Ikea Hack Cross stitch

وايد مرات تخطر على بالي أفكار و أحاول أطبقها بشكل عملي، و أحس بحماس و شعور جميل في اكتشاف الفكرة اللي أعتقد أنه محد فكر فيها لا من قبل و لا من بعد.

بعدين أتفاجأ بعد البحث و التحري أنه الفكرة مطبقة من قبل! و وااايد ناس فكرت فيها و لها هاشتاق بعد.

ابتسم بعدها و استوعب إن العالم قرية صغيرة و توارد الأفكار شي طبيعي و دليل إني في الإتجاه الصحيح في تطور عملي و مهاراتي.

كرسي إيكيا حاولت إني أطور في شكله و أذكر إني اجتهدت و أنا أفكرفي إني أضيف له لمستي الخاصة، و فجأة لمعت في راسي فكرة إني أطرز عالكرسي! و فعلاً اخترت الخيوط و رسمت التصميم و نفذت على طول. و كنت أقول لنفسي منو ممكن يفكر بنفس هالفكرة العظيمة ما شاء الله علي، و لما قررت أبحث في الموضوع و بكبسة زر لقيت عشرات إن لم يكن مئات من التطبيقات لنفس الفكرة و أحسن بمراحل.

و يبقى السؤال المحير، فكرتي و لا فكرتهم؟

 

Zetter Hotel-8

If you missed London’s Craft Week, then there is another great event for crafters coming in 2 weeks. The Clerkenwell Design Week is similar to London’s Craft Week but sets itself apart due to its location, Clerkenwell (London’s centre for many of the world’s creative artists and crafters). This year’s event will be held from May 22 to May 24 and if you are considering traveling there, then one of the best hotels to stay at is the Zetter Hotel.

The hotel is cozy and only has 60 rooms. The design of the hotel is cool. The hotel looks like a DIY/interior design board from Pinterest. It has bright colours, trendy paintings, and beautiful textile in every corner. The breakfast is average but only 1 minute across the street lies one of the best restaurants in London, The Modern Pantry.

There is one feature that needs its own paragraph just to talk about, which sets the hotel apart from many hotels in London. The hotel has the friendliest staff in London. Going on TripAdvisor, one would see the common opinion of many Kuwaiti travellers, that London’s hotels have rude staff.  At Clerkenwell Zetter this is guaranteed not to exist. The staff are very friendly to the extent where one would want to be their friend. On every encounter, they make sure to gift you with the greatest present of all, a smile. As for kids, they spoil them with gifts, from teddy bears to colouring books; whatever is needed to make the child happy, the staff would do. The friendliness isn’t restricted to the reception or luggage attendants, but it is seen with the restaurant’s waiters, room cleaners, and it brushes of the hotel’s guests.

As an area Clerkenwell is new to Kuwaitis and maybe unknown due to it being far away from Oxford Street and Knightsbridge. However, in the recent years Clerkenwell started attracting more restaurants and shops. The hotel is the best located hotel in that area and if a quieter London is sought after in your next travel then it is the best place to be.

Camel with Crochet

Have you ever wondered what the crochet cover on a camel’s mouth is used for? They are known as anti-spitting muzzles. As the name suggests, they are used to stop camels saliva from spraying on their handler or rider. Additionally, camels spit on people when they are angry and the muzzle stops it.

The spitting is the main purpose of the crochet piece but the piece became more important to the owners following that. First, owners love to accessorize their camels and they spend a lot of time and money in choosing which muzzle is worn. Second, camels chew on everything they come across including plastic. The muzzle stops them from chewing on plastic. Thus, the crochet thingy on camels tick both boxes, function and form.

١-   يغلب على تصاميم الملابس المُحاكة انه حجمها يكون أكبر من الحجم العادي over size وأغلب القياسات تناسب الجميع free size ، وهذا يَرْجِع لِشيوع موضة الحياك بالخيوط السميكة، فينتج عنها ملابس ضخمة وحجمها كبير واسعة وفضفاضة.

٢-   النّقوشات ثلاثية الأبعاد اللي يكون فيها بروز نوعاً ما مثل نقشة حراشف السمكة ونقشة الوافل، والخلط بين هذي البترونات بحيث تكون النتيجة النهائية مميزة وفريدة وفيها لمسة خاصة.

٣–   استخدام أكثر من لون في القطعة المُحاكة بحيث تكون القطعة النهائية مزيج من تداخل عِدة ألوان، هذي الفكرة انعكاس لموضة اللبس الأفريقي اللي دارجة هذي السنة وألوانها المميزة. بعكس السنوات الفائتة اللي كان الدارج فيها الألوان التُّرابية والأسود والأبيض والرمادي.

