At first glance we thought this was a campaign for sunglasses, but no. This campaign of massive vinyl stickers hit the bathrooms of Beirut’s trendy spots to draw attention to Riviera Privé. It is an exclusive beach, pool and bar and lounge area in one of Lebanon’s most famous hotels, the Riviera Hotel.
Riviera is located right in Beirut city, facing the Mediterranean. The hotel has been a favorite destination of jet-setters since 1956.
The Riviera Privé area has seen several reiterations of glamour and luxury, as has the hotel itself, but it is definitely the place for beach-loving locals who want to see and be seen. The sticker campaign created by République Beirut plays cleverly on this theme by implying reflective sunglasses and evoking the sense of being watched.
Photographic Whiz Kid Alex Stoddard’s Wondrous Self-Portraits
Every now and again, the world is introduced to a talent whose skills can be described by such words as visionary, virtuoso, even prodigy. Eighteen-year-old Alex Stoddard is one of those souls. His journey to become a photographer was one of discovery; ranked third in his recent high school graduating class of 500 students (and disappointed he wasn’t the valedictorian), to call Alex an underachiever might be just shy of an understatement. He thought he was on the fast track toward a life in the professions—lawyer, doctor, business mogul—until he picked up a camera in 2010 and embarked upon the 365 Project, a series of intimate, thought-provoking, surreal self-portraits that has gained him international attention. more+