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ARCHITECTURE, DESIGN, INTERIORS + PROPERTY The Craft Issue DHS 25.00 OR 2.70 BD 2.60 SR 25.00 KD 2.10 A MOTIVATE PUBLICATION Third-culture Craftsmanship / Crafting Living Spaces / Salone del Mobile 2024 Highlights ISSUE 242 / MAY 2024
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We explore the fascinating intersection of diverse cultural influences on traditional craftsmanship techniques in Dubai and Riyadh

38 A Maldivian Touch

Olga Melnikova from OL Interior breathes life into a Palm Jumeirah home by filling it with character and warmth

42 Global O utlook

Looking east, we explore South Korean craftsmanship through Jung Hoon’s Heritage Gwol series, ogle at the DDP, and discover east meets west at Hotel Hana, Paris

54 Crafting Living Spaces

Exploring the harmonious balance between artisanal craftsmanship and contemporary interiors within living room spaces

62 Minimalist Marvel

Waad Kansou, Founder of Doubleyouinteriors, takes us through a zen home

28 Third-culture Craftsmanship
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Editor’s Note

Craftsmanship permeates every aspect of our lives, manifesting in countless mediums and forms. It is an art form that resonates deeply with me and seemed apt for a debut issue - it transcends time, blending tradition with innovation, and heritage with contemporary flair. It is an embodiment of dedication, skill, and passion—a testament to the artisans who breathe life into their creations. In this issue, we celebrate the magic of craftsmanship, exploring its role in redefining design narratives from a third-culture perspective, with local sensibilities and global thinking at its fore.

In the same vein, our cover story features the remarkable Khalid Shafar, an Emirati designer whose work beautifully intertwines local culture and crafts with contemporary aesthetics. His designs, both functional and creative, resonate deeply, reflecting a harmonious blend of past and present. Alongside Khalid, we spotlight a curated selection of craftworkers from the Gulf, each infusing their creations with their own distinctive third-culture sensibilities.

In our design focus segment, we consult architects, interior designers, furniture designers & interior stylists to share invaluable insights into harmoniously integrating cherished crafts with modern aesthetics, offering you inspiration to craft your own unique living spaces. Venturing into the realm of interiors, we invite you to explore a Dubai home where opulence meets elegance, and where spaces are designed to inspire.

As you immerse yourself in the pages of this issue, I invite you to celebrate the transformative power of craftsmanship and the artisans who continue to push boundaries. Here’s to embracing the beauty of design - wherever it may lead us.

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On the cover Palm Lighting by Khalid Shafar. Photography by Salama Studio

Carpets of Eden: A Tapestry of Art and Fantasy

Behrang Samadzadegan’s

latest curation at Leila Heller Gallery explores woven dreams and forms a tapestry of realms

In the intricate realm where fibres and threads are woven together, carpets and rugs emerge not just as functional objects but as masterpieces of craftsmanship. They stand as silent storytellers, whispering tales of mystical realms and transcendent paradises. Each thread and hue are meticulously selected by artisans, creating a mesmerising ballet of fantasy – a dance of intricate patterns and vibrant colours that enchants the senses and ignites the imagination. Throughout history, carpets have held a revered status beyond being mere floor coverings. These textile wonders embody the allure of faraway

lands, transforming our living spaces into sanctuaries where dreams take flight.

Captivated by the hypnotic allure of these textile gardens, the artisans featured in this exhibition find themselves drawn into the intricate embrace of their creations. Some revel in the structured beauty of the carpets, losing themselves in the rhythmic geometry and meticulous order of patterns. Yet, within this structured realm lies an uncharted territory of creativity – a space where artists can explore boundless fantasies and weave layers of imagination that transcend the tangible. ‘Carpets

of Eden, Gardens of Fantasy’, which runs until 20 September, invites viewers on a pilgrimage through these ornate works. Each step reveals a new narrative, alluding to a brushstroke of creativity inspired by the rich tapestry beneath our feet. It’s a celebration of the extraordinary potential found in the overlooked corners of our daily lives, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. This exhibition not only offers fresh perspectives on carpet research and artistic exploration, but also presents carpets as models for understanding art and art histories on a broader scale.

Photography by Shanavas Jamaluddin

Modernising Tradition

How the contemporary fusion of African and Amazigh influences featured at the Casablanca Art School


In a celebration of artistic innovation and cultural heritage, the landmark exhibition ‘Casablanca Art School: Platforms and Patterns for a Postcolonial Avant-Garde 1962–1987’ has opened its doors in Sharjah at Al Hamriyah Studios and Old Al Diwan Al Amiri, following its successful showing at Tate St Ives, and can be viewed until16 June 2024. This ground-breaking exhibition showcases the transformative work of the Casablanca Art School (CAS), an institution that played a pivotal role in reshaping Moroccan art by integrating abstract art with African and Amazigh traditions.

In the wake of Moroccan independence in 1956, CAS emerged as a beacon of artistic revolution. Staff and students at the school embarked on a mission to blend contemporary abstract art with the rich cultural tapestry of the region, drawing inspiration from traditional African and Amazigh crafts such as rugs, jewellery, calligraphy and painted ceilings.

Featuring artworks by 21 CAS artistactivists spanning generations, the ex-

hibition offers a comprehensive view of the school’s enduring impact. Alongside rare print archives, vintage journals, photography and film, the artworks include vibrant abstract paintings, urban murals, crafts, typography, graphics and interior design. The artists of CAS – including influential figures like Farid Belkahia, Mohammed Chabâa, Bert Flint, Toni Maraini and Mohamed Melehi – embraced their multicultural heritage to bring art into everyday life. Through paintings, posters, magazines, outdoor murals and street festivals, they initiated a Moroccan ‘new wave,’ sparking a social and urban movement that resonated across Latin America, West Asia and Africa.

The exhibition is thoughtfully curated into thematic platforms and patterns that explore different facets of CAS’s legacy, including the fusing AfroAmazigh heritage and design for everyday through the integration of art, craft and architecture; and its role in transforming neglected spaces and districts. THE CRAFT ISSUE 13

Creating a Space for the Arts

Gaith Abdulla created Bayt AlMamzar as a sanctuary for artistic expression. He delves into its origin, his inspiration and upcoming plans

I’m actually a Gulf studies specialist that found my way into the art community as a young social science student in London on my visits back to Dubai, where I would hang out with my brother and his art friends who were studying at the college of fine arts in Sharjah around 2007-08. Those years were, in my opinion, the defining moment in the contemporary history of art in the UAE. It was a moment where the government and major institutions were like, “Let there be art” – deciding that visual art would be a key part of the UAE’s culture.

