The quest for excellence, the desire for precision, innovation and passing on traditional savoir-faire are values inherent in Fine Watchmaking and Fine Cuisine. For several years, Hublot has welcomed into its family some of the most world-renowned chefs who highlight their Art. Therefore, it was natural for the Swiss watch manufacture to get involved in the finale of the Bocuse d’Or culinary competition, which brings together the most promising chefs of a generation.
Created in 1987 by the famous Lyons chef, Paul Bocuse, the Bocuse d’Or is much more than an international gastronomy competition, it is a veritable sporting event based on gastronomy and chefs. Just like high-level athletes, 24 chefs from 24 countries, selected in the Bocuse d’Or continental rounds, meet head to head in Lyons for the two-day grand finale.
In 12 kitchens set up in an arena hosting 6,235 enthusiastic supporters from the world over, the teams, comprising a Chef, President, Coach and Commis, have just five hours and thirty-five minutes in which to prepare a tray presentation and a plated dish based on two specific themes.
To be sure of success in this endurance event, the Chefs had to keep a very close eye on Hublot’s – the event’s Official Timekeeper – countdown timer.
Employing the same painstaking precision as in watchmaking, the Chefs demonstrated their talent, expertise, team spirit and incredible concentration throughout the two-day finale. Watchmakers and chefs alike share the same passion for traditional craftsmanship, savoir-faire and leaving their mark on time.
At the end of the competition, Hublot commended Chef Kenneth Toft-Hansen, the overall winner of the Bocuse d’Or 2019, for his outstanding dishes. Benoît Lecigne, the General Manager of Hublot France, Benelux, United Kingdom, Ireland, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, and Jean-Louis Maier, owner of the Watches and Jewellery store Maier in Lyon, rewarded the winning chef with one of the Swiss manufacture’s most iconic models – the Classic Fusion Chronograph.
Like watchmaking, gastronomy is an art passed down from one generation to another, from master to pupil or chef to commis. It is the story of humankind, which Hublot recounts through the values of innovation and its Ambassadors: Yannick Alléno, winner of the Bocuse d’Argent in 1999, twice three-starred French chef in the Michelin Guide, and founder of the Cuisine Moderne movement; Christian André Pettersen, winner of the Bocuse d’Or Europe 2018 and winner of gold medals in numerous culinary completions; and Andreas Caminada, a Swiss chef with three Michelin stars and 19 Gault & Millau points, as well as being voted n°1 in the highly rigorous Opinionated About Dining. Three ambitious chefs who constantly push the culinary boundaries between tradition and innovation.
Benoit Lecigne sums up: “The final of the Bocuse d’Or is to gastronomy what the FIFATM World Cup is to football. It is a real honour for Hublot to be selected as the official timekeeper of this competition along with Maier, our retailing partner in Lyons. The 17th edition showcased the values so dear to Hublot – passion, the love of challenge, total commitment and innovation coupled with respect for tradition. I would like to congratulate once again the very deserving winners; Chef Kenneth Toft-Hansen, and his team for their truly innovative culinary creations!”
Tips for Renovating Your Bedroom
When considering a home renovation, the bedroom often seems to be the last area that people take under consideration, even though it should be a place you enjoy spending time and in which you can relax and unwind.
There are a number of things that can be done to renovate a bedroom without having to break your budget to do it – it can be as simple as replacing your draw runners.
Kitchen or bathroom lighting tend to be the main focus of home renovations, with little thought given to bedroom lighting, but the mood of the entire room can be changed and lifting by such alterations.
A mixture of different light sources is advisable when considering a change to bedroom lighting. Replace old ceiling light shades with one in a fun and attention-grabbing new shade, and or maybe put in a chandelier or a shade that is seriously oversized.
If the wall behind the bed is rewired during a renovation, this could be used for sconces that can not only save space but also be ideal for reading while in bed. Having bedroom scones operable with a dimmer switch can also help to get you in the right mood for undertaking such an activity.
