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issue 21 - August/September 2014
CURVE magazine cover August/September 2014
All Onboard the Ultimate Locomotive Experience

     The Japanese seem to love their trains: they’re the people behind the Bullet Train and their rail network is one of the best in the world. But, forget the morning commute, one designer has just created the ultimate seven-star locomotive experience. Ken Okuyama is more famed for his time designing cars with prancing horses on the grill. The designer worked on the legendary Enzo, among other four-wheeled thoroughbreds, but in recent years he’s turned to trains and the results are nothing short of miraculous.
Lebanese Cuisine Under Ibiza’s Sun

     Bursting with color, individuality, ambience and flavors, the Lebanese rooftop bar, Patchwork is the hottest new name on Ibiza’s gastronomic scene this summer. Open from sunset to 3 a.m., Patchwork, is rapidly becoming one of the places to be seen at Sa Punta, a local hotspot just down the road from Ibiza’s main town. Sitting alongside the iconic Sa Punta restaurant, Patchwork offers an early evening to early morning experience for those who don’t want the night to end. Opened by French couple Rolophe and Rita Sachs, Patchwork sits on the waterfront and offers breathtaking views of Talamanca Bay while you enjoy a relaxed, Lebanese dining experience. Whether you’re after cocktails or a great fattouch, Patchwork offers it all, in a modern, laidback setting. Popular among locals and visitors alike, Patchwork is the perfect place to take a, brief, break from the high-octane lifestyle of the ultimate party island.
100% Design

     The biggest design event in the UK, 100% Design, will return this fall to mark its 20th anniversary. Deemed the benchmark event for promoting design excellence and creativity, both within and outside the UK, 100% Design is the driving force of creativity and commerce during London Design Festival. The 2014 edition will be opened by international creator Philippe Starck, who will be unveiling ’Flexible Architecture’, his new ceramic tile collection for Ceramica Sant’Agostino.
Saluting Georges Nasr, the Humanist and Artist

     On December 27, 2013, Georges Nasr, a high ranking diplomat and photography aficionado, met a charming little girl called Laeticia. Beneath the sweet child’s beautiful smile lurked a disquieting secret - Laeticia’s grueling five-year battle with metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD), a rare genetic disorder that rips apart the nervous system. Georges’ eyes welled up as he immersed himself in snapping photos of the brave girl and her family. The connection he had with Laeticia was instantaneous and powerful, almost inexplicably so. Georges passed away shortly after this emotionally charged meeting. Laeticia also departed to a better place only four days following Georges’ unfortunate passing.
A Property that Speaks to the Owner’s Sense of Individuality

     Located in Bchamoun, in the mountains of Lebanon, lies the Yennar Residence, designed by Hassan Kanaan owner of Inaconcept, a local architecture and interior company. Made of custom materials, the design clearly reflects a desire for individuality.
Maison et Objet Paris’ Latest Endeavors

     The famous design expo, Maison et Objet is always moving with the times and this year is no different. Nearly 20 years ago, the show first came into being as an international gathering of interior designers and suppliers. Each year the show reinvents itself and the latest event is focusing on what it terms "Archi-Deco".
Local Artistic Talents Do Us Proud at Debut Southeast Asia Art Gathering

     The art world continues to seek talent in more ’exotic’ locations far and wide across the globe, and with eyes still glued to the booming Asian art market, new art gatherings are coming out there in full force. Much of these art shows don’t typically apply the Western blue-chip art fair formula and aim to be more reflective of the region they’re set in. Singapore Art Fair is one such large-scale exposition preparing for its inaugural outing later this year. We will be looking out for this newcomer because the contemporary art fair is the very first one in Asia to be fully dedicated to the emerging artists of the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia regions - shortened as MENASA.



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