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Read ‘The Craft Issue’ – Note from the editor

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The Craft IssuePalm Lighting by Khalid Shafar. Photography by Salama Studio

Craftsmanship permeates every aspect of our lives, manifesting in countless mediums and forms. It is an art form that resonates deeply with me and seemed apt for a debut issue – it transcends time, blending tradition with innovation, and heritage with contemporary flair. It is an embodiment of dedication, skill, and passion—a testament to the artisans who breathe life into their creations. In this issue, we celebrate the magic of craftsmanship, exploring its role in redefining design narratives from a third-culture perspective, with local sensibilities and global thinking at its fore.

In the same vein, our cover story features the remarkable Khalid Shafar, an Emirati designer whose work beautifully intertwines local culture and crafts with contemporary aesthetics. His designs, both functional and creative, resonate deeply, reflecting a harmonious blend of past and present. Alongside Khalid, we spotlight a curated selection of craftworkers from the Gulf, each infusing their creations with their own distinctive third-culture sensibilities.

The Craft Issue

In our design focus segment, we consult architects, interior designers, furniture designers & interior stylists to share invaluable insights into harmoniously integrating cherished crafts with modern aesthetics, offering you inspiration to craft your own unique living spaces. 

Venturing into the realm of interiors, we invite you to explore Dubai home where opulence meets elegance, and where spaces are designed to inspire.

As you immerse yourself in the pages of this issue, I invite you to celebrate the transformative power of craftsmanship and the artisans who continue to push boundaries. Here’s to embracing the beauty of design – wherever it may lead us.

The Craft Issue

Read the May 2024 ‘The Craft Issue’  issue online here.

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