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Dear friends: summer is over. Luckily for Londoners, we can now easily turn our mind to the design and art world (and talks, and concerts) as indoor activities. Since I'm organizing my calendar, I thought it might be nice to share it with you. This is what I will attend:
I've visited Orient 499 during my first trip to Beirut in 2010 and I believe it's still one of the most astonishing shops I've ever entered (in the most extraordinary city I've ever visited). I am so enthusiastic that I've placed it within the top 5 things to see on my personal Beirut Guide for traveler friends... and actually Ilaria and Andrea loved it, hadn't you guys? :)
Orient 499 is a boutique featuring exclusive, original handicrafts and designer's creations. The founders are Middle-Eastern art lovers with an amazing taste for tradition and beyond belief sense for modernity.
Items vary from antiques to modern furniture, clothes and accessories mainly made in Lebanon, but also Turkey, Egypt, Morocco... what I've bought? A pair of decorated moccasins highly recommended by my dear friend Raffa, some delicately shaped and scented soaps and a unique ring.
Recently we've also received a gift from my lovely lovely beyroutina friend Tamima: a stunning silver pomegranate box for my collection. Many many thanks again Tami!
I was looking for some atypical and interesting place mats for my table (my beloved ones from HAY got machine washed by my no-more-so-beloved husband and got transformed into six very hairy wool clouds) and I bumped into this noticeable items.
Guess who is the seller (I believe the pictures sell the products very well). Answer and prices at the bottom.
I've met HEMA for the first time in the Marais and I thought it was the genius version of an H&M for housewares. Relatively low pricing of generic house goods, often with a Nordic and minimalist design.
The first HEMA opened in Amsterdam in 1926. Since 2014 HEMA is present in France, Spain and the UK.
They also have other products that I would recommend checking out, like: