In the studio: Lisa Sicre of Lampshades Dubai

In the studio: Lisa Sicre of Lampshades Dubai

The firm has provided shades for the likes of Amazonico and Chanel and Louis Vuitton boutiques

Lisa Sicre in her studio
Lisa Sicre in her studio
Lampshades Dubai's work
Lampshades Dubai's work
Lisa's pieces are in hotels, stores and restaurants around the UAE
Lisa's pieces are in hotels, stores and restaurants around the UAE
Lamps aplenty
Lamps aplenty

Describe your studio...

Our studio, based in Al Quoz, is more like an artisan studio with a large table to work on surrounded by rolls of fabrics, shelves with accessories and trims, lampshade models, sample boxes, and an endless amount of lampshade frames!

Are you still in the studio or WFH?

I go to the studio almost every day even though we are under restricted workforce. I believe that you can't design a lampshade and a lighting feature if you don't know how it is manufactured. So yes I spend a lot of time in the studio under normal circumstances. With the Covid-19 it's tricky as I have to help with the making of some of the lighting orders as well; some of them can be quite large and technically challenging.

How does your day typically start?

I always like to spend the first thing in the morning reading newsletters and magazines online and catching up on design trends. There are so many design ideas and so many interesting people out there and Commercial Interior Design is a big part of my reading. I find it's the best magazine to keep up with people and companies in the region.

What are you working on right now?

We are working on private orders currently, beautiful designs; I am really impatient to see the final products. The hospitality sector is still closed but we are in regular contact with them to ensure clear communication for pending orders to go smoothly. We just managed to finish and deliver lampshades to the Chanel and Louis Vuitton boutiques, the new Amazonico restaurant in DIFC and The Four Seasons, Desroches Islands in Seychelles, before the lockdown.

What are the high points and challenges of the day?

Making clients happy and designing new products is always a highlight and since Covid-19 lockdown, to see the blue sky over Dubai without pollution is an amazing highlight of each day.

Where do you seek inspiration? And has it changed in the current situation?

Before, most of my inspiration came through travels and design fairs. Today I spend more time online discovering new patterns and trends through various blogs and media sources. I have also recently started to look into architectural patterns and its influence on lighting and shadows.

What’s on your desk? And what are you listening to?

My desk is my dining table, it serves for working, as a lunch table, as a big surface where samples and supplier catalogues can be spread out. There's also my laptop, a green plant and some jazz on Alexa.

Tell us three bookmarks on your browser

Lampshades Dubai, and Decorilla

Three must-follows on design industry social media

Design Milk, Kelly Wearstler and Jean-Louis Deniot

What do you love about your office space? What would you change?

Ever since I was a little girl, I've dreamt of having my own shop. Maybe Lampshades Dubai will make my dream come true.

When does your day end?

End of work is often followed by exercising, the end of the day before bedtime is spent on reflecting on past, and reviewing new, ideas, listening to music and reading a book.

What's the last thing you do before you call it a day and leave the office?

Make space and turn my desk back into a dining table!

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