Author archives: Oasis

Ola Vinny!

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Introducing a doll ‘that looks like your cousin’ or Salvador Dalí Previously a lawyer, Jordanian artist Ola Dajani took on the role of creating Vinny dolls for the love of her new born son. Born in Amman, Dajani moved to the UAE in the late 80s. She was raised in Abu Dhabi and now works from her home studio in Dubai. She believes creativity and experimenta[...]

3D Printing Voilà!

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In all the interviews that I’ve done for Oasis over the years, this one with French-Moroccan product designer Younes Duret has been the most fun. The man’s sense of passion and wonder is infectious; after talking to him, you feel like you need to create something right away. You realize that life is full of possibilities and discoveries, especially because y[...]

Carwan Gallery Transcends the Boundaries

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Founders Pascale Wakim and Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte talk about the past and future of Middle Eastern art hemisphere. Carwan Gallery was created when Pascale Wakim and Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte joined their artistic vision and cultural backgrounds to create an extraordinary idea for contemporary design in the Middle East. The gallery›s first objective i[...]

The Pocket Museum of Arabic Calligraphy

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Oh nuqta, you magical little dot, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. One, typographically, you stand defiant at the end of each sentence, clearly and resolutely announcing the end of one thought and teasing the potential for a new one. Two, cartographically, you are a point in space and a location on a map. Three, conversationally, you are the topi[...]

Creativity Loves Company

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It’s a story as old as time. One person, striving for change in the status quo, yearning for community, daring to take that extra step, stands in front of a crowded room of peers and superiors, and spins in a circle until she gets dizzy. Okay, so not everyone opts for the spinning technique, but when Soraya Darwish spun her heart out at the King Abdulaziz U[...]

Rising Star of Design: Benjamin Hubert

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Cork, clay, foam, polyester, plastic and others, is what you see when first visiting designer Benjamin Hubert’s studio online. On that image the copy reads “Materials Driven”. The photograph then cross fades to another, this time reading “Process Led”, and yet another, “Industrial Design”. Materials Driven. Process Led. Industrial Design. – This is Benjamin[...]

Design Dialogues| Curating Design Week

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Design Week stands for an international inspiring event showcasing aspirational work from great emerging designers. Throughout the planet, various countries and cities host this exciting annual exhibition, where visitors can breathe an air of bubbling ideas, interactive perspectives, new design approaches, state of the art technologies and a fair amount of s[...]

Hot & Heavy | Rapid Manufacturing Gathers Steam at theBakery

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“You come to Mar Mikhael, you go up Gholam Stairs, from there you take your left and keep going straight,” says Guillaume Crédoz, effortlessly guiding me to the location of the recently open research and manufacturing lab theBAKERY. It was strange taking directions from a Frenchman in my own hometown. But he seemed to know every nook and cranny in that East [...]

THIS Toothbrush | Leen Sadder

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Oasis sat down with entrepreneur Leen Sadder in the Big Apple as she revealed just how she sunk her teeth into the business of cleaning dirty mouths. Leen Sadder is an accidental Tooth Cleaning Fairy. Flashing a healthy, pearly-white smile, she gently waves a teeth-cleaning stick called “the miswak” near her mouth, as she confidently demonstrates how her ci[...]

In Conversartion with Talal Obeid

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Talal Obeid, a multidisciplinary designer born in Jahra, Kuwait, and currently living in rural North Carolina with three cats and a dog and his beautiful wife, is an entirely self-taught designer. “I don’t pride myself in my lack of academic credentials” says Obeid “but I do take pride in where my concentrated efforts took me without Academia’s help. I like [...]