Community is all about stories; they create character, pique interest and encourage exchanges. At d3 we promote storytelling – we celebrate success, share challenges and learn from our mistakes. So many of the d3 community have wonderful stories to tell and we’d like to share some of them with you here.
As part of d3’s ongoing series of interviews with Business Partners, we spent some time with The Qode, Purity, Pallavi Dean and Aya Al Bitar to hear their thoughts after recently having moved into their new offices here at Dubai Design District.
Aya Al Bitar
Dubai based Khalid Shafar started his career in marketing and communications before studying fine art and interior design, between Central Saint Martins in London and the Centre for Fine Woodworking in Nelson, New Zealand. As a designer, Shafar has established a graphic yet sensuous style, drawing on his carpentry and weaving skills. At Kasa, his gallery space in Ras Al Khor area of Dubai he displays and sells his pieces, which combine craft and function, alongside other locally made objects. Visit Khalid Shafar website.
Dubai-born and based, Aljoud Lootah takes the multidisciplinary approach that Middle Eastern designer’s execute so well. Trained as a graphic designer, her work touches fields from fashion to product design, branding and luxury. In 2007 she founded Niftee, a commercial extension of her creative output, producing limited-edition fashion and design pieces. Through her work, Lootah aims to capture the beauty in the details of Emirati culture and art, and translate it in a modern visual language. Visit Aljoud Lootah website.
Emirati Latifa Saeed is a keen experimenter, working with traditional fine art techniques as well as contemporary methods in art and design. Her first foray into product design came by chance, when she created some pieces for her home that she wasn’t able to find on the market. She has been involved with the Tashkeel Arts Centre in Dubai since its inception, a pivotal point of reference for local artists and designers, hosting a gallery and a studio space that encourages young creatives’ to experiment with modern arts and media. Visit Latifa Saeed blog.