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issue 40 - October/November 2017
CURVE magazine cover October/November 2017
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Pallavi Dean

     Design Director of award winning design studio, Pallavi Dean Interiors designs Interface’s biophilic installation led booth at Downtown Design. Building on the concept of metamorphosis, the installation takes the visitor on a journey that excites the five senses of perception sight, sound, touch, smell and taste. Employing architectural bio mimicry, the form emulates the process of metamorphosis which ties into interface’s sustainable approach of reusing and repurposing materials to create their product. Visitors are invited to touch the suspended carpet looms, hear the experiential soundtrack, take in the fragrances from nature whilst walking through the loop. The journey culminates in the center of the stand and the sampling of a signature locally produced juice. Also, head to the newly opened restaurant of Lebanese Star Chef Maroun Chedid, Shababeek, the studios’ first restaurant design.
Fahed & Architects

     The Dubai based architects were selected to design this year’s temporary pavilion structure for Dubai Design Week’s annual regional design exhibition Abwab. Fahed & Architects has used recovered bed springs borrowed from waste management company Be’ah to stunning effect and which, when placed within Dubai Design District (d3), will provide an outstanding backdrop for Abwab’s hallmark of providing a heavily curated snapshot of contemporary designers and products from across the region. The design of the Abwab pavilion is an annual commission for UAE-based architecture practices; Fahed & Architects join previous architects LOCI Design & Architecture (2015) and a hypothetical office (2016).
Lel for O’de rose

     Lel, an artistic collective dedicated to preserving, reinterpreting and evolving the ancient art of hand crafted stone inlay, Pietra dura, exhibits for the first time in the Middle East at one of Dubai’s most loved concept stores, O’de rose. Under the creative direction of Meherunnisa Asad and in collaboration with local and Afghan craftsmen and artisans in Peshawar, Lel marries traditional craft techniques with contemporary design and a colourful array of semi precious stones and marbles locally sourced from the mountains of Pakistan. "A Lel piece does not start in the studio. It starts in the mountains millions of years ago. You never start with a blank canvas in the art of stone inlay," says Meherunnisa.
Lujaine Rezk

     UAE based interior design graduate and emerging design talent Lujaine Rezk realizes her first full scale commission at Dubai Design Week with an installation to mark the key point of entry at Design Week’s hub venue, d3. ’Screen’ is a freestanding interactive installation that acts as a temporary shelter and shade for visitors inspired by a conceptual interpretation of the Masharabiyah, traditional Arabian screens made of lattice woodwork that provide privacy from the outside. The installation is a construction of wooden frames with stretched fabric that are layered in space. Allowing the visitors to walk through/around it to experience the varying levels of privacy and shade.
Ahmad Bazazo

     Downtown Design marks the launch of Lebanese architect’s collection of timelessly elegant furniture pieces under newly founded multidisciplinary design practice, "Studio A". Studio A challenges the notions of traditional design by pushing the boundaries of material experimentation and precision in order to create objects of the highest possible quality. It is not driven by a given style, but rather by a principal of producing bespoke made to measure objects that bring light and focus into the spaces that they encompass and its collections are meticulously crafted.
Cecilia Setterdahl for AR Gallery

     d3 based carpet designer Cecilia Setterdahl makes her first foray into furniture with ’Contour’, a table designed and made in collaboration with new progressive design gallery, AR Gallery by Apical Reform. Cecilia joins other UAE based design talents, Fadi Sarieddine and Nadine Kanso, along with Tashkeel, for AR Gallery’s launch exhibition exploring climate change and its impact on Earth, ’State of Earth’, hotly tipped to be one of this year€™s Design Week highlights for collectible design followers. Also, head to the fifth edition of Downtown Design for Setterdahl’s carpet brand, CarpetsCC.
Julien Phedyaeff and Christopher Santerre

     Julien Phedyaeff cultivates a passion for craftsmanship and a love of prototyping. Christopher Santerre is interested in everything that surrounds industrial production. The duo share a common perspective on consumption habits and patterns, which led them to re imagine emblematic pieces from our daily lives as their diploma projects: a streamlined design for a refrigerator that integrates food preservation solutions that required no electric power in Santerre’s case; and a modular and repairable washing machine for Phedyaeff. They teamed up in 2015 to establish L’Increvable SAS, a home appliances business that aims to restore power to users. The company designs, manufactures and markets sustainable, repairable and modular products.
Samy Rio

     Samy Rio studied cabinetmaking for four years before enrolling at ENSCI Les Ateliers in Paris, graduating in October 2014, with a research project on industrial applications for bamboo poles. In July 2015, he was awarded the Grand Prize Design Parade 10 at the Villa Noailles for this very project and he ended up on a residency at the NTCRI in Taiwan, where he continued his research on bamboo together with local master craftsmen. Through his various experiments with materials, he explores the interactions between know how and industry, traditions and new techniques, in order to question not only materials, but also the way we produce objects.
Claire Lavabre

     Claire Lavabre is a designer and photographer, who at just 30 years of age has worked with designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Inga Sempe and Leon Ransmeier and has already founded her own studio. Renowned for her use of mirrors, lights and frames, Lavabre’s work revolves around illusions. Images blur, multiply and fuse as she questions the notions of identity, duality and vanity. Lavabre’s pieces have been exhibited at the Villa Noailles for the Design Parade and the Fashion and Photography festivals in 2013, at the Palais de Tokyo in 2014 and at the Great Design Gallery in Paris. She now works both from Paris and Perpignan, in Southern France.
Jean Baptiste Fastrez

     After graduating with honors from ENSCI Les Ateliers in 2010, Jean Baptiste Fastrez worked for three years with Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. In 2011, he established his own studio to explore his vision of hybridization through creations that combine pioneering technologies and artisanal know how. The same year, Fastrez won the Grand Prize Design Parade 6 at the Villa Noailles in Hyeres, France. In 2015, he was awarded a Wallpaper Design Award for his Scarabee vase. His works have long received creative praise and his pieces are exhibited at Le Grand Hornu Images (Belgium), Mudac (Lausanne, Switzerland) and in the VIA gallery(Paris, France).
Alexandre Echasseriau

     Alexandre Échasseriau has an unusual background. After three years spent training in ornamental turning and other metalworking techniques at L’Ecole Boulle, he transitioned to industrial design at ENSCI Les Ateliers, where he picked up a range of time honored crafts and artisanal techniques. Echasseriau creates streamlined objects, combining materials, technologies and little known or emerging techniques. This very personal approach earned him an Audi Talents Award in 2014, in the design category. In September 2016, he established Crafter Studio in suburban Paris. His work takes him from industrial design, to prototyping and product design. Until July 2017, he served as Art Director for the Pompidou Center’s FabLab.
Luce Couillet

     Luce Couillet studied product design at ESAD de Reims, before focusing on textile design at ENSCI Les Ateliers in Paris, from where she graduated in 2010. Specializing in textile materials and products, she established Matieres Ouvertes, a research workshop, in 2011. Couillet maintains a large collection of fabrics which she handpicks both for their technical properties and aesthetic qualities. Driven by her passion for innovation and low tech R&D, she uses artisanal weaving techniques to compose an experimental material library, which she puts to the service of various industries: couture, interior architecture, as well as sporting and medical equipment firms.
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