The interest in art has since matured and developed into a broader and greater understanding than [only] its relevance to contemporary society in the Gulf. Art brings together other disciplines, worlds and fields in a brilliant way. It’s a great way to explore everything from science to history to human interaction –and anything else one can imagine.

Bayt AlMamzar was a project developed by my brother Khalid and me. The seed of the project came around eight years ago when Khalid “


by Saif

Photography Mhaisen

suggested to my father that we turn what was our grandma’s house into a private contemporary art museum after the family had moved out. At that time Dubai had a severe lack of non-commercial spaces showcasing contemporary art, and such non-commercial spaces are the key to a thriving and honestly reflective art ecosystem. When the time came to actually begin work on what was to become Bayt AlMamzar in 2020, Khalid and I looked at the state of things and saw that things were developing. Jameel Arts Centre came into existence, Alserkal Avenue had taken on a mandate of supporting artistic development in a more

sustained way, and other signs were there that the non-commercial spaces for art were growing. There’s still a great need for more but the progress is there.

There was, and still is, another key structural challenge in Dubai and the UAE – which is the need for accessible studio spaces for practicing artists. This is primarily because rent is very expensive and it’s hard to find appropriate spaces which can function as studio spaces for artists. We realised that the bedrooms of the house would make perfect artist studios, so we shifted the focus to include artist studios and residencies as well. The result is now Bayt

This page – Crystal Clear exhibition held at Bayt Al Mamzar, courtesy of Studio Salasil

AlMamzar, a space that includes artist studio spaces and exhibition spaces favouring experimental exhibition development. We also house a specialist research library and other facilities. We’ve hosted residencies by artists from Italy, Bangladesh, Tunisia, Kuwait and Pakistan so far this year. The exhibition ‘Crystal Clear’ – curated and produced by Studio Salasil (Sara Bin Safwan & Zainab Hasoon), running ‘til May – has really pushed what exhibition-making in non-institutional settings can and should look like in the UAE. One of the other coolest things we did this year was hosting a Bathroom Residency. It was the product of a relationship we have as Bayt AlMamzar with our friend, artist and jewellery designer, Ana Escobar Saavedra. She had previously informally produced wonderful activations throughout the house over the past two years and jokingly said, ‘All that’s left is for me to do something in the bathroom.’ She reached out a few weeks later and said, ‘Gaith, I wanna do a residency in the bathroom at Bayt AlMamzar,’ and I said, ‘Okay’. Ana was working towards her MFA at the time and needed a space to do stone-working. The bathroom was the perfect space because it could get super messy and had ventilation and access to water. Above all, Ana’s intention was to delve into the concept of the entity’s support and its significance to an artist. In this case, it was as simple as a bathroom. This is especially important in a place like the UAE, where artists and creatives feel that support needs to come from the government or big institutions and that it requires huge resources and big budgets.


Bayt AlMamzar is an evolving space – in the short time we’ve existed we’ve done some awesome things and that was because of the incredible creatives we have collaborated with; we take our cues from them, and the aim is to make sure we’re guided by the needs and interests of the creatives around us and the growing grassroots movements that are producing such cool things in art, design and culture.

Our goal is to be a space that nurtures creative development, critical dialogue and collaboration in a non-institutional way. We’re making small steps forward in this by actively allowing the space to be shaped and reshaped by the communities of creatives that are driving it. We hope to see more initiatives like ours come to life in the UAE and wider region. There’s a serious need for creatives to come together and build things in the gaps between the mega institutions that dominate things here.”

Photography by Youssif AlHarmoodi, Alexey Shvedov

Crafting in a Time of Crisis

courtesy to Carbon 12 Gallery

Left page – A Man, Burning #2, Oil on canvas (2023); This page –Head of Div #11, patinated bronze and wood (2024); Figure of Div #5, Oil on canvas (2024)

Amir Khojasteh’s work strikes a chord, with a raw and emotional take manifested at his latest exhibition

During the tumultuous times of an Iranian uprising, artist Amir Khojasteh retreated to his studio, seeking refuge and understanding. “Something had been unveiled,” he reflects. In this time of chaos, Khojasteh persisted, meticulously crafting sculptures of divs – powerful and malevolent entities of Persian mythology that possess various magical abilities. Through their creation, he conquers both physical and metaphorical demons, immortalising his victory and showcasing his deep commitment to craftsmanship. The bronze used in the pieces lends a lustrous surface that interacts dynamically with light, creating a mesmerising visual dance.

Khojasteh’s paintings resonate with the spontaneity and texture of monotype prints. Intricate white lines, slots or scars infuse the compositions with added vitality. Drawing from art history, life-sized mythical creatures emerge from these curved canvases. The dome form, reminiscent of Qajar-era paintings, accentuates the primal essence and vibrant presence of these divs

“Living in a burning house” becomes an enduring metaphor. Each painting can be interpreted as a self-portrait or commentary on surreal circumstances. Amidst the haze of ongoing chaos, Khojasteh finds humour in his work, leaving the observer with a paradox of feelings. Running until 28 May at Carbon 12 Gallery

NEOM unveils Aedas-designed Gidori

A golf haven on the Gulf of Aqaba



In a recent announcement, NEOM has unveiled Gidori, an exclusive private golf community designed by global architecture firm Aedas. Situated amidst the picturesque coastal hills of the Gulf of Aqaba in northwest Saudi Arabia, Gidori aims to blend world-class golfing facilities with dynamic leisure options, catering to both enthusiasts and leisure-seekers.

Ignacio Gomez, the Global Design Principal at Aedas said, “Gidori is an ultimate experience of community living. A series of spaces offering points of connection between humans and nature.” The development is designed to seamlessly integrate with its stunning natural surroundings, offering upscale hospitality, premium residences, and a diverse range of sports and leisure facilities.

At the core of Gidori is a beachfront complex called the Monolith, which features a striking and awe-inspiring cantilevered structure. This complex is set to include 190 luxury sea-view apartments, along with various dining venues, signature retail outlets, and lush garden

spaces. Gomez highlights, “Different textures of glass and metallic surfaces are adopted to create a vibrant movement of shade and light.”

Gidori’s centerpiece is its 18-hole championship golf course, which meanders through gentle hills and rocky outcrops. Alongside the golf course, 200 individually crafted private villas are planned. Additionally, the development will feature an 80-room boutique hotel offering unique accommodations, restaurants, a spa, gym, multiple pools, and an exclusive entertainment theatre.

In alignment with NEOM’s environmental ethos, Gidori will also provide natural recreational spaces suitable for outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, and water sports. Gomez emphasized that, “Gidori is the power of bringing together people, community and nature to create a powerful new future.” Aedas continues to be a key player in supporting NEOM’s ambitious vision for the future, with ongoing involvement in other groundbreaking projects, including the Trojena Ski Village.


Project: Gidori

Location: Gulf of Aqaba, NEOM, Saudi Arabia

Client: NEOM

Design Architect: Aedas Middle East

Design Director: Ignacio Gomez, Global Design Principal


Highlights of Salone del Mobile, Milano 2024

All things new and noteworthy at the most awaited week for the international design industry


Step into the realm of creativity, innovation and aesthetic brilliance as we unveil the captivating highlights from this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan. This prestigious event, hailed as the pinnacle of the international design calendar, once again mesmerised attendees with its unparalleled showcase of cutting-edge design concepts, groundbreaking innovations and visionary craftsmanship.

LOEWE lamps

LOEWE revealed a collection of new lamps specially developed for the presentation by 24 artists, all of whom have a long-standing relationship with the house. These newly commissioned floor, table or suspended lamps were on view in the Palazzo Citterio. Light was the central medium in all these works, and its properties were embraced and manipulated by each artist, guided by their own individual practice. The showcase was LOEWE’s eighth at the international furniture fair, which enabled the brand to venture into creative experiments with artists, expanding on generations of design and crafts knowledge.

This was the first time many of the featured artists had created lamps, and the project enabled them to utilise a wide range of mediums, pushing the properties of each material to create unexpected interactions with light. For many of the artists, it was also an opportunity to introduce new techniques and materials into their practice. Playing with the pliability of bamboo, birch twigs and horsehair; experimenting with the translucencies of paper and lacquer finishes; and exploring the dynamic reflective contrasts between glass, leather and ceramic, they created forms that took inspiration from natural and man-made objects – spanning lighters and storefront shutters to morphing microorganisms and hanging gourds.


Soft Glass by Tonelli Design

Soft Glass, the new and first sofa by Tonelli Design, designed by Massimo Castagna, breaks away from conventional sofa design by integrating glass as the framework for a captivating interplay of shapes and materials. This marks a significant departure from traditional upholstery, offering a fresh perspective on living space aesthetics. At first glance, Soft Glass mesmerises with its unconventional style, striking a delicate balance between lightness and modularity. The sofa’s soft, generously filled volumes create a welcoming seating system that redefines spatial design. Castagna’s vision of modular design allows for original, dynamic and informal compositions, setting new trends and even anticipating them. With its wooden slatted frame and glass bases, Soft Glass offers unparalleled versatility, allowing for a multitude of configurations to suit diverse preferences and spatial requirements. Whether in larger or smaller configurations, the sofa remains a statement piece


Antolini’s stone cladding

Antolini’s exquisite stone craftsmanship has left us in awe. In this month’s edition, we turn our focus to the heart of the home, the living room, and this brand resonates strongly with us –because of its dedication to producing and marketing the finest natural stones by highlighting and enhancing their unique beauty thanks to the skil-

ful combination of craftsmanship and technological innovation. With its innate ability to infuse spaces with personality and warmth, Antolini’s stone cladding emerges as a natural choice for elevating the ambiance of any living room. From sleek marble accents to rustic granite features, each stone selection tells a story, adding depth and character to the living room narrative.


The new capsule collection by Jwana Hamdan, in collaboration with Californian artist Tricia Paoluccio, was previewed at Salone. The collection, titled TRICIA PAOLUCCIO X JWANA HAMDAN, presented a contemporary dialogue between floral art and lyrical gardens. Inspired by Hamdan’s desire to express the beauty and e ssence of nature through design, the collaboration aimed to evoke a cultural heritage rich in poetic and literary tradition. The lush gardens referenced in Middle Eastern poetry served as powerful metaphors to represent human emotions and social interactions. One highlight of the collection was the ALIYA dining chairs, elegantly adorned in floral-themed fabrics, available at Purity.


Third-culture Crafts

We explore the fascinating intersection of diverse cultural influences on traditional craftsmanship techniques in Dubai and Riyadh, as demonstrated by various craftspeople at the top of their game



Keeping the pulse of this phenomenon, which is rooted in identity, these individuals’ approach to artistry and craftsmanship transcends boundaries, creating unique and innovative works that resonate with global audiences. By embracing a blend of traditions, materials and techniques from various cultures, third culture craftsmanship offers a fresh perspective, celebrating the richness of cultural diversity while pushing the boundaries of traditional art forms. This evolving practice enables collaboration across cultures, fostering creativity, innovation and mutual understanding in the world of craftsmanship.

On Crafting a Legacy

Khalid Shafar, with his eponymous design studio, is redefining the boundaries of furniture and product design by seamlessly blending functionality, practicality and creativity. His designs artfully intertwine Emirati culture and craftsmanship with contemporary aesthetics, creating pieces that are both visually stunning and deeply rooted in tradition.

Shafar’s design journey began at the American University in Dubai in 1998, where he studied interior design. Although he initially pursued a career in business management, his passion for design never waned. In 2010, he pivoted back to his true calling, founding KHALID SHAFAR and embarking on a mis-

sion to create designs that celebrate Emirati heritage. At the heart of KHALID SHAFAR’s ethos lies a dedication to preserving and promoting Emirati crafts. Shafar’s meticulous attention to detail and integration of traditional techniques and materials, such as safeefa in his Palm tables collection, showcase his commitment to this cause. “We have a lot of arts and traditions that we wanted to preserve, and I wanted to use it either through telling the story of that particular craft or even integrating the craft in the product itself,” he explains.

