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AN

NE

An Insight behind

the mind of

L.A Interior

Designer

Ryan

Saghian

“ Transform

through Music

inspire by Light”

Started as a

Coffee stain

ended as

“The

Divorce

Diary”

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ANNE’S MAGAZINE


“Music is liquid architecture; Architecture is frozen music.”

- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


D esign . ..

C reate . ..

I nspire


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First note strung passionately with a vibrato by a string of a violin.

As the tempo picks up the Crescendo was introduced, harmonized with the

soft tones of the remaining orchestra. That there, was the sound of my

inspiration.

As listening to Rieding, Oskar violin concerto op. 35, the sound of each

note guided my hands. The movement of the interior space flowed with the

melody of the music. The soft pastel colors accented by the vibrant tones

of copper gold complimented by the diminuendos and the crescendos.

“Architecture is frozen music”.

How would a building sound like if the architect was instead a

composer? Where each note and bar were a medium of lines and shapes?

Just as we express ourselves through art and music, the process of

creation, especially through a building is connected to one’s need to

express oneself.

I’ve always used music as my escape rout from all the Chaos and the

distractions of my surroundings. With just one small note, it can easily

turn into a masterpiece of a building. Just as my father said, “listen to

the flow of the music and follow its rhythm, it will guide your mind. Just

look at the flow of a building, look how the architect carefully assembled

each wall element creating its movement becoming one entirety, just as a

composer carefully arranged each note of a concerto”. This is proof that

Architecture is indeed frozen music.

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AN

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Founder and Editor in Chief

Anne EL Meri

Front & Back Cover

Courtesy of Kofta Konstantine

Photograph Tasya Kudryk

Editor’s Photography

Ahmed Al Nqueeb

For advertisement or any

Inquiries

Contact:

anne@annesmagazine.com

Instagram:

annesmagazineofficial

Creative Director

Anwar Al Attar

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SNEAK

PEEK

W hat Inspires you?

Style by Architecture

Konstantine Kofta

Mcqueen by LUXXU

Light vs Architecture

AGI Architects Al Ghanim CLinic

Jean Nouvel Architect Ateliers

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Doha Tower

Design Transformation Sound

“BUTTONS” I.Am Plus

Bang & Olufsen

HULT

“Change the Record” Paul Cocksedge

Design trend Light

Manooi

Lee Broom

Arik Levy

Design Inspiration

Designer’s insight Ryan Saghian

“Belle Nouvelle” Nika Vorotynstseva

Design Insight Waleed Shaalan

“The Divorce Diary”

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Ryan Saghian

Interior Designer

Los Angeles

“Everything and anything but what’s

travel.”

most inspiring for me is

To get an insight behind the minds in the design world of L.A what

better way than to Get to an inspirational source. An Interview with

one of L.A’s top designers Ryan Saghian, sharing his love and

passion with ANNE Magazine.

Faten El meri

Architect at Zaha Hadid Architects

London

The sensory perception is what inspires my designs. All of our

senses lead us to some sort of experience: our eyes perceive light

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and shadow, our bodies in space recognise scale, and our skin

reads textures. Beauty is an emotional outcome of these

perceptions; it is a feeling specific to each individual. No singular

sense is responsible for a specific experience; rather it is the

culmination of our sensory outcomes that leads to our reaction to

a space or work of art. All experiences are emotional.

Consequently i am constantly striving towards designs targeting

the senses. The result is a canvas rich in light, shadow and

materiality.

CAMILLA DEGLI ESPOSTI

Managing partner at Deckora Design

London

My work focuses on the contrast of the opposites, in particular

when their juxtaposition enables the creation of a space. Void and

solid, new and old, exterior and interior, light and dark, shiny and

mat, are fundamental elements in a continuous dialogue with each

other. The Architect is the one who knows how to capture these

subtleties sensitively and transform them into shape, into a more

complex and complete entity. Material research and geometrical

studies are precious tools of the trade. Each brief is unique as

unique is the experience connected to that place, which represents

our real source of inspiration.


Waleed Shaalan

Architect / Artist

Kuwait

I get Inspired from the world. Not just the design world. I love

what Charlie Parker said about jazz : learn everything you can and

when you play forget it all. I try to do this with design, I learn as

much as I can but when i work I forget it all

Danny Sanabria

From Colombia living in Houston

What inspires me in the design world?

The purpose of design is to convey emotion to the observer and

provoke a reaction, whether it’s an article of clothing, a building, a

picture, et cetera. My inspiration comes from that unique moment

of instantaneous emotion that art, in all its many forms, is able to

produce. As an aesthete I find a building, a picture, or a garment

very powerful. I believe art and design empower people to impact

society.

As much as art and design can empower people, it can also do the

opposite. What inspires me in this world is the opportunity to have

a positive impact on a person—to change their viewpoint or

empower them—even if it is only for a short-lived moment.

Salsabeel

Egypt

Founder of “Sal”

I’ve always been obsessed with lighting, I’ve been inspired by

lighting for over four years now, so I’ve always been

experimenting with it, maybe in the future I’ll be doing some more

home accessories. We’re striving to get out there, we’re striving

to have this unity and trying to get there its against the grain and

it is a bit difficult but it’s promising i think we just have to keep

on trying. I used to be based in London but then i came back in

Egypt, I would like to explore and become more international and

that would be good representative for Egypt as well

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Sketch credit : CSCEC

Ateliers Jean Nouvel

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Photograph Tasya Kudryk

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“ As an artist, I see the images of

my future works. But I should say that

unbodied things, which only can b e

felt and not imagined, inspire m e .

As for the spirit of a collection, the

peak of mastery, for me, is the

transformation of the emotions,

with all their versatility, into an image

or its chain. ”

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S tyle

By Architecture

Konstantin Kofta created his own label, Kofta which

combines seemingly contradictory elements outside

the traditional canons of the fashion industry. His

garments are sensual, effortlessly elegant, practical

and wearable. Kofta uses rough skin, irregular shapes

and unique scents to create a totally new vision of

the attire as a whole. Designer Konstantin Kofta

combines rural and urban perceptions, and embraces

the unintentional and unexpected, which provide

inspiration for current and future collections. Each

collection appears as a form of art installation.

Konstantin Kofta believes that the perfect is hidden

in the sacramental places away from an ordinary

vision littered by common standards. Designer strives

to fuse unusual components to achieve distinctions

that add to