Are you looking for luxury bespoke furniture in the Gulf region? Burgundy Furniture has just opened in Dubai!
Hardware has always been the jewelry of Kitchens and Baths. Small metallic elements tend to offer an exciting dynamic and character to simple and often run of the mill cabinets. While the cost of these items can sometimes seem high, the effect can bring a greater perception of quality and value to a home.
I respect and love to find products with recycled materials and sustainable initiatives. DuVerre Hardware prides itself on being both a high design product and being made entirely with Recycled aluminum. This achievement has made the products suitable for green projects such as LEED, BREEAM and Estidama. Du Verre manufactures its hardware using post-consumer recycled aluminum. Using post-consumer recycled aluminum reduces the generation of air and water pollution by 95% and requires only 5% of the energy that would otherwise be used in production of new metals. In addition, manufacturing this way generates a small fraction of the greenhouse gasses normally expelled in this process.
One of the many things I love about DuVerre hardware is that their designs have concepts and ideas behind them. The Polar CS01 knob (below) for instance reminds me of a cork screw, making it the ideal addition to a wine cabinet or cellar.
Some of my other favorites include the Lotus pull in matte black, which reminds me of the interior styling and furniture design of Jiun Ho.
Another favorite is the Pomegranate pull which I am in love with, particularly as DuVerre Hardware is able to achieve custom finishes like this Satin Brass on most of their pieces. The Golden tones are always ultra popular in Middle Eastern, North African and Indian markets. I am sure it has the potential to be a hit for Luxury Interiors in Dubai as well.
The RISE Collection by designer Christopher Smith has a lovely soft feel and asymmetry that would work perfectly in many contemporary and minimalist design schemes.
Have you used DuVerre Hardware on projects? What were your experiences? send me photos!
Thank you So much DuVerre Hardware for sponsoring Modenus + the Blog Tour London team!
~Laura of Arabia~
I was delighted to see BLANCO sponsor BlogTourLondon. I have specified BLANCO’s Stainless Steel kitchen sinks in the past, particularly in high rise residential buildings where I know I need a sink that can stand the test of time 100+ times over! BLANCO has been known for years (since 1925) as a quality German manufacturer of sinks and faucets.
The company has recently introduced a few slick and innovative products.
The architectural MODEX™ kitchen sink workstation, has an award-winning raised profile and modern cubic design. The product even won a 2012 Red Dot International Design Award. The product is resistant to heat, chips, scratches, food acids and offers an impervious Hygienic+Plus shield against bacteria and dirt. The sink retails around $1,750 US.
My favorite new faucet in their lineup is the Alta Compact. Sleek and sophisticated it is the ideal size for apartments and homes with smaller kitchens. The elegance of the two tone mixed with its clean lines makes it perfect for contemporary and classical styled homes. The ALTA compact faucet is offered is several finishes including Anthracite/Chrome, Biscotti/Chrome, Cafe Brown, Cinder/Chrome, Truffle/Chrome, White/Chrome or Satin Nickel. It Retails around $495 US.
Also loving the NAPA faucet with its elegant yet simple curve and upright posture.
BLANCO has strong leadership, innovation and global presence making it a reliable brand. The companies mission provides a strong base for customer satisfaction:
“BLANCO’s mission is to be the brand of choice in the luxury kitchen segment; offering our customers the highest quality and most innovative product with unsurpassed service.
BLANCO offers a large variety of award winning kitchen sink designs at all price points, with bowl configurations, bowl depths and installation styles available in both stainless steel and granite.
BLANCO offers a diverse collection of kitchen faucets, matching bar sinks and faucets, and functional kitchen accessories.
BLANCO mafufactures premium, patented, unmatched quality products utilizing safe technologies for our people and our environment.
BLANCO puts passion into our products and services because people are the cornerstone of our business.”
Thank you BLANCO for being a Modenus Blog Tour London 2013 sponsor!
~Laura of Arabia~
The inaugural edition of Downtown Design started yesterday below the iconic Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai. The event is being held under the patronage of Her Highness Shaikha Latifa Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. This four day Interior Design trade event has attracted designers from the UAE, US, Italy, France and Turkey, among others.
I sat down with Cristina Romelli Gervasoni to learn more about what is in store for the Dubai Design community.
Congratulations Cristina, on taking the leap to create the first edition of Downtown Design. What inspired you to create the show?
“Thank you! Based also on the success of both Art Dubai and Design Days Dubai and the growing interest in design in the region, it seemed like the perfect time to launch Downtown Design – particularly in light of the development of the new Emaar’s extensive plans for the Downtown area of Dubai.”
What makes Downtown Design different than the other design events in Dubai such as Design Days, INDEX, The Hospitality Show and Big5?
“Design Days Dubai is a fair aimed at those interested in collecting one off design pieces, showcasing through design galleries. Downtown Design is a trade fair aimed at global design brands who want to connect with and sell product to design industry professionals across the region. Downtown Design will, for the first time in the Middle East, bring together a selection of international design brands renowned for their quality products and focus on manufacturing craftsmanship. The fair will be unmatched in quality, with an emphasis on both showcasing the best in design and the newest trends.
Some of the brands showing for the first time at a design fair in the region are Vitra, one of the world’s most respected manufacturers of iconic design products, and Italian furniture maker Cassina, who will showcase a unique photographic project by Karl Lagerfeld. In addition, Fritz Hansen, Poltrona Frau, Gaia & Gino and Cykno, amongst others, will give talks on the craftsmanship and values behind the manufacturing of their products.
In many ways we will be similar the world’s leading design events which is why Downtown Design will be unique to the region. However our main difference is that exhibition is held in a unique atmosphere where you can really experience the core values of the brands.”
If there is one thing you wish for people to take from the show what would it be?
“I think the whole fair is an exciting proposition and it will introduce a new perspective on design placing a strong emphasis on quality and novelties. We hope to excite and inspire all visitors to the fair!”
How will designers be able to interact with the event?
“Downtown Design is primarily a trade event that will attract architects, real estate developers and interior designers from across the region which exhibitors can meet with and discuss design. The fair will provide a platform on which all design industry professionals and our exhibitors can come together and connect in an environment never experienced before in the region.
In terms of visitors, as well as visiting the designers exhibiting, they will also be able to enjoy a series of daily talks and panel discussions as well as exploring the three special installations – the Temporary Museum of New Design, the cornerstone event of Milan’s Design Week that has chosen Dubai to exhibit for the first time outside Milan. Nouvelle Vague, the platform that showcases up-and-coming French designers will showcase in the Middle East for the first time with a collaboration with UAE’s Khalid Shafar; and Danish craftsmen will demonstrate the detailed work that takes place in the factories in Denmark through producing two iconic chairs during the week in Craftsmanship at The Workshop.”
Here are a few of my favorites from the show:
If you are in town please be sure to stop by and check it out! The show is free for trade visitors and industry professionals who can attend between 12pm and 8pm daily. Members of the public can attend from 5-8pm on October 29-31st and 12-6pm on Friday for a fee of Dh50.
Follow along on social media using #DowntownDesign @DowntownDesignD and be sure to check my instagram feed for more on the spot photos laura_of_arabia
Stay Inspired Dubai!
~Laura of Arabia~