came in an innovative version with a photoelectric cell and a mud color exclusively for Zegna. The boutique’s two large windows, dedicated for the occasion to creations by the two

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designers, was crossed by the unmistakable woolen thread typical of the world of Zegna plaited with the electrical cord of Flos creations. “It’s a great pleasure to be able to work with Flos,” said Ermenegildo Zegna, CEO of the Group of the same name, “and with artists of the calibre of Philippe Starck and Antonio Citterio. To be able to present Flos’s latest creations in our global store in Milan is further proof of the importance to us of the world of art and design and it will be with profound esteem for Piero Gandini that we celebrate this collaboration

during the Salone del Mobile by putting our space in via Montenapoleone at the disposal of Design”. “Collaborating with Zegna, a company that’s always been so sensitive to the values of creativity and quality is a cause of great satisfaction and stimulus for us,” said Flos chairman Piero Gandini. “My thanks go to Ermenegildo and the Zegna family for this invitation to celebrate Flos’s new products together in Zegna’s global store, which turns out to be an ideal venue for design in the lively period of the Salone del Mobile”.


ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA Ermenegildo Zegna Group is a leading maker of luxury wear for men and is one of best known business enterprises in Italy. Founded in 1910 in Trivero, in the Alpi Biellesi, by the young entrepreneur Ermenegildo Zegna, it started out by producing some of the finest and most highly appreciated fabrics in the world. By the end of the’90s the Group completed its strategy of vertical integration, giving rise to a global luxury brand producing fabrics, clothing and accessories and focusing on retail – mostly under direct management - and penetration of emerging markets. In 2010, it celebrated 100 years of excellence. It now has 550 singlebrand stores (of which 300 proprietary) in 80 countries, and posted consolidated sales of €963m in 2010.

FLOS Founded in 1962 in Merano, FLOS is an international

company that offers a range of lighting products and systems for residential and architectural applications. Known for its creative and innovative lighting solutions, the company can boast a rich catalog of iconic products created by legends of design like Achille Castiglioni, Philippe Starck, Antonio Citterio, Marcel Wanders, Konstantin Grcic, Jasper Morrison, Patricia Urquiola, Ron Gilad, and many others. FLOS show constant commitment to technological research and innovation, together with an extraordinary capacity to spot new creative talent. With the recent launch of the Soft Architecture collection, an avant-garde project which has received top international awards, the company gave further proof of a well established brand’s ability to look to the future without forgetting its own tradition. Flos has singlebrand stores in Rome, Milan, Paris, Hong Kong, Stockholm, London and New York.

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Industry news: LG

LG TOPS SALES OF GLOBAL WASHING MACHINE BRANDS FOR THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR LG Electronics (LG) achieved the best sales figures – in volume and value – for washing machines in 2010, according to survey data from market research companies. The success achieved by LG marks the third year in a row that the company has won this designation, which covers more than 50 countries, and further strengthens its reputation as one of the world’s most innovative home appliance manufacturers. In the GCC, LG’s market share for washing machines is 38% and it is considered the market leader in the ‘front load’ washing machine category in the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain. The data also revealed that LG has been the top-selling washing machine brand for five years in major Asian countries including key markets such as Australia, India, Thailand and Indonesia and in a host of other countries, such as Chile, Saudi Arabia and the Ukraine. In addition, LG’s front-loading washing machines have been the best-selling front loaders in the world for the last two years, and the top sellers in the United States for the last four. “LG washing machines are increasingly known as some

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of the most innovative on the market, with their smart tech, great performance and high convenience all proving a big hit with consumers,” said Mr. K. Wan Kim, CEO of LG Electronics Middle East Africa. “Today’s achievement is a tribute to the spirit of innovation at LG, along with our total dedication to listening to our customers and making their lives better.” LG’s latest washing machines set new standards in convenience and efficiency, with technologies that look to make washing more effective and hassle free. “LG Electronics has preformed quite well in the region. Our washing machine product line is diverse and can accommodate to a range of consumers. This has been instrumental in giving LG a major share of the market, with 24.3 million machines sold in 2010,” Said Mr. H.S. Paik, President of LG Electronics Gulf FZE. Key innovations incorporated into some of LG’s washing machines is LG’s innovative Inverter Direct Drive(TM) motor, which ensures exceptional cleaning while cutting back on energy use. The Inverter Direct Drive(TM) runs more quietly with less vibration than on conventional models, an effect that is reinforced by the machines’ TrueBalance(TM) anti-vibration system. Inverter

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Direct Drive(TM) motors use fewer moving parts – including no belt and pulley – making them more durable: LG offers a 10-year guarantee on all its Inverter Direct Drive(TM) motors. Whereas most front-load washers only have one motion – tumbling – LG’s innovative 6 Motion Technology allows the drum to tailor each load from

a combination of six unique motions: rolling, stepping, swing, scrubbing, filtration and tumbling. Additionally, 6 Motion Technology works in conjunction with ColdWash(TM), which penetrates deep into fabrics using only cold water to provide a wash every bit as thorough as with warm water, but using significantly less energy.


Industry news: Zazzeri

Zazzeri presents the new

Web portal Efficiency and time saving with the new services Web commerce anteprima cersaie 2011 and Web service on www.zazzeri.it TANGO

In order to supply its own clientele’ s necessities to operate efficiently, through a time optimization, to define transactions and obtain information, Rubinetterie Zazzeri has developed a new web platform that allows the company to supply many services, besides the creation of new chances, that can grant the market demand in a concrete way.

to him addicted and to know all the develops in terms of product and service. It is a very fair window from which the client can watch, observe and, if he wants, also control the company in every aspect that he can be interested in, while for the company it represents a channel from which it can communicate with its market and to propose very personalized solutions for its own clients, small or big ones. It TANGO series, which was Web Commerceby Zazzeri is a very powerful segmentation designed by the architect is a very innovative tool, system, till the maximum detail, Roberto Innocenti, is the besides the usual name. with an interactive skill. It is new offer by Zazzeri for a It allows the customer to a platform where information bathroom that is abreast. know the goods availability, exchanges and transactions TANGO series, which was designed bypromptly the architect Roberto Innocenti, istake the place, new when, during the deliverable, to be offer by Zazzeri for a bathroom that is abreast. updated about particular whole day, the client thinks it is and promotional activities more suitable.

The collection design links together complex geometries and calls to nature, in a union of shapes satisfying the architect’s inspiration and the most attentive consumer’s taste, at the same time. The bell-like section of the trunk and the arcs 30of circle drawing issue 18 jet August - October the are the main2011 motifs that recur in all the items of the series. TANGO collection, with its two finishings and 10 different offers for the washbasin,

With the same purpose, but after-sale oriented, Zazzeri has created another clientinteraction platform in order to let the relationship to be limited not only to the item’s production and distribution but to keep it on for all the lasting of the product itself. Web Service is the tool by which you can enter the after-sale assistance net but overall to communicate in the warrantyphase directly with all the technical structure and also later on. It is a simple way to remove all the passages between the moment in which the necessity takes place and the moment in which it is really dealt for a concrete solution.


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Industry news: KOS

Lab 03 by Kos wins the 2011 Compasso d’Oro ADI We are happy to inform you that the International Jury of the XXII Compasso d’Oro has awarded the 2011 Compasso D’Oro ADI to the Lab 03 washbasin, designed by Ludovica+Roberto Palomba. Established in 1954, The Compasso d'Oro Industrial Design Award is the oldest and most authoritative design award in the world. An International Jury examined the products recommended in the three latest annual editions of the ADI Design Index (2008, 2009 and 2010), and awarded 19 Compasso d’Oro prizes and 77 Honourable Mentions out of the 450 pre-selected projects. This year’s event, organised by ADI and Fondazione ADI in partnership with Fondazione Valore Italia, takes place in Rome during the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy, and aims to highlight the importance of design and of the Compasso d’Oro Award as a key to interpreting our most recent history.

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Lab 03 is a unique, groundbreaking project. For the first time, a free-standing washbasin has been designed to incorporate a towel rail. Its distinctive design – curves and joints, full and void spaces – lends this product a monolithic appeal. Sinuous and solid, Lab 03 is a veritable landmark of architectural design. Together with other projects selected by ADI over the last three years, Lab 03 is currently starring at a major Exhibition organised at the Pelanda spaces of Rome’s Museo Macro. The product will also become a permanent feature of the Historical Collection of Compasso d’Oro, housed by Fondazione Adi.   Declared “of exceptional artistic and historical interest”, the Historical Collection of Compasso d’Oro ADI has been listed as part of the National Heritage by the Ministry for Cultural and Environmental Heritage – an unprecedented recognition in the world of international design.

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Lab 03 is a unique, ground-breaking project. For the first time, a free-standing washbasin has been designed to incorporate a towel rail. Its distinctive design – curves and joints, full and void spaces – lends this product a monolithic appeal. Sinuous and solid, Lab 03 is a veritable landmark of architectural design


Lab 03 by Kos (design Ludovica+Roberto Palomba)

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Industry news: Kohler

Numi “smart toilet” FROM FLUSH TO PLUSH: KOHLER launches most advanced toilet yet

The region’s taste for luxurious products that deliver the very best that life has to offer is set to reach new heights, when Kohler Co. – a global leader in kitchen and bath design and technology – announces the Middle East launch of the advanced new KOHLER Numi toilet with bidet functionality. Having already made its international debut last month, the Numi will up the ante for sophisticated living in the region. Boasting unrivalled standards of excellence and performance, high levels of personal technology and forward-looking design, the WaterSense and CALGreencertified “smart toilet” is truly the ultimate flushing experience. The company’s newest bathroom product brims with luxurious features that include a sleek, interactive LCD touch-screen interface; built-in personalized bidet functionality and deodorizer; innovative dual-flush technology with 1.9 and 4.8 litres per flush; intuitive auto-open and -close lid; built-in music system; heated seat and foot warmer; and unmatched comfort features.

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Following Kohler’s successful 2005 launch of the Purist Hatbox toilet, whose tankless silhouette redefined the bathroom category, Numi breaks the mould with its entirely new visual and technical language. Its design reflects a furniture aesthetic, creating an original toilet profile. A distinctive, pared-down vision blended with personal technology will impress the most technologically-savvy user while the interface provides an easy-to-use experience for just about any member of the family. “It’s truly an innovative product that makes a bold design statement,” said Mohamed Nada, Regional Marketing Manager at Kohler Co. “Kohler envisioned a toilet that creates a category in a calibre of its own. Numi packs technology into a compact toilet and is controlled by an advanced and intuitive interface. It’s an astounding example of modern industrial design where form and function go hand in hand, and is sure to be a hit with customers when we launch it here in the Middle East.”

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Numi is a celebration of the most technologically inspired experience in personal convenience. Adopting legendary architect Mies van der Rohe’s “Less is more” mantra, the Kohler design team took a minimalist approach to Numi’s creation, arranging complex technological functions internally within a limited space, all while presenting extreme simplicity externally. The result: a figment of beauty and geometry with high attention to detail, featuring a series of intersecting planes.

Once launched, the Numi will be available through the Kohler Middle East distributor network.


Industry news: LG

LG IMPLEMENTS ONE OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST LED LIGHTING INSTALLATION

LG Electronics (LG) today announced that it has implemented one of the world’s biggest installations of LED lighting technology in its Twin Towers headquarters buildings in the Korean capital, Seoul. LG’s Twin Towers headquarters buildings have been outfitted with energy and cost-saving LG LED lights and a dedicated lighting control system. LG has estimated that in a year, the lighting systems on both buildings will save a total of 1,717 MWh of electricity, for a 53% saving over equivalent buildings using conventional fluorescent lighting technology.

energy savings ranging from 20-80%, and can last five to ten times longer. This performance can be enhanced using LG’s digital controls, which can dim LED lighting according to ambient brightness and activate it via motion sensors. Mr. H.S. Paik concluded: “LG is committed to leading research and development in LED lighting, and we will continue to apply realworld solutions through technological breakthroughs.”

Commenting on LG’s achievement, Mr. H.S. Paik, President of LG Electronics Gulf FZE said, “This accomplishment shows that LED lighting can deliver cost and energy savings in commercial scales, while being more eco-friendly at the same time. This feat was only possible because of breakthroughs in LED technology that LG has pioneered.” LG’s LED lighting technology delivers energy and cost savings over conventional lighting as it is more efficient and has a longer life. LG has estimated that its lineup of lighting solutions provides

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Kitchen trends: Contemporary & Country

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Kitchens The Cool of Contemporary & Class of Country

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Contemporary Style These designs tend to be described as modern, minimalist and geometric. The characteristics include horizontal lines, asymmetry and a lack of molding and other ornamentation. Materials often are man-made rather than natural. Stainless steel, laminate, glass, concrete, chrome and lacquer are the most common materials. Contemporary encompasses styles from the 1940s to the present, with Europe – especially, Italy, Germany and Scandinavia – leading the way.


Scenery design by King & Miranda by Scavolini

Contemporary Kitchens In contemporary kitchens, you can expect to see frameless cabinets with oversized hardware, frosted glass inserts, stainless steel and other metallic accents as well as curved cabinets and counters. Here is one of our favorite picks for a contemporary style kitchen: Imagine industrial metal-framed doors, old church chairs, wooden workstops and a Belfast sink with concrete surrounds. The metal-framed doors allow plenty of natural light to stream into the kitchen while the other

designs add to the simple, utilitarian look. The perfect color to complement a design like this would be light and cool colours to enhance the airy, soft feel of the kitchen. Subtle shades such as green, aqua and blue create a lovely harmony and relaxing effect. Keep in mind that contemporary kitchens have a very modern feel to it and even though the term modern is usually associated with edgy yet minimal, etc. You can still make your kitchen look and feel warm with the right furniture, fixtures and colors.

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Kitchen trends: Contemporary & Country

Luna - KITWOOD

Kitchen tiles by KER-AV

Country Style Country designs imply a deeper connection to the outdoors and the simple life than other styles and use an abundance of natural elements. They are cheery, warm and welcoming, with light and/ or bright colors, painted and glazed cabinets, woven baskets, floral motifs, and decorative shelving and molding. There are many styles of country that include French Country, English Country, Farmhouse, Cottage, Tuscan Country, Swedish Country and Garden.

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Country Style Kitchens

Kohler - life in the country Kitchen sink

One of our favorite picks for a country kitchen design is as below: Brick work around the cooker, wooden storage racks and leafy plants. These all make for a very inviting country kitchen. One of the most important things to consider while designing your country kitchen is the color. The color has to be fresh, soft and warm and everything natural. Ultra-marine blues and brilliant yellows form a stunning contrast that creates a vibrant, energetic atmosphere. Yellow is glowy and warm and it will perfectly reflect the earthy tones of the brickwork surrounding the cooker. House plants thrive in the steamy and humid atmosphere of a kitchen so fill your kitchen with plants to enhance the country feel.

Kohler Gilford apron-front wall-mount kitchen sink

Rustic warmth, terracotta tones and natural elements are what you should incorporate in your kitchen if you are designing a country kitchen.

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Kitchen trends: Scavolini

FLUX

styled by Giugiaro Design

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Scavolini offers an exclusively styled kitchen bearing the name of Giugiaro Design. A unique, innovative model, the Flux kitchen features perfect combinations of straight and curved lines, unusual materials and fascinating layouts; apparently futuristic creative concepts that never forget the functional needs of everyday use. Its “must”? The strategy of concentrating all the most specifically “working” functions in a round island, separate from the kitchen itself. An attractive, highly original work-station, with everything it takes to make cooking a pleasure.