Shafar’s innovative approach to materials has resulted in products that leave a lasting impression. His debut Palm collection includes

clothes stands, tables and lighting fixtures, and remains a crowd favourite – capturing the essence of Emirati culture while offering practical solutions for everyday living.

Now, the designer is placing research and collaboration at the forefront of his work. “We have started researching more than material, exploring ancient and existing crafts, as well as different materials such as concrete, stones, marbles, metal and various patinas. Our aim is to collaborate with brands and designers from different studios, merging industries to create unique works of art,” he explains.

As Shafar continues to push the boundaries of design and collaborate with renowned brands and designers, his vision for KHALID SHAFAR remains steadfast: to create timeless pieces that resonate with generations to come. Through his innovative designs, he is crafting a legacy that celebrates Emirati culture, promotes craftsmanship and shapes the future of design in the UAE and beyond.

Photography by Salama Studio

Breaking the Mould

Family ties, artistic exploration and a passion for design all shape Nicole’s work. The artisan has carved a niche for herself in the world of ceramics, blending influences from her multicultural background to create unique pieces that resonate with depth and character.

Farrelly’s move to Dubai at the age of 17 was driven by a desire to be close to her father, who had relocated to the city a few years earlier. Her family’s longstanding connection with the hotel industry instilled in her early on an appreciation for design and aesthetics. “Growing up in and around hotels played a huge part in shaping my passion for design,” she recalls. Memories of sitting in hotel lobbies adorned with ceramics and art, and helping the events team

set up tablescapes, ignited her love for interior design and styling. Cole & Cinder was born out of a serendipitous encounter during lockdown.

A chance sale of one of her experimental ceramic vessels sparked interest and led Farrelly to delve deeper into the world of ceramics. “My journey has been about consistency, trial and error, and learning from the ceramic community,” she explains. Farrelly’s aesthetic is characterised by “complex simplicity”, with a focus on naturally derived colours and the coil technique. “Our ethos at Cole & Cinder is that we are all constantly changing but always have our core self that stays the same,” she reflects.

Nature serves as a powerful inspiration for Farrelly’s designs. “The silent power of nature

adds a sense of calm or unease just by the way the elements form,” she says. Resonating with the wabi-sabi concept, the artist believes in embracing imperfections and impermanence in her work, creating pieces that exude timelessness. While Farrelly’s multicultural background makes it challenging to pinpoint specific cultural nuances in her work, she draws inspiration from her unique family experiences. “Food is a huge part of my family’s expression of love,” she shares, reminiscing about Sunday roasts and dinner parties.

Creating tableware has always been a dream for Farrelly, and seeing people cherish her pieces evokes a warm sense of nostalgia. Her signature scented candles, inspired by church and rainy days on her aunt’s farm in England, encapsulate the essence of ‘home’ and offer a sensory journey back to her roots.

As Farrelly continues to evolve as a designer and individual, she hopes to see Cole & Cinder grow alongside her. With plans to explore new forms and designs, she remains committed to her core values of authenticity and creativity. In this creator’s hands, third culture craftsmanship finds a harmonious expression, bridging the gap between diverse influences and creating spaces imbued with warmth, character and timeless appeal.


Crafting Timeless Elegance

Cyril Barret has established himself as a master of furniture design, merging French craftsmanship with enduring elegance. Founder of Cyril Furniture, his dedication to quality and tradition is evident in every piece he creates.

Born in Bordeaux, France, Barret has called Dubai home for 17 years. His furniture-making journey began at 18, under the guidance of experts from Compagnons du Devoir, a historic French organisation. “I’ve always poured my heart and soul into it,” he says, reflecting on his three-decade commitment to the craft. The designer’s Gulf introduction was through a pivotal project in Oman. From 1998 to 2002, his team furnished the Sultanate of Oman’s palace, a project that remains a highlight and a catalyst for his regional success. Seeing the region’s appreciation for craftsmanship and Frenchinspired interiors, Barret founded Cyril Fur-

niture in Abu Dhabi, later expanding to Dubai. “The allure of antique furniture, its beauty, craftsmanship and historical significance, has always captivated me,” he shares. This passion infuses every Cyril Furniture piece, blending functionality, aesthetics and innovation.

Cyril Furniture’s portfolio of projects includes private palaces in Oman and Abu Dhabi, the King of Bahrain’s palace, and French château-style villas in Kuwait. As a French expatriate in Dubai, Barret harmoniously integrates his cultural heritage with the region’s vibrancy. His journey informs Cyril Furniture’s unique style, preserving artisanal techniques. With Barret at the helm, furniture design becomes a creative odyssey, blending passion and artistry. Through Cyril Furniture, he continues to shape the luxury interiors landscape, creating pieces that are as timeless as they are elegant.


Crafting Authenticity

As the founder of Maison Mishmashi, Maya Toron Al Omary weaves together her diverse life experiences to create pieces that celebrate beauty, individuality and authenticity.

Born in New York City to diplomat parents with Syrian roots, Al Omary’s upbringing was steeped in art, culture and travel. Her parents, who are accomplished painters, instilled in her a deep appreciation for creativity, while her international upbringing exposed her to diverse traditions and lifestyles. Having graduated with an Associates Degree in Political Science while living in Paris, Al Omary’s educational journey may seem unrelated to her current profession, but as she puts it, “Every expe-

rience in my life has led me authentically to where I am today.”

Before venturing into the world of design, Al Omary co-founded the first all-women-run real estate company in Dubai in 2007. While her previous venture was ground-breaking, her passion for design and home décor eventually led her to establish Maison Mishmashi. For Al Omary, design is a form of self-expression, and Maison Mishmashi provides her with a canvas to express herself and share her unique vision with the world.

Maison Mishmashi is more than just a furniture brand; it’s a celebration of individuality, craftsmanship and culture. Al Omary and

her team believe in using the highest quality materials, sourced from around the world, to create pieces that resonate with their customers’ unique aesthetic journeys. One of Maison Mishmashi’s standout pieces is The Queen Chair, a true embodiment of the brand’s ethos, seamlessly blending tradition with modernity.

Known for its distinctive patchwork designs and commitment to sustainable craftsmanship, Maison Mishmashi’s creations are both beautiful and environmentally conscious. Al Omary’s dedication to utilising every beautiful remnant has led to the creation of iconic patchwork collections that showcase the brand’s creativity and commitment to sustainability. The inspirations behind the brand are deeply rooted in Al Omary’s upbringing and life experiences. With a keen awareness and appreciation for her surroundings, the designer finds inspiration in the interplay of colours, textures and patterns that evoke raw emotion within her. Rather than adhering to specific eras or aesthetics, she draws inspiration from the feelings and connections that each design evokes.

As a third-culture woman, Al Omary embraces the fusion of East and West, tradition and modernity in her designs. Maison Mishmashi is a reflection of her journey, honouring her roots while embracing the diverse influences that have shaped her worldview. It’s an extension of her authentic self, where creativity, courage and self-expression converge. In essence, Maison Mishmashi is Al Omary’s invitation to join her on a journey of creativity, self-expression and discovery. With each piece crafted with love and intention, she and her brand invite us to celebrate our individuality and embrace the beauty that surrounds us.


The Art of Rug Design with a Saudi Twist

Ghazlah Studio has been making waves since its launch. The studio fuses artistry with tradition, bringing a fresh perspective to the world of rug design. Born and raised in Riyadh, the founding team behind this innovative approach comprises three distinct talents: Bassam Al Khulaifi, Saud Al Rasheed and Somaya Al Azhrani. While Al Khulaifi paints and experiments with fabrics, Al Rasheed, who has a finance background, manages the execution process alongside Al Azhrani, who majored in epidemiology. Together, they breathe life into their creations, drawing from their diverse backgrounds to create pieces that resonate with audiences far and wide.

The team’s journey into rug design began unexpectedly during the pandemic. Faced with a lack of creative rug designs for their personal spaces, the trio decided to take matters into their own hands.

Experimentation has been key to Ghazlah’s success. While the studio has dabbled with various yarns, wool and acrylic remain their primary materials. Their versatility allows them to cater to a broad audience, from boutique hotels to art collectors, each piece offering a unique blend of functionality and

artistic expression. At the heart of the studio’s creations lies the rich tapestry of Saudi culture and the myriad artistic influences the trio have encountered during their travels. Whether it’s the vibrant hues of local cuisine, the rhythms of traditional music or the myriad people they meet along the way, every experience enriches their design palette.

Ghazlah studio’s work is a celebration of its founders’ heritage, capturing the essence of Saudi Arabia’s architectural marvels, weaving techniques, colours, shapes and even its unique scents and fauna. It’s a meticulous process of absorption and reflection, each piece echoing the world around them and resonating with cultural significance.

Among their creations, the ‘Dallah’ piece and ‘Painting Man’ hold a special place in their hearts. ‘Dallah’, a symbol of Saudi culture, beautifully encapsulates their identity, while ‘Painting Man’ represents their journey of exploration and innovation. Both pieces challenged Al Khulaifi to learn new techniques, pushing the boundaries of the trio’s craft and inspiring further creativity.

What drives this team is the ability to translate personal experiences and interpretations of the world into tangible pieces of art. For them, rug design is not just about aesthetics; it’s a medium to convey emotions, stories and cultural narratives that people can connect with and cherish.

In essence, this Saudi-based venture is more than just a rug design company; it’s a testament to the power of collaboration, creativity and cultural pride. Through their unique blend of craftsmanship and artistry, they invite audiences worldwide to experience the beauty of Saudi culture, one rug at a time.


A Maldivian Touch

Olga Melnikova from OL Interiors breathes life into a Palm Jumeirah home by filling it with character and warmth


Initially devoid of character and warmth, this Palm Jumeirah villa stood as a blank canvas, waiting to be infused with boho elegance, Maldivian inspirations, and a touch of familial charm. The challenge was clear: to metamorphose an empty, impersonal space into a boho minimalist sanctuary.

Olga’s expertise lay in weaving warm creamy tones, cosy textures, and artful compositions into every corner of the villa. With a family of three children in mind, each room was meticulously crafted to reflect individual personalities while harmonizing within the overarching design narrative.

The living room became a haven; inviting both guests and the family to unwind in style, with sofas and terracotta armchairs from Poliform, a floor lamp from Artemide and Art de Vivre carpets with curtains from Katrin & Alex and coffee tables from Crate & Barrel

complete the space. Soft furnishings, carefully curated decor, and panoramic views of the sea set the stage for intimate gatherings and cherished moments. The dining area emerged as a focal point, adorned with bespoke plaster art crafted by a sculptor-artist transposed against a stunning Bloomingdale’s table with chairs from Marina Home. This unique masterpiece added a powerful design element to the space, elevating the overall dining experience.

Olga Melnikova’s design prowess extended to sourcing special designer pieces and materials, collaborating with notable brands for furniture and lighting, and coordinating with skilled contractors to bring her vision to life. She infused every element with a sense of bio-ecological friendliness, warmth, and comfort. The villa, once devoid of personality, now exudes a welcoming aura that beckoned one to linger, relax, and savour moments of tranquility.


Upholstery: Defure

Furniture: Poliform, Bo Concept, Bloomingdale’s, Marina Home, Crate & Barrel, Kit & Kaboodle

Lighting: Artemide,Louis Poulsen, Dantone Home, Slamp, Nemo

Carpets: Art de Vivre

Curtains: Katrin & Alex

Soft furnishing: Baccarat

Paint: Benjamin Moore

Above – Textures play against each other in earthy tones in the bedroom; Right page – A warm, inviting ambiance in the dining area

Rediscovering Tradition

The South Korean designer blends ancient hanok elegance with contemporary design in a modern furniture context


The allure of objects steeped in history offers comforting nostalgia, evoking a sense of familiarity and connection.” Designer Jung-hoon Lee’s [Heritage Gwol] series embodies this sentiment, blending modern craftsmanship with the timeless essence of antique heritage. This collection of contemporary craft furniture seamlessly integrates into everyday life while emanating an ancient aura. Inspired by the symbolic forms and colours of Korea’s traditional hanok architecture, the [Heritage

Gwol] series offers a modern reinterpretation of the age-old beauty inherent in hanok. This exploration particularly delves into Giwa, the roof tiles crafted from soil or cement that are emblematic of hanok structures.

The series aims to capture the aesthetic allure found in various Giwa types, the structural elegance supporting the roof, and the delicate curves intrinsic to hanok design. These elements combine to create furniture that reflects the subtle sophistication of Korea’s cultural heritage through a contemporary lens.