Retro track lighting looks particularly great when used in contemporary bedrooms, with the flexibility of such lights meaning that the fixtures can be slid down the track in addition to swivelling them into the best position.
Switching things up
Sometimes all it takes is changing the layout of the bedroom to make it seem fresh and new, a tactic that saves money as it does not actually cost anything other than time and energy. A space can be given an entirely new appearance by changing where furniture is placed or even removing some unnecessary pieces.
The removal of extraneous items of furniture also results in more space and an airier feel to the whole room, and even something as simple as just moving the bed so that it faces in a different direction can give the room a new orientation.
Drawer runners help to ensure fluid motion when a drawer is being opened or closed. Installing or replacing drawer runners is important to ensure that drawers fit snugly into cabinets or wardrobes but are not too tight so that it becomes a major effort to open and close them.
The fitting area of a drawer may need to be expanded if a runner is being added for the first time, but it does make sure that the drawer will be able to be moved in a smooth manner.
Wooden drawer runners are particularly recommended during renovations, as they not only work wonderfully well but also require no extra financial investment besides effort.
Feelings of cosiness, safety and warmth should be generated by bedroom flooring, with soft floors like carpeting or the use of rugs on laminate or wood flooring recommended. There are many bedroom flooring options to provide these feelings including engineered wood flooring with radiant heat coils beneath, cork flooring and wall-to-wall carpeting.
Bedroom renovations often require minimal invasive work or cost and bring a positive return on any investment.
Contemporary style for your apartment
Contemporary style is a mysterious novelty for some, for others, it is the most desirable interior style. The boundaries of the contemporary style are blurred, so we will try to outline them and explain what is it about.
Contemporary – why another style?
Contemporary is a modern style in the interior that does not have a clear definition and historical implications. That is, this style reflects precisely the interior trends of our days, our decade. It is a contemporary style that fully provides for all the laws of organizing comfortable and ergonomic housing.
What was the new style made of?
In terms of the general atmosphere, the style is similar to Hi-tec and minimalism, but unlike them, it is more comfortable and adapted to life. Instead of plastic in cold shades, eco-friendly materials in warm colors are selected. In other words, this is a luxurious minimalism that uses expensive materials – velvet, marble, wood.
Three style-forming whales of style are simplicity, functionality, and practicality. At the same time, the general atmosphere of such an interior is distinguished by the aristocracy, nobility, and refined flair. The walls are usually painted in calm warm shades, and the ceiling is covered with white plaster. The furnishings are selected with calm, regular forms, and pleasant materials. Floors and walls aren’t the only ways to create striking accents, why not hang original chandeliers and lighting fixtures. Chandeliers are still popular in living rooms, however, tangled tears, curls, and crystals are a thing of the past. Modern chandeliers are simpler, more laconic, and functional. More masculine and structured lighting will create an industrial aesthetic. And black accents create a dramatic impression throughout the room, providing an elegant and timeless appeal. The lighting is carefully thought out for a comfortable stay in the apartment at any time of the day.
Lighting should be suitable for each type of activity separately. For example, a separate illumination of the working area in the kitchen, comfortable warm lighting in the living room, dim floor lamps for evening comfort.
Contemporary is an urban style, and the principles of its organization are based on fashion trends and manufacturability. The apartment does not have abundant details, chic, luxury. The practicality and elegance of the style are captivating. Ergonomic principles are being implemented in all areas of the apartment. Space is organized to the smallest detail. In small studios, doors are replaced with partitions to save space and let more light in.
Non-functional decor elements are not welcome in contemporary interiors. Each item must perform a clearly defined function. Unobtrusive harmonious use of elements of other styles is allowed. Stylistic inclusions should be in harmony with the basis of the interior in color and atmosphere.
The apartment is dominated by neutral shades – white, black, gray, chocolate, coffee, beige, charcoal. Complementary colors are selected harmonious pastel, ambiguous. The choice of textiles is light, calm: you should not choose heavy, “rich” curtains with drapery and frills. Choosing prints in similar color palettes on cushions and table accessories creates a visually interesting solution. Or maybe create a more spacious living room with horizontal lines.