The entire body of the kitchen, in “Wood�, is arranged around the island, with its rational appeal and highly original dynamic, curved shape. The sinuous, ergonomic lines of base and wall units make it easy to organize storage space effectively. The base units have roomy pull-out big baskets, while the flap doors of the wall uni9ts mean more space inside.

The combination of the curved and flat surfaces of the various elements gives the kitchen a streamlined elegance. Extratall wall units with twin curved flap doors, straight larder units and tall units for the appliances, and base units with curved or flat doors, create a perfect combination, stylish yet functional. The finishes and colors are contrasting: metallic Grey lacquered for the wall units, and wood color Vein for the other elements. The variable-length handles are in satin-finish metal.

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A seductive kitchen with state-of-the-art technology and sophisticated lines Now also available in a Flat Line version with no handles in the fronts of the doors. Units are opened by means of grooves, with handles set into the top or side of the door or, for drawers and pull-out baskets, using the Tip-on

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system. Another novelty for this model: the new Alaska Blue color (in additional to the rich assortment of colors already available for its wood, lacquered or glass doors) and a new steel bridege-type handle for the version with handle.

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Tbe best seller from Italy A striking, contemporary composition with metallic red gloss lacquered doors, combined with steel worktops and wall claddings. The base and wall units, with curved doors, have visible aluminiumcolor carcase. The circular cooking zone, including a base unit with revolving basket and cylindrical hood wit mat black lacquered wings, is also eye-catching. The steel sink is integral with the worktop.

The “high-tech� version of the Flux kitchen, with its metallic red gloss lacquered doors, has a very strong personality. Alongside its innovative design, the new materials (available in a vast range of finishes and colors), the technological features and the new style of the elements, it is still clearly conceived to guarantee flawless service and absolute convenience.

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Kitchen trends: ARMANI/Dada

the Kitchen, Checkers FINASI leader in Dubai furniture market presented the Armani/ Dada exclusive kitchen line next to Molteni&C furniture collection, one of the leading Italian design brands.

Armani /Dada The Armani/Dada collection, borne of the partnership between the Armani Group and the Molteni Group for the production and distribution of kitchen systems, interpreting and conveying excellent Armani

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style in this sector too. The collaboration between the two groups was intended to bring the simplicity and elegance of Italian style to the world. A goal reached as several important creations in the contract area demonstrate; 144 Armani residences inside the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Armani/Dada kitchens can be found too on the 57th floor of the Federation Tower in Moscow. The Armani/Dada

line encompass: Bridge (2008), Calyx, (2009) and Checkers (2010).

Checkers, Giorgio Armani Checkers interprets the home workspace through a sensorial approach that develops from a refined and exclusive research of materials, finishes and colours. At the same time, from a formal viewpoint, the project is based on an extremely simple, sober and


linear language that completely revives those expressive elements that distinguish the work of Giorgio Armani the stylist. The kitchen emphasises sophisticated and integral elegance, subtly visible in smooth 3D effect surfaces, clear-cut geometrical forms that give order to the functional system and essential volumes that underline the architectonic elements of the project. Added to this are skill in the use of materials, sophisticated elegance of the colour choices, formative use of light and the utmost attention paid to the smallest constructive detail.

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Checkers is in perfect harmony with Armani style and conceives a sophisticated and comfortable environment, a space of great atmosphere that conceals an internal solid functional element, able to satisfy even the most rigorous professional requirements. Checkers is a functional kitchen, ordered and efficient in its technological apparatus and specialized appliances. It is an extremely practical workspace, designed to simplify every activity and make it a pleasure. Created for great spaces of large dimensions, Checkers defines a larger scale kitchen that envisages several types that develop in linear, corner, or wall compositions, and is available in a wide range of materials, finishes and colours that allow the personalisation of every composition from an aesthetic standpoint.

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Kitchen trends: La Cornue

A New Vision of the Kitchen:

La Cornue Launches Culinary Architecture More than 100 years after its creation, La Cornue is broadening its expertise and unveiling its vision of Culinary Architecture. Always searching for the ideal kitchen, La Cornue is inaugurating the concept of Culinary Architecture in order to design and create a unique space at the heart of the house. The notion of Culinary Architecture goes beyond simply cookers, to creating a remarkable and harmonious kitchen space, reflecting the central role of kitchens and lifestyles in our society. La Cornue cleverly arrange the areas for conservation,

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preparation and cooking, refrigeration and heating, ventilation, essential storage, the necessary utensils and generally speaking everything which leads to the preparation of a meal. Beyond these technical considerations, the real talent of Culinary Architecture resides in being able to create sensations and share emotions. Now, the kitchen is on display, it is an increasingly welcoming area for receiving, communicating, sharing and exchanging. The company’s experience in the manufacture of topof-the-range kitchen ranges

and fittings has allowed it to acquire an unrivalled reputation for excellence and durability. It has placed all its expertise and know-how in all aspects of kitchens. With Culinary Architecture, La Cornue offers the design and creation of an incomparably luxurious space. Made-to-measure, the Culinary Space promises to reflect its owner. With its ambitions, demands and constraints, Culinary Architecture aims to become La Cornue’s foremost service, expressing the essence of its culture: Beauty at the service of Practicality. This unique vision of an à la carte


kitchen, but one which is designed as a whole embodies the values of the company and reveals all the knowhow of our craftsmen, the experience of our engineering and design department and the commitment of our after-sales service. The entire Culinary Architecture project is based around the stove, the very essence of the project. For La Cornue, the kitchen of the third millennium will be firmly under the banner of Culinary Architecture.

Joint reflection... When the owner enters a La Cornue shop, he enters a world of excellence and perfection…

After discussing his requirements, the constraints of the location, his tastes... the dedicated La Cornue team produces an initial plan of the kitchen and positions the 4 areas of the Culinary Architecture project, following a circle to guarantee optimum circulation: • Refrigeration (Refrigerator, Wine Cellar). • Storage and preparation area. • Cooking and ventilation area. • Washing area.

Culinary Architecture according to La Cornue obeys 3 essential rules:

• Total absence of the superfluous. The kitchen must be lively, active and spacious and reflect the owner’s lifestyle and culinary habits. To do this, it must be functional and well-ventilated. • Avoid angles. Culinary Architecture needs space and generosity. So they can be places of pleasure and wellbeing, La Cornue kitchens are linear. • Respect balance, proportions and symmetry. The cooking area is the true epicentre of a La Cornue kitchen and the other areas are designed around the cooker or the island.

For La Cornue, these three criteria are essential for the creation of a harmonious, warm space where well-being rules and delicate aromas fill the air. Together they choose the materials, the colours and the finishes so that the result is the exact reflection of the personality of the client and the layout proposed by La Cornue is perfectly suited to his requirements so that he can take a first step towards this exceptional project. Made-to-measure and reflecting its owner and the chef who will flourish there, no two projects are alike. Culinary Architecture opens onto a new dimension, that of well thought-out luxury.

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Kitchen accessories: Culin’Or

New Kitchenware Brand Aims to Cook up a Passion for Homemade Cuisine

Culin’Or range of electrical appliances and cookware products now available in the GCC Residents across the Gulf who have a passion for cooking are being rewarded with a new range of electrical appliances and cookware products that are now available in the region. The Culin’Or brand encompasses a collection of home food processing items and ecofriendly non-stick cookware products that have been designed to meet the needs of the home ‘chef’ for whom cooking is much more than just a chore. “The motto for the Culin’Or brand is ‘J’adore Cuisiner’

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which is French for ‘I love cooking’ and that is the essence of our new range of products. Culin’Or represents high quality cookware items and appliances that are formulated for consumers who take pleasure from preparing meals without compromising on quality or standards of living,” said Thurayya Bahman, CEO for Bahman Enterprises, the UAEbased company that distributes Culin’Or. “Our appliances and cookware items are all manufactured to the highest standards, are eco-friendly, safe for the environment and thoroughly tested to ensure they enjoy a long life creating outstanding dishes,” she added. The Culin’Or range of cookware

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products are manufactured in Europe and are free of the potentially harmful agents that are often found in other kitchen items that have been manufactured through unregulated production. Culin’Or products contain no perfluoro-octanoic acid, a humidifying agent used in the application process of nonstick coating. The range is also free from lead and cadmium - compounds that can be toxic when small amounts leach out from cooking implements over time during heated food preparation. Culin’Or electrical items adhere to European and GCC standards. The company has certified its electrical appliance

range with the Emirates Standardisation and Metrology Authority (ESMA), the Saudi Arabian Standards Organisation (SASO) and the Dubai Central Laboratory. “Culin’Or cookware products are free from potentially hazardous materials that are sometimes used in the manufacturing process for these items and our electrical appliances also have consumer safety as their number one priority,” said Ms. Bahman. “All of our offerings in each range undergoes rigorous laboratory testing at the factory to ensure that they are ergonomic, durable, easy to use and above all, safe. Their performances are also thoroughly vetted by local


pressure cookers within its cookware range. The Culin’Or electrical appliance range includes kettles, food processors, juicers, meat grinders and blenders, all being manufactured to the highest standards. As with the brand’s cookware collections, these heavy household goods boast more advanced features than their equivalent rival brand products; something that has been accomplished by Culin’Or by controlling all aspects of the business through the supply management, from production to after sales service.

can expect to pay significantly less than equivalently featured items,” she added. Culin’Or provides all products with a three-year guarantee against defects in parts and workmanship, as opposed to the industry standard two-year warranty offered by equivalent items. Culin’Or products have a 360 degree service plan that

spans from pre-purchase experience from the in-store experts to post-purchase reassurance provided through its fully equipped service centre in Al Quoz, Dubai. The Culin’Or ranges of cookware and electrical kitchen appliances are now available through major retail outlets in the UAE.

“Effectively, in doing so, we have been able to offer the Culin’Or range of products and services at extremely competitive prices giving their relative standards of quality without the additional charges that most brands owners are forced to pass on to consumers. We handle all elements of production for Culin’Or products from factory floor to shop shelf,” said Ms. Bahman. “This means that consumers

authorities here in Dubai and this has resulted in certificates being issued that attest to their safety. In addition to these stringent standards, we ensure that our kitchenware products are subject to complementary tests to evaluate the effects of different types of cooking and food preparation over time,” she added. The Culin’Or range of cookware items consists of a range of various collections; ‘L’Apprenti’ at the entry level, ‘L’Intermediaire’ at the mid-range price point, the ‘Ceramique’ series at the upper mid-range segment and the top-of-the-range collection, ‘Granite’. Culin’Or also introduces a selection of

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Kitchen accessories: Kenwood

Kenwood True Compact Blenders Joining the Kenwood collection of modish kitchen machines is a range of powerful multi-tasking blenders, complete with versatile attachments, high performance and style

What better way to start the day than with a hot cup of aromatic ground coffee or a cool freshly blended fruit juice – Kenwood has just made that a realization, with the introduction of the new range of True Compact Blenders combining power, versatility and style to make blending, grinding and grating a much more effective and easier task.

skills of the user and allows them the opportunity to ‘experiment’ with confidence and create more in the kitchen.” The Kenwood True Compact Blender range is currently instore in the UAE and across the region. Thanks to this feature the world’s best chefs, as well as beginners

The Kenwood True Blender BL480 600W model is ideal for multi-tasking. It has a 2L family sized goblet, and a metal lined grinding mill ideal for spices and herbs to make preparing spice mixes and pastes even simpler, it also comes complete with a pre-programmed dedicated ice crush button. Controlled with the 3-speed plus pulse it has a handy cord storage feature and an easy clean design. Also for multi-functional usage, the compact and powerful Kenwood True BL378 400W key features include a 1.6L goblet, a multi-mill suitable for herbs, baby foods, sauces and pastes, plus the design and storage features of the larger model. “The Kenwood brand is committed to spearhead the ongoing development of innovative kitchen appliances,” said Mark Broad, Commercial Director Middle East, Kenwood & DeLonghi, “which all the time expands and complements the

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or enthusiastic home cook’s choose them without hesitation. On top of this the design is classic and timeless ensuring that they never go out of style and they enhance the décor of any kitchen. Since 2001 Kenwood has been owned by DeLonghi.


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Kitchen Accessories: Samsung

Add glamour to your living space

Samsung kitchen appliances

RS26 designer Refrigerator Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a global leader in consumer electronics, today unveils a two-door refrigerator designed by Massimo Zucchi, the internationally acclaimed Italian jewelery designer. The premium RS26 designer refrigerator features LED lights on the surface of the two doors and boasts strengthened energy efficiency with its ‘Smart Eco-system’, which consumes less power. The fridge has an alluring exterior design that makes your kitchen look trendy and chic. When opening the door, ‘Jewel Lights’ placed at the top of the fridge sparkle like gem stones under a gleaming light. The new ‘Bid’ printing technology that melts ink into glass shows off the striking texture of the refrigerator. In addition, sparkling jewels along the pink-gold line of the handle offers stylish beauty to your living space. The interior of the fridge is as graceful as the exterior design. The Samsung RS26 designer refrigerator offers a crystal clear design with beautiful metallic décor providing luxury to match your stylish way of life. The dual LED lighting illuminates every corner of the refrigerator to locate items easily and conveniently. It also reduces

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energy consumption and heat which allows your fruits, vegetables and meat to remain fresher and tastier. “Samsung’s RS26 designer refrigerator is a masterpiece inspired by modern design yet is elegant and a true status symbol. It is not simply a home appliance, but an excellent expression of Italian design put on display in one of the most lived-in space in the house.” said Robin Kadyan, General Manager of home appliances sales group at Samsung Gulf Electronics. The Samsung RS26 designer refrigerator also comes with slim chrome colored shelves giving your fridge a delicate and sophisticated look. The slimmer shelves also add more space giving you the ability to store larger size items into your fridge. The smartness of the RS26 doesn’t only lie in its exquisite design, but also in the harmony of its form and function. The Twin Cooling System controls cool air for both the fridge and freezer, and because airflow between the two compartments stays separate, the freezer air stays drier while the fridge's moisture level helps fruits and vegetables stay fresh longer. The system also helps reduce the mixing of odors were each kind of food retains its fresh aroma and flavor.


Mirror Microwave Oven

The Mirror Microwave oven fits perfectly into any modern kitchen with the elegant look of its front glass panel. Not only does the Mirror Microwave look good with its highly durable mirror screen, but also has 28 liters capacity and is packed with innovative and smart features that will make users’ lives easier. These include a simple control pane and a range of auto menus (auto defrost and auto reheat), as well as

fabric care for delicate materials, generating foam by dissolving detergent with air and water before the normal cycle starts. This bubble is distributed evenly and penetrates into the fabrics faster than regular detergents, providing thorough cleaning to fabrics with less damage than traditional washers as the cleaning bubbles act as a cushion.

