13. September 2016
For our anniversary we bring the world to your home – today: Casablanca! Discover secret spots of the city and lifestyle trends – exclusively told by our partners.
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We arrive in Casablanca, Morocco’s biggest city, in the morning and try to wave down a taxi. There are no traces of the cult film of the same name here, however. Present-day Casablanca is an industrial city. In Morocco the taxis are of a different colour in every city, and in Casablanca what we are looking for is red.
Together with Ms Jihad Elyouns, who manages KARE Casablanca, we take a walk around the port, the largest in North Africa. There’s no better place to eat freshly caught fish, accompanied by a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, which tastes fruitier and sweeter here than anywhere else.
Duly fortified we set off to the first destination on our tour: Hassan II mosque is Casablanca’s top attraction. We are impressed not just by its incredible size, but also by the many elaborate details which decorate this magnificent edifice, including the most intricate mosaics stretching as far as the eye can see. In the courtyard we spend a few minutes marvelling at the minaret before being led by a guide through an impressive archway into the interior. The prayer hall alone can accommodate 25,000 people!
The core of every Moroccan town is the ‘medina’, explains Jihad Elyouns. This is the old quarter surrounded by the historical city walls, in which you can experience the country’s traditional hustle and bustle. In particular you will find a fascinating market here, where everything is available which the traditional or contemporary Moroccan heart can desire: from olives to mobile phone cases. So we enter the medina of “Casa”, as the locals affectionately refer to their city.
There are irresistible aromas coming from the vegetable stalls, and we’re soon ready to try a further Moroccan dish. We order a tagine, a traditional dish prepared in the cooking pot of the same name with the funnel-shaped lid. We order a vegetarian tagine with couscous, together with braised lamb and vegetables. The fact that all the ingredients are cooked together in the clay cooking pot means that the aromas combine to form a delicious dish which we will be sure to order several times more.
To round off the meal there is the traditional thé à la menthe, a sweet tea brewed ceremonially from fresh mint. As we drink our tea we stroke the restaurant cat, one of the many well-fed moggies we notice wandering around.
And there is one more domestic pet – in Moroccan households a tortoise is as common as a dog or a rabbit in our own homes.
And how do people live in Morocco? “It varies, like everywhere else. In general the whole extended family lives under the same roof, because families are very close here. We tend to furnish our homes in the modern style – the traditional tiles, golden fittings and oriental arches tend to be found more in tourist hotels or traditional homes. However, glossy modern furniture really appeals to us – we furnish our homes colourfully and with modern eggshell chairs, for example, and we also really appreciate modern technology. I hardly know anyone who has less than two mobile phones!”
1. Deco Object Toto XL Silber | 2. Pendant Lamp Galaxy Dining Cinque | 3. Carpet Spike Elegance | 4. Bar Stool Posh Silber Pink | 5. Bar Stool Posh Silber Dunkelblau | 6. Bar Stool Posh Muddy Cocoa | 7. Rockstar Bar Table Alu | 8. Vase Rose Multi Rosegold Small | 9. Vase Art Pastell Pink | 10. Vase Art Pastell Lila
And so we continue on our way through the streets with the white houses which give Casablanca its name. We are impressed by the interplay between the modern and the traditional which you find here at every level. Opposite Notre Dame de Lourdes Cathedral we find a highly modern interpretation of the Moroccan archway. The cathedral itself as a modern building with wonderfully beautiful glass mosaics which plunge its interior into a magical light.
We are overcome by the many sights, smells and sounds of the city. “Casa” is a modern city which is home to the automobile industry, banks, universities and football clubs.
We end the day with a luxurious dinner accompanied by live piano music in Rick’s Café, which we know from our beloved movie “Casablanca”. By the way, it is based on the restaurant in the film, and not the other way around. Wine is served here, which can’t be taken for granted everywhere in Morocco.
After oysters, goat’s cheese with lavender and honey and a fish tagine, we order a Moroccan orange salad for dessert, which consists only of the country’s own tasty oranges, a little cinnamon and mint. The perfect end to an opulent dinner!
This is how a day in Casablanca ends, and shortly after one of the precious red taxis stops to pick us up we fall into bed after another glass of mint tea in our ‘riad’ (a traditional small family hotel with a courtyard).
KARE Casablanca | 33- Avenue Mohamed Sijilmassi, Ex Phare, Bourgogne | Casablanca, Marocco
We meet in a garden – it’s a very relaxed start to a day of impressions with Moira, owner of the KARE store in Santa Cruz. The meeting point is the Biocentro Guembe Mariposario orchid garden located a little outside of the city. In European terms the drive there by taxi is very affordable, and it’s worthwhile.
Moira welcomes us warmly in the effusive fashion which is so typical of Bolivia. She talks about the local flora and fauna with enthusiasm and a love for her country and its people – for example the Amboró National Park in the West with its tropical lowlands, impressive volcanoes, mountainous cloud forests with gigantic red table mountains, forests with giant ferns and Andean dry valleys. Only 18 km from Santa Cruz in the other direction are the sand dunes of Lomas de Arena. “When I want to take a little time out and get away from the hectic life of the city, I jump into the car and drive into the dunes. Here you can let your thoughts drift across the endless expanses and breathe deeply – far from the madding crowd it’s the perfect place for me to find inner harmony and regenerate my energies.”