٤-   التفاصيل الغير مُتوقعة، مثل الأكتاف المكشوفة والفتحات المُتَعَمّدة أماكن المفاصِل (الركبة والكوع)، التفاصيل ممكن تكون إضافة لقطع جاهزة، مثل إضافة حاشية كروشية أو حزام أو إضافة جيوب، الهدف هنا كسر نمط البترون بشيء غير مُتوقع يُعطي تَميُّز للقطعة ويثير تساؤل حول القطعة المُحاكة.

Twentytwentyone Showroom

Traveling is one of life’s greatest privileges. However, it is not a privilege if the trip did not add anything to a person’s knowledge. For crafters, there are various ways that they can expand their craft’s knowledge. It can be done by attending workshops, visiting museums, or browsing design-based shops. Design shops range from small local stores that sell items designed by local crafters to big design exhibitions such as the Milan furniture fair.

Twentytwentyone is one of these recommended places that would definitely broaden ones horizon. The London shop has two locations and both of them stock “design-led furniture, lighting, and accessories”. They stock work from more than a hundred designers. Some of the furniture and accessories can be seen found in other shops but what makes Twentytwentyone special is having pieces designed by different artists be displayed in a harmonious way.

The shop is expensive and they do have sales. However, what is free is an education given by the friendly shop-assistants. The employees at Twentytwentyone were not only helpful in choosing furniture, but they also recommended whether an item that they sell is worth buying or not (something that is rarely done by sales people). The shop is not the only recommended place but their newsletter is also one that should be subscribed to.

CitizenM Lobby

Travel websites rank hotels based on categorised features that would allow readers to pick a hotel based on various preferences. For example, one can search for the best family-friendly hotel or pet-friendly hotel. These features vary from a website to another; from a category that is important to travellers such as service to a category that is specific like serving halal food.

As a result, this diverges from the traditional way of ranking hotels which uses the classic 5 star rating that is given to a hotel from well known institutions. The divergence results in not having one best hotel or similar top hotels, but instead a best hotel that is based on a certain feature.

This modern way which websites use to rank hotels is by far a much better process since it is similar to how travellers actually rank hotels.

For example, one question that travellers’ currently ask; what is the best mid-budget hotel in London that is near Edgware Road and the Hyde Park. In other words, the traveler is searching for the best ranked hotel that is categorised under “Traditional Kuwaiti London Lifestyle”. The result of such a search would be Cumberland Hotel.

Another example of a such a categorisation that can be even more specific would be what is the best Dubai Sea-side hotel that has the best service but is not crowded like other sea-side Hotels during seasons; resulting in Ritz-Carlton.

The modern categorisation that is available in travel websites do have the ability to show   such ranking which is something that is very helpful for travellers. However, this specific categorisation would leave one of the best hotels in the world out of any top ranked hotel that falls within these categorisation.

CitizenM is one of the best hotels “period”. However, if categorised it will not be the best.

The hotel which uses the terms “non-conformist” and “transformational” to describe itself, started from a revolutionary concept that opposed the traditional standards set by hotel industry. From the start, the founder wanted the hotel to be called “One Star Hotel” to break the industry’s mould that have long been forcing conventions on the whats and hows of hotel operation.

In terms of location (European branches), two are located near airports and the rest are not central (except for Glasgow’s). Thus, it will not be a hotel at the top of any list where location is searched for. Even the airport ones are not well located for travellers. Thus, it will never be mentioned under a categorisation that considers location.

In terms of service, the hotel’s concept has a self-service check in and check-out. A self service diner/bar where its up for the person to charge what has been bought. It also doesn’t have neither a traditional concierge nor a laundry service. Thus, it is  a hotel that will not make a list of best service hotel.

In terms of the room, it is small with a tiny bathroom and a non-existing storage area. There is no iron board in the room. The ironing is part of a communal area. Again, this makes it not be part of any category that considers good rooms.

In terms of price, at the rates given, one can find hotels with bigger rooms, more services, and much better facilities.

Taking all of this into account one should conclude that it is a really bad hotel. Yet, it is not. It is one of the best hotels “period”.

The hotel has something about it that makes a person not stay anywhere else. This is a guarantee: a single stay at any of its branches will lead to staying multiple times at any of its different locations without considering any of the traveler’s preferences and necessities.

This blog post questions why that is the case. How can a hotel that is expensive, with a not great location, small room, and weak services be the best hotel?

There will be no answer, unless the whole view of category based hotels is abandoned.  CitizenM cannot be categorised and should not be categorised. It is an experience hotel. What travellers will get from the hotel is an experience similar to the experiences one gets when visiting traveling landmarks. In other words, people travel to shop, visit museums, experience different adventures such as sky-diving or bungee-jumping. To that list of experiences, citizenM should be added.