Washer & Dryer Integrating Top Advancements from Global Portfolio New ‘Purple Pair’ product line the world’s biggest washer and dryer includes Bubble Wash and Vibration Reduction Technology to make laundry easier, faster and more ecofriendly One of the key adaptations is the use of Bubble Wash Technology, which allows users to achieve the same powerful wash performance associated with hot water temperatures but in colder temperatures—saving on electricity consumption. The system also offers gentle

The use of Samsung’s vibration reduction technology (VRT™) brings a long list of advanced features to transform the chore of laundry into an easier, faster and more enjoyable experience. VRT™ significantly reduces noise and vibration, a problem commonly associated with front-loading washers, and allows the washer to sit in more convenient locations such as the living area or next to a bedroom. The Purple washer and dryer also features an extra-large 17 kilogram capacity for washing and 10 kilogram capacity for drying with a 1300 RPM maximum spin speed, resulting in fewer loads each week. Equipped with Samsung’s Diamond Drum, the diamond-shaped contact surface has smaller drain holes that significantly reduce the number of fabric snags, prolonging the life of delicate and fragile clothing.

a smart sensor function that cleverly calculates a food’s cooking time by measuring the weight and humidity to enable delicate cooking. The handy Rapid Defrost feature is also the World’s Fastest Defrost with optimal algorithm for user’s convenience. It lets users defrost food quickly and evenly. Food will be re-instated to its freshest state, without becoming soggy or starting to cook.

“Samsung understands the needs of different users and takes this into consideration when designing and developing smart home appliances. The new Mirror microwave oven is designed with a host of innovative features to save time, energy and space, giving you great taste through convenient technology. “said Robin Kadyan, General Manager of home appliances sales group at Samsung Gulf Electronics.

T-Series (Boracay)

least amount of time to cool the room, saving electricity. T-Series (Boracay) also features Samsung’s Triple Protector technology, a powerful cooling system with constant volt control, compressor control and effective anti-corrosion coating that offers fresh, cool air for an extended amount of time. Each internal layer of the Triple Protector provides added reliability and durability:

What makes the T-Series (Boracay) system unique is its revolutionary design concept that is called ‘Air Storage’. The air conditioner is narrower at either ends, showing its sophisticated curvatures like that of a vase. The air conditioner includes Samsung’s super enhanced purifying system called ‘Full High Density Filter’ which purifies the air in two ways. First, the Full High Density Filter offers improved filtration of over 1.6 times conventional filters, by removing microscopic dust particles and purifying polluted air. Secondly, the silver coated evaporator and filters not only remove dust particles but also exterminate fungi and eliminate unpleasant smells. With T-Series (Boracay), consumers no longer have to turn their air conditioner off and on to maintain a comfortable room temperature. Samsung’s Smart Saver mode allows the air conditioner’s compressor to operate in the

The T-Series (Boracay) system suits consumers who wish to have a well-designed air cooling system that provides a healthy environment with advanced filtration technology,” said Robin Kadyan, General Manager of home appliances at Samsung Gulf Electronics. “With continued focus on sophisticated technology and design, Samsung’s Digital Air Solutions products enable consumers to lead healthier, more eco-friendly lifestyles.” With less noise and vibration, the T-Series (Boracay) system allows consumers to sleep in a quiet, peaceful setting while remaining comfortably cool.

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Bathrooms trends: Contemporary & Country

The Cool of Contemporary & Class of Country

Bathrooms

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Contemporary Bathrooms Urban chic, cool colors, innovative designs and reflective materials such as glass and chrome all come together to make a contemporary, minimalist scheme. For a contemporary design in bathrooms, try incorporating refreshing colors and pale woods to ensure a bright, modern feel. Aqua tiles on white walls are perfect for bathrooms and give off a cool, crisp and clean feel. Glass door walk-in shower stalls really do look amazing in contemporary bathrooms.


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Country Bathrooms Brilliant pinks, warm yellows, and lively patterned wallpapers bellow a country bathroom style. However if you choose to cover your walls with a patterned wallpaper, make sure to keep the rest of your dĂŠcor very simple as it may be too much. Balance is the key. Wooden boarding and white tiles will go perfect with the colors mentioned above.

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1930 Series - DURAVIT

If you are looking for something more subtle, you can take on the great outdoors scheme in your bathroom with a blend of greens, greys and wood tones that create a woodland feel. The flooring can be a beautiful natural shade of marble. Accessories can be made of wood and straw to add to the nature inspired feel. Plants should be introduced to give your bathroom more life. It will definitely be a great addition to this style.

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Bathroom trends: INDA

INDA

The strength of the design is the pleasure of comfort On occasion of ISH 2011 from 15th to 19th March, Inda interprets the theme “The strength of the design is the pleasure of comfort” in its own stand D81 next to building 3.1. According to Inda, the strength of the design is the pleasure of comfort. A philosophy that goes with its history and its development: from design to the company policies, from communication to the sustainability of processes and products.

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As a best practice of quality and comfort of living, Inda presents Perfetto, a new modular system for the bathroom furnishing dedicated to the new generations, to a young public not only for the age but above all for the taste, used to a dynamic lifestyle, trusting in the new technologies and everything that improves the individual wellness. Created by primary volumes underlined by absence of handles, Perfetto is interpreted by different

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stylistical valences through an extraordinary variety of finishings and materials. The washbasin Punto of white mineral marble proposed in two versions, single central/ lateral sink or double is the meaningful answer to demands of style, practicalness and originality. Inda carries on the costant engagement in updating its own products in order to match the new ideas with the

demand of the market that pays attention to the product’s innovation. Among these we point out Mito_2000, series of accessories in chromium plated brass to furnish with simplicity and elegance; thanks to an innovative fixing system “clip”, the wall mounting is extremely facilitated. Casta_5200, design and refinement are the features of this series of accessories in chromium plated brass with delicate and harmonious lines to live better your bathroom.


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Bathroom trends: INDA

According to Inda’s way of thinking, the shower enclosure is a system that joins together technical and functional innovations. The peculiarities connected to the water’s dynamics are completely and concretely joined in the collection Trendy_4400, the shower enclosure that offers solutions in order to use better the available bathroom space according to the new requirement of functionality and practicalness. Jolly_5000 a simple and functional shower enclosure, well structured but at the same time with light and harmonious lines, easy to fit in the bathroom and with reduced costs.

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Bathroom trends: Duravit

Bright symphonies of colour in the bathroom Darling New adds a fresh splash of colour As bathrooms are becoming increasingly important as personal havens of relaxation and regeneration, our demands for comfort and a welcoming atmosphere are also growing. Today, people expect the bathroom to be more than just a place to bathe, wash, clean their teeth or take a shower. Whereas cool white used to predominate, there is now an increasing desire for colour and warmth. Colours make an important contribution to our quality of life. They not only create a welcoming atmosphere but also individual contrasts and are crucial to our well-being.

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A welcoming atmosphere and friendly colours With the Darling New furniture range, Duravit is bringing spring into the bathroom. The fronts of the new range come together to create a bright symphony of colours: fresh green or azure blue provide a cheerful splash of colour in the bathroom. Colours give rooms personality, create comfort and atmosphere. They act in a variety of different ways: the colour green is refreshing, whereas blue is relaxing. The lively structures of “pine silver” and “pine terra” add more subtle dashes of colour. The body and panel tops of the furniture are either a discreet, matt white or “Terra”. Colourful and particularly

hard-wearing: surfaces that come in for a lot of use, such as counter tops and console panels, are coated in textured varnish, making them particularly scratch-resistant. Darling New offers a total of 52 different types of furniture. The range includes everything from a small wall shelf and flexible mobile storage unit to practical cabinets, both tall and low, offering a generous amount of storage space. The vanity units prove particularly versatile: five different vanity units are available in widths ranging from 50 to 100 cm for combination with the Darling New furniture washbasins featuring a harmonious circular form. The various designs find a home in every bathroom, ensuring freshness and comfort.

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“Style finder” for individual needs Atmospheric and harmonious, durable and high quality – successful bathroom furnishings meet a variety of requirements. However, colour preferences and needs are very personal because each individual wants to walk into a different kind of bathroom. For those who find themselves somewhat spoilt for choice, Duravit has developed a "style finder" at www.mynewdarling.de that provides design aficionados and bathroom individualists with a fun way of seeking out their own personal solutions. With individual solutions and splashes of bright colour, the Darling new bathroom becomes a true feelgood bathroom.

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Bathroom trends: Teuco

Teuco

Music for the ears, pampering for the skin: the new 640 seaside hydrospa by teuco complete with ipod From today, you can listen to your favourite music as you enjoy the very best in well-being functions and features thanks to the latest Teuco Hydrospa Exquisitely designed by Giovanna Talocci, the Seaside 640 Hydrospa, flagship of the Teuco Hydrospa range, now comes complete with its very own iPod so the bather can enjoy his or her favourite music as relaxing alone or in company. The 8GB nano iPod and audio device with subwoofer and 4 hidden speakers is equipped with a timer featuring an automatic 3 hour cut-out to prevent energy-wastage in the event that the user forgets to switch it off. Its waterproof

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housing acts as protection whilst the audio connection is compatible with any MP3 source. In addition, the Seaside 640 Hydrospa is the very first Hydrospa to feature Hydrosilence, the totally silent whirlpool where all artificial noise is eliminated and all the user hears is the soothing, therapeutic sound of moving water; the perfect environment, therefore, in which to fully appreciate the iPod facility. Not only do an underwater light and perimeter lighting serve to create a unique ambience but the Spa can also have Cromoexperience mood-lighting, which conjures up a truly magical atmosphere. Controls

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and filters are hidden, as is the must-have refrigeration compartment. The jets – as always, strategically placed- have been mindfully reduced in size so as to maintain the elegance of the aesthetics without in any way compromising the validity of the hydromassage itself. In fact, the massage zones have been purposely designed to be slightly lower than usual so they can be used when either comfortably seated or stretched out. It is also possible to lounge on the so-called ‘beach’ zone made up of 3 waterproof cushions in soft polyurethane and available in a choice of lightgrey or brick-red. Designed to accommodate 4 or 5 people, the 640 Seaside

has an external dimension of 258x225x78cm, a depth of 70cm (making it suitable for veranda and balcony installations too) and an optimal internal bathing space measuring 188x152x50cm. Even in those instances where the Spa is housed in a panelled structure, it is still possible to appreciate the external seating area (70cm), in complete and unbridled comfort. As with all Teuco Hydrospas, the new 640 Seaside always remains full of water, thanks to an efficient heating and water treatment system. It also has, as standard, a heat-conservation cover which serves to protect the unit when not in use. Once again, Teuco – leader in its field – has succeeded in inventing a unique design solution, capable of merging form with function to create a well-being environment in which to pamper the body and mind, as fully appreciating the true beauty of water.


Feel duralight® bathtubs: a new promise of pleasure bearing the teuco signature Where material meets design to provide an aesthetically appealing and uniquely sensorial pleasure Teuco is proud to present the new Feel bathtub series, designed by Studio Talocci and fashioned from Duralight®, the unique liquid-to-solid-surface material, conceived and mastermoulded by Teuco. Feel represents a comprehensive project which, taking as its basis an oval shell, is open to various interpretations thanks to the extraordinary versatility of the Duralight® material. ‘Looks’ available include a freestanding version, sunken version, freestanding black & white (or completely white) rectangular version and ‘encased’ version complete with coverable template. The freestanding version shows off to the maximum the tactile

nature and streamlined profile of the material, providing the feeling of natural stone and the visual effect of a modern sculpture. The sunken bathtub becomes one with its surroundings by blending in with them seamlessly and allowing for maximum project creativity, a situation further enhanced by the option of customised covering. The latter two versions can be equipped with an air-blower function (with ‘invisible’ jets), to add wellness and relaxation benefits to those of design. The ‘monobloc’ version combines an oval inner form with a clean-lined, sleek exterior: two geometric forms combining to produce one truly stunning bathtub. The black & white version juxtaposes two colours and finishes in one single, continuous form which flows unbroken and joint-free thanks to the unique properties of Duralight®.

Teuco Duralight® bathtubs provide for our every need whilst offering an exciting new feeling of beauty and solidity. Contact with a Duralight® bathtub brings with it perceptions of unexpected pleasure that involve all the senses: first of all sight, owing to the perfect outline and appearance of these modernday sculptures and then touch, due to the pleasant feeling afforded by their smooth continuous surfaces. When processing Duralight®, Teuco uses several techniques that make it possible to create products of any shape, thickness and dimension. Furthermore, Duralight® offers countless benefits compared with other ‘similar’ materials used for the design of bathroom products: “silky” texture, beauty and colour that stand the test of time, exceptional resistance to heat and knocks, ease of

maintenance and, of course, design without boundaries. Between the world of bathrooms and the world of design, there exists a correlation which is now being translated into previously unimaginable shapes and materials, making this ‘oasis’ which we dedicate to relaxation and well-being ever more unique and personal. Today, this pleasure is intensified thanks to the use of variomaterial types coupled with an emphasis on sensory pleasure. Multi-materiality and multisensoriality are the key words which convey and express the pleasure that is Teuco. With the Feel series, Teuco has once again succeeded in combining materials with sensory and emotive qualities which, when combined with the beauty of water, guarantee a captivating emotional experience

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Bathroom trends: Galassia

NEW COLLECTION MEG11 BY GALASSIA

MEG11 by A. Pascale Meg 11, the new Industrial design project, born from the research of a new language, new formal solutions for bathroom environment. Back to wall pans and bidets, with their particular base lighten the ceramic block; the entire collection has been designed following this peculiar structure. The designer and the Company would like to suggest symbols as well as objects which reproduce natural, soft and comforting lines. The monolith washbasin, proposed in the new Iroko wood version, as well as the wall hung washbasin, which completely change the traditional concept of the semi-pedestal with a solution that include both elements, give life to refined and elegant sculptures.

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ART. 5403 - 65x45 Wall-hung washbasin-washtub, wall tap ART. 5442 Ash wooden board

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The ceramic bathroom fittings, using the same language, are designed to reach the everyday living concept, more and more free and flexible. They have a strong, evocative and symbolic nature and they perfectly match with the formal linearity of furniture and cabinets they are combined with . The PietraluceŽ bathtub, with its wavy but regular design, reminds the shape of a leaf: for this reason , despite of its proper function, this bathtub suggests feelings as lightness, sensuality and simplicity. MEG11 is a project composed of many different articles, to create the bathroom concept following everybody’s functional and aesthetic ideas.

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THIS IS A KITCHEN …it just takes a special eye to see it

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Bathroom trends: Axor - Bouroullec

Ronan & Erwan

Bouroullec “We want our products to adapt to the needs of the users”

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“We want our products to adapt to the needs of the users and their environment – not the other way around. Everyone should be able to make their own decisions on how to use our objects.” With these two concise statements, the designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec sum up their philosophy as well as the vision they strive for in their designs. This claim also distinguishes Axor Bouroullec, the first comprehensive bathroom collection they developed in cooperation with Axor, the designer brand of Hansgrohe AG. Ronan Bouroullec (born 1971) and Erwan Bouroullec (born 1976) have been working together for about ten years now. Their collaboration is a permanent dialogue nourished by their distinct personalities and a shared notion of diligence with the intention to reach more balance and fineness.

