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design miami/ 08: al sabahart & design collection
nov 13, 2008
design miami/ 08: al sabahart & design collection


‘swivel chair’ by bokja, sixties furniture upholstered in embroidered vintage fabric from tajikistan – image © bokja

al-sabah art & design collection is a contemporary gallery which is scheduled to open its doors in dubai in early
spring of 2009. the gallery is the result of a recent partnership agreement between DIFC (dubai international
financial centre) and founder of the luxury retail emporium villa moda, sheikh majed al-sabah from kuwait.
the mission of the gallery is to promote the craftsmanship of the middle east. sheikh majed al-sabah wants to
encourage local governments to take more responsibility in preserving their cultural heritage.

before the gallery is even completed, it will preview its collection at this year’s design miami 2008 from
december 1st – 8th with an exhibition entitled ‘ALEF’. the name of the exhibition refers to the first letter of the
arabic alphabet ‘a’, but also acts as a symbolic name to mark the gallery’s first show. ‘ALEF’ will highlight the
work of two lebanese designers, huda baroudi and maria hibri of bokja. the duo is known for their use of
vintage furniture, embroidered in fabrics originating from the east. also on show will be the work of dutch
product designer, pieke bergmans, who works in porcelain, plastic and glass. he will be creating a series
of pieces using traditional syrian mother-of-pearl inlaid antique pieces of furniture. for the gallery’s official opening
in 2009, new works by studio job, maarten baas, marcel wanders and jaime hayon, who have created limited
edition pieces with local artisans, will be revealed


‘swivel talia’ by bokja, vintage furniture upholstered in a combination of vintage lakii from central asia together with
suzani (decorative textile) and new fabric – image © dina debbas


‘crystal virus’ by pieke bergmans, blown glass vase

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design miami: http://www.designmiami.com
al-sabah art and design collection: http://www.alsabahcollection.com

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