“Amid the rise of ‘glocalism’ – blending global and local influences – there’s a growing interest in researching and celebrating traditional cultures worldwide.

This movement fosters a renewed appreciation for each country’s heritage, driving the exploration of new aesthetic forms and functional designs relevant to modern life.” says the designer. In response to this trend, Lee reimagines Korea’s unique cultural and aesthetic sensibilities, adapting them to align with global design trends.


An Icon of Sustainable Innovation

Fluid forms, innovation and culture fuse together at this architectural gem in Seoul, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects


Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) stands as a monumental architectural and design achievement in the heart of Seoul, South Korea, masterfully conceived by the late, acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid and her design firm, Zaha Hadid Architects. As a symbol of Seoul’s dedication to innovation, creativity and forward-thinking design, DDP transcends conventional architectural norms, embodying a harmonious blend of form, function and sustainability.

DDP is a tour de force of contemporary design, characterised by its fluid, curvilinear forms and futuristic aesthetic. The structure’s seamless integration with its surrounding landscape creates a sense of continuity and fluidity, blurring the boundaries between interior and exterior spaces. This fluidity is accentuated by the plaza’s undulating roofscape, which serves as an expansive public park, offering panoramic views of the

cityscape and providing a tranquil retreat amidst the urban hustle and bustle. The design of DDP is not merely aesthetically adventurous; it is also inherently sustainable, incorporating a range of eco-friendly materials and innovative technologies that minimise energy consumption and environmental impact. From its energy-efficient lighting systems to its rainwater harvesting capabilities, DDP exemplifies a holistic approach to sustainable architecture, setting new standards for environmentally conscious design.


Cultural Convergence

Hotel Hana blends the elegance of Belle Époque with the simplicity of Japanese minimalism in the heart of Paris



Japanese aesthetics harmoniously intertwine with Parisian design sensibilities with a consistent design language throughout

Drawing inspiration from the avantgarde spirit of the 1920s – which attracted the Japanese diaspora to this vibrant neighbourhood called ‘Little Tokyo’, nestled between the iconic Opéra Garnier and Place de la Bourse – Hotel Hana, conceptualised by Nicolas Saltiel serves as an oasis of tranquillity and design sophistication amidst the city’s hustle and bustle. Here, Japanese aesthetics harmoniously intertwine with Parisian design sensibilities, resulting in a captivating interplay of traditions, where every detail, gesture and object tells a story.

Laura Gonzalez, the visionary architect and interior designer, collaborated with Olivier Leone, a renowned artistic director in the fashion world, on his inaugural hotel venture. This creative partnership has given rise to an exciting dialogue of design where east meets

west across time. Gonzalez masterfully orchestrates a dialogue between the opulence of Belle Époque design and the refined simplicity of Japanese minimalism. Eschewing her signature eclectic style, she opts for a more neutral palette and handcrafted aesthetic, playing on the contrast between romanticism and sobriety. Custom-designed furniture punctuates the space, set against a backdrop of soft tones and materials reminiscent of Art Nouveau.

Artisanal craftsmanship is evident throughout Hana, with contributions from skilled craftspeople like Sonja de Monchy, Les Ateliers Roma and Signature Murale, who elevate the design with their unique artistic expressions. Each space is thoughtfully curated, from the restaurant counter adorned with intricate details to the textured paintings surrounding the pool area. Hana’s 26 rooms, including a luxuri-

ous suite, offer guests a serene retreat from the urban chaos and feature interiors imbued with a Feng Shui aura crafted by expert Hélène Weber. The design pays homage both to Japanese and Belle Époque influences, showcasing iroko wood, straw coverings and bicolored marble in the bathrooms. The carpets, designed by Marguerite Lemaire, and original designs by Laura Gonzalez, reproduced by Pierre Frey, add the finishing touches to the meticulously curated spaces. The result is a harmonious ensemble that invites guests to escape and dream, enveloped in a cocoon of design excellence where the taste for beautiful things reigns supreme, and attention to detail is paramount. Hana offers an authentic yet contemporary experience, striking a delicate balance between tradition and modernity, inviting guests to surrender to the allure of timeless design.


What to Expect at INDEX 2024

The Middle East’s highly anticipated interiors trade show will take place from 4 to 6 June


1. Witness exceptional design, right from the start. Experience design like never before with the unmatched haptic experience of INDEX 2024. Attendees, including buyers, fit-out contractors and design enthusiasts, can directly interact with cutting-edge designs. This interactive approach allows for more informed decisions and fosters stronger relationships with exhibiting brands.


2. INDEX Design Talks: One of our favourite events at the fair, INDEX Design Talks is a platform where industry visionaries and design experts gather to discuss the latest trends and challenges in interior design and architecture.

3. Flooring and Surfaces Summit: This year, INDEX 2024 is hosting a one-day summit focused on the vital role of flooring and surfaces in contemporary design. Knowledgeable speakers, architects and designers will investigate the most recent trends and advanced techniques, providing attendees with a one-ofa-kind chance to redefine modern design aesthetics.

4. Engage with industry experts from around the world. Connect with professionals, architects, designers and suppliers from all over the world. Expect to gain valuable insights from talks and sessions led by the top experts in their fields. Attendees can form meaningful connections, foster collaborations and draw inspiration from the lively event atmosphere.

5. Explore the scale and breadth of a truly global event. INDEX 2024 showcases a diverse range of products, designs and technologies under one roof. Participants will have the opportunity to explore a wide array of interior design solutions, ranging from global trends to local innovations. This comprehensive offering provides everything needed for the transformation of built spaces, both now and in the future.

Image courtesy of Studio d.04

Crafting the Perfect Living Room

Exploring the harmonious balance between artisanal craftsmanship and contemporary interiors within living room spaces


Crafting the perfect living room involves a delicate dance between artisanal craftsmanship and modern interior design. This fusion creates spaces that not only captivate the eye but also evoke emotions, tell stories and enhance wellbeing. Here, we explore insights from leading architects, designers, furniture curators and interior stylists to unravel the intricacies behind this process.

Noora Al Awar, founder of Studio D.04, a multi-disciplinary studio based in Dubai, emphasises the importance of capturing the homeowner’s essence in living room interiors.

