DECOHAUS by Khalid Shafar
From Dubai out around the globe . . .
Design knows no cultural borders.
It speaks a universal language of aesthetic,
craft and function.
Continuing with the success of , , the designer, has launched the 2014 signature collection DECOHAUS, inspired by Art Deco and Bauhaus, the two international design movements that overlapped during the 20’s. All of this collection’s designs have been locally reinterpreted using traditional UAE materials (such as camel leather) and the octagon, a shape often found in Middle Eastern and Islamic design and patterns. Each piece has been named after this key shape of the octagon.
OCTA WRITE Looking sharp and gentlemanly, this chair composes all the masculine aspects from rough materials, to soft natural leather. A city man’s colour palette of black, natural camel and metal creates a new definition for a desk chair. Geometric from all angles, this chair reflects a contemporary twist on 1920’s elegance with an industrial touch.
OCTA BENCH Keeping with the collection’s DECOHAUS theme yet influenced by waterlily flowers, this bench was crafted using hand sprayed leather to create a contemporary take on lily flowers floating on the water’s surface. The different seat heights are intentional to add dynamism.
OCTA DRESS This piece was designed with a female in mind, hence the choice of colours and composition. The dressing table is a trend that is returning to furnishing. More and more women are keen to have their own dressing sets and use their vanity tables for dressing. Driven by the collection’s theme of DECOHAUS the vanity table was designed on a modular system where three separate parts are joined together to create the whole vanity table. Two handcrafted side drawers made fully of leather are used for storage, all connected by joining straps. Wooden trays covered partially with leather are inserted in each drawer. To complete the set a self-standing copper coloured mirror with the same octagonal shape is included along with an octagonal stool made of hand sprayed leather in the waterlily flower theme seen elsewhere in the collection.
OCTA WRITE It’s the gentleman writer who inspired this modular writing desk. Although of course it can be used by both genders, OCTA WRITE was designed primarily with the city gentleman in mind who needs a desk to write, open his mail and probably read his newspaper. It follows the same OCTA modular system with three parts joined by straps and two side drawers that are handcrafted in leather. A wooden tray is integrated inside the drawers and can easily be removed when needed. The black and white marbles along with the natural camel tan leather suit a gentleman’s style very well.
OCTA SIDE I Simple, practical and functional, these side tables are versatile in use and position. Following the same octagon shape and having the same rough metal legs, these tables come in different heights to extend functionality – from a side table for seating to a bed set. Also, a combination of them can replace a coffee table in any setting.
OCTA SIDE II Following the same basic structure of OCTA SIDE I this table introduces a softer yet bolder handcrafted element. A completely handcrafted drawer made fully of camel leather is suspended from its marble top. The drawer provides a convenient space for storage along with an organization tray for smaller items. OCTA SIDE II makes a perfect bedside table.
OCTA SIDE III Another version of the OCTA SIDE table but with the new twist of a storage compartment. A completely handmade sack of camel leather – reminiscent of those used in the old days to carry things on camels during long journeys in the Arabian Desert.
OCTA HALL From the imagery of the grand marble entrance halls and staircases of the 1920’s mansions, came this simple yet grand hall table. OCTA HALL is a hallway table that combines octagons of different marbles locked together by leather joining belts. The colours are of the 20’s period – black, white, and rose.
OCTA COFFEE I A modular system based table that can extend to many meters and shapes to suit the desired area. The octagonal shapes are joined together by leather belts creating a single large coffee table that can be dismantled and reassembled in different shapes. The joining belts giving to the whole structure strength while creating a sleek aesthetic. The OCTA COFFEE I is inspired by the waterlily flower floating on the water’s surface, surrounded with large leaves. The colour composition of the marble and granite was selected to reflect this.
to the left; OCTA LAMP I Object: Floor lamp, 2013, prototype | Description: Marble, treated metal, & leather | Dimensions: S: 50 x 21 x 50cm/ L: 80 x 21 x 80cm – to the right OCTA LAMP IIt: Object: Table lamp, 2013, prototype | Description: Marble, treated metal | Dimensions: 25 x 25 x 44cm
OCTA COFFEE II Following the same modular system as OCTA COFFEE I yet keeping it classical, this squarish coffee table is composed of four side tables joined together by belts. A central tray is used as a compartment for books, a display or planter.
OCTA LAMP I A contrast with olden day lanterns that were easy and light to carry, these giant and heavy floor lamps are designed to stand still. With a one-direction illumination style, these lamps create a unique ambience in a space where they look like flames reflected in the polished marble surfaces, creating a 3 dimensional effect. The larger size lamp can work as a space divider when in multiples.
OCTA LAMP II A mixture of the old and new, this table lamp combines the 1920’s and 30’s look with the new illumination technology of LED lighting. Designed to direct the light in a certain way and with particular brightness, the OCTA LAMP II is perfect for reading and working. It can also serve as a bedside lamp for night reading.
OCTA SHELF It is the observation of the many floor and wall tiles at cafes around the Mediterranean that inspired these wall shelves. They work both as wall decorations and book racks, responding well to any interior space. Made of a single piece of marble cut in the octagon shape, these shelves have great space behind to store books and magazines. The shelf is only half the depth so that the books and magazines sit up above the front piece making them very visible and easily accessed.
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