In 1997, they presented their “Disintegrated Kitchen” at the Salon du Meuble in Paris and were spotted by Giulio Cappellini, who gave them their first industrial design projects. In 2000, Issey Miyake asked them to design a space for his new collection of A-Poc clothes in Paris. Then, the decisive meeting with chairman of Vitra Rolf Fehlbaum occurred which resulted in their conception of a new kind of office system, Joyn, in 2002. This was the beginning of a special partnership which has borne fruit in numerous projects, including Algues, the Alcove Sofa, the Worknest, the Slow Chair and the Vegetal. Since 2004, the Bouroullecs have also been working with Magis, for whom they have designed two complete furniture collections. Finally, they have worked on several types of textile wall systems, such as the North Tiles and the Clouds, in close collaboration with the Kvadrat brand, for whom they designed showrooms in Stockholm in 2006 and in Copenhagen in

2009. In 2010, they debuted two new collections for two new European editors: Ovale, a complete tableware collection for Alessi and Axor Bouroullec, a comprehensive collection for the bathroom area for Axor Hansgrohe. Today, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec design for numerous manufacturers, namely Vitra, Kvadrat, Magis, Kartell, Established and Sons, Ligne Roset, Axor, Alessi, Issey Miyake, Cappellini and more recently Flos and Mattiazzi. At the same time, they maintain an experimental activity which is essential to the development of their work at Galerie kreo, Paris, where four exhibitions of their designs have been held between 2001 and 2010. They also embark on occasional architectural projects such as the Maison flottante (“Floating House”) in 2006 or the Camper stores in Paris and Copenhagen (2009) and the Casa Camper Hotel’s restaurant, Dos Palillos, in Berlin (2010).

Design Awards Axor Bouroullec • iF product design Award for Axor Bouroullec mixers (2010) • iF gold Award (2011) • red dot Award product design (2011) • iF communication design Award (2011) • Best Bathroom, by Wallpaper Magazine (2011) • Best Bathroom, by Elle Decoration Magazine (2011)

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Bathroom trends: Kohler

FORMILIA BATH

BY KOHLER

A family bathing space with a modern, ergonomic approach

A new bath is the latest addition to the Formilia suite. The ergonomics, clever storage solutions and trendy colour make the Formilia bath ideal for the entire family. This bath and shower offering combines comfort, intelligence of use and modernity.

family’s expectations for a relaxing bathing experience: •

Truly Comfortable The Formilia bath meets any

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A wide, flat bottom accommodates those who enjoy daily showers. The tub’s roomy 170cm x 80cm dimensions provide ample space for a comfortable bathing experience. A 13 cm-wide seat ledge


doubles as a bench and storage sport where users can shower in a seated position or where sponges, bathing oils, or salts stay in easy reach.

Smart Storage Elements Storage is crucial for optimal function, and the Formilia tub seamlessly incorporates two clever storage solutions into its design—both with easy-open,

push-release systems.

Retractable Storage Step Whether used as a step for bathers entering the tub or as a kneeling spot for a mother helping her child during bath time, a simple lift of the lid reveals the durable, hardworking storage elements of the retractable step at the base of the tub. The step storage is ideal for bath mats,

washcloths or larger items. For ultimate comfort and safety, the step also has anti-slip markings and self-locking wheels.

Hinged Tip-out Storage Located on the tub’s front panel, this storage area comes fitted with four removable pockets made of washable, mould-resistant fabric, perfect for beauty products, toiletry bottles or hand towels.

Modern Design The Formilia offering presents a modern, functional space illustrated by straight, harmonious lines, a wide bath ledge, and smart storage features. The Cappuccino melamine paneling alludes to the design’s organic simplicity, which enhances the bath’s warm, relaxing feel while the bench gently fits the bath’s shape.

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Bathroom accessories: Grohe

Luxurious leather, inspiring illumination GROHE SPA™: New WC flush plates

Style, elegance and innovation - wholistic attention to small details is key to creating modern designer bathrooms. This approach extends even to items such as WC flush plates which have traditionally been considered only in terms of their functional performance. The latest models introduced by GROHE bring innovative designs, high-quality materials and forward-looking technologies to today’s bathroom. These luxurious flush plates complete the private spa experience in superior style.

providing a timelessly elegant frame for the purist push buttons in brilliant GROHE StarLight® Chrome. This kind of variety is not confined to the visual styles of the new flush plates which are available with two-volume flushes and start-stop function. Saving water is made easy by GROHE EcoJoy® technology. The new plates can be mounted vertically and horizontally, thereby allowing for the greatest possible freedom of interior design in line with personal preferences and architectural visions.

A world of contemporary elegance

Reflecting the company’s commitment to high quality and unique designs, the recent additions to the Skate Cosmopolitan range include WC flush plates with a mirror surface. Seeing that sturdy safety glass offers an ideal surface for modern Cosmopolitan-style bathrooms, the designers came up with the idea to create a super-flat WC flush plate of compact dimensions. The unobtrusive and timeless design speaks for itself. Anti-fingerprint

Skate Cosmopolitan Leather is a unique flush plate designed for bathrooms serving as places of relaxation and wellbeing. It brings more than a touch of cosmopolitan flair to bathrooms. The quilted or plain leather is available in four fashionable colours - black, white, red and brown. This visibly and tangibly natural material adds that certain something to the bathroom,

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technology ensures that the plates retain their splendid looks even under frequent use. Available for two-volume and start-stop flushes, the plates can be mounted vertically or horizontally. Ambient lighting sets just the right mood The GROHE Ondus® DigitectureLight flush plate takes the concept of the personalised bathroom to the next level. Ambient lighting, a technology which allows to set different moods in a room, is already widely used in the consumer electronics sector. Now GROHE brings it to the bathroom by incorporating colourful LEDs into a stylish flush plate - an innovative solution for completely customised bathroom decors. Available with a Velvet Black or Moon White glass finish, these square-shaped flush plates lend themselves to a wide variety of bathroom decors. A round trigger button in the middle contrasts the square shape of the plate. The two-

volume flush can be triggered in touchless or tip-on mode. The light surrounding the plate like a halo can be personalised at will by choosing between more than 200 colours from across the spectrum, ranging from cool blues and greens to warm red and orange shades. Personalisation could not be more simple - a user-friendly controller allows to adjust the illumination to the desired bathroom ambiance. A timer can be used to deactivate the lighting e.g. during daylight hours. By introducing new designs, surfaces and technologies, GROHE makes a powerful statement on the way forward in flush plate design. With the manufacturer now offering an unprecedented range of innovative looks and new materials to match all decors and styles, the new GROHE flush plates are here to complete designer bathrooms in unique and exclusive style. Home is where my GROHE SPA is.


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Bathroom accessories: Tece

toilet push plates can now be flush mounted in the wall

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Building services specialist, TECE has marketed the world’s first mounting frame for toilet push plates. These special mounting frames make it possible to flush mount the TECEloop and TECEsquare push plates. The trend now is to integrate the actuators in the bathroom design. The push plates no longer protrude from the wall but have become part of the design. TECE, the building services specialist in the Münster area, makes use of this design principle most consistently; their TECEloop and TECEsquare glass push plates can be flush mounted. The wall mounting is carried out using a special mounting frame which can be adjusted to match the tile surface with an adjusting screw. TECE developed the frame so that the push plates can be installed in a tiled wall as well as in a natural stone wall. The frame is depth adjustable for wall coverings of 5 to 18 millimetres – if an adjustment bolt is used even 33 millimetres are possible. This applies to both TECEloop and TECEsquare.

offer variations for every design style. Glass panels in a variety of colours can be combined with various button surfaces. A distinctive feature of the TECEsquare range is the stainless steel flush button. In order to fully emphasize the characteristics of the material, the brushed stainless steel plate rests on the wall. With a thickness of only two millimetres, however, the plate is extra flat; the flush button’s technology is integrated in the wall with the mounting frame.

Besides the stainless steel push plate, TECE offers a white and a chrome metal plate. The pre-requisite for flush mounting is the use of TECE flushing technology as the TECEloop and TECEsquare push plates are available exclusively with TECE’s concealed cistern for dual flush technology. And as far as flush mounting is concerned, TECE doesn’t ignore the urinal either: there is a mounting frame for the TECE urinal push plates that go along with TECE’s concealed urinal flushing system.

The most distinctive feature of both flush button systems is a reduced and geometric design. While TECEloop is equipped with round buttons, TECEsquare uses rectangles exclusively. Both programmes

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Bathroom accessories: sam

innovat ionS Let yourself be inspired by original intelligent products at the highest stage Let yourself be inspired by original intelligent products at the highest stage Since 1973 the family owned company sam has been developing and producing taps, accessories and cosmetic mirrors in Germany. In order to coordinate and administrate the two production plants in Menden (accessories and cosmetic mirrors) and Leipzig (design taps) the company sam Vertriebs GmbH + Co. KG was founded in 1997. sam employs overall 360 collaborators and is considered as one of the leading German manufacturers of bathroom accessories. The basis of the present successful market position are continuous design concepts and coherent product philosophies. sam‘s products are exported all over the world. In Austria and Switzerland sam is represented by its own agencies. Today the company which was founded by Franz-Josef Schulte is also managed by his daughters Simone Schulte and Carolin Schulte. sam offers the people, with his formative product-lines a bathroom concept, the freedom as to be as they are. We create and determine the measure of all things and product standards. The natural way of life is the easiest rule for a bathroom concept with well-feelingguarantee. Thinking is good, thinking ahead is better. Our engagement results from our passion. Everyone of our staff members brings along his know-how and experience and the right ambition to offer our customers appropriate solutions. Quality and service is a major fact

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for sam, because quality and service lead to success. An elaborated internal quality management provides the production of each article in accordance with the drawings and patterns. Skilled experts guarantee products from one source. That means reliability for our customers. “We made it our business to relieve as much work from our partners as possible. We do not only want to fulfi l their demands; our aim is to exceed them.“ For sam, safety does not only mean to comply with the regulations but also to think ahead where handicaps may occur. For us service is not only a friendly behavior; it also means to be there when our customers need us.


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sam mirrors with LED-technology The brand new sam miro LED wall mirror guarantees excellent lighting similar to daylight without shadows. The brand new sam miro LED wall mirror guarantees excellent lighting similar to daylight without shadows. A clear, puristic, ultraflat design as well as the unique illumination which is dimmable to personal needs make the new generation of sam wall mirrors an absolute favourite in every bath. The especially for sam developed innovative light guide system enables a flat and shapely sam mirror design. The restrained appearing only 5 mm wide light lines run at the mirror edge, stabilised by an elegant, flat and also only 5 mm wide chrome frame. Beside the clear impression of the mirror, which is the consequence of the consistent employment of high quality materials, the patent pending sam light technique is a real highlight. The optimized and equal illumination results from the combination of light guide and radiation trait of the used LEDs and guarantees a natural, bright, eye pleasing, pure light sense. Without shadows! The light can be individually adjusted by touching the LED-sensor on the bottom side of the mirror. Furthermore the white sensor light throws an attractive light reflex on a tap mounted below the mirror. Due to the memory effect sam miro always starts with the last adjusted light power. The high quality LED’s used are absolutely maintenance free. In spite of minimal energy consumption (1 LED = 0,1W) the sam light guide technology offers 20 % more luminous efficiency than standard illuminated mirrors. sam miro stands for illuminated wall mirrors in premium quality, Made in Germany!

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Bathroom accessories: Kludi RAK

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KLUDI RAK PRIME The Beauty if Geometric Order The KLUDI RAK PRIME line offers sheer pleasure in the bathroom. A fantastic design and great value for money! Unique, essential forms assign the overall impression of the product line. The elegant rolling spout and the reduced handles build a perfect unity. A range of taps to suit all bathrooms PRIME KITCHEN Whether with an arched or a horizontal spout, this design is a pleasant eye-catcher in any kitchen; with its 360° swivel range, kitchen chores are handled easily and swiftly from all sides – which is particularly practical in the case of sink island units or double sinks arranged in the centre of the kitchen. Available for two- or single-hole assembly – and for unpressurized storage tanks.

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Brand overview: Arte Casa

Arte Casa

feel the difference Arte Casa Features the globe’s most distinguished and extensive range of opulent modern designer bathroom creations, furnishings and fixing. Renowned for the uniqueness and superior quality of its products, Arte Casa utilized the creativity of its various prestigious suppliers. These refined brands were carefully selected for their globally recognized distinction, eminence and time honored traditions. The contemporary forms

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and functions of these products convey elegant artistic designs at the same time as revolutionary advanced technologies. Arte Casa’s products can be found in the most prestigious edifices in the United Arab Emirates. These inspiring designs have been used in palaces, 5 star hotels, and Luxury villas, first class apartment and lavish commercial and industrial development.

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These ascribed creations stand out with their sophisticated fabrications, Classic designs and endless variety of forms and colors. Arte Casa’s product range is extensive and goes far beyond the paged of this cataog; they promote the world’s finest sanitary wares, bathtubs, whirlpools, spas, fixtures, bathroom accessories, Ceramic tiles, antique marbles and mosaic tiles. Arte Casa is dedicated to the world’ most beautiful and innovative luxury bath rooms. The company’s objective is to professionally offer first class products at sensible prices, stylish modern designs and consistent with quality and comfort. In order to ensure consistent satisfaction, Arte Casa is always available for after Sales services to their valued customers and retailers.

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Interview: Philippe Title Starck

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Interview with

Philippe Starck Why do you think people find you so fascinating? I have no idea (because I see nobody). We live completely alone and we meet nobody. My daughter says that I’m a modern autistic - which is true. We live mainly in the air in a plane every day. When we land we live in the middle of nowhere. We live in a very small Island with some fishermen in the north of Venezia or we live at the end of the island of Formentera on a rock in a house. On the door of this house there is a big board on which “no visit without appointment- all appointments cancelled” is written. It’s been there for 20 years. For 20 years nobody’s come into this house. That means I have no thoughts of what I can be to people. Do you think you could work for any company? No way. My company is called UBIK for ubiquity (Allgegenwart). Also for the good of Philip K. Dick who was the most advanced visionary for the society. He was the first who spoke in the 60s about the ubiquity of the world, of parallel worlds like the moving inception. And me I live in inception. I live in Einstein relativity. That means for me nothing exists and there are just parallel worlds like that. I don’t know if it is a dream or not. More than 30 years ago

when I founded this company it was not trendy to speak about ethics. But I’ve created the first ethical company. We work only when the people can make a project which enables people to have better lives in any type of life and also when we love the people. You have a lot of kinds that you love? Yes. Because I never stop that means I never work and I never go to my office. I have not been in my office for 10 years. I am a professional dreamer. That means my work is not to work. My work is to dream.

That’s why we have so many, many, many new ideas and projects we are working on - you will be surprised.

It is a really interesting project and I shall try to design less and do more of this sort of things.

Strangely I am very old now but it’s getting better and better.

Mr Starck, did Duravit contact you or was it the other way around? Duravit obliged me. They urged me to create a new collection.

Now we have a new project that I love: we shall launch in 1 year the laboratory of fundamental research of pure creativity. That means I am now in contact with scientists, doctors, psychologists, biologists, everybody is there to find why we have ideas. What is the difference between us and animals? It’s “Eureka I have an idea!”.

I love to work with Mr Kook because he is a very serious man. Behind this seriousness, there is a fantastic manager. He made Duravit 70 times bigger than it was at the beginning of his management. He’s a good guy and very German.

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Interview: Philippe Title Starck

Do you remember that lemon squeezer for Alessi? It was designed when Alberto Alessi asked me to design a box to put butter in. I think butter is bad for cholesterol so I made this instead.

