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 FORMA collection will be showcased at the newly unveiled Arte Veneziana Archiade Atelier at Dubai Design District (d3)