Old is gold

Old is gold

UAE: Emirati designer Khalid Shafar has introduced his latest collection entitled Deco Haus, a study of two revolutionary design movements, Art Deco and Bauhaus, reinterpreted from a local design perspective.

The designer said the collection is a contrast between different textures and materials: rough and industrial, linear and soft, fine with rounded edges. “I had locally interpreted these movements through the use of locally sourced and crafted camel leather in all parts of the collection [and used] an octagon shape, which for me represents the key pattern in Arabic and Islamic design.”

He outlined two pieces as key parts of the collections. One of these pieces is called the Octa Dress, a dressing table set complete with a table, two leather drawers, a stool and mirror.

“My user behind this design was a female and therefore the use of pink shades [across the design], including a copper coloured mirror and stool made of hand sprayed and painted camel leather to reflect a water lily with rough cut edges,” described Shafar.

Another highlight from Deco Haus is a set of tables called Octa Side I, II and III. These side tables come with either a leather drawer, a leather sack or without a storage compartment. They can be used as bed side tables or around various seating arrangements, offering optional heights.

These two pieces from Shafar’s Deco Haus collection was recently exhibited at Downtown Design through a collaboration with the international travelling exhibition Nouvelle Vague Volume II. The pieces were showcased in Paris before coming to Dubai.

The main materials used for the collection include marble, treated metal and camel leather.

“For my interpretation, the treated metal reflects the Bauhaus school of using industrial, rough materials in linear designs. While the use of marble also reflects a rough and hard material, it has been polished and finely finished and treated, and this for me [represents] materials from Art Deco.

“Finally, the camel leather is the key to my local interpretation for this collection. It was used to soften the material mix, add elegance and richness by showing hand-made crafts and details and to reflect my roots through local resources and craft.”

In comparison to Shafar’s previous collections, the designer said the main difference is that “the cultural influences of the aesthetic are not very obvious as they were in the previous collections.”

He explained that “this is due to the choice of two design movements. However, this collection as well as the previous ones still carry the brand DNA of ‘telling tales’ and the reflection on the designer’s roots and background.”

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