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How would your life be different if you hadn’t been commissioned by Mitterand? It would’ve stayed the same. My life is like friends. That means friends are cut into two parts in right or left. It is fifty-fifty. That means when I work for Mitterand I have worked for the left president. That means 50% of the population love me more and the other 50% hate me more. And that is my life. That either means people love me too much or hate me too much. It was good to meet somebody so incredibly intelligent. It is the soul of life. When you speak with somebody like him you understand how a real genius works. But that’s all. Nothing changed my life. The only thing that changed my life is my wife. Does anybody give you an idea? My wife. However, I have a new passion – Agriculture and it’s been that way for a week now We are very impressed by the new way of thinking and type

of agriculture. There are a lot of interesting things. It’s normal always be in advance of your time. To be just in time is useless. To be delayed is a stupidity. To think in advance is our duty as human beings. Do you think you’re advanced? Oh yes, I am very advanced but for useless things. I’m incredibly advanced. I was locked in a room for 5 days. Benedikt Taschen, the German editor, wants to make a new big book about me as we have been out of stock now for 5 years. I spent these 5 days updating my first designs. I was astonished! There are so many things you cannot imagine. And I realise it was so incredibly in advance and sometimes it was good because it was the right timing to be in the market but a lot of things were too much in advance. But it is better to be early than to be late.

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things and I don’t want to make a new product just because my editors need a new product. My editors know that if they order something from me they always receive something else, even the opposite to what they asked for. But it will always be a success.

How many of your ideas never became a product? A lot. This is because I do not try to develop everything. Sometimes it is better that these things stay ideas. For projects it is difficult to say. Strangely it is a lot but not that much. Do you feel pressure to be novel, to be fresh when you come up with new design ideas? No, I don’t want to make new

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Do you remember that lemon squeezer for Alessi? It was designed when Alberto Alessi asked me to design a box to put butter in. I think butter is bad for cholesterol so I made this instead. That’s all. So you produce for a world you do not want to live in? Because it is the only way to do it. The people who live in the real world make the things. You have to be out of the game to see the game and find new ideas. If you are in the game you are out. You can make intelligent things but you can not have the (clicks his fingers) “miracle”. It is impossible for me.

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You need the dynamism? No, I need nothing. I am sick. I’m crazy. I need only myself.

all the furniture in 1 and a half days … two days when I’m not in a good mood.

What if you could never materialize your ideas? For me the materialization of ideas is pure necessity, I am obliged to do it. Like you said before, when I have an idea I have the duty to share it. Because I’m not a writer, I’m not a singer so the only way to share it is to produce it. I’m obliged to share and so I do it. But if I was rich and I did not need the money I would stay in my bed the whole day and dream continuously.

I am the fastest in the world because I am the slowest in the world. That means I subconsciously think about everything at the same time.

I am a monk. A modern monk…! Yes, a very modern monk, yes. When you have these ideas… how does it end and how much do you build? Some designers hate me because I say to journalists that I can design a chair in 2 minutes. I can make a hotel complete with

What does your bathroom look like? My bathroom is always in the bedroom... I cannot imagine having a separate room. We have a bed, two desks, a bathtub (which we use less and less), a shower for 2 people with a fantastic view. Strangely, we love showering with view. It is part of the life so we have no separate room. That’s why we invented le Salon d´Eau in Paris 17 years ago. It was the idea of having the things – i.e. the shower, bathtub fire place and so on - in one room. It was a big thing and we had a lot of success with that.


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Interview: Julian Henco - Hansgrohe

Interview with Mr.

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give ourMiddle Eastern clients the opportunity to experience the luxury and premium design and quality of Hansgrohe firsthand. Overall, we see great potential in this region, as confirmed by the leap in growth we have achieved in the last year. We are also planning to open another subsidiary in the Middle East, but I cannot reveal just yet where that will be. Let's talk about Hansgrohe's novelties? The latest ISH trade fair in Frankfurt clearly showed that the increasing individualization of bathroom design calls for new solutions. The bathroom is being transformed into a well-being space and people want their bathrooms to reflect their personality. More system-based approaches are therefore in demand, as these create greater freedom in terms of design and support a variety of individual solutions. This is reflected in our new product launches for 2011: the Hansgrohe ComfortZone and Axor Bouroullec collection. Many of the industry's leading brands sailed safely through the financial crisis, where is Hansgrohe today in terms of market share across the GCC? Since our entry into the market, our business in the Middle East has been very positive. We are seeing very dynamic growth. In 2009, we were of course not immune to the effects of the international financial crisis on the project business in the region. However, we were aware of the emerging changes in the market early on and so were able to react quickly. Hansgrohe was given a great deal of credit in particular for not pulling out of the market in the face of the economic crisis, unlike several other companies. That is why we are considered a reliable partner and were able to acquire numerous projects during the crisis year of 2009, such as in Masdar City and at the new Formula 1 track in Abu Dhabi and actually

gained market share. It is no coincidence that in January 2010 Hansgrohe opened a second subsidiary in the Gulf, and a flagship store on the Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai with our local partner. We see great potential in this region, as confirmed by the leap in growth we have achieved in the last year. Where is Hansgrohe's strength, is it through commercial projects or individual demand? Over the past months we have seen a strong growth in the two main sales channels, the retail and the project business. As mentioned before, even during the crisis we have been very successful in the project business and we have won some remarkable projects in the region, from Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi to the Qatar Pearl and Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. On the retail side we have seen strong demand fromindividual

homeowners who are looking for top quality products that are made in Germany. Our individual bathroom collections from the Axor range which are created in cooperation with some of the world’s most successful designers like Philippe Starck, Antonio Citterio andPatricia Urquiola have been very well received. These collections are as individual and different as people themselves, and offer multiple styles: from lively, charming living rooms/ bathrooms to nature-inspired havens of peace. What are the expansion plans for 2011 and beyond? Hansgrohe will continue to invest into making the right products for ourMiddle Eastern customers. We have learned a lot from the culture and traditional values in interior design and bathroom solutions. We are in the process of setting up more flagship stores throughout the Middle East to

The new ComfortZone Mixers ensure optimum comfort for the end user when washing their hands and face. This concept originates from the Middle Eastern “halal washing” principle. The Middle East is not only an important region – it also massively influences the trends and designs of Hansgrohe products. No other manufacturer has done that before. The new Axor Bouroullec collection, which will be showcased at this year’s INDEX design exhibition in Dubai in October, has put the individualization of the bathroom back on the agenda once again, and this time with a consistency and thoroughness that is unprecedented. The collection, designed by the two French designers, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, consists of more than 70 bathroom products – from mixers,

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Interview: Julian Henco - Hansgrohe

water consumption and the enjoyment of water, between saving water and comfort. To improve water management and water efficiency, Hansgrohe has developed a range of technologies such as the Hansgrohe EcoSmart for our mixers and showers.

accessories and wash basins to the bath tub. Axor Bouroullec gives you the freedom to compose the ensemble that best suits your individual needs. The position of the mixer is not predetermined: you can decide where to locate the spout and handles above, on top of and around the wash basin. Shelves integrated into the wash basin permit flexible positioning of the mixer can serve as additional space to store your personal items. Axor Bouroullec is a collection which gives you the freedom to customise your bathroom as never before. Hansgrohe is famous for collaborating with the world's leading designers, can we await any new collaborations soon? Several of the world´s most successful designers already work for us, such as Philippe Starck, Antonio Citterio,

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Jean-Marie Massaud, Patricia Urquiola and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. We are in constant dialogue with the global design community on how to extend the present collections and also to anticipate the needs of our future consumers. I can assure you that we will be entering into new design fronts fairly soon and this will be exciting design language, especially for the Middle East market. Everyone is talking about water saving and green technology, how's Hangrohe involved and can you tell us about some of its products in that sector? Hansgrohe AG began looking intensively at how to use water sustainably as early as the 1980s. It is not simply a question of using less water, but of using water better. In other words, it is about the optimum balance between

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All our wash basin mixers are fitted with an EcoSmart aerator, which provides a flow of no more than five litres per minute – irrespective of the water pressure. Mixers without an aerator have a water consumption of more than 13 litres per minute. That is far too much water just to wash your hands. The water flow in our EcoSmart showers is also up to 60 percent lower than in traditional showers, irrespective of water pressure. A combination of sophisticated flow regulation, special jets and water enrichment developed by the Hansgrohe spray laboratory reduces the consumption of Crometta 85 Green overhead and hand showers, for example, to a maximum of six litres of water per minute. With your rich experience in sales & marketing, how do you perceive the GCC market in

terms of recovery? What about the Levant? The GCC market is still in the process of recovering from the crisis. What we see is an increasing demand again for top quality, sustainable products. It seems that developers are focusing again on products which will support the sales of their villas and apartments - strong brands which are well known in the market and have the utmost attention to quality. In terms of ecology and economy our products are particularly interesting to project developers. The reduced water consumption helps meet new standards, such as LEED, that are being developed to support sustainable construction in the region. Our products also attract customers thanks to their “Made in Germany” high quality, their exceptional functionality and their excellent design. These are aspects that play a role in distinguishing a construction product from the competition and attracting more buyers and investors. Hansgrohe effectively combines the highest standard of design with innovative and trendsetting technologies in a way hardly anyone else is doing. That is very well received by


our customers and partners, as well as architects and property developers in the Middle East. In Lebanon Hansgrohe is now recognized as the leading brand among architects and interior designers. Our AXOR designer ranges have been selectedby leading Lebanese architects for some of the most prestigious projects in Beirut and throughout the Middle East. Everyone is eyeing Asia in terms of the booming market over there, can we know a bit about Hansgrohe's projects there? Hansgrohe is today the leading German brand in Asia and China. We have been growing very strongly over the past 10 years in the project business, as well as increasing enduser business. You can find Hansgrohe products in prestigious projects all over China, like the Sanya Phoenix Island Project or the Hotel Intercontinental in Hangzhou. The main focus of our strategy in Asia is to develop the future top markets like Vietnam and Indonesia, where we are working on expanding our sales and distribution network. Asia and China remain, next to the Middle East, our main focus for the coming years.

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Home: Fendi Casa - AATI

Fendi Casa 2011 by AATI For 2011 the dramatic Fendi Casa aesthetic continues with its traditional furniture styling and signature elements such as printed leather, animalier fabrics, fur, and decorations. The colour palette is elegant and sophisticated and an exciting introduction is Crystal Elements exclusively by Swarovski for Fendi Casa which is a collection of velvets set with micro crystals on soft and precious covers.

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Home: Missoni Home

Missoni Home Transform your home with bursts of colour, pattern and texture

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The collection displays a rich mosaic of interior must haves by Missoni Home. From an extensive collection of bedroom accessories to floor rugs, throws, cushions and ottomans, the eclectic range is sure to add a touch of style to your abode. It boasts an assorted selection of patterns, contrasts and interweaves with floral, geometric motifs, and perspectives of imaginary landscapes.

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Home: Crate&Barrel

Crate&Barrel

Fall 2011 Collection Crate and Barrel, the onestop homeware destination, announces the launch of Fall’11 collection. Crate and Barrel’s Fall’11 color palette is modern and warm featuring merchandise in beige, brown, reds and purples. These colors are also found in the Marimekko fabrics, the Scandinavian design from Finland, as well as well as bed linens, rugs, throws, and other home accessories.

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Home: Sempre

Cleybergh

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A collection founded in 1997 by Gommaire Cleybergh, which received more than 14 years of careful attention. Each season the collection is reviewed and new creations are added to maintain the exclusive appeal of the collection. Sempre will provide this collection to all potential customers all over the world and offers an exclusive spreading of the collection.

…a touch of arrogance This baseline represents a design created without boundaries. Cleybergh’s world does not allow trends, production costs or commercial reflections. Cleybergh creates an independent world of its own, following its own logic and way of being, which is essential to achieve one’s goal, this being a timeless, precious design. Within this universe Cleybergh represents the nucleus, determining what goes on. This point of view refers to the contents of the collection, designed according to its own laws, visions and concepts. This vision is not always understood, nor obvious to everyone. And yet Cleybergh obstinately chooses to follow its own way…with a touch of arrogance.

The Collections Potchelli A collection created for stylish florists and talented decorators. A Sempre Home Collection, permanently innovative, accessible and affordable, based on high quality and the best price quantity relation.

Cleybergh The Cleybergh® collection offers a wide array of inside and outside furniture, with matching accessories. Cleybergh® is distributed worldwide in luxurious interior shops, trendsetting garden centers and flowershops. Interior architects are often inclined to sell Cleybergh® related projects.

Gommaire Cleybergh used to work for many renowned companies before he started his own flowershop in Lier, called Potchelli. This immediately turned into gold. Gommaire Cleybergh’s flower creations quickly pleased many people and headed for fame. Mr. Cleybergh was not satisfied with the existing baskets and glassware to complement his own concepts. He decided to start with something else, a more exclusive adventure actually. Soon Gommaire Cleybergh invented his own

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collection. What once was a small selection of glassware and rattan, has now grown into an elaborate collection of international fame, featuring characteristic designs in glass, rattan, teakwood, oak, polyethylene and leather. Each season the collection is reviewed and new creations are added to maintain the exclusive appeal of the collection. The use of natural materials in their raw frame: the nucleus of the Cleybergh® philosophy. A vision backed by the simple way

of life with respect for nature and human being. All items from the Cleybergh® collection are carefully manufactured according to traditional methods. The esthetical value of a Cleybergh® product will increase as it gets older and evolves influenced by its surroundings. A Cleybergh® interior expects things to live up so the items tend to follow the rhythm of its surroundings and consumers. The purchase of a Cleybergh® product warrants you the acquisition of an original,

unique piece, gaining in character when using it. The creation of timeless designs which simultaneously introduce constant change and nature to your familiar environment.

Libero This brand new home collection of Sempre is a concept created for artists who work on projects and who have their own style and want to be sure of having unique, customized items made on demand.

Feel free with the most flexible collection in the universe! Over 12 different models of tables, 5 chair models, 10 different raw materials such as Belgian bluestone, Italian white carrara marbel, Black granite, German iron, 40 different fabrics,...Create with a few different models over 200 different lifestyles.  Design your own custom size furniture... A tabletop in recycled old oak with legs in rusted iron? Or a blank iron foot with a carrara marble top? Anything is possible!

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Table art: Baccarat

Jeu de Dames en Noir by Philippe & Ara Starck “Checkers Game in Black”

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First created in 1841 by the House of Baccarat, the Harcourt glass has been an iconic piece for the last 170 years. Evocative of the ‘Graal’, the Harcourt has been a favourite with the likes of Napoleon III, Pope John-Paul II, Palais de l’Elysée, the Queen of Thailand and the King of Morocco. As a sequel to Un-Parfait and to celebrate the 170th anniversary of the legendary Harcourt glass, Philippe Starck and his artist daughter Ara were invited to create a magical piece for collectors. The fruit of their shared imagination led to the birth of the collection “Jeu de Dames en Noir”, a unique game of checkers with Harcourt champagne flutes! Available as a set of 4 or 12, the Jeu de Dames en Noir

collection brings together black and white champagne flutes, paired with a silk scarf printed with an original drawing by Ara Starck.

lamp version and a golden candlestick version. And now, Baccarat introduces Starck’s latest addition to the lineup.

OUR FIRE by Philippe Starck

A 2-candle candelabra, Our Fire is composed of a cut crystal Versailles candlestick that plugs into a metal body with curved arms to support crystal candle holders and crystal shades with a mirrored silver treatment on the outside. Sassy and seductive, Our Fire attracts the light while blowing on the coals of fantasy.

