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Martino Gamper went from being a carpenter’s apprentice to developing his own distinct voice in contemporary design. Today, with several awards under his belt, he is collaborating with Prada on a special project that breaks the mould in retail design.
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Charismatic, local media darling, heralded as the vanguard of Emirati design and poster boy for a burgeoning industry, Khalid Shafar’s goal is the creation of a homegrown movement that’s recognised in the same way as Scandinavian or Italian design.
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Artistic and fantastical, Brand van Egmond’s lamps and chandeliers challenge the idea of the light fixture. Their whimsical approach has landed them commissions all over the world.
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Whether it’s the region’s largest collection of Caucasian carpets is up for argument. What isn’t in dispute is that Aziz Bassoul’s collection is one of the most complete.
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Louis Vuitton surprised us this year by collaborating with contemporary designers to produce a charming debut collection of foldable furniture and accessories.
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Dutch designer Marcel Wanders says he has moved from the conceptual to the poetic in his work over the past 20 years but a meeting with him reveals a bit of both: concept and poetry.
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One of the best-known names in bathroom fixtures and furniture, Duravit and sister company, Hansgrohe are masters at finding ways to persuade us to linger longer.
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Clever, contemporary, graceful and somehow masculine, Nayef Francis’ range of furniture, lighting and home accessories could almost be the work of many minds. By eschewing a single aesthetic, whilst still making a statement, they are suited to almost any situation.
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Chakib Richani is known for his architectural work but his custom-made furniture has become sought after in its own right for its complex detail, monolithic volumes and striking proportions.
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The careers of William Sawaya and Paolo Moroni have been all about sticking it to the Man. Ironic given the duo’s association with some of the design establishment’s biggest names. But their rebellion changed the way an entire industry works.
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CL is a young South Korean singer making music the millennial way: with millions of followers on social media. But making it in the brick and mortar world has a whole different set of challenges.
Visa pour l'Image returns for a 29th time with all the best photojournalism from around the world. This year, some of the best works at the two-week festival in the South of France offer a timely reminder of the human cost of war in Iraq.
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