Category archives: Design

The Girl Behind Fyunka

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They say the key to innovation is keen observation. By observing how we and others around us interact with the world, opportunities arise. That is perhaps not more true than with the birth of Fyunka – meaning bow in Arabic- a line of highly addictive fashion accessories by Jeddah-native Alaa Balkhy. The twenty-something illustrator, designer and blogger alw[...]

The Sultanate of Darmaki

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It’s not so often I get to use my favorite phrase, so opportunities such as this one must be exploited and harnessed for every ounce of self-congratulatory praise they can afford. I told you so. Those four words reveal more than just my narcissism and adolescent tendency to become annoyingly incessant when I’m right; they also prove that Sultan Al Darmaki is[...]

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For Khalid Mezaina, lightning struck at university while learning the art of screen-printing. This new skill coupled with his love for collecting t-shirts transformed this Emirati graphic designer, illustrator and artist into an entrepreneur with the launch of his very own line of designer products which range from t-shirts, wallpapers and prints to bags and[...]

DANEH Fashion Collection

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Rekindling the passion for design came naturally to Daneh Buahmad, who fell in love with fashion at an early age. In 2009, Buahmad’s official line, named DANEH, launched with a collection of oversized t-shirts, kaftans and simple but edgy designs. Now on her fourth collection, Buahmad’s designs evolved into more sophisticated and experimental cuts; working w[...]

London’s Café Royal Hotel

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Café Royal has always been the preferred haunt of the intellectual, political and artistic literati. Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Virginia Woolf, Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, Winston Churchill and Muhammad Ali were all patrons. After a four-year renovation, Café Royal is finally welcoming a new generation of guests into its beautifully renovated space[...]

Dihzahyners Brush Up Beirut

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It was a scorching hot July evening when the sun would not just give it a rest. The setting was a deliriously dull arts bazaar in Beirut’s epicenter. My significant other was force dragging me out of there, sensing our skin was only minutes away from melting off our bones. He was concerned he would pass out before he could find us some shade or maybe even an[...]

Etched into Stone

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Serving as a backdrop to David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia, Wadi Rum is one of Jordan’s most famous tourist destinations and has been inhabited by different cultures since prehistoric times. In 2014, the wadi will play host to a new resort. Etched into the natural landscape, the Wadi Rum Resort is the culmination of Florida-based architecture firm Oppenheim’s[...]

KBT KONCEPT | THE ALTERNATIVE ABAYA

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KBT KONCEPT is a new underground,“Alternative Abaya” brand inspired by Dubai’s hidden industrial areas, where factories and auto repair shops operate side by side with the city’s edgy emerging arts and culture landscape.The experimental designs are an ode to the imperfect beauty of the energetic, ever-expanding metropolis. The bold collection is g[...]

KRIKOR JABOTIAN

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  Lebanese fashion designer Krikor Jabotian’s latest collection evokes light in its most romantic aspects: “A light shining from afar illuminated the dark waters of LakeVan. Every night he swam towards the light that shined devotedly for him. Her faint sil- houette appeared. There she was, Princess Tamar awaiting him. Never forsaking their l[...]

SAY POM WITH BADEEH ABLA

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If you’ve ever met Badeeh Abla,creator of Blue House and No Brand Agency in Beirut, and we really think you should, you’ll quickly notice that creativity run in his blood. His house,whichis also his design studio, oozes of details envisioned and created by Badeeh. He’s so popular in our office that he has a cult following and a jingle to go along with[...]