First designed in 2006 by Philippe Starck, Our Fire, the iconic votive inspired by the Versailles candlestick, has become a veritable talisman. In 2009, two new variations of the cult Our Fire candlestick were introduced - an electrified

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Table art: Baccarat

Sacred Narghile BY BACCARAT

With a strong foothold in the Baccarat order books since 1860, Narghiles reflect a long tradition, testament to long-standing relations between the famous crystal house and the Eastern world. By way of example, the most exceptional hookah specially manufactured in 1896 and 1906 for the Court of Sultan Abdulhamid II, is now part of the Baccarat Museum collections. In 2011, as a tribute to its memory, Baccarat celebrates this eternal symbol of the Ottoman Empire through 2 numbered limited editions of 99 pieces each. Developed in partnership with the worldwide leader of luxury water pipes Airdiem, the Sultan Narghile becomes a functional masterpiece, true to the tradition of the French crystal factory know-how. Dedicated to smokers and collectors, the red gold and the blue silver new versions magnify blown clear crystal encapsulated by a colored outer layer. With its handmade olive engraving, its tripod and upper metal parts in copper, gold plated bronze or silver finished bronze, each Narghile comes with a ready to use high-tech burner, a tube and 3 resin nozzles. The unique Hookah keeps its distinguished and top-shaped body. More than ever ready to capture and recreate light, it is a celebration of faraway tales that always inspires dreams.

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Table art: Gabriella B

Gabriella B italian design at its pinnacle

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Aati introduces the latest collection from Gabriella b; ceramics as objects of ambience and luxury with a melding of modern and classic design where accuracy, originality and exclusiveness are most important. All these elements converge to create a decorative art collection including bowls, cups, vases, lamps and the new series of golf balls. Artist Gabriella Bottacin’s refined style is characterised by striking yet proportioned shapes and precious finishes that cross the seasons of fashion. Each object is unique, strictly and meticulously handmade with attention to every detail. The colour palette is powerful black, rich gold, platinum, pure white and the various special treatments embellish and enrich the shapes. Gabriella b is showcased at exhibitions of furnishings and interiors Maison et Objet of Paris, Abitare il tempo of Verona and Macef of Milan and has previously collaborated with design houses Minotti, Baxter and Visionnaire. Gabriella b is available at Aati, Za’beel Road.

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Table art: Philips

Philips launches the Lighting ‘ambience’ range in the U.A.E. To celebrate Dubai Summer Surprises, Philips launches its ‘ambience’ range of household products that light up from within, through the tiny, embedded, white and colored LEDs that are designed to add your personal touch when setting a home’s ambiance, serving food and drinks, or accentuating decorative items like flowers.

The ‘ambience’ products have a radiant glow that transforms any object or room, to reveal new details with a magical feel, fascinating effects, and an enchanting aura of light. The collection consists of accessories such as a cooler, coasters, vase, platter and table lights that can be purchased separately. Each is

the perfect conversation piece, letting you set the mood in a unique way, depending on the occasion, which can be from fun with friends, to a special evening with your loved one. You can choose a color and set the brightness to match your interior or garden. The charging base makes these decorative products wireless, operating for several hours,

giving you complete freedom of placement. All these products have color changing lights with soft-touch controls, and are safe to use - LED lights for both indoor and outdoor usage. They are tap washable, waterproof, as well as scratch resistant.

The ‘ambience’ range consists of: Cooler: to chill with chic Add a cool factor to any drink with this presentation bottle cooler featuring white and colored LED lights. It casts a beautiful aura of gently glowing light, illuminating bottles with a magical touch. Cool white light illuminates the bottle from below, while a halo of color shines down and around. The double insulating layer will keep your drinks chilled and ready to enjoy.

Coasters: to enjoy with elegance Add a colorful twist to a drink with friends with this set of four decorative glass coasters featuring colored LED lights. Each glows with a lot of potential colors, gently illuminating glasses.

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Vase: to present with pride Add a flourish of fun to flowers and more with this decorative presentation vase featuring white and colored LED lights. It casts a beautiful aura of gently glowing light, illuminating any object in the vase. Choose a color and set the brightness to match your interior or occasion – or simply to suit your mood.

Platter: to serve with style Add a serving of style to fruits and more with this decorative presentation platter featuring colored LED lights.

TableLights: to match your mood Choose a color and set the brightness to match your interior, garden or occasion. Displayed indoors or out – the charging base means no wires and complete freedom of placement.

The Philips ‘ambience’ range of accessories is now available at Dubai mall’s Galeries Lafayette, and can also be ordered at Al Ghandi Electronics, telephone: 04 2570007.

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HIGHTLIGHTS

Philippe Starck

Marie Coquine In the manner of a cheeky, bouncy, sexy tale, Philippe Starck has designed a gravitydefying floor chandelier for Baccarat. Marie Coquine, for that’s her name, colourfully combines a marriage of convenience with an invitation to dreamland. Mary Poppins squaring up Raging Bull in a ring corner. And when the two meet, Marie Coquine deploys all her grace, at once fragile and strong, perfectly balanced and subtly anchored to the ground.

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With her stunning build, and a figure to break the hearts of poets, this variation on the Zénith 12 lights chandelier has inspired Philippe Starck a subtle battle of wills. Under its ivory umbrella and with its crystal ribs articulated around a telescopic illusion, the chandelier version seems to float in mid-air, radiant and replete. Perched atop a photographic stand, the Zénith floor light is ready to take off, simply counterweighted

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by a camel leather punching bag. Sheer spatial magic. And the light, singing in the rain, transforms fantasy into reality. Naughty and nice, Marie Coquine. Technical Info. 12-light Zénith chandelier topped by an ivory umbrella, chestnut wood handle. White pleated taffeta Zénith lampshades. Available from May 2011. h 110 cm x Ø 140 cm

Floor lamp with a 12-light Zénith chandelier topped by an ivory umbrella, chestnut wood handle. White pleated taffeta Zénith lampshades. Steel camera stand, camel-colored leather punching bag, saddle stitching. Numbered and limited edition of 120. Available from July 2011. h 2,85 m x l 2 m x L 4,35 m


I saw a very beautiful Baccarat chandelier. So far, so normal! Then it began to rain on the chandelier. How odd! The chandelier, still identifiably Baccarat, opened a large, white umbrella and drifted skywards. I shouted “Why?” And from afar came the chandelier’s response: “Because I am Marie Coquine, and because everything is possible in a dream. Philippe Starck

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Only diamonds are able to make the brilliance of light brighter still by magnifying its splendour through its sparkling radiance, identical to a shaft of light. Only crystal can achieve that same feat Michele De Lucchi

Michele De Lucchi

Sfera

Imagined as a dialectic of interior and exterior, the Sfera collection designed by Michele De Lucchi transcends the crystal at its very core. While paradoxically invisible, the wealth of detail is inescapable. Sfera doubles sensations and pleasures by simultaneously diffusing and receiving its magnified light even as it diffracts. The magic in the Sfera collection resides in the alchemy of skilled layering. Inspired by the glassblower’s first injection of air into the mass of molten glass, the spherical globe imprisons and shields within it a variation on a Baccarat decanter. The contours and boundaries show to be infinitesimal. When switched on, the bulb dissolves inside the decanter as the contained becomes the containing, in a two-way exchange between matt and glossy. As a ceiling light, floor light or lamp, Sfera stands out

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like a beacon. Its shadows mingle and fascinate, light brilliantly diffracted for reaching the shine. Technical Info. Sfera Michele De Lucchi Double sided lamp, blown and beveled, handle and base in brushed nickel-plated brass. Available from May 2011. h 53 cm x Ø 30 cm Double sided floor lamp, blown and beveled, handle and base in brushed nickel-plated brass. Available from October 2011. h 164 cm x Ø 30 cm Double sided ceiling lamp, blown and beveled, brushed nickel-plated brass ceiling rose. Available from October 2011. Ø 30cm – Ø 113/4” Small size ceiling lamp, brushed nickelplated brass ceiling rose. Available from October 2011. Ø 13cm – Ø 57/8”

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Crystal gifts light with a magical brilliance. Light breathes life into crystal. Their alliance contributes to the perfect balance between nature and culture Jaime Hayon

Jaime Hayon

Candy Light It has the attraction of a character in a play, ready to go on stage - all restrained but elegant, unashamedly possessed by its history. As an extension of the Crystal Candy Set designed in 2009, Jaime Hayon has now created his first lamps for Baccarat. A lighting design personified in three colours (copper, platinum and white), based on a same creative script. Named Candy Light, the trio of lamps is a distillation of rich textures and materials, a subtle conjoining of ceramic base and clear, cut-crystal shade. Delicately inserted into the base, the switch embodied by a Baccarat red crystal pendant triggers and diffuses the light even as it controls it. Between its ceramic base and its crystal shade inspired by Baccarat’s iconic

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Juvisy pattern, the outline takes shape and creates an impression of bountiful perfection, enhanced, when lit, by a delicately embossed waffle collar. When the object turns into a living presence, Jaime Hayon transmutes the crystal into a light finery. And the surrounding space becomes inhabited. Technical Info. Candy Light Jaime Hayon Platinum, copper-colored or shiny white ceramic table lamps, provided with a luminous red crystal dimmerswitch button. Crystal lampshade, Juvisy cut pattern. Available from May 2011. Platinum Copper White h 51 cm x Ă˜ 23 cm

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Baccarat

Collection Zénith Zénith Comète 2011, in a subtle union between past and future, Baccarat launches the Zénith Comète 24 lights chandelier, a hybrid hi-tech version of the legendary Zénith. Standing at the crossroads, the Zénith Comète sets fire to the darkest nights. Awakened by the use of state-of-the-art led, its glow morphs from brilliant to soft. Spectral or phantasmagorical, it breathes and pulsates into the poetic and unexpected. Zénith Midnight Midnight strikes. Illuminating the darkest hour, in 2011 Baccarat launches the Zénith Midnight 12 lights chandelier, giving a refreshing new look to the iconic Zénith which has constantly evolved over the decades. With all-crystal lampshades, clothed from the

top down in Baccarat’s unique midnight blue, the Zénith Midnight chandelier discreetly pulsates with a mesmeric glow. Wreathed in its deep blue light, it owns the night, at its most intimate, its natural element. Technical Info. Zénith Comète Baccarat 24-light Zénith Comète chandelier, integrated led lighting system. Available from May 2011. h 141 cm x Ø 108 cm Zénith Midnight Baccarat 12-light Zénith Midnight chandelier and lampshades in midnight crystal. Available from May 2011. h 88 cm x Ø 82 cm

Eager to push its own limits ever further, Baccarat has opted for an absolute transition in 2011. From traditional incandescence to electroluminescence, from the classic filament to the magic of the led. The aesthetic codes of this new galaxy of lights have skyrocketed, propelled by hightechnology. Crystal more than ever revealed in its evanescent essence Baccarat

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Lighting Modula-Conceptio

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Barovier & Toso

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Modula-conceptio, Dubai based contemporary interior boutique amalgamating unique styles of design from around the world, introduces the new collection of hand-made lighting solutions from Barovier & Toso. An Italian company that uses traditional artistry and hand-made craftsmanship, Barovier & Toso has partnered up exclusively with Modula-conceptio to bring contemporary, ornamental and exquisite selection of lighting solution that will bring warmth and distinction to any room. Barovier & Toso is the oldest glass manufacturing company in Italy and produces their Murano glass collection on the island of Murano. The history of Barovier &Toso dates back to as far as 1295 and numerous museum collections include some of their finest glass work. The Murano glass company has perfected the ancient art of glass manufacturing which has made Murano world famous over the centuries. The company focuses on blending the masterful old glass blowing techniques with new modern styles. They produce a wide range of handmade Venetian glass items such as Murano crystal glasses, hand blown Murano glass art, classic and contemporary lighting including Murano chandeliers, crystal chandeliers, pendant lights, table lamps, floor lamps, wall sconces and other Murano lamps. The Barovier & Toso contemporary lighting collection is perfect for any home decor and custom designed glass chandeliers are designed upon request.

Barovier & Toso is the oldest glass manufacturing company in Italy and produces their Murano glass collection on the island of Murano.

Modula-conceptio’s hand crafted collections invoke individuality and the ability to customize interiors to reflect each ones personality.

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Interview: Naseer Ahmed CEO - ICC

International Ceramic cit y to open in Dubai What is International Ceramic City? ICC is a new development in Dubai set to become the preferred destination for all companies dealing in ceramic building materials and related products. The project aims to provide a strategic hub for manufacturers to showcase and trade their products such as Ceramic & Porcelain tiles, Sanitary Ware, Sanitary fittings & accessories marble, granite, stone and other ancillary products. ICC is a hub for manufacturers wishing to establish themselves not only in the local UAE markets but also internationally and particularly in the rapidly developing MENASA region (Middle East, North Africa and South Asia).

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ICC is a project of Al Rashid Investments (ARI) Dubai. ARI is a major player in real estate investments and development, manufacturing and trading of commodities, healthcare and FMCG products in the MENASA region. Why Ceramics? The ceramics industry has a huge growth potential in the MENASA region. Thanks to real estate growth and demand in the region there still exists a huge demand for building materials. Besides the costs of core and shell building, the majority of the remaining cost is in interiors. Ceramics, in particular is a major component of the same.

Yet there does not exist a single destination which facilitates this trade. ICC hopes to fill this niche gap and act as a permanent International destination for world class International manufacturers and brands and also serve as a permanent exhibition. It aims to be the new preferred destination and one stop shop for all the ceramics related business needs. Why Dubai? Dubai is the leading regional trading hub; it offers access to a market of outstanding potential for overseas companies. Dubai has an accessible, open market with a free enterprise system, ideal for business owners who in turn can enjoy 100 per cent repatriation of capital and


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profits. With a highly developed business infrastructure and modern, efficient communication facilities, it is the ideal location. ICC, in particular, has been strategically located in Jebel Ali Industrial Area, between the Jebel Ali Sea Port and the Dubai World Central Airport, which helps with both the local and export markets. What will ICC offer? Along with providing space for a variety of world-wide quality ceramics for the construction industry, ICC offers display offices and showrooms tailor made to suit individual needs and offering maximum exposure to products, offering a cost effective package and hassle free setup by locally sponsoring all clients trading under the facility. ICC Dubai also provides Trade Development services, Government Relations services and Customer Relation services.

All the support services are available to clients worldwide through ICC. It will also offer retail services including Banking facilities, Money Exchange services, printing and Translation Services and Travel and Tourism Agencies to ensure customers and traders have all their requirements met conveniently. What investments have been made in to the project? ICC is a USD 120 million project covering approximately 400,000 square feet of built up area, the project houses nine buildings with a ground plus one structure and ample parking. What is the status of the project? The project is well underway and we plan to open for business by the end of 2011. How big is the complex and how many businesses can it

accommodate? Land size: Built up area: Leasable area:

more consolidated and more productive.

500,000 ft2 400,000 ft2 300,000 ft2

The showrooms/leasable area per tenant is a minimum of 1,000 ft2 to a maximum of 5,000 ft2. Therefore this unique opportunity at ICC is only for 100 companies approx. How will ICC affect the Ceramic Industry? With multi-billion dollar projects active across the MENASA region, ICC is positioned to be the preferred sourcing destination for buyers of ceramics and related products. In doing so, ceramic manufacturers from around the world at ICC will get the opportunity to bid for these projects and offer greater access to the MENASA region to attend to their real estate building material demands. Hence, ICC will act as a catalyst & will make the industry

What is the role of ICC’s Trade Development Department? Along with its network of offices, ICC Dubai provides Trade Development services, Business Intelligence services as well as Advisory Services to ensure clients maximize their return on investments. The TDD is an integral service provided worldwide by ICC through the ICC network. This Department provides and assists in all business development activities. Providing researched information, presentations, translations, PR & branding services, press conferences, exhibitions, in-out bound delegations, seminars, conferences and networking events, training, business matching etc.