She advocates for a bespoke approach, where each design reflects the client’s lifestyle, personality and narrative. “When working with clients, our interactions are intimate and collaborative. We delve into their preferences, histories and aspirations to ensure that every design element speaks to their identity and enhances their daily living experience,” she says. Similarly, Sergi Comellas, Interior Architect and Founder of Barcelona-based studio SERGI COMELLAS, stresses the significance of understanding how clients interact with a space, using cognitive mapping to tailor designs accordingly. “We talk to clients to un-

Left page – NM Residence by Studio d.04.

Photography by Natelee Cocks; This page – Living space by Studio d.04

derstand their needs and preferences. This helps us create spaces that adapt and evolve based on the user’s requirements,” he explains.

Percy Deng, Interior Stylist and Founder of Midgu, a Dubai-based furniture curation marketplace, adds another layer to this understanding. She emphasises the role of personalisation and individuality in crafting living spaces. “As an interior stylist, my approach begins with a thorough understanding of the client’s individuality,” she notes. “I carefully select pieces that resonate with their aesthetic and tell a compelling narrative.”

Rozina Stefan, Furniture Curator and Founder of The Loom Collection, underscores the value of authenticity and uniqueness when selecting artisanal pieces. “I recommend homeowners opt for handmade pieces with intricate detailing, such as chairs, handwoven rugs or bespoke textiles for cushions and throws,” Stefan says. “By blending these pieces with modern furniture, homeowners can achieve a harmonious balance that reflects both style and heritage.”

Deng also further elaborates on this point by highlighting the importance of harmonising bespoke pieces with the overall design aesthetic: “I harmonise the bespoke pieces with the overarching interior style of the house. I delicately balance proportion and scale, meticulously selecting materials and fabrics that complement the space’s tone and add depth.”

Balancing craftsmanship with functionality and comfort is also essential in crafting the perfect living room. Al Awar emphasises the importance of achieving harmony between craftsmanship, functionality and comfort to enhance daily experiences. Similarly, Stefan prioritises ergonomic design principles to


ensure that bespoke furniture pieces not only look exquisite but also provide practicality and comfort for everyday living: “We extensively test and refine our products – sometimes for six to eight months – to ensure every detail is perfect. Even a difference of one to two centimetres can significantly affect the comfort of a lounge chair or the depth of a sofa. We take our time to get these details right because we view our furniture [pieces] as long-term investments. This meticulous process ensures our pieces are not only aesthetically pleasing but also practical and suited for everyday living.”

Deng echoes these sentiments by advocating for the integration of vintage pieces to infuse character into the space while maintaining modern comforts. “While opting for a highly comfortable modern sofa for its functionality, I complement it with vintage armchairs to add a touch of charm and uniqueness,” she shares.

Artisanal craftsmanship adds depth, authenticity and a tactile allure to living room designs. Al Awar believes that integrating artisanal elements elevates both aesthetic quality and user experience, imbuing each space with a unique personality. “Our approach involves a deep understanding of the materials and craftsmanship available in our region. We

Image courtesy of Studio d.04
The fusion of artisanal craftsmanship and modern interior design offers endless possibilities for creating living rooms that are visually striking, emotionally resonant and deeply personal

prioritise artisanal pieces that not only reflect the cultural richness of our environment but also enhance the living experience through their uniqueness and bespoke quality. This careful curation ensures that each living room we design is not only a reflection of the client’s personality but also a functional, cohesive part of their home,” she reveals. Comellas echoes this sentiment, emphasising the sensory experience of tactile elements and the emotional depth they bring to a room. ““Many times, when we see an item, we need to touch it. Understanding an artisanal element’s power is essential. It’s not just about visual appeal but also about how it feels,” he adds.

Deng’s passion for hand craftsmanship led her to launch Midgu, her own furniture curation venture. “Through Midgu, I present a thought-

fully curated array of furniture, objects, art and vintage pieces, aiming to celebrate and advocate for the art of hand craftsmanship,” she explains. “It acts as a worldwide stage for artisans to showcase their talents while also showcasing the allure of Oriental aesthetics, all the while paying homage to my cultural heritage.”

The fusion of artisanal craftsmanship and modern interior design offers endless possibilities for creating living rooms that are visually striking, emotionally resonant and deeply personal. By understanding their own essence, curating bespoke furniture, balancing craftsmanship with functionality and elevating design quality with artisanal elements, homeowners can craft living spaces that are true reflections of their style, values and stories.

This page (from left) –Townhouse in Tbilisi, Georgia by SERGI COMELLAS; Boutique home in Emporda, Catalonia, Spain by SERGI COMELLAS



Minimalist Marvel

Waad Kansou, Founder of Doubleyouinteriors, takes us through a zen home


The project brief called for a zen and minimalistic space, featuring a monochromatic colour scheme enriched with varied textures. The aim was to optimise functionality and spaciousness while aligning with the client’s vision. Floating steps were introduced to transform the staircase and integrate it with the double-height TV unit. This involved concealing the handrail and incorporating a projected wall with indirect lighting, ensuring a seamless transition between the staircase and the TV unit. Lighting was a key element, accentuating materials and volumes throughout the space, highlighting textures and adding depth to the overall ambiance.

To enhance functionality and openness in the living area, the ground floor guest bedroom was converted into a home office. This led to a versatile and connected layout. The addition of a cosy library, featuring slatted sliding wooden doors for storing books and a vintage camera collection, added warmth and character to the space.

While the kitchen retained its original location, it underwent a significant transformation. The kitchen island was reorientated to connect it with the dining room. Additional storage and a black wooden finish contrast beautifully with the micro cement flooring and Neolith stone countertop, achieving a sleek and modern aesthetic. A minimalistic Japandi touch was infused by incorporating Japanese pottery and tea pots. The signature double-height TV unit was kept minimal yet functional, using the same stone as in the kitchen and white oak slatted panels for cohesion. Creative storage solutions were employed, maximising available space and incorporating an electric chimney for added cosiness.

On the first level, the layout was entirely reimagined. A bathroom accessible from two spaces was redesigned, and the bedroom re-

ceived enhanced wardrobe space. The master en suite was transformed into a luxurious and functional space, featuring an open shower area, sliding shutters for privacy and high-quality materials to maintain a hotellike vibe. An additional walk-in wardrobe area offers ample storage while preserving a clutter-free environment.

