Should you want to find some inspiration for adding an Oriental twist to your home, Byzance is the one magazine to read. I had a coup de coeur (fell in love with) as we say in French for this richly illustrated magazine which focuses on the relationships between Orient and Occident in the areas of decoration, interior design and art de vivre or art of fine living. A signature feature of the magazine is that they consecrate an "Inspiration Notebook" to a different color each time.
This bi-monthly French-Lebanese magazine was first launched in 2003 by Désirée Sadek and Jean-Pierre Gueirard. It has now an Arabic edition since 2007. Sadek is the Editor in Chief of the ELLE Oriental which was launched in Arabic in 2006.....
Byzance presents the latest news and trends in decoration and lifestyle (culture, travel, beauty, exhibitions, cuisine and more). The pictures are superb and the presentation of places and objects, always elegant, remind us that the magazine is destined for the high-end market. It serves well its purpose of bridging the gap between the Orient and the Occident: a ceramist located in the Burgundy region of France recently enthused over being contacted by “the most prestigious clients in Riyad,” after her creations had been featured in a previous issue of Byzance.
The latest February-March issue features articles on houses in Paris, Tunis, Beyrouth, and the Island of Mauritius but also on Iznik ceramic art, haute couture, and blue as an interior decoration color. Last but not least, there is a cuisine story on the tasteful and unusual combination of fish and chocolate.
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