We sense the deep commitment to nature which Moira has in every fibre of her being, and are caught up by her enthusiasm as soon we enter the park. It’s a miniature paradise with huge aviaries for birds and butterflies, a breathtaking landscape with numerous pools which look cool and inviting. While we stroll through the park Moira tells us about the spirit of optimism and growth which characterises Santa Cruz. The increasing receptiveness of the country to innovation is attracting more and more enterprises to bring art, design and the avant-garde into the city, turning it into a multicultural hotspot. She believes that the quality of the available materials, in particular Bolivia’s premium-quality wood, is a huge advantage.
Back in the busy traffic of the city we drive with her to the KARE store. “Decoration is essential: we love decorating our homes and applying little details to change the appearance of a room overnight. Not only that, a piece of furniture can also be given more charm if it is combined with an accessory like a picture, a vase or a lamp. Radiance and brightness are also essential factors in designing a home. They can create a touch of elegance in any room, while natural materials such as wood create an impression of cosiness and warmth. It’s part of the typical KARE spirit to give free rein to the rebel in you – to take risks. Don’t simply go along with the trend, do your own thing and mix colours and shapes in any way you want – this will turn your home into a place where you feel really good.”
Und es gibt ein weiteres Haustier: eine Schildkröte ist im marokkanischen Haushalt so selbstverständlich wie bei uns Kaninchen oder Hund.
Und wie wohnt man in Marokko? „Es ist so unterschiedlich, wie überall anders auch. Generell wohnt meist die ganze Großfamilie unter einem Dach, der Familienzusammenhalt ist hier wirklich sehr ausgeprägt. Wir sind modern eingerichtet, die traditionellen Fliesenarbeiten, goldenen Armaturen und orientalischen Torbögen sind eher in touristischen oder traditionellen Häusern zu finden. Wir mögen aber sehr gerne moderne Hochglanzmöbel, richten uns farbenfroh und mit modernen Schalenstühlen ein und wissen moderne Technik sehr zu schätzen. Ich kenne zum Beispiel kaum jemanden, der weniger als zwei Mobiltelefone besitzt!“
Moira goes on to show us her favourite pieces. Such is her enthusiasm for interior design that we ourselves are infected and begin in our thoughts to redecorate our own apartment. We round off a day full of experiences and new impressions at the Jardin de Asia, a restaurant with outstanding sushi and an enchanting ambience. “It’s not typically Bolivian, but you’ve still got plenty of time to experience that.
“It’s not typically Bolivian, but you’ve still got plenty of time to experience that. Be sure to try sopa de mani, it’s a Bolivian speciality – a substantial groundnut soup with chicken legs or beef, and majadito, rice with fried eggs and plantains”. When she sees the expressions on our faces Moira begins to laugh. “For Europeans the combination may be highly unusual, but no risk, no fun! Give it a try – you won’t regret it,” she says with a wink – and of course she turned out to be right.
Jardin de Asia – Av Marcelo Terceros Bánzer, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivien
La Rinocanda – Km 7 Camino a Porongo, desvío Buen Retiro, zona del Urubó, Santa Cruz, Bolivien
OGA – 24 de septiembre 242, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivien
KARE Santa Cruz | Avenida San Martín 554, Barrio Equipetrol | Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia | email@example.com | Tel +591 3 3435444
It’s still early in the morning but the sun is already warming our face and we are looking forward to a city stroll through Nicosia with Myrto, Interior Designer at KARE Nicosia. Our first impression of the city is already a dream. Buildings from a variety of periods directly besides each other give us a fascinating impression of then and now. Suitably to this the busy and loud streets of a capital change into quiet and relaxing lanes one would expect in a small Cypriot village.
Myrto welcomes us like old friends and we directly fall in love with her open and fun-loving nature, while she guides us to the Ledras Street and the Phaneromeni Square in the historical center. Here we can feel the multicultural background of the city and gaze architecture from the middle ages. At Ledras Street you can also experience the “Green Line” – Nicosia is the only divided European capital. After those first sensations for us Nicosia-beginners, Myrto guides us to the Ayios Antonios market. The scent of fresh fruits and vegetables leads us the last meters and then a great, colorful picture opens up right in front of our eyes. We amble through the hustle and bustle and grant us some extra sweet melon and grapes every once in a while. From those grapes the Cypriots make great wine and two really typical Cypriot drinks, we shouldn’t miss to taste. One is Zivania, a grape marc spirit, also used for medical purposes, we are curious… and Commandaria, the oldest branded wine on earth, a sweet dessert wine. After this appetizing visit to the market, Myrto gets us to her favorite Café “To Aponmero” – The Secluded. We get to know the interior favorites of the Cypriots by our Interior Desinger and indulge ourselves an iced coffee and a sweet something in a great atmosphere.
“Due to their joy of travelling and the multicultural impacts Cypriots are very well informed about the design trends all over the world and established a cosmopolitan mindset. The mostly prefer contemporary design in a mixture with timeless key pieces.”
Myrto now leaves us for a client and we enjoy the city center and follow her tips with a visit of the Venetian wall and a stroll through the small and quiet roads of Nicosia. In the evening we meet our Interior-Cypriot at “Ermou 300”. We enjoy a Souvla and also try the Halloumi, Myrto highly recommended, next to the traditional Sausage “Horiatika Loukanika”. The perfect ending of the day is a cocktail at the “Lost and Found Bar”. Here you don’t only get the best cocktails in Cyprus, the Bar is on the list of the 50 best bars in the world. ENJOY 🙂
Function – Less is not always more, particularly in smaller rooms it’s important to give functional furniture enough space.
