Category archives: Design

DjerbaHood

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1 village - 150 artists - 30 nationalities This summer, under the cool breeze of the village of Djerba in Tunisia, 150 artists from 30 different nationalities came together, by invitation from Itinerrance gallery, to bring a new life to this small town. Itinerrance gallery, founded in 2004 by Mehdi Ben Cheikh, has a goal to promote the recognition of stre[...]

The aura Design Competition

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The aura Design Competition, in association with Saudi Design Week, has annouced the winning de- sign and the three finalists. The winning design will be produced by aura and exhibited at Saudi De- sign Week 2015. The winning designer is Noura AlKharashi. Her design will be publicized in the next few months as the production starts with aura. The two runner[...]

Arabic Typography

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The Arab world is made up of 19 countries spread over two continents. The main thing that joins us together is the Arabic language and hence the importance of design play, Arabic typography, and calligraphy... “The Arab world is made up of 19 coun- tries spread over two continents.The main thing that joins us is the Arabic language and hence[...]

The Art of Collecting with Dr. Alfredo Gysi

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Oasis Magazine talks to Dr. Alfredo Gysi, BSI Bank’s CEO, about the BSI art collection, the importance of art, and the exciting projects and artists that BSI is involved with. Why is it important for BSI to present and showcase art works to the public and also to support and sponsor major art and cultural affairs? Our commitment to arts permeates our ident[...]

Khalid Shafar Design & Contemporary Contour

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Since the inception of the brand ‘Khalid Shafar’ in 2011, KASA became the showcase platform and the home for the brand. The first space was opened in November 2012 in Dubai. Oasis magazine spoke to the man behind the brand. Shafar said he believed the journey started with the need for an organic growth of an industry and what the masses were looking for. “W[...]

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[...]