Khalid Shafar pays tribute to traditional Emirati heritage with…..

Khalid Shafar pays triBute to traditional emirati heritage with his new ‘FORMA’ collection for Italian interiors Atelier Arte Veneziana

⦁ Emirati Agaals (the woven rope band used to secure men’s head covers) juxtaposed with contemporary Venetian engraving offers commentary on cultural exchange and national identities

⦁ 14 iconic pieces with Venetian décor, glass engravings and Emirati influence to be launched during Dubai Design Week (DDW)

Dubai, UAE – 1st November 2018: Award winning Emirati Product Designer, Khalid Shafar has collaborated with leading Italian engraving and mirror works atelier Arte Veneziana, to launch his latest interior collection, entitled ‘FORMA’ during Dubai Design Week. A tribute to Emirati culture, FORMA is anchored in the tradition of wearing Agaals, the woven rope bands used to secure head covers worn by Emirati men. By deconstructing the Agaals to where they are stripped of their original fashionable function and serve purely as a building material for the collection, Khalid Shafar explores the inter-play between ancient Emirati customs and Italian décor, while engaging in a cultural dialogue that pays tribute to local traditions, decorative art and national identities. The use of Agaals across interiors is unique to Khalid Shafar and a signature material of the KHALID SHAFAR brand.

Showcasing 14 pieces, FORMA offers a range of interior products spanning from monumental mirrors and screens to chandeliers, floor lamps, table lamps, and wall lamps. All pieces have been created using Agaals juxtaposed with glass, mirrored surfaces or natural stone and have been custom engraved by Arte Veneziana, the leading Italian engraver and mirror works atelier of over 40 years, that specializes in handmade techniques, engraving and decorative elements on mirrored surfaces, glass and natural elements. The collection is a homage to Emirati culture, contrasted with Venetian craftsmanship, that is not only visually stunning, but also offers a bold social statement on respect for different cultures and the fusion of creative techniques, leading to innovative forms of artistic expression.

“The Agaal is a part of our heritage and a universal symbol of Emirati culture – for me it was very important to ensure that this collection transcended being merely decorative objects, and instead became a functional collection and objects of cultural dialogue. FORMA is grounded in the belief that contemporary design can be elevated through the use of ancient handmade techniques, and thus we chose to partner with premier Italian engraver Arte Veneziana, who still follow the traditional practices. The FORMA collection represents the merging of the artistic heritage of two different cultures and if you look closely, you will notice that there are layers of parallels between my inspiration from Emirati heritage and centuries old Venetian traditions of craftsmanship; for example the circular patters created by the placement of the Agaals is reminiscent of traditional Rondels, the colored round discs of glass that are held together by grooved panels of lead, which are typical of traditional Venetian architecture and still prevalent across the windows of buildings across Italy, to this day,” said Khalid Shafar.

“It is a pleasure to see FORMA Collection coming to reality. We truly believe that this collaboration with Khalid Shafar reflects on how Arte Veneziana, with its almost four decades of history and craftsmanship, is looking forward to the future of contemporary design through such international collaborations. We are honoured to see our artistic heritage and artisan skills fit so perfectly with Khalid Shafar’s vision, pushing the rules of interior trends and handmade luxury design,” said Nicola Zanin, C.E.O. and Master Engraver of Arte Veneziana.

The FORMA collection will be showcased at the newly unveiled Arte Veneziana Archiade Atelier at Dubai Design District (d3) and will encompass the following pieces:
Curved and double side screen
⦁ Curved metal structure with black matt finishing.
⦁ Circular glass decoration made of multi-coloured and lacquered tiles, covered with antiqued silver leaf.
⦁ Black Agaal, with an approximate size of Ø 20 cm, on top of each glass.

Curved metal chandelier with black matt finishing
⦁ No. 24 circular glass tiles decorate the chandelier according to an alternate pattern.
⦁ No. 12 glass tiles features a handmade engraving of a floral décor, inspired by Venetian decorative motifs.
⦁ All glass tiles have been handmade mirrored with and artistic light antiqued finishing.
⦁ Black Agaal, with an approximate size of Ø 20cm by 4cm thickness, on top of each glass tile.

