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issue 37 - April/May 2017
CURVE magazine cover April/May 2017
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Emanuele Svetti and Ascanio’s Limited Edition Designs for Boffetto

     Inspired by Italian street artist’s Ascanio’s painting Migration, the Migration to Cloud bookcase by Emanuele Svetti for Boffetto Form to Furniture is part of the ’Join Incastro Perfetto’ collection. With only 99 pieces available for purchase, the limited edition series unites art and design. The bookcase’s central part is made of an opaque white solid surface, while the front is made in printed and backlit glass. The bookcase is quite large, as it follows the dimensions of 386 by 144 centimeters and it can be hung on a wall. Its size and geometric design make it a standout piece in any space.
London’s Olivo’s Gets Redesign

     Once designed by Pierluigi Piu, Sardinian restaurant Olivo, located on London’s Eccleston Street, has been refurbished after 25 years of success by the original architect himself. Still inspired by the proprietor’s home island Sardinia, Piu’s redesign of Olivo evokes the ancient weaving technique, pibiones, which translates to grained texture through the wide natural stone bas reliefs.
Lakay Creation Sets your Homes Apart

     Located a walk away from Beirut’s iconic waterfront, Lakay Creation is your ultimate destination for the design, production and installation of home furniture, tailored to your needs and space. Specialized in custom made kitchens, bedrooms, TV units, wardrobes and cabinetry, Lakay Creation was founded by wood experts passionate about bespoke manufacturing. With state of the art technology and cut to size machinery, the group is now bringing its experience to homes. The team of in house designers and interior architects can undertake a full home or office design project or a specific item assignment. In the heart of Bab Idriss, this upscale showroom spreads over two floors and features creative and bold designs made out of eco friendly wood products and anti bacterial European accessories and equipment.
Grohe Revamps Popular Range of Faucets

     Originally launched 10 years ago, ’Lineare’ by Grohe ranks among the design classics in the brand’s line up, and now, its DNA has been taken to the next stage of its evolution by the team at the Grohe Design Studio. Known for its slim dimensions and clearly defined silhouette, the range combines Grohe’s most slender faucet body with a flat spout and a visually restrained lever. Its architectural appearance blends cylindrical shapes with elegant straight edges into a seemingly weightless design.
Marbled Furniture Inspired by Sketches

     "Doodles are simple drawings that can make sense of concrete representation, or may simply be abstract forms," says Italian designer Roberto Giacomucci about the source of inspiration of one of his latest collections, ’Doodling’. Consisting of white Carrara marble furniture pieces, Giacomucci’s ’Doodling’ continues the designer’s experimentation with merging playful designs with sophisticated materials and forms. Fully made with CNC milling machine 5 axis, the objects were rounded out to contain metal backs made of copper and brass and then finished with a laser cutting machine. The marble the finest in the world was combined with waste marble that came from other processes. ’Doodling’ contains a number of tables and shelving solutions, and includes four different designs that come in various sizes and shapes.
Celebrates their 20th Anniversary in Beirut

     Roche Bobois, the French editor and distributor of high end contemporary furniture, recently celebrated their 20th anniversary in Beirut. An auction of ten pieces of Mah Jong, the iconic Roche Bobois modular sofa, designed by Hans Hopfer, were reinterpreted by ten of the capital’s artists and designers which were then auctioned. A staggering USD 86,300 was raised and 100% of the proceeds went to Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon.
Nature Captured by Christoffer Relander

     "For over a year now, I’ve been collecting landscapes in jars using analog double exposures," says Finnish photographer Christoffer Relander about his latest artwork, ’Jarred & Displaced’. "In this project, I’ve realized a childish dream. I play with the idea of being an ambitious collector, conserving my environments in a large personal collection." The project consists of a series of mason jars, which display gray scale photography of Finland’s countryside. With analog multiple exposures, Relander manipulates the film in camera, rather than by using external software, like Photoshop. The double exposures are then exposed on medium format film, which Relander develops and scans himself.
Jaime Hayon’s Architectural Installation for Fuorisalone

     In collaboration with leading quartz manufacturer Caesarstone, Spanish designer Jaime Hayon’s ’Stone Age Folk’ was inspired by flora, fauna and folklore from different cultures. An architectural pavilion that references the Crystal Palace built in London’s Hyde Park in 1851, ’Stone Age Folk’ combines over 48 Caesarstone colors with metal and stained glass. "The underlying idea behind the collaboration was to raise the Caesarstone material to another level and accentuate its noble qualities," says Hayon. "This proved to be a really interesting inspiration, using the Caesarstone quartz in an artistic context and exploring new ways that bring a luxurious quality to the material." Meticulously handcrafted and implanted into the metal frame of the pavilion, the quartz material was applied as a precious jewel. Employing traditional high end stone marquetry and stained glass window techniques, Hayon imbued the space with his eccentric spirit and artistry creating a fantasy world made of different colors, forms and shapes.
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