A floor lamp that fits your style – The right floor lamp gives a great atmosphere at any time, midnight coffees or a gathering with friends and family.
Coziness for your floor – Your home has an essential ingredient: the floor. Upgrade it with a stylish carpet and enjoy the extra comfort.
“To Patrikon” – On your way from the Airport to the Capital, Nicosia, stop by this tavern and experience modern and traditional creative dishes.
“Lost and Found bar“
“ΠΙβο” – local Microbrewery
Club: “WSTD” Club – The acronym translates to Wasted. It is modern, loud and progressive. “State” Club – one of the most successful clubs in Nicosia
KARE Nicosia | 28 Octovriou No.24 2414 Engomi | Nicosia, Cyprus | firstname.lastname@example.org | Tel 77778887
This city of contrasts fascinated us very quickly. Besides the typical eastern charm, caused of the past communism, Sofia is a green and a vibrant as well as pulsating city. Crumbling facades, magnificent buildings and modernism make a charged relationship, which you cannot escape from. This is why many creative heads and people from all over the world, who are interested in art and culture, travel to the capital of Bulgaria. You can find street art and many curiosities at every corner. Looking around with open eyes, you can explore so many things: Basement kiosks, traffic lights controlled by hand, Street Art (from graffiti and paste ups to installations) and the Vitosha mountains, which startdirectly behind the border of the city and invite you to go hiking, skiing, and snowboarding.
But let’s take one thing at a time.We meet up with Dimitar, the store manager of KARE Sofia, at the academic national theatre Iwan Wasow. The fact that he is too late, doesn’t upset us. Meanwhile we are fascinated by the dancers of any age, who gather together in front of the theatre and dance creatively to the music. You should have enough time on your hands to relax and allow your creativity full bent. The welcoming is, just as we expected it to be, very warm. And thankfully we have the right shoes, because we don’t walk directly to the KARE shop. If anything, to the contrary: We are going to start a very special city trip. Let’s go to the Tsar Ivan Shishmann Street. This street is the center for an all alternative culture with their beautiful facades of the partly ancient buildings, many bars, cafes, restaurants, galleries, book stores, antiques and furniture boutiques. And all goes at a fair Price. Our first stop is the Raketa Rakia Bar near the lovely Zaimov parks. We are impressed by this hotspot and the confidently stylish taste of Dimitar in every sense: The food, the atmosphere, the ambient (inspirited from socialism and classic retro design) – everything is a match. Fortunately we are happy to try out new-to-us cuisine and don’t reject the typical hangover food – Shkembe Chorba. How I was taught by my Hungarian grandmother, you have to bring a big appetite with you when you travel to all eastern European countries. A couple of hours will fly by with a lot of courses of traditional food like Shkembe Chorba, Banista (kind of borek), and Bulgarian yogurt (“Kiselo mlyako is the best and healthiest yogurt all over the world”, says Dimitar) and a lot of Rakia – this restaurantis famous for this kind of drink, next to their delicious food. Incidentally, Rakia has a percentage of alcohol from 40 to 80! We drink very good Bulgarian water with gas as well. So we have enough time to learn something about Dimitar and the Bulgarian culture.
“We are very close up to the nature, love the proximity to the mountains and take a lot of care of the quality of the food or the facility. You noticed that, for example, by tasting our yogurt or our sparkling water, we are proud of our produce and this is why we try to preserve and take care of our precious resources. Our home should exude warmness and comfort, too. The Bulgarians love untouched wood, earthy and pastel colors. Especially the vintage look is much loved here. We love the combination of the contrasts, the style mix and the maverick things. Don’t be adjusted and act and think compliant to rules. We are likely to have this attitude because of our past. Why shouldn’t we place the table football in the living room? Your home should reflect your character – underline your personality with furniture you really love. And last but not least, I want to remind you: Be inspired, always and everywhere – stay open for new things, “Think out of the Box!”
1. Oil Painting Cow 100×120 cm | 2. Bar Lady Rock Vintage | 3. Carpet Square Mix It 170x240cm | 4. Side Table Bear | 5. Floor Lamp Nature Straight | 6. High Chest Rodeo 3 doors 8 drawers | 7. Bar Stool Lady Rock Vintage
Is placed in the heart of the capital. you can feel the spirit of Sofia and to see the great architecture of the city.
Is Bulgaria’s national theatre, the oldest and most authoritative theatre in the country and one of the important landmarks of Sofia.
Address: 17 Yanko Sakuzov Blvd., the restaurant offers different rakia (traditional alcohol drink) Delicious food. The interior design is specific, inspired by socialism and all retro items from that time.
Adress: 45 Todor Kableshkov Str., with a nice garden and first-class menu, sushi and grill.