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Flooring: Mafi

Mafi Parkett (Austria) Mafi is a trendsetter in the range of special designed natural oiled wooden floors. Its philosophy is to work with natural materials only and to oil floors to keep the perfect attributes of the wood. A mafi floor is not installed but composed to suit a specific room. This also adds to its individuality – and makes every living space an artistic place. The floor is not sealed but is processed in a natural way. This is representative for mafi’s entire philosophy: only when treated as naturally as possible can wood develop all its positive features: warmth, comfort, charm and beauty. mafi regards the tree as a work of art in its natural growth and converts it in turn into artistic flooring. Since 1992 mafi has pursued this concept, joined by enthusiastic designers and interior designers from all over the world. Initially consisting of classic oiled country-style planks, the product range today includes numerous innovative designs with sophisticated surface treatments. From 14 native wood sorts mafi creates 400 different floor variations. Each is unique, each is a walkable work of art.

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MAINTAINING CERAMICS

Floors & Walls

Ceramic tiles require very little maintenance and that is the beauty of them.  Many homeowners are attracted to them because of this very fact. However, that does not mean you should just ignore them completely once they are placed in your homes. Below are a couple of tips that will help you in attaining a flawless look for your ceramic wall and floor tiles both:  

Floors: Dry Surface Cleaning Always sweep your floors frequently to remove loose dirt and dust. Small stones and debris brought indoors on the bottoms of shoes can scratch tile floors, therefore it is always bests to keep a pair of shoes to be worn only at home so as to avoid the hassle of outside dirt your tiles.

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Spot Cleaning Make sure to always clean spills immediately. Although most tiles are glazed and stainresistant, the grouts are porous. Be sure to dry small drops and splashes since even clean water can leave dull marks. If you wish to spot clean water marks and smears, wipe with a damp cloth and dry. Last but not least, keep a scraper handy to gently remove crayon marks, grease smudges and food droppings that adhere to the tile. Always be careful to avoid scratching the tile.   Mopping Many floor cleaners and bleach can leave a film on your tile floor’s surface. This may be apparent when you view the floor from certain angles or under certain lighting conditions. To avoid this dull residue, use only warm water when mopping and dry the floor afterwards. If you do insist on using a cleaner, select a product which doesn’t require rinsing, and add only a

tiny amount to your bucket of water. Getting Rid of Tougher Stains Sometimes stains or marks are resistant to mopping. A residue is especially common after a new tile floor has been installed. Spot cleaning with a mild acid solution, followed by a prompt and thorough rinsing, helps remove such residue and other stains. Acid solutions can eat away grout, so rinse well. Remember to keep the room ventilated. For floor grout stains, use a toothbrush to target the problem area. Use a mild acid solution and rinse immediately. Resistant stains might require replacement of a small section of grout.  

Tile Walls: Soap Scum on Bathroom Tile Walls The easiest way to remove soap buildup from ceramic tile is to use a dry, slightly abrasive cloth on a dry tile surface. You

may try a plastic bristled brush. Test an inconspicuous area first to be sure the tile won’t scratch, and then work in a circular motion The dry soap scum should fall to the floor as a powder which can be rinsed away. If you are worried about scratching, vinegar also works well, but it requires more elbow grease and you'll need to ventilate the bathroom. Cleaning Tile Grout in the Bathroom Before buying commercial products or using bleach, try these solutions. Vinegar is a safe, eco-friendly cleaner. Use a sponge to apply vinegar to the grout, and a toothbrush to scrub stubborn areas. You can also try using a paste made from baking soda and water or cleaning the grout with hydrogen peroxide. Kitchen Tile Backsplashes Wipe tile walls near the stove, sink and work areas frequently.

When frying, clean the tile before grease splatters have dried. A scraper is helpful for gently removing dried-on grease and food splatters. Follow up with a cleaning product safe for ceramic tile. For general cleaning of large wall surfaces, dust the tiles with a dry or damp cloth. If tiles are dirty or smudged, try a mild cleaning product

More Tile Care Tips   If you wish to preserve your tiles’ color and protect from stains, you may apply a sealer to the tile grout as it will surely help. Make sure to always keep a squeegee in the bathroom to wipe excess water from tile walls after showers. This helps prevent water marks on your tiles. Also, ceramic tiles can chip therefore be careful when moving furniture and handling heavy objects.

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Tiles & Ceramics Mosaic +

Mosaic+ Italian Design Attitude CRONO Collection Giugiaro Design At Mosaico+, research and design are inextricably linked; the oneoff encounter between Giugiaro Design and the world of mosaic has generated ideas, inspirations and perspectives for original projects born from the union of threedimensionality, technology and industrial design. A completely pure point of view, free from the classical approach to the world of coverings, a first time that was always going to produce truly astonishing results: agile yet restrained, refined textures express the energy of contemporary home design, different surfaces give motion to natural light using the mosaic chip as basic component. DIALOGHI Collection - Design Francesco Lucchese Dialoghi presents new layout. The Dialoghi collection explores the terrain of customisation with the Dialoghi Design Tool, an extremely versatile multimedia tool that makes it possible to create modular mixtures and decorations with endless colors and material combination possibilities, based on various layouts. Surfaces such as fabrics, like precious patterns, fine inlays designed to enhance a defined space in which lines, shapes and materials are made to express the true concept of contemporary luxury: uniqueness in customization.

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Weavers Center, Clemenceau Street, Beirut, Lebanon Tel.& Fax: (961-1) 37 77 38 www.mawadgroup.com


Tiles & Ceramics Antolini

ANTOLINI luigi antolini

SHELLSTONE COLLECTION The fascination of sea, the emotion of mother-of-pearl

Imagination, elegance and design in the crystal-clearness of a sea wave. The marvels of nature become surfaces to furnish places in a unique and special way, bringing a little bit of sea into our rooms. “3D Version” The latest “3D” version has a tridimensional effect, nearly in relief.

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Once again, colors and reflection evoke magic atmospheres: it is an unbelievable kaleidoscope of ridescences that meet the delicate fragility of shells. Antolini matches the versatile brightness of mother-ofpearl with the solidity of the natural stone ni order to offer a product that wins for its delicacy and for the grace of tridimensionality.

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Surprise

Create Trends

Over years, Plaza Ceramicas has enriched its production line by third fire decorative pieces with the machinery and latest techniques available such as; Digital Print technology.

Plaza Ceramicas is in constant striving for quality improvement, maximum product value and efficient customer service.

Generate Passion White body, porcelain and large format tiles are the emphasis for the future of Plaza Ceramicas, a company strongly committed to design, quality and service.

Harmonize Plaza Ceramics tailored its designs to suit individual circumstances and create unbeatable quality and remarkable features to satisfy customers that look for first class products and services.

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Innovate Plaza Ceramicas offers a large array of different designs as well as perfectly controlled variation of tonality, thus obtaining the creation of natural & innovative designs that had never been previously available.

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Tiles & Ceramics Ragno Espressioni

FOLLOW YOUR OWN RHYTHM, NATURALLY

The new ceramic stone with a “green� soul Inspired by the warm, embracing shades of Quartzite, Sunriver mirrors its colour variations and veins to create strong, original effects. Large sizes for double-loaded rectified fine porcelain stoneware, suited to a wide range of wall and floor tiling solutions, in both residential and contract settings. Designed for In&Out use, with its dual natural and textured finish, Sunriver is the expression of the sober, changing elegance of natural stone, to be interpreted freely according to taste.

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A textured surface to live the outdoors as a “domestic oasis�, in complete freedom

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Architect Focus Tabanlioglu

Tabanlıoglu Architects receive global acclaim at the International Property Awards 2010 in London Tabanlıoglu Architects, the renowned Turkish House of Architecture and Design were bestowed the prestigious International Architecture Award (Public Service) for the Tripoli Congress Center at the International Commercial Property Awards held in London on the 26th and 27th of November. The International Property Awards are open to residential and commercial property professionals from around the globe and it is a celebration of the highest levels of achievement by companies operating in all sectors of the property and real estate industry. Gaining this prominent award, which is considered a worldrenowned mark of excellence, is an affirmation of Tabanlıoglu Architects’ outstanding architectural aptitude and repertoire. The honors they received at the International Commercial Property Awards in London were preceded by distinguished victories at the Middle East Architect Awards held on 28 September in Dubai. Melkan and Murat Tabanlıoglu were awarded the Architect of the Year Award and Tabanlıoglu Architects received the GCC Public Sector, Institutional & Cultural Project of the Year Award for the Tripoli Congress Center. Tabanlıoglu Architects are enthusiastic about entering the GCC region with their knowledge and experience in the field of architectural design. Securing the accolades at the Middle East Architect Awards has paved the way for fruitful impending endeavors to collaborate with regional counterparts on monumental architectural developments.

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Awards are always motivating, more than that being selected the best in the world is encouraging, especially by a prestigious institution. The sustainable project for the Middle East region has already become a sample and leads the positive change in the manmade environment towards a contemporary architectural and social approach

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Lighting Eye on Design Title St. Regis Villas

TDIC Launches

First St. Regis Branded Villas The Residences at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort to offer unparalleled luxury, with all villas featuring stunning views of the Saadiyat Beach Golf Course and Arabian Gulf Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the master developer of Saadiyat island in Abu Dhabi, today launched The Residences at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, a collection of 32 exclusive villas that are set to be delivered in the fourth quarter of the year. Located in the Saadiyat Beach district, this prestigious residential community offers prospective homeowners the first opportunity to own a St. Regis branded property in the region, and to enjoy St. Regis’ a la carté privileges and benefits, such as 24-hour butler services and in-residence dining. The launch of The Residences coincides with the opening of a fully furnished show villa, which is now available to the public for viewings. The four and five bedroom villas at The Residences at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort will feature Mediterranean Spanish style architecture and a contemporary interior design. The villas will offer stunning views of the Gary Player designed Saadiyat Beach Golf Course and Arabian Gulf, as well as spacious living areas and verandas, resort standard

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garden areas, and swimming pools. They will also feature luxurious design finishes, the latest white goods, and easy access to Saadiyat Beach. The show villa, which offers a preview of the appearance of The Residences at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, features two majilis, marble floors and mosaics, a timber and wrought iron balustrade on the staircase, and a warm colour scheme. “TDIC is eagerly anticipating the completion of The Residences at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, which is set to become

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an elite residential community that is unrivalled in the market. Only 32 of these exquisite villas are being developed, which is indicative of the level of exclusivity and prestige they will offer their owners. We are confident that these homes will appeal to discerning clients who are seeking something that isn’t available anywhere else in the region,” said Rashid Al Suwaidi, Director of Sales and Leasing, TDIC. Founded by John Jacob Astor IV more than a century ago, with the opening of the first

St. Regis Hotel in New York City, the St. Regis brand is synonymous with luxury, customised service, and elegance. Residents of the villas will enjoy renowned St. Regis branded privileges on an a la carté basis, which include in-residence housekeeping services; in-residence dining; in-residence personal chef and catering; St. Regis’ renowned personal butler service; personal assistant, secretarial and translation services; and car valet service. Residents will also be entitled to a wide array of benefits and


ABOUT THE ST. REGIS SAADIYAT ISLAND RESORT, ABU DHABI The hotel provides 380 rooms that offer panoramic views of the turquoise Arabian Gulf or the resort courtyard. An air of mystique is created by thoughtful Mediterranean architecture and a contemporary interior.

discounts on various St. Regis products, including hotel stays, spa treatments and dining. The villas are part of the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort complex, which also comprises a 380 room hotel, 259 residential apartments and a highend retail complex. The hotel is set to launch in November 2011, and will offer the villas’ residents easy access to a number of attractions, including firstclass restaurants, shopping facilities and fitness clubs.

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort and The Residences at The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort are located in Saadiyat Beach – Saadiyat island’s hospitality hotspot, which upon completion will feature a collection of international five-star resorts, and outstanding sports and leisure facilities. These include the region’s first championship beachfront golf course, the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, which opened in January 2010, and the world’s first Monte-Carlo Beach Club outside of Monaco, MonteCarlo Beach Club, Saadiyat,

A choice of restaurants will delight connoisseurs of any cuisine. The 3,000 sqm function space with its ocean view terrace is adorned with state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment, ideal for a visiting business group or a bespoke wedding. This area is supported by a series of boardrooms and business facilities.

which will open in September 2011. Residents of the villas will also be in close proximity to the Saadiyat Cultural District, which will feature leading cultural institutions designed by five Pritzker Prize winners, including Zayed National Museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

For further Sales related information, please contact: Email: salesandleasing@tdic.ae Tel: 800 TDIC (8342) or +971 800 8342

A peaceful spa offers internationally acclaimed rejuvenating treatments that blend traditional remedies with modern technology. For an extraordinary spa experience, three individually designed spa suites with private terraces and pools are offered. Parking for more than 2,000 vehicles will be available, in addition to 2 tennis courts and 2 squash courts; 5 swimming pools including a 25-meter indoor lap pool and an adult only pool.

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Eye on Design Bvlgari Hotels

Located in an enchanting and unexpected oasis of green in the heart of Milan, the stylish building of the Bulgari Hotel lies just a stone’s throw from the Brera district and the famous fashion quadrangle. Surrounded by 4,000 square metres of private garden, the Bulgari Hotel - designed by architects Antonio Citterio & Partners - is comprised of 58 rooms and suites. Besides its unrivalled natural setting, it also boasts prestigious and sophisticated facilities, such as the restaurant, a bar with terrace and lounge in the garden, private dining and cigar room as well as the exclusive Spa.

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THE BULGARI HOTEL GARDEN As a natural extension of Milan’s Botanical Gardens, the large Bulgari Hotel private garden offers guests a relaxing oasis in the heart of the city and a unique view over the spectacular composition of trees, shrubs, lawns and flowers with their contrasting shapes, sizes and colours.

THE PROJECT The project of the garden – distinguished by the harmonious combination of the essentiality of routes and sequence of spaces with the choice of plant species and decorative elements – derives from the analysis of the location’s origins and its environmental features.

THE ROOTS The project to re-landscape the garden* has offered the opportunity to recover and highlight a secret corner of the city that has played a leading role over the course of the years as far as the city’s architecture, town-planning and society life are concerned. It started out as the 17th century vegetable garden of one of the monasteries in the ancient Monte di Pietà

quarter, to become a gardenliving room of the Palazzo Lucini-Passalacqua in the 19th century, with precious rare flowers and large areas for outdoor fêtes, and finally became a “nature garden” in the 20th century. The garden is characterized by the same attention to materials and to intriguing and surprising combinations of form and colour that has been used for the Hotel’s internal areas. The current restyling project also reflects the features of the previous gardens: the variety of plants and materials preserves the site’s Milanese character evoking in a contemporary key the great number of gardens of the historical villas that have strongly contributed to design the local landscape. * Designed by the landscape architect Sophie Agata Ambroise

THE CURRENT LAYOUT The garden’s contemporary feel is emphasized by different areas, which are inspired by the soil nature and structure, while a constant reminder of the past is provided by trees and shrubs that are typical of historical gardens and by the preservation of the pre-existing plants, laid out

as a succession of “open-air rooms”.

THE PATH The Hotel drive is lined by groups of camellias; a flowerbed dominated by an age-old beech tree directly lies in front of the Reception, while climbing roses, small palms and box tree topiaries adorn the path leading to the restaurant. The area in front of the restaurant includes four gently terracing areas marked out by tree-shaped laurels that are planted in large pots on a base of black pebbles, also by age-old horsechestnuts, plane trees with white wisteria climbing around

their trunks and by camellias, magnolias and cornus. The path continues with a meditation room surrounded by a dark red beech hedge, a parterre of black lilies of the valley leading to a thicket of hydrangeas. Designed to be an integral part of the Hotel, an ideal extension of the inside spaces, the garden of the Bulgari Hotel and its terrace – due to the large glass façade – also represent the natural continuation of the bar and restaurant area. During the warm season the garden and its terrace become an al fresco sitting room, as well as an exclusive Milanese rendezvous.

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THE BULGARI HOTEL SPA A unique, refined concept of space, exclusive treatments, and a warm welcome, along with an innovative philosophy of well-being based on traditional Oriental practices, are features of the Spa at the Bulgari Hotel in Milan.

Designed by architects Antonio Citterio & Partners, the Bulgari Hotel Spa is characterised by its combination of rare materials, creating a surprising blend

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Located in the heart of Milan’s most prestigious cultural and shopping area, the Bulgari Hotel Spa is adjacent to La Scala Opera House, the Brera Art Gallery and the fashion district. The Spa, originally conceived as a service for Hotel guests, has quickly become a Milan landmark.

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of surfaces and chromatic harmonies that give the various spa areas a timeless look while retaining a rigorous contemporary design. In an evocative area 400 square meters in size, marble, mosaics and fine wood create an intimate, refined atmosphere. The natural daylight that pours in through the large window that overlooks the outdoor lounge area connected to the Hotel garden, merges with the reflections and shadows created by lights and candles.

The Spa entry area leads to the main hall with its spectacular swimming pool, which is completely mosaic tiled. The tiles on the upper portion of the pool, from the water’s surface to the last step, shine with gold leaf, while the floor and walls have emerald green mosaic tiles with streaks of gold. The columns along the hall have been specially treated to pick up the golden colour of Vicenza stone that covers the floor and the walls, enhancing


The hammam - Luca Campigotto

the exquisite mosaic work in the pool and the emerald green Hammam window. Here, a masterful selection of colours and lighting effects creates an atmosphere of total relaxation: lit from within, the glass offers a glimpse of light and steam. Seats and floor are in Turkish Afyon marble. In the personalised treatments area, all five rooms are furnished with electronic, heatable anatomical tables, specially covered with a natural, seaweed-based fabric, with silk carpets and bathrobes whose grey colour was created by Frette especially for Bulgari. The fitness area features a wellequipped weight room and the latest line of Tecnogym machines. Outside, large, comfortable cushions cover the enormous teak relaxation deck, creating an inviting lounge connected to the large, 4000 square meters garden that surrounds the Hotel. The centre offers a complete range of carefully designed treatments, each of which permits access to all Spa structures, including the pool, steam room, outdoor

The pool - Leo Torri

The Spa entry area leads to the main hall with its spectacular swimming pool, which is completely mosaic tiled. The tiles on the upper portion of the pool, from the water’s surface to the last step, shine with gold leaf, while the floor and walls have emerald green mosaic tiles with streaks of gold. relaxation area and fitness centre. Based on the rhythms of a modern lifestyle, they draw their inspiration from the philosophies and techniques of ancient cultures the world over, translated into a wide variety of treatments that include aromatherapy, reflexology, Ayurvedic massage, and hot stone treatments, all based on holistic principles. Each treatment combines sophisticated massage and skin care techniques with

exclusive, scientifically advanced products that use top quality, absolutely pure ingredients: blends of essential oils and plant extracts are selected based on their specific properties and individual needs. Treatments are provided by a team of ten wellness experts, whose services are attentive to their clients’ needs. The team at the Hotel Bulgari Spa has received extensive training that includes the elements and

principles of aromatherapy and Ayurvedic techniques. A unique concept of wellness and a collection of treatments created for the Bulgari Spa ensure personalised care. Treatments offered include Bulgari Signature Experiences, Intensive Facial Treatments and Essential Body Massages. Speciality Treatments and Bulgari Half and Full Day Rituals, which combine several treatments, complete the menu.

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Eye on Design Rixos Hotels

Rixos Premium Bodrum welcomes the new season with a brand new concept and exclusive surprises Rixos Premium Bodrum becomes the preferred choice for visitors after the unique quality touches including Bvlgari hotel accessories Rixos Premium Bodrum, located at the Bodrum peninsula, surrounded by magnificient coastline and pine trees welcomes the the season with a distinct service touch, personalized service, new look. Its splendid island, luxurious rooms, suites, villas and private expanded living spaces are now filled with the stylish and

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exclusive Bvlgari personal care products. Rixos Premium Bodrum is also gaining instant fame by becoming one of the most exlusive setting to pop the famous question and create a dream scenery to render your marriage proposal a memorable one. The hotel suggests an amazing selection of venues from a romantic candle lit dinner on a small private island to flamboyant fireworks and Hollywood style setting. Other special interest attractions of Rixos Premium Bodrum, are magnificent honeymoon packages, wide range of accommodation

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selections for golfers and Rixy Club packages for the young and restless guests! The hotel even provides a safe heaven of serenity and relaxation for pregnant guest who can enjoy organic nutrition, maternity pillow, prenatal yoga and other tailor- made treatments for expecting mothers. If you are a spa aficionado, you will be able to enjoy world class treatments such as the signature Chocolate massage, Hot Stone Massage and other sublime curing experiences granting you inner peace and a metabolic and rejuvenating boost. For more traditional touch,


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you can opt for a Turkish bath, benefiting from a body scrub & foam massage with vitamin soaps leaving you with a velvet skin. The SPA is equipped with world famous equipment from Germany’s TRAUTWEIN, France’s MEDIC SYSTEM for slimming and cellulite treatments, and, FINEX skin care for outstanding facial therapies. The Hotel with fresh architectures, smaller number of rooms, extended private living spaces and a personalized service, has brought another touch of style and elegance into its bathrooms with the inimitable Bvlgari White Tea hotel accessories.

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Madinat Jumeirah

Almajlis The designlab events team: Hibah Albakree, Mootassem el Baba and Marwan Maalouf.  

edge: Could you please explain the details of the design process and the measures taken by the team? The design process took place between the offices in Dubai and Beirut that handles the production of all our projects.  After meeting with Madinat Jumeirah, we took a couple of weeks to come

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up with the full concept and renderings that we presented to them.  The entire concept was agreed upon and the journey began. We began by producing all the structural drawings that made the project happen.  Safety was our main priority, and building this project without damaging the site was our greatest challenge. This entire project was self supported with nothing hanging from the ceiling except for the lanterns and chandelier.    Once the structuring was done,  we then began sourcing all the materials and fine tuning

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all the details from the arches, chandelier, sofas, chairs, tables, and lanterns.  Every detail was drawn and sampled and it took many trips to Beirut to get every aspect covered so that it would all work together perfectly.   

edge: What were the main materials used in the project?  All our materials are sourced and manufactured in Lebanon whereby there are shipped to Dubai afterwards.  However, we had to special order the gold sheets that were laser cut and used on all the arches

in order to ensure durability.   The various materials used in this project were mainly the steel structure that created the modern Arabic style gold arches with laser cut gold sheets that were 8 meters high.  We also built the Steel structure that created the platform for the second level where we built all the Majlis lounge areas and was the main support for the entire project.  We designed and printed canvas for the colorful tapisserie pattern that was used behind the arches and created the wall of the Majlis.  We used Leather for all the beige arches


that were also on the wall of the Majlis, and the sofas were mainly made of leatherette with a suede feel to provide more luxury and comfort.  The dining chairs were customized for us and were leather along with all lacquered wood tables and gold metal legs. The buffet and live stations and chandelier were all created as light boxes to highlight their areas. Our lighting designers from Los Angeles drew the lighting plot for the entire Majlis to give a tranquil feel and cover all areas.

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edge: What was the team’s inspiration behind the idea of the Majlis? Our main focus from the beginning was the floor plan; a floor plan that would fulfill the briefing we received. However, we wanted to add character to the location as Dubai welcomes several nationalities hence we wanted to embrace that fact. Designing the Majlis on the second level with each arch gives guests privacy without the feel of isolation.  The middle section where the dining tables and lounges are situated is more of a casual open space where guests can interact with one another.  Once the floor plan was finalized, we then moved to the design aspect that was very much inspired by Islamic architecture mixed with a modern feel of luxury and hospitality.  We wanted the venue to feel cozy, relaxing and luxurious so our choices in furniture had to be of a high quality and finish. We intentionally chose different shades of beiges and creams and different textures in all the materials of the furniture so the venue could feel more real and above all pleasing and serene to the eye. The chandelier which was our main feature is a 25 meter diameter designed to complete the entire look.  

edge: How much time was consumed in order to complete the project? It took the team 2 months to manufacture this project and 15 full days on site to build it.  

designlab events DIFC , Gate Village GV05 Level 3 , Suite 303 P. O. Box 74274 Dubai , United Arab Emirates Tel.: +971 4 323 0 323 Fax: +971 4 323 00 11 E-mail: hiba@designlab.ae www.designlabevents.com

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Automotive: Porsche Cayman R

Porsche Cayman R The new top-of-the-range model for the mid-engine Coupés Lightweight with exceptionally sporting ambitions The Porsche alphabet reserves the letter R for very special sports cars: R for responsive and refined – but most especially for racy. The new Cayman R combines all these attributes without compromise. The mid-engine Coupé is lighter and more powerful than the Cayman S and therefore quicker and more efficient, and is designed purely for driving dynamics. With its specially adapted sports chassis, it provides an even more precise driving experience than the Cayman S. The main aim during the design of the Cayman R was to improve the two-seater even further in its performance, driving dynamics and agility through consistent weight reduction. Overall, the vehicle weight of the Cayman R was reduced by 55 kilograms to a DIN empty weight of 1295 kilograms compared with the Cayman S. This means that the Porsche engineers were able to reduce the power-to-weight ratio of the Coupé with standard manual transmission to 3.9 kilograms per horsepower, and the PDK version has 4.0 kilograms per horsepower. The largest savings were achieved through the use of lightweight components and doing without convenience

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fittings. For example, the series version is not fitted with an air conditioning system or radio, which results in 15 kilograms less vehicle weight. On the bodywork side, a further 15 kilograms was saved through the use of aluminium doors as used in the 911 Turbo. Light sports bucket seats do not just improve the driver's side support in bends, but they also contribute to a further weight reduction with a saving of around 12 kilograms compared with the conventional seats used in the Cayman S. The reduced door trim without storage compartment and with door opening strap, dispensing with the instrument cluster cover and the cupholder in addition to a wide range of minor measures round off the lightweight package. As for the 911 GT3/GT3 RS and Boxster Spyder, an optional lithium-ion lightweight construction battery is also available. In addition, the top model in the mid-engine Coupé is equipped with the lightest 19 inch wheels the entire Porsche program can offer. The 10 spokes are so finely designed – but still extremely robust – that the complete rim set only weighs 40 kilograms. The Cayman R's purpose and purist character can be seen at first glance. The extended silhouette of the bodywork, which has been lowered by 20 millimetres compared to the Cayman S,


combined with the distinctive fixed rear spoiler, the high-quality silver-painted wheels and numerous sporting emphases in both the interior and exterior ensures an individual appearance. The exterior mirrors together with the “PORSCHE” lettering on the side, the lateral air intakes and the rear spoiler top section – in contrasting black or silver, depending on external colour –, in addition to the black-framed headlights take design cues from the classical Porsche racing cars. Precisely this “PORSCHE” lettering was the trademark of the first Porsche with the “R” designation, the 911 R of 1967. It was created for racing sport use in a small series of 19 cars for a small circle of top private drivers and, of course, for the company itself. The “R” was a prototype based on the series Coupé with a 210 horsepower Carrera 6 engine and, thanks to its many plastic components and extremely sparse fittings, weighed only 830 kilograms. The 911 R demonstrated its stability and speed on the 84-hour “Marathon de la Route” on the Nürburgring in 1967, where Porsche used the race as a welcome endurance test for a new series component: Vic Elford, Hans Herrmann and Jochen Neerpasch won in a 911 R fitted with the new Sportomatic transmission. The successes cumulated. Entered by the factory, the 911 R was also a winner during the “Tour de France” driven by Gérard Larrousse in 1969.

Cayman R 3.4-litre six-cylinder engine with 330 hp (243 kW);rear wheel drive; six-gear manual transmission, optional seven-gear Porsche doubleclutch transmission (PDK);acceleration 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.0 seconds, 4.9 seconds with PDK; top speed 282 km/h (175 mph), 280 km/h (174 mph) with PDK; fuel consumption (NEDC) 9.7 l/100 km (3.43 gallons imp. per 100 miles), 9.3 l/100 km (3.29 gallons imp. per 100 miles) with PDK.

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Watches: Patek Philippe

Revolution in time:

Patek Philippe’s Annual Calendar Aficionados have long awaited a new Patek Philippe chronograph. Now, a year after having presented the world’s thinnest split-seconds chronograph, the Geneva workshops can delight connoisseurs with a new, self-winding chronograph wristwatch which is crafted entirely in-house: the Patek Philippe Ref. 5960P Annual Calendar Chronograph. The new Ref. 5960P is a complicated wristwatch with functions that are truly useful in everyday life. It features a totally new self-winding chronograph movement developed and manufactured by Patek Philippe and endowed with a further complication: the patented Annual Calendar mechanism.

The new caliber: Tradition and innovation in perfect harmony The new CH 28-520 IRM QA 24H chronograph caliber is a selfwinding mechanical movement with a flyback column-wheel chronograph, power-reserve indicator, Annual Calendar, and day/night display. It beats at a frequency of 28,800 semioscillations per hour (4 hertz), assuring an extremely constant balance amplitude and high rate accuracy. The winding power is delivered by a unidirectional 21K gold central rotor. Like all Patek Philippe mechanical movements, this new caliber displays the prestigious Geneva Seal. The chronograph mechanism is based on the venerable columnwheel principle for controlling the start/stop commands. However, it differs from classic Patek Philippe column-wheel chronographs by virtue of a remarkable innovation: The clamps do not control the engagement of a lever-mounted clutch wheel with the chronograph train but instead act on a disk clutch that transmits (chronograph running) or interrupts (chronograph stopped) the power between the fourth wheel and the chronograph hand. This is a highly reliable solution that eliminates the occurrence of backlash-induced hand jitter or bouncing because it does not involve the sudden meshing of teeth when the chronograph is started. It also replaces the conventional three-wheel chronograph train that for reasons of wear made it inadvisable to keep the chronograph running permanently. In this movement, the chronograph hand can be used without hesitation as a continuously running seconds hand; because this has no negative impact on the rate accuracy of the watch, the subsidiary seconds dial customarily found in many chronographs is no longer needed.

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August - October 2011


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