Wednesday, May 14, 2014


I have never had proper appreciation for 
"old world charm".
I find it often too "fru-fru" if you will and
it's often an over bombardment of gold if you will.

However, with this whole "old is new" phenomenon
comingback and hitting harder than ever.
I'm starting to seesome executions
that actually tickle my old soul I never
even knew I had.


is a lavishly decked out restaurant resembling
a luxurious historical apartment. 

The walls were previously the
'Abdallah Bustros Palace' in East Beirut.
The traditional Lebanese home layout has been kept
bringing the old 19th century home back to life.

''We did not get obsessive about the design …..Everything is a bit tongue in cheek; delightful and somewhat impish.'

The features were of the artist Idarica Gazzoni's unique Arjumand wallpapers.
These grace the walls like frescoes found in traditional royal palaces.
These wallpapers bring us back in time,
reminding us of the original intents of each these rooms.

''Every room stands alone and yet plays a part in the bigger composition. LIZA Beirut is welcoming, inviting…moments are savoured and prolonged…LIZA Beirut feels like a place where one wishes to live.''

'LIZA'  @ East Beirut
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Interiors by: Maria Ousseimi
Lighting by: JVL StudioTableware, corner bar & decorative objects by: Orient 499

 (the brand composes of LIZA Paris, L DE LIZA sandwich bar, LIZA CHEZ VOUS catering service and MEZZA LIA delivery service.  CANTINE LIZA is due to open in Paris this coming spring @ the Galerie Lafayette)


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