In collaboration with The Design House, a local furniture supplier, the 3D renders were brought to life through the careful selection of fabrics and materials. Incorporating the client’s preference for a minimalist palette with black and light purple accents, a touch of purple was added to the living room furniture to introduce a subtle pop of colour while maintaining the monochromatic theme. This ensured the space reflected the client’s preferences while achieving the desired zen and minimalistic aesthetic.


Area: 149.57 m2

Design and Project Manager: Doubleyouinteriors

Contractor: The Agency

Joinery work: Designsmith

Kitchen: Schröder küchen UAE

Main furniture pieces: The Design House


An Alluring Villa

This villa project in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia combines local architecture with modern sensibilities



Aselection of 28 independent villas, NQSH combines modern elegance with a touch of local architecture. Designed by architect Mohammed S. Almansour of Alwathaaeq Consulting Engineers, the villa spans a spacious 7,936 square metres. Emphasising open-plan de-

signs and contemporary layouts, these residences reflect the evolving needs of the modern Saudi family. Prioritising privacy, the homes feature doubleheight ceilings and a focus on comfort. Neutral and calming tones further enhance the dwellings’ inviting ambiance and timeless appeal.


Area: 7,938 m2

Type: Private villas

Architect: Mohammed Almansour

Designed by: Alwathaaeq Consulting Engineers

Real Estate Developer: Alramz Real Estate

The open plan layout and tasteful textures of the NQSH villas. Photography by Felwa.Co

Born in Oasi Zegna

A green tale of sustainability and design

At the heart of the Biella Alps in northern Italy lies Oasi Zegna, a 100 km² haven nurtured by ZEGNA since 1910. Recently showcased during Milan Design Week at ZEGNA’s headquarters from 16 to 21 April, ‘Born in Oasi Zegna’ captivated visitors with an immersive installation brimming with vegetation from this ecoparadise. This book is more than a narrative – it’s a visual odyssey and a tribute to ZEGNA’s enduring commitment to sustainability. With its cyclical theme mirroring the seasons, it weaves together captivating imagery, historic

insights and evocative prose, inviting readers to delve into its pages repeatedly. ZEGNA’s legacy of community and environmental stewardship began with Ermenegildo Zegna’s reforestation efforts around his Wool Mill (Lanificio Zegna), bridging mountainous divides with the iconic 232 Road. Today, Oasi Zegna stands as a testament to this vision, boasting over half a million trees and fostering harmony between industry, humanity, and nature.

As the epicentre of ZEGNA’s values, Oasi Zegna transcends its physical boundaries. Its influence is expanding globally, starting with

the donation of new flowerbeds in Milan’s Piazza Duomo on 19 April. This initiative marks the inception of a worldwide endeavour to recreate the essence of Oasi Zegna, emphasising the importance of urban green spaces in nurturing biodiversity and fostering social responsibility. During Milan Design Week, ‘Born in Oasi Zegna’ transformed the ZEGNA headquarters into a living gallery, inviting visitors to explore its lush pages first-hand. The immersive exhibition merged the beauty of Oasi Zegna with ZEGNA’s ethos, creating an experience that was both enlightening and enchanting. Available at


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Innovative Interplay

Atlas Concorde introduces the Marvel Meraviglia collection featuring Diamond décor by Zaha Hadid Architects


At Cersaie 2023, Atlas Concorde launched its captivating Marvel Meraviglia collection, featuring a standout collaboration with Zaha Hadid Architects called Diamond. This innovative collection merges timeless craftsmanship with avant-garde design. Its unique design reimagines traditional mosaics, creating dynamic modular geometries that offer limitless pattern possibilities. Paolo Zilli, Associate Director of Zaha Hadid Architects, commented, “Diamond transforms the concept of traditional mosaic design, creating a sequence of modular geometries with limitless possibilities for dynamic patterning. This decor reflects Zaha Hadid Architects’ innovative approach, blending classic mosaic elements with disruptive design elements to create a dynamic and evolving surface. “This collaboration between Atlas Concorde and Zaha Hadid Architects exemplifies a blend of tradition and innovation, setting new benchmarks in decorative design.”

Inspired by the elegance of Calacatta Meraviglia marble, the collection also introduces Velvetech, a patented porcelain surface by Atlas Concorde. Velvetech replicates the polished marble’s intricate finish, offering varying opacity levels for a nuanced aesthetic. The entire collection offers a diverse range of finishes, including hammered, matt and polished, catering to modern interior design needs.


Things to Covet


Chatty Sofa

The Chatty sofa from the MCM Wearable Casa Collection unveiled during the 2024 Milan Design Week, has captured our attention. Designed by Atelier Biagetti and curated by Maria Cristina Didero, this sofa channels a street graffiti aesthetic, drawing inspiration from vibrant urban art. Beyond its artistic appeal, the Chatty sofa pays homage to iconic pieces like Gufram’s Bocca Sofa by Studio 65 from the 1970s, blending nostalgia with contemporary sensibilities. This sofa offers a space for relaxation, while also incorporating charging capabilities to keep users connected.

Here are the pieces, objects and furniture pieces that we love for their craftsmanship



Z Desk

The Z Desk by Marcin Waszak Design caught our eye thanks to its practical yet playful approach to work. Marcin Waszak, a UK-based furniture designer, collaborated with William Hands to create a unique desk inspired by Wassily Kandinsky’s ‘Dance Curves’ drawing series from 1926. Drawing from Kandinsky’s abstract linear designs depicting human dancing poses and movement, Waszak translated these elements into the frame of the desk. The desk features a removable central panel that can serve as an angled drawing board or a surface for use over one’s lap while seated on a sofa or bed. It also offers extra space through a sliding panel hidden on the right side of the tabletop and three movable drawers. We love it because the piece explores the concepts of movement and space, prioritising adaptability for the user.


Arabesque bench by Nada Debs

The Arabesque bench by Nada Debs captivates with its elegant curved lines and impeccable craftsmanship. Drawing inspiration from mid-century design, this sofa effortlessly combines a modern S-shaped silhouette with the timeless allure of exquisite craftsmanship. Crafted from French oak, the bench features a natural motif that echoes the intricate patterns of traditional mashrabiya screens, adding a touch of cultural richness to its design. Beyond its visual appeal, the bench’s unique shape invites relaxation and stimulates engaging conversations, making it a versatile and inviting centrepiece for any open-plan living space.

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