TABLE LAMP

⦁ Curved metal structure with shiny and golden finishing. Basement made of rough black stone.
⦁ No. 2 circular glass tiles decorate the table lamp on the far ends. The glass tiles features a handmade engraving of a floral décor, inspired by Venetian decorative motifs.
⦁ The glass tiles have been handmade mirrored with artistic light antiqued finishing.
⦁ Black Agaals, with an approximate size of Ø 20cm by 4cm thickness.

MIRROR
⦁ Rectangular mirror made of a metal structure to ensure the correct hanging support on the wall. Central mirrored part with not-antiqued finishing.
⦁ No. 4 circular glass tiles decorate the mirror on the far ends at the top and bottom. The glass tiles features a handmade engraving of a floral décor, inspired by Venetian decorative motifs.
⦁ The glass tiles have been handmade mirrored with artistic light antiqued finishing.
⦁ Black Agaals, with an approximate size of Ø 20cm by 4cm thickness.

FLOOR LAMP

⦁ Curved metal structure with shiny and golden finishing. Basement made of rough black stone.
⦁ No. 2 circular glass tiles decorate the floor lamp on the far ends. The glass tiles features a handmade engraving of a floral décor, inspired by Venetian decorative motifs.
⦁ The glass tiles have been handmade mirrored with artistic light antiqued finishing. Black Agaals, with an approximate size of Ø 20cm by 4cm thickness.

CIRCULAR MIRROR
⦁ Circular mirror made of a metal structure to ensure the correct hanging support on the wall. Central mirrored part with not-antiqued finishing.
⦁ No. 1 circular glass tile decorates the mirror in the centre. The glass tile features a handmade engraving of a floral décor, inspired by Venetian decorative motifs. The glass tile has been handmade mirrored with artistic light antiqued finishing.
⦁ Black Agaals, with an approximate size of Ø 20cm by 4cm thickness.

WALL LAMP
⦁ Circular wall lamp made of No. 1 circular glass tile. The glass tile features a handmade engraving of a floral décor, inspired by Venetian decorative motifs.
⦁ The glass tile has been handmade mirrored with artistic light antiqued finishing.
⦁ Black Agaals, with an approximate size of Ø 20cm by 4cm thickness.

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ABOUT KHALID SHAFAR
Born in 1980 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. As a business graduate of the American University in Dubai Khalid worked in marketing and communication for almost seven years.
In 2005 Khalid completed a degree in Fine Arts in Interior Design and by the end of 2009 had decided to leave marketing and follow his passion for design. Khalid has studied and specialized in Furniture & Objects design, first at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, UK, then at the Centre for Fine Woodworking in Nelson, New Zealand. In 2011 Khalid opened his own studio in Dubai followed by a showcase space in 2012; both in Ras Al Khor Industrial area.
Khalid’s approach to design encompasses his personal expression of form, movement, emotion, and in particular, ‘the tale’ of objects.
Among his notable international collaborations, Khalid collaborated with LASVIT, Tai Ping, Campana Brothers, Moissonnier, COS, Kartell, and the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) on special projects and limited edition releases. He also collaborated recently with Le Mobilier National et les manufactures nationales des Gobelins, de Beauvais et de la Savonnerie on a site specific Art installation for Louver Abu Dhabi Museum.
ABOUT ARTE VENEZIANA
Arte Veneziana is set apart in the world of furnishing by its work with mirrored, engraved and cut glass. With this brand, the Zanin family has interpreted the great traditional craft of the Venetian lagoon for over 40 years, combining the productive knowledge and the styles of the past, with the search for new and contemporary decorative forms.

Since all of Arte Veneziana products are produced in-house with its own carpentry, the skilled glass masters and technicians, the Venetian Atelier is able to custom produce every kind of mirror, furniture or chandelier, in any size, according to client’s and design studio’s wishes. The technology and work methods are rigorously maintained and constantly updated, creating new collections of unique furnishings that expression a contemporaneity capable of communicating history in a tasteful, visionary and innovative way. As a result, Arte Veneziana is the symbol of high-quality 100% Made in Italy design, with a background fed by refined cultures that reflects unconventional elegance.

Arte Veneziana is an established Italian brand for luxury furniture. The Company deeply believes that nothing as ever defined luxury better than accurate craftsmanship realised thanks to handmade techniques, which have been fine-tuned over the years by artisan hands with rare ability, on materials that have always gone along with human history. The artistic touch, combined with innovative design, is the most important value embraced by the Atelier’s philosophy.

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