Archive | September, 2011

5 Lighting Fixture Ideas for the Home

30 Sep

I have an issue with spaces that don’t have the right kind of lighting, no matter how beautiful they may be.  Selecting the right kind of lighting and lighting fixture is paramount in completing a stylish look to your design.  

Here are 5 Lighting Fixture ideas for your home available at Galerie Vanlian:

Fire: Destroy the darkness of your room and enjoy the fire like light.

Fire: Destroy the darkness of your room and enjoy the fire like light.

Flower Lamp: Vanlian Design in plexi with hanging crystals, available in two sizes.

Flower Lamp: Vanlian Design in plexi with hanging crystals, available in two sizes.

Dream Light: Hand Made ceiling lamp in murano glass, in white and pink adding an eclectic mood to any space.

Dream Light: Hand Made ceiling lamp in murano glass, in white & pink adding an eclectic mood to any space.

Luccia: Floor and table lamps from our glamour collection.

Luccia: Floor and table lamps from our glamour collection.

Casa: Unique style of floor lamp, vase shaped.

Casa: Unique style of floor lamp, vase shaped.

5 Breathtaking Lighting Designs by Versace

28 Sep

I wrote last week how I am fond of Versace Home Collection designs because they get their inspiration from neoclassical, baroque, and ultra-modern lines of thinking.   I am amazed how they can  take their unique approach to things and apply to almost everything for the home including light fixtures.  Check these 5 breathtaking lighting fixtures (chandeliers and lamps) by Versace that you can get from Envy Interiors – which is your favorite?

Coste Chandelier (Versace)

Coste Chandelier (Versace)

Dedalo mini lamp (Versace)

Dedalo mini lamp (Versace)

Tronco Di Piramide Lamp (Versace)

Tronco Di Piramide Lamp (Versace)

Villa Fontanelle Lamp (Versace)

Villa Fontanelle Lamp (Versace)

Medusa Alogena Lamp (Versace)

Medusa Alogena Lamp (Versace)

Visit our Downtown showroom (near Beirut Souks) for more info or call +961.1.982982.

Warhol & the Advancement of Visual Arts

27 Sep

It is pretty neat how Andy Warhol set up a foundation with one mission: the advancement of the visual arts.

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

The Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

The Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

From the Foundation’s site:

When Andy Warhol died unexpectedly on February 22, 1987, he left a vast and complicated inventory of works of art and personal possessions. His will dictated that his entire estate, with the exception of a few modest legacies to family members, should be used to create a foundation dedicated to the “advancement of the visual arts.”

The ‘Water Drops’ Mirror in Copper

26 Sep

This Kare Design mirror is super stylish and unique: multiple mirrors in different shapes and sizes positioned side by side give you an interesting perspective on things.  Designed to mirror a shower of rain, it’s something to talk about!

Size: 1,35 x 0,78 x 0,035 m
Weight: 22 kg
Item number: 74895
(Available in different versions too)

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5 Sofas to Think About

23 Sep

Looking out my window this morning and seeing those gloomy skies, I didn’t want to leave my house.  Reality check: summer is over, fall is here, we’re all going to spend more time at home, and I’m thinking sofas!

Here are 5 Sofas for your living room available at Galerie Vanlian to think about:

The Amore Sofa: Show your love with this elegant four seater designed to fit many different needs.

The Amore Sofa: Show your love with this elegant four seater designed to fit many different needs.

Lolita: Elegant refined and sexy 3-seat & 2-seat sofas in grey color with adjustable headrest for full comfort.

Lolita: Elegant refined and sexy 3-seat & 2-seat sofas in grey color with adjustable headrest.

Extension: Three seater sofa with chaise longue, available in leather & fabric.

Extension: Three seater sofa with chaise longue, available in leather & fabric.

Twists: Sit, sleep, rest and enjoy the comfort of our colorful single elements sofa.

Twists: Sit, sleep, rest and enjoy the comfort of our colorful single elements sofa.

Antonio: Four seater sofa comfortable and spacious enough to fit the whole family.

Antonio: Four seater sofa comfortable and spacious enough to fit the whole family.

Be@rbrick Japanese Collectible Toys

22 Sep


Leave it to the Japanese to create something so simple that can get so crazy popular: Meet the Bearbrick designed and produced by the Japanese company MediCom Toy Incorporated. It’s a cartoon-style representation of a bear, plain and simple, and ready to be customized in a million ways.

A Plain Bearbrick Figurine

A Plain Bearbrick Figurine Before Customization/Personalization

And customized a bunch of different ways:

Bearbrick Toys in Jellybean, Pattern, and Flag Cusotomizations

Bearbrick Toys in Jellybean, Pattern, and Flag Customizations

Bearbrick Toys in Cute and Animal Configurations

Bearbrick Toys in Cute and Animal Configurations

But what I particularly like is the way artists and designers from around the world like Karl Lagerfeld and Vivienne Westwood have gotten involved in the process with their own design takes.  Something for me to think about….

Bearbricks configured by Artists

Bearbricks configured by Artists

5 Dining Room Sets by Versace

21 Sep

I am particularly fond of Versace Home Collection designs probably because they get their inspiration from neoclassical, baroque, and ultra-modern lines of thinking.  Check out 5 dining room sets by Versace you can get at Envy Interiors – which is your favorite?

Vanitas II Chairs + Vanitas II Round Dining Table (Versace)

Vanitas II Chairs + Vanitas II Round Dining Table (Versace)

Dotenko Armchair + Berenice Desk (Versace)

Dotenko Armchair + Berenice Desk (Versace)Unique Dining Table (Versace)

Unique Dining Table (Versace)

Unique Dining Table (Versace)

Privilege Dining Room Set (Versace)

Privilege Dining Room Set (Versace)

Bronzo (Versace)

Bronzo Dining Room Set (Versace)

Visit our Downtown showroom (near Beirut Souks) for more info or call +961.1.982982.

Arm Chair Elegance in Barock Pink

20 Sep

This Kare Design chair has all the makings to become a classic. The baroque forms conveys a sense of welcome warmth.  Just close your eyes and relax: this is a comfortable chair for your home or office.

Material: velvet, rubberwood, sponge, plywood
Size: 0,97 x 0,55 x 0,63 m
Weight: 16 kg
Item number: 75889

 

 

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Style & Pablo Picasso

16 Sep

When it comes to personal style, you can’t help but love him.

Pablo Picasso Posing as a Cowboy

Picasso posing as a cowboy showing presents given to him by Gary Cooper, 1958

Noteworthy Quotes by Picasso:

Everything you can imagine is real.

Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility.

God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephantand the cat. He has no real style, He just goes on trying other things.

My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.

 

Styling the Ferrari California

15 Sep
Ferrari California (2012)

The Ferrari California is the first Ferrari Gran Turismo with a mid-front 8-cylinder engine

Indubitably, this vehicle uncompromisingly combines sportiness with versatility but what I find breathtaking is the design and styling.

When designing the Ferrari California, Pininfarina opted for a classic, sculpted chassis, with a long bonnet and the passenger area slightly weighted towards the rear. The side of the car features a strong, dynamic, raked line. The line lifts at the height of the door handle to trace the outline of the typical Ferrari rear bumper. The air intake in the front bumper is enhanced by a traditional grille. The slender air intake vent on the bonnet and the side air vents both echo distinctive features of the 1957 Ferrari California 250.

Ferrari California in Blue

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