Lady Tina Green to visit Dubai

Exclusive invitation for Lalique Maison launch event Monday April 21st, 2014 from 6:30-9:00pm

Exclusive invitation for Lalique Maison launch event Monday April 21st, 2014 from 6:30-9:00pm

Join me in welcoming Lady Tina Green to Dubai’s T Design for an exclusive exhibit of her collection for Lalique Maison. I look forward to both meeting and interviewing her about the exhibit and what brought her into the world of Luxury Interior Design.

Lady Tina Green and Pietro Mingarelli designers and makers of the Lalique Maison collection.

Lady Tina Green and Pietro Mingarelli designers and makers of the Lalique Maison collection.

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Hansgrohe Axor Starck V

The latest in bathroom mixers has taken an artistic and elegant turn with the Axor Starck V by world renowned designer Phillipe Starck for Hansgrohe. An elegantly formed glass shape encases a damatic display of water engineering in an elegant and playful way. Take a look:

Stay Inspired!

~Laura of Arabia~

World Design Capital Cape Town

Lionshead and table mountain, Cape Town, South Africa photo by Laura Bielecki via Lumia 1520

Lionshead and table mountain, Cape Town, South Africa photo by Laura Bielecki via Lumia 1520

World Design Capital has hit Cape Town and everyone is endorsing this stunning southern city. Time magazine just declared Cape Town the 2014 #1 City to visit. I checked it out first hand with a group of 10 bloggers from across the Middle East and North Africa thanks to World Design Capital sponsor Nokia.

World Design Capital Office, Cape Town. Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Asha 503

World Design Capital Office, Cape Town. Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Asha 503

Great video above about the World Design Capital with Alayne Reesberg CEO of the event as well as a quick overview of the Nokia Bloggers trip featuring a quick interview and a few snippets of yours truly.

Starting with the obvious scenery, the city has a 360 degree view of beauty.

Green Point Park, Cape Town Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Asha 503

Green Point Park, Cape Town Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Asha 503

Lionshead mountain from Camps Bay photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Lumia 1520

Lionshead mountain from Camps Bay photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Lumia 1520

Waves at the rocky shore in Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa. Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Lumia 1520

Waves at the rocky shore in Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa. Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Lumia 1520

Seashells, Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa. Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Lumia 1520

Seashells, Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa. Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Lumia 1520

Cape Town Coastline. Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Lumia 1520

Cape Town Coastline. Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Lumia 1520

And then there is the fresh and clean Architecture:

Bo-Kaap houses in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo courtesy Amer Sweidan (http://amersweidan.com/)

Bo-Kaap houses in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo courtesy my new dear friend Amer Sweidan (http://amersweidan.com/)

Cape Town City Center Architectural facade. Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Lumia 1520

Cape Town City Center Architectural facade. Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Lumia 1520

Art Deco Architecture in Cape Town. Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Lumia 1520

Art Deco Architecture in Cape Town. Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Lumia 1520

Architecture in Cape Town. Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Lumia 1520

Architecture in Cape Town. Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Lumia 1520

Modern Cape Town. Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Lumia 1520

Modern Cape Town. Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Lumia 1520

Luxury Cape Town Residence. Did you see the glass swimming pool?! Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Lumia 1520

Luxury Cape Town Residence. Did you see the glass swimming pool?! Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Lumia 1520

Cape Town luxury. Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Lumia 1520

Cape Town luxury. Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Lumia 1520

Cape Town Ferris Wheel at the V&A Waterfront.

Cape Town Ferris Wheel at the V&A Waterfront.

Many of the hottest designers in Cape Town are based in the Woodstock Exchange building.

Woodstock Exchange courtyard, Cape Town, South Africa. Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Asha 503

Woodstock Exchange courtyard, Cape Town, South Africa. Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Asha 503

I Heart Cape Town! @ The Woodstock Exchange. Photo by Laura Bielecki Via Nokia Asha 503

I Heart Cape Town! @ The Woodstock Exchange. Photo by Laura Bielecki Via Nokia Asha 503

Planters at the Woodstock Exchange. Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Asha 503

Planters at the Woodstock Exchange. Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Asha 503

A great group of bloggers, journalists and youtube stars from across the Middle East and Africa:

Nokia Discovery trip group @WDC2014 #CapeTown photo courtesy Daliah Shaer

Nokia Discovery trip group @WDC2014 #CapeTown photo courtesy Daliah Shaer

The Market:

African beaded jewellery in Cape Town via Lumia 1520

African beaded jewellery in Cape Town. Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Lumia 1520

African Masks at the Market. Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Lumia 1520

African Masks at the Market. Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Lumia 1520

Cape Town Market Center. Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Lumia 1520

Cape Town Market Center. Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Lumia 1520

Cape Town Market. Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Lumia 1520

Cape Town Market. Photo by Laura Bielecki via Nokia Lumia 1520

What makes Africa as a whole special is the creative ingenuity of its people against its surreal natural beauty. South Africa is host to an array of amazing Design medium, here are some of the ones I took note of:

South Africa currently produces approximately 50% of total world production of Mohair a soft and lovely natural material ideal for luxury textiles and upholstery.

Design InDaba (February) is the big Design show of the year. This year the city will also host a branch of 100% Design (April 25th-28th 2014)

Willow Lamp bespoke and custom made illuminated art pieces, chandeliers and lighting. Designed and assembled in Cape Town South Africa.

Willow Lamp Enchanted Faraway Tree

Willow Lamp Enchanted Faraway Tree

Currently exhibiting at Design Days Dubai, Southern Guild represents a variety of nearly 60 of today’s hottest South African Designers bringing limited edition pieces to the world market. Designers include Ronnel Jordaan a textile designers with 30 years of experience and uses only South African materials with local artisans.

Lalibella Chair by Ronel Jordaan

Lalibella Chair by Ronel Jordaan

Ndebele Chair by Ronel Jordaan

Ndebele Chair by Ronel Jordaan

Dokter and Misses is a married team who create furniture and fashion in Johannesburg.

Tears Lamp from Dokter and Misses

Tears Lamp from Dokter and Misses

Kassena Server by Dokter and Misses

Kassena Server by Dokter and Misses

David Krynauw lives on a small farm in Piet Retief South Africa near the Swaziland border. Designing and creating unique furniture is what motivates him. While exploring the art of woodwork he discovered the perfect way to express himself.

Haywire Chandelier by David Krynauw

Haywire Chandelier by David Krynauw

Design Team Fabrics Special South African Prints

Design Team Fabrics Special South African Prints

For more great African Inspiration, check out my Pinterest Board:

Luxury Interiors Pinterest Board AFRICA

Luxury Interiors Pinterest Board AFRICA

Explore our world!

~Laura of Arabia~