Adress: 16 Tsar Osvoboditel Bvld., the roof top bar on the 9th floor gives you an excellent view over Sofia http://www.sensehotel.com/en/roof-top-bar.html
Adress: 1 Bulgaria Bvld., great night and day club furnished by KARE, here was filmed one of the most popular action series in Bulgaria – Undercover. http://www.planetclub-bg.com/
KARE Sofia | 257 Okolovrusten put Str. | Sofia, Bulgaria | email@example.com | Tel +359 2 46 07 123
The capital of Austria still retains some shimmer of its golden times with extraordinary Baroque buildings, its charming historical princess “Sissi” spirit from the imperial era and the famous Viennese Art Nouveau. Until today, you can book city tours by “Fiaker”, which is a historic horse carriage. However, at a very high price. We opt to begin our journey with a walk – to the so called Naschmarkt. Here we meet the interior professional Andy Pietrasch from KARE Vienna. “The food market here is an absolute hotspot of Vienna and really multicultural. There is everything your heart desires: Fruit, cheeses, specialties. The special thing here for me is the flea market. It takes place on Saturdays before 18:00 h and it is an incredibly inspiring place for me. There’s really soul in it. Sometimes I see great pieces which send me right on a journey through time! ” We can only agree with that and Andy gives us an important advice: “A light and clean interior style with straight lines and only a few colors is flexible and timeless. In combination with a personal item, a unique piece or an antique treasure the look is getting complete and receives a really individual touch. So don’t hesitate to combine the reduced in style Italian leather sofa with a playful chandelier. Contrasts create tension!
After a few minutes, we reach Mariahilferstraße, one of the trendiest shopping streets of Vienna. Surrounded by stylish cafes and bars, the KARE City House is located in the direct neighborhood of the Museum Quarter: gifts, accessories, large dining tables, retro furniture and unique pieces of solid wood are only some of the highlights in Andy’s store. Come by when you are in Vienna! Andy is looking forward to meeting you. Now we are craving a relaxing snack and a good drop of red wine – because Vienna is the only metropolis in the world that produces serious quantities of wine! Andy takes us to Mayer am Pfarrplatz, Vienna’s oldest restaurant. Here, in the “Beethoven House”, the great composer lived for a while. In the grapevine-overgrown patio, we get a nice table in the shade. Our recommendation: A glass of “Wiener Gemischter Satz”! It is made of a whole variety of grapes that are being cultivated in mixed areas, but harvested all together and further processed. This wine is particularly diverse. A typical Viennese specialty, and it tastes very good!
As the highlight of our visit we try Andy’s favorite dish: Mohnnudeln!
The small gnocchi-like noodles are a sweet dish, dressed with sugar, butter and poppy seeds and served with pickled plums. https://www.wien.info/de/einkaufen-essen-trinken/wiener-kueche/rezepte/mohnnudeln
1.Brooklyn Walnut Bar Table 40x40cm | Brooklyn Walnut Side Table 50x50cm | 3. Candle Holder Wire Schwarz 50cm | 4. Sofa Lorenzo | 5. Money Box Skull Crystal Silver | 6. Pendan Regina Clear | 7. Shelf Comb Black 127x120cm
Culture at its finest: The Art Café at the Hundertwasser House! Löwengasse 41-43, 1030 Wien
For Austrian cuisine and good home cooked food at very fair prices, visit the Rebhuhn: http://www.rebhuhn.at/
International cuisine on gourmet level http://www.cafeansari.at/ at Café Ansari
The living room above the roofs of the city: The “Dachboden” in the 25-hour hotel (just a 10 minutes walk from KARE City House). Lerchenfelder Straße 1-3, 1070 Wien http://www.25hours-hotels.com/de/museumsquartier/restaurant/25hours-dachboden.html
KARE Cityhaus | Mariahilfer Strasse 5 | A-1060 Vienna | firstname.lastname@example.org | Tel +43 1 5856211
KARE Designhaus/SCS Park | Autoallee 7, Top 4-12 | A-2334 Vösendorf | email@example.com | Tel +43 1 6982082-00
Another highlight on our trip around the world. Visiting a stunning beautiful countryside that even fascinated Darwin. It’s one out of 17 Megadiverse-Countries –with a genuine love for Mother Nature, the protection of the whole environment is part of their constitution, and you will see and feel it all around. Despite its relatively small size Ecuador is home to an astounding array of wonders that include picturesque colonial towns, Amazonian rainforest, the spectacular peaks of the Andes, two vulcanos and of course the fragile but alluring Galápagos Islands. It’s almost indescribable.
Let’s start in a truly special town: Ecuadors‘ capital Quito. Fun fact: 2,850m above sea level it is the highest official capital city in the world. We have booked a neat and familiar hostel in the Old-town San Blas. With their great amount of churches, splendid palaces and monastery gardens full of corners, idyllic patios, cafes and museums – it is the most interesting of whole Southamerica.
After a great tasting breakfast we leave the Jumbo Lodging and drive to the center of Quito with both, rain jacket and our swimming suit. It’s kind of a wise decision, if you take a look over the green hills up to the snow-covered summits of Pichincha or Tungurahua. We take a cab, but you can also easily go by bus (1 Dollar for 1 hour). We do not recommend driving on your own, cause of aggressive drivers, poor road conditions, often long distances between tour destinations and car thefts.
15 minutes later we arrive at Miguels (shopowner of KARE Quito) beloved restaurant Achiote. We first have our well deserved Batido (kind of a great tasting milkshake). With Miguel we instantly go into raptures about the culinary diversity. He gives us useful advice, what we really need to try. Chicha Murada is hard to get used to. It’s a drink made of ferment black corn. But you have a great amount of exotic juices made of tree tomatoes or Naranjillas for example. When we told Miguel, that the food offered in the hostel really tastes great, but the coffee is a bit watery – he almost laughed hisself to death. It is irony of history that in a land with the finest coffee beans you often consume instant coffee, most in the countryside. The diversity of the landscape also reflects in the multifariously food. On the one side you have the Andes, Miguel tells, where the local population favours corn and potatoes. Try Llapingachos (kind of pan cake made with potatoes and cheese). You might also know the popular Quinoa – also roots in the Andes. Miguel is quite enthusiastic about Ceviche (raw marinated fish or seafood), consumed in the coastal regions. We recommend to all Europeans: Cuy (grilled guinea pig). Enough talking about food…
Miguel takes us to his KARE Store. His breast swells with pride as we arrived at this scarlet, detached Shop built with love for detail. Fred greets us at the entrance. Miguel can’t wait to show us his personal highlight – the coffee table. To him it means a lot more than just furniture to rest your feet or throw your keys. He tells us, for the people raised up in his country, it is the center of all happenings. The family gathers around it, talking, drinking, eating – simply having a good time. You just have to be aware of the right size in comparison to your roomsize. Another trend in Ecuador 2016 are earthy tones and materials like wood, metal and leather. People attach importance to organic products, like deciduous woods, especially the dark ones are very popular. He gives us some useful tips for smaller apartments: use neutral colors (less than four), light (weight and color) carpets combined with glamorous accents in gold and copper. If you prefer it a bit more cosy – just focus on warm, dark keypieces.
1. Pendant Jungle Tre | 2. Sideboard Rodeo 3 Türen 4 Schubkästen | 3. Deco Figure Sitting Fox | 4. Sofa Cubetto 3-Seater | 5. Carpet Brick Orange 170x240cm | 6. Coffee Table Horizon 90x65cm | 7. Wall Clock Old Town | 8. Chair Cigar Lounge | 9. Floor Lamp Knit | 10. Authentico Desk | 11. Office Swivel Chair Cigar Lounge
Hike to the volcano Pichincha: http://de.wikiloc.com/routen/wandern/ecuador/pichincha
Restaurant Achiote: http://achiote.com.ec/home/
We would like to introduce to a City that won our hearts instantly: Panama City, or Casco Viejo, to be precises – which means Old City. This is where the historic part of Panama is located, whose structures are in major parts trackable back to the 19th century. Its origins are located way more back, but after some pirate attacks in the 17th century, apart from some murals not much is left. Since 1997 the Old City is UNESCO heritage. We think: this title is well deserved!
On our relaxing walk through the streets we immediately fall in love with the charming, renovated building, and cannot decide on what to take pictures of first. The facades in colonial style are splendidly decorated and the windows have the typical round arches. What a fantastic picture!
We have arranged to meet Paolo, KARE Panama’s shop manager. Unfortunately there are no house numbers, that is why it takes us some minutes to find the ice cream parlor called La Michoacana located in Av. B. – but in Panama time is running a bit slower, so Paolo is not angry at us when we arrive a little late. And that gelato is delicious! Paolo explains that this is one of the best places to eat ice cream – 100% natural and homemade.
La Michoacana is originally from Mexico and kind of an ice-cream-branch, consisting of a network of regional family-run businesses. The key to success! Refreshed and relaxed we continue our walk: around the corner at Calle 8a Este there is a flea market we are heading to.
By the way: we don’t consider ourselves souvenir-hunters, but in Via Veneto, at lovely lady Flory Saltzman’s, we can admire handicraft made by various indigenous people, and they are even ready to be bought: Handmade baskets, traditional necklaces – called “Chaquiras”- und the famous “Molas”: the detail-heavy embroideries on rectangular pieces of fabric, which are produced to ornate cushions, bags and items of clothing. The lady even has her own little online shop where you can order the beautiful pieces to be shipped to your home! https://www.florymola.com/
On our way back we grab a bite to eat. Paolo recommends “Carimañolas”: Fried manioc made from yucca roots is being filled with meat, cheese and boiled eggs. Yummy finger food for on the go!
Apropos on the go: Panama’s infrastructure is very well developed, you can go everywhere by bus. If you don’t feel like staying in the city, you could take the bus to go to Santa Catalina and walk to a dreamlike sandy beach from there. Pure nature and almost deserted!
Our next destination is Paolo’s KARE Shop. We are inspired: on two levels you can admire designer furniture. Paolo himself loves to include natural elements in his interior styles: Natural colors such as beige or khaki and wooden furniture with unique texture are the key pieces for his furnishing dream. Don’t miss the glamorous factor! Paolo combines a down-to-earth style with golden accessories. An exciting contrast and absolute eye catcher! Out personal highlight: The Banana Vase! Smiles guaranteed.
1. Coat Rack Bush | 2. Pendant Pipe Milk Eight | 3. Vase Banana | 4. Chest Hunters Lodge | 5. Cushion Loops und Casareccie | 6. Glasses Gobi | 7. Bowl Network Gold | 8. Sofa My Desire Khaki | 9. Carpet Gobi Desert | 10. Table Wild Jungle | 11. Stool Jungle
Free city tours by Casco Viejo: on Fridays and Saturdays, start at Plaza Catedral at 10am, 10.30am and 11am. http://www.cascoantiguo.gob.pa/
Diablicos Panama: original food with folkloristic live music: http://panamadiablicos.com/
Every room in this unique boutique hotel has been designed by a different artist from Canada. Don’t miss the roof-top bar! http://tantalohotel.com/
We start our journey through “Bella Roma” at a local scooter rental. Rome is huge and nobody wants to sit in a sweltering car! We prefer letting the cool wind blow through our hair. No wonder the Vespa scooter is a landmark of the Italian lifestyle!
Important: Ask for a stable lock when you rent a scooter AND use it!
We are starting out to Testaccio! The district takes its name from the artificial hill, which was created from a heap of non-reusable oil amphorae from the Roman provinces in the ancient times: The Monte Testaccio.
We have a first stop in front of the house of the brothers Volpetti in Via Marmorata: Their shop is a must-see in Rome: Here the finest Italian delicacies from the best cheese and white truffles to savory ham and olive oil from Umbria. The prices are quite expensive – but when entering the door the scent simply hypnotizes us and we treat ourselves to a piece of truffle cheese. A friendly man in a fine shirt with his sleeves rolled up advises us to go around the corner to Via Alessandro Volta, where the very brothers own a legendary pizzeria named Volpetti Più. In addition to the daily specials, you can get yourself some wonderful wines and handmade desserts here. http://www.volpetti.com/
We choose to visit the Banco in Via Ostiense instead: Healthy fast food is prepared right in front of the guests here. The homemade food is being served on compostable dishes – very consciously. And the prices here are very low – above all for Rome! Our tip: The burgers are outstanding! Have a freshly squeezed juice or a smoothie with it! http://www.bancofastfood.com/
The tour continues: We meet Andrea, the manager of KARE Rome. He also wears an elegant shirt – not matter how much the sun beats down, the Romans always pay attention to a certain standard. If you don’t want to attract negative attention as a tourist, try to look alike. “Yes it’s right! People here simply have style. And they love shopping vintage!” Andrea explains as he proudly guides us through his shop: “I love breathing new life to the style with modern design pieces. My customers get their inspiration here. I want them recognize the effect of each piece of furniture immediately. Each piece finds its matching owner here.”
1. Shelf Balance | 2. Picturee: Bild Frame Streets Of Cuba und Bild Frame Cuba Rallye | 3. Cushion Pomp | 4. Wall Lamp Parecchi Art House | 5. Sofa Infinity Antique | 6. Coffee Table Railway | 7. Deco Bust Golden Twenties Lady | 8. Carpet Fantasia Pink
Feeling the anticipation? Enjoy some delicious traditional Roman antipasti:
Blend some risotto (from the day before) with egg and some meat sauce into a mass and shape it to small balls. Tuck a piece of cheese in the center of each ball. Then roll the balls in breadcrumbs and deep-fry them. By the way: You eat the Supplì are finger food! Buon appetito!
Through the district of Tor Pignattara – east of the old city http://www.friendsinrome.com/
Tevere Expo. Until 28th August, the annual cultural festival takes place along the Tiber! Artists exhibit, there are live concerts, art and design workshops. The current program can be found on http://www.lungoiltevereroma.it/
In Porta Portese. It takes place every Sunday from early morning to 2 pm.
Industrial Eat. You can also have breakfast here! Piazza Alessandria 11, http://www.industrialeat.it/
Spazio Novecento: Piazza Guglielmo Marconi 26/B, http://www.spazionovecento.it/
Gelateria e Crudo Mangiato, Via della Lega Lombarda 9
KARE Rome | Circonvallazione Orientale Km. 42.600 | Via Medea Norsa | 00178 Roma | Tel. 06/72901353 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know that the name of Miami comes from the Indian word Mayaimi? No wonder: It means “big water” and the city is actually located next to two rivers that flow into the Atlantic Ocean.
We begin our City Tour in the late morning with a refreshing beach walk parallel to the famous Ocean Drive. After our way past the most beautiful beach houses we reach Nikki Beach Club. Here we enjoy a nice Sunday brunch under palm trees listening to relaxed chillout beats. If you would like to eat here, don’t forget to make a reservation! email@example.com
From here, it is just a short 10-minute walk to South Pointe Park – the most beautiful spot of South Beach. Here we meet the KARE Store Manager Klaus with his family: “I love going here with my kids to watch the ships. We always imagine where the huge ships might go next. Here is a great place to dream…”, he says while he watches the water. We agree – wholeheartedly!
Our tour continues: Off to the Wynwood Art District! Fortunately Klaus gives us a ride – but also by taxi you can be there in less than 15 minutes. This neighborhood is an absolute cultural hotspot in Miami. Here you can find the perfect setting for exceptional photos. Street art, musicians playing in the streets and the stylish bars immediately pull us into their spell.
Later, Klaus proudly shows us his KARE shop: “There is barely another store in Miami that has such extraordinary pieces of furniture as we do. Therefore, we have many regular customers: If you got infected once, you come back!”
Klaus‘ favorite pieces? He doesn’t have to think twice! His sunny interpretation of the retro style is an absolute eye-catcher as we are entering the shop. “I love the organic, curved shapes of our Cocktail series! This iconic furniture style is not just a trend, it’s a way of life!”
Juvia Miami – from the huge rooftop you have an incredible view over Miami – worth a while even at night when the city lights shine!
1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, http://www.juviamiami.com/
For authentic Cuban food, visit the Versailles Restaurant! Inexpensive and a great location.
3555 Southwest 8th Street, Miami, http://www.versaillesrestaurant.com/
From 1st to 4th December, the famous Art Basel is in Miami Beach! If you are there at this time, the luxury art fair is a must!
KARE Miami | 3200 North Miami Ave | Miami, FL 33127 | Phone Number : 786-717 5000 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s start a perfect day at Mallorca and get surprised by the hidden treasures of the island.
For breakfast we will have typical delicacies: Coca de Patata, rolls made of potatoes, still warm and covered with powdered sugar. Dip it into hot chocolate! Or try Ensaimadas, sweet yeast pastries filled with pumpkin jam, with a cup of Café con Leche. Don’t miss!
Our island tour starts – of course – at our brand new KARE store at Santa Ponsa, just 15 minutes away from Mallorca’s capital Palma. At our store we provide all the ingredients to create the new Majorcan furnishing style. Furniture made of olive wood, colorful floor tiles, natural stone walls and upholstery in light colors characterize the roots of Mediterranean furnishing style. But today Majorcans love to mix traditional elements with modern living themes such as the Scandinavian look or industrial chic. Surprised?
1. Candlesticks Chain Wire Black Big | 2. Deco Object Aviator | 3. Wall Clock Old Town | 4. Side Table Country Life | 5. Chair with Armrest Forum Wood Mint | 6. Picture Touched Mops Meeting | 7. Cubes Square Concrete
Mallorca is Europe’s most desirable destination for pleasure seekers and individualists, and the internationality of Mallorca’s audience is reflected by the interior design of romantic old town retreats and rural Fincas.
The other side of Palma: Visit Es Jonquet, the historic windmill district close to Santa Catalina. Discover cosy bars and nice restaurants or visit the farmers’ market. Try “Tunel de Mallorca” a herbal infusion which is a traditional digestif. Take a walk around the well-known cathedral of Palma de Mallorca and check out small boutiques for shopping. While strolling around you will be surprised by the art nouveau ornaments at some rows of houses.
If you like visiting markets, take a trip to Santanyi in the South or Sineu in the heartland of the island where the locals and farmers meet in a layed back atmosphere. You may find nice handicraft between stalls with vegetables, fruits and livestock.
Are you more into picture-perfect beaches?
One of the most beautiful beaches of Europe is Es Trenc in the South of Mallorca. Six kilometers of natural, white sandy beaches, dunes and turquoise blue sea. Best time to visit the popular destination is the low season – it’s worth the while. Close to Es Trenc the Majorcans harvest sea salt which is very popular among gourmets pure or flavoured with herbs –and also a great souvenir.
As an alternative programme to the beach we recommend the UNESCO world heritage Tramuntana. The wild mountain range in the East of our island offers Mallorca’s highest mountain Puig Major with a gorgeous view, lonely valleys and cliffs falling away sharply to the sea. Visit the picturesque mountain villages of Orient and Alaro.
Use white to your advantage. White is the perfect partner to whatever style you pick for your home. It has the power to enlighten your spaces and matches perfectly to different colors and patterns.
Take a risk! There is always something inside you that wants to make a bold move, but normally you overthink it. There are plenty of furnishing options that will make it easy for you to take that risk and give your home a personality.
Fall in love with natural materials and let the warmth of nature take over your house. Wood is a must for every home. There is always some wooden furnishing piece that will fit perfectly with your style at home.
The Duke restaurant in Santa Catalina: Feel the laid back surfer vibe while enjoying exquisite food
Canlea restaurant in Calle San Jaume: If you like to try some new and amazing combinations, this is the place to visit
There’s no other place to be as the famous Pacha
If you fancy some great cocktails, you’ll have to go to Brassclub, no one creates better ones than the well-known barman Rafa Martín.
KARE Mallorca | c/ València | 47. Polígono de Son Bugadelles | 07180 Calvià (Spain) | phone: (+34) 616.003.852 | email@example.com
Coffee with camel milk, the shocking pink taxis “Girls only” run by women for women, falafels from food trucks, winding old town streets – Dubai can be different. The former fishing village has become a giant metropolis in the Persian Gulf. Usually we know it as a place of superlatives and as a holiday destination with sun guarantee. The oil provides the endless wealth of the Emirates. Luxury hotels, giant shopping malls, the Burj Kalifa (828 meters) as the highest skyscraper in the world, artificial islands that will even get artificial snow one day – these projects are featuring the image of the desert metropolis. In Dubai tradition and progress is no contradiction. For example, when it comes to the self-determination of women: The city counts around 4,000 self-employed female entrepreneurs and more and more women rely on vocational training and job before they assume a traditional role in the family.
Nothing is impossible is the philosophy of our KARE partner in Dubai City. At now three locations in Dubai surprise the young, spoiled and international audience of the megacity with living ideas – far beyond mediocrity – in the Mall of the Emirates and Mirdiff Mall. The third spectacular, 700-square-foot KARE shop recently opened in the bustling Oud Metha district in the neighborhood of trendy restaurants, luxury apartment buildings and popular hotels.
“All over KARE” is Georges Meouchys credo. He is the always smartly dressed manager of the new KARE shop. “We in Dubai love interior design that follows an idea, which is then implemented consistently in each room.” Boring unit solutions are not what Georges means, because in Dubai the representative and exceptional character of the apartment or the house plays a larger role as in Europe.
