Category archives: Design

Let's Gossip about Bara Boux Founder: HRH Princess Reema

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HRH Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al Saud is the stereotypical Saudi woman, which ironically makes her the anti-thesis of the Western stereotype of the Saudi woman. She’s assertive. She’s intelligent. And she’s independent. She’s the ideal role model for any inspiring entrepreneur. And she does it all, while still being one of the most liked individuals among t[...]

Dar En Art with Karim Hamdi

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In the Spring of 2006, Paris native Karim Hamdi founded Dar En Art. Karim was always passionate about design but it was only after working in an advertising agency and later getting married to a Frenchwoman, of Moroccan descent, that the concept of Dar En Art truly materialized. How did you decide to create Dar en Art? The Paris shop of Dar en Art was crea[...]

In the Studio with Lina Amer

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In 2010, armed with a BA in Arabic language, 24-year old Saudi graphic designer, Lina Amer launched herself into the world of graphic design. “I entered the world of arts when I was 15 years old, but my real work started in 2010, when my taste in art started to thrive,” said Lina Amer whose ideas overflow with Arabic typography and iconic Arab creatives from[...]

Illustrating with Miss Chat*Z

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If you are looking for lush candy-colored landscapes, quirky looking vector-based illustrations, with a touch of whimsicality, you have to check out Miss Chat*Z illustrations. Oasis catches up with Miss Chat*Z. Tell us a little bit about yourself. What helped prepare you to become the artist that you are today? My real name is Sirine, I’m quite the mul[...]

RIGHT ON THE BALL | Rocking & Rolling with Kurt Perschke

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You probably saw it if you were in Abu Dhabi last year or in Taipei the year before that. And if you happen to be in England from June to July, you will likely see it dribble down the streets in time for the Cultural Olympiad. It is a 15-foot, inflated sphere that weighs 250 pounds and is always cloaked in red PVC fabric. It is Redball, the world famous scul[...]

Industrial Yves-olution

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He might walk among us and even look like us, but Yves Béhar is not one of us. He is a man from the future and don’t let his charm and acumen trick you into thinking otherwise. Béhar might have one foot in the present moment, but the other is firmly rooted in tomorrow. He is not merely clairvoyant – he doesn’t simply see the future, he lives there. In fact, [...]

Khalid Shafar Tells a Tale

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Switching careers especially when you are really good at what you do is no easy feat, but for Khalid Shafar moving from being an executive marketing professional to a product designer was answering a long over-due call. Harnessing his passion for design with a degree in furniture and object design in the prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art and D[...]

Mona Al Qahtani

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There are a handful of adjectives that can be thought of when thinking of the city of Jubail in Saudi Arabia, and creative is not one of them. This might all change with our latest and newest obsession. Young and highly talented illustrator and experimental artist Mona AlQahtani has got us hooked with her witty and beautifully executed illustrations that [...]

Bernard Khoury on Walking the Talk

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“Your 4 o’clock is here,” says Carine, Bernard Khoury’s young assistant, calling him by his first name. I was his 4 o’clock. It was the second time I interview the single most celebrated Arab architect in the world in 13 months. Not much has changed since my initial visit. The place was still swarming with young architects, Khoury still wore black, and I was[...]

The Jameel Prize

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The Jameel Prize is a £25,000 international art prize for contemporary artists and designers inspired by Islamic traditions of craft and design. Launched in 2009, the winner of the first Jameel Prize was Afruz Amighi for her work 1001 Pages (2008), an intricate hand-cut screen made from the woven plastic used to construct refugee tents. The Jameel Prize is [...]