As another design idea, you can use charming lemon accents that will dilute the room from the boring and dreary scale. Keep the remaining decor subdued and neutral for the best effect.
What has been added in the new style?
Leather sofas and French sofas are being replaced by a more sensible and comfortable modular sofa. Popular colors include shades of white, black, gray, blue, and charcoal. Modern furniture of mass production is selected for interior decoration in the contemporary style. To find some spectacular furniture models you can go to nyfurnitureoutlets.com. Austere shapes and proportional lines are combined with noble classic textures. The furniture is simple, comfortable, and laconic. Kitchen and room cabinets are selected with smooth doors without handles and other decorative elements, matte surfaces of complex pastel shades are welcome. Multifunctional built-in wardrobes simulate a smooth wall. The impeccable organization of storage areas provides space and cleanliness in the apartment, it should not be cramped; get rid of the feeling of clutter.
The preferred option is a modular furniture that saves space. Convertible beds, folding sofas, built-in wardrobes. Convertible furniture is very functional and practical to use, more space is saved in the interior. Transforming elements allow you to use them for different purposes. The interchangeability of objects makes it possible to fit new forms into an already existing system.
Finishing materials for contemporary style can be natural and artificial. The main thing is that they are of high quality and environmentally friendly. Most often, the walls are covered with plaster and painted in light colors, or you can glue simple, plain wallpaper without a pattern.
Laminate or parquet is used to finish the floor. The ceiling can be simply painted white or light stretch ceilings can be made.
Thoughts and Ideas for Exotic Interior
When it comes to interior designing and furnishing, everyone has a different taste. The interior of your house generates a distinct vibe and says a lot about you. If you want an exotic look in your bedroom, you can achieve it even using just bohemian bedding and contrasting décor. And while for some people the traditional design is more familiar, we still advise you to try an exotic design that will spice up the environment you’re living in.
Everything from sofas, art, colors, furniture, and drapes tells about your choices and preferences. However, some people know what they want but cannot really express it.
Four Brilliant Ideas to make your interior Awe-inspiring
Therefore, this article is here to help you get an exotic interior for your home.
1. Give Industrial touch
Industrial interiors are trending for their efficiency due to how they utilize the working parts of the building. They develop the décor around it using columns, pipes, beams, ducts, flanges, etc., in a way to blend in the room so gracefully that they appear to be parts of working machinery. While everyone is opting for an elegant and smooth interior, going for something that embraces the weight and ruggedness will be great.
2. Go With Bohemian Style
The reason for the Bohemian style being so in trend is because of the variety that it offers. It opens up a whole new world to you. You can explore the artist and interior designer within you. A few baby steps to start are getting a fuzzy rug, some weaved chairs, and throwing in a lot of pillows.
There are not many rules here, and you are more than welcome to create a colorful and full of cheer interior. However, it is better to learn the basics of the boho style and culture and the textures and finishes that make it up.
3. Try a little Traditional European Décor
Giving the hint of comfort and royalty, traditional European Décor uses classical elements, motifs, and necessities to match a modern lifestyle. Traditional interiors include claw feet, winged chairs, and other designs that have their origins in 18th century Europe.
The colors used for the background are sober, while the furniture is extravagant. It fills out space perfectly and gives a spacious look to the room. The furniture used is carved and lacquered dark wood that adds a royal appearance to the room.
4. Tropical Style
When talking about exotic interiors, how can we leave Tropical style behind? Beaches are the most exotic places, and recreating the vibe in your room is an excellent choice. The tropical style uses natural colours and materials. Large areas flaunt shades of green, turquoise, or blue to give the room the cheerful appearance of a beach. The background is highlighted with decorative items in exotic shades of pink, orange or purple.
There are many ideas to spice up your interiors, and the only way to know which one suits you the most is by learning more about them. Browse and see if that is what you want to live with. If yes, better start working for it.
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