1. Cushion Yurt Light Pompons | 2. Side Table Troja Oval | 3. Coffee Table Cleopatra Ornament Gold (2/Set) | 4. Seat Cushion Choco Candy | 5. Pendant Gobi Pearls | 6. Bed City Spirit 160x200cm Linen Natural | 7. High Chest Chalet | 8. Lantern Gobi
“With KARE we can provide a wide variety of different living styles that are always harmoniously, but never boring. That’s what fascinates the people here. When counseling a customer in his new apartment, the couple wanted a modern concept that should include oriental accents in a new design. Our answer: One of the opulent City Spirit beds combined with the Dark Chalet dresser. With its mix of patterns and the metal-studded body, it is a reference to design forms and handicrafts of our Arab cultural space.”
Authentic: The ideal place to chill out beyond the typical superlatives of the town is located on the edge of Bastakja district. A nicely decorated and quiet courtyard, tee and local specialties. The falafel is amazing. (Al Fahidi St – Dubai)
For chic nightlife and as a part of Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort, the Zengo is perfect to watch the truly colorful folk for the whole evening. Close to the marina – with bars, restaurants and lounges. http://www.zengo-dubai.com
Get some fruit smoothies and healthy snacks at the food truck: An alternative to the luxury lifestyle of Dubai City. Check the menu and locations on Facebook and schedule this special stop in your sightseeing tour.
KARE Dubai | Oud Metha Road (Dubai, UAE) | Tel: +971 4 609 7555 / +971 4 347 6882 | firstname.lastname@example.org
KARE bei IDdesign showrooms | Mall of the Emirates | City Centre Mirdif | Deira (Al Ittihad Rd) | Al Wahda Mall | Dalma Mall
The cool, newly awakened and hip capital city Athens is presented by Alexander Galanis, a partner who runs two stores in the Aegean metropolis. This city is pulsating: Super chic cafes form an exciting contrast to the rustic cellar taverns – permeable clubs alternate with traditional coffeehouses. After the shimmering dayheat while visiting the ancient sites, the gentle breeze lures to the beach. Athens never sleeps, the creative scene is currently exploding and the proverbial hospitality of the Greeks opens everybody’s heart.
Alexander is one of the typical, bold entrepreneurs in Greece. With KARE he started in 2007 in Thessaloniki. His strengths show in unconventional situations: In the midst of the crisis, he opened his KARE Shop in Athens. According to our brand philosophy “joy of living” – a true sign of vitality and optimism. And the customers love it! Later this year, he opened his second shop in Athens – he was proved right with his idea. Alexander dieslikes nothing more than boredom. No wonder that his creed of living is: “Be experimental – that’s what brings life to the place! Dare to be different, get yourself a naughty piece for the living room – love life!” Just typically Alexander!
1. Cushion Tessuto 35x50cm | 2. Frame Fischschwarm 10x15cm | 3. Bar Stool Santorini Hellblau | 4. Pendant Shape Colore Dining 5er | 5. Floor Lamp Half Dome | 6. Deco Boat Rama | 7. Chest Criss Cross | 8. Jug Cascade | 9. Table Lamp Dog Wire Orange
Higher than the Acropolis, perfect to enjoy the sunset over Athens. Escape from the tourist masses and walk by foot! Don’t forget drinks and olives for nibble!
Small, hidden bar in the style of the 30’s – ring the doorbell! (Lekka 12, Athens)
A hidden gem in the heart of Athens: Fair prices, good vibes, historic atmosphere and good cocktails. (Normanou 5, Athens)
At night there’s rock concerts, indie films, theater performances and exhibitions. During the day, the former printing factory from the 1960s is a think tank for start-ups. You can also stop by for a drink at the minimalist bar. (Amaxagora 3-5, Athens)
As much as it gets, because it nowhere tastes as fresh and aromatic. Honestly!
Design Plus KARE Shop | Kifisias 7, Marousi, Athens | Tel: 210 6844417 | email@example.com
Design Plus KARE Shop | Leoforos Alimou 10, Alimos | Tel: 210 9810040 | firstname.lastname@example.org
With half a million inhabitants, Lyon is the third largest city in France. Design professional Sandrine Pouquine takes us on a journey through her two stores, KARE Lyon Préfecture and Lyon Saint Priest and she kindly shows us her favorite look.
Everybody aims to create a comfortable atmosphere in their home, exuding personality and style. But what doesvour specialist Sandrine recommend for the optimum comfort level?
The Coffee Table Radiation is a striking statement. Clean lines and an exciting mix of wood and metal give the table that certain something. Stylish decorative items such as the wall decoration Love NEON Grid give the look a fresh splash of color.
If you travel to Lyon don’t miss Sandrine’s shop: Her shop in downtown is built like an apartment – it will make you feel immediately at ease and you will find it intuitive to navigate. Priest, the shop on the outskirts, presents itself in spacious loft ambience.
After visiting these outstanding shops, we recommend a trip to the “Vieux Lyon”, the historic town of Lyon. It belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage Site and enchants us with ornate buildings from the Renaissance and the Middle Ages. Get lost in the traboules, the haunted corridors of Lyon, and enjoy the evening in one of the charming restaurants.
KARE Préfecture | 24 Cours de la Liberté | 69003 Lyon | Tel. 04 72 16 95 43 | email@example.com
KARE Saint-Priest | 53 route de Grenoble | 69800 Saint-Priest | Tel : 04 78 67 15 73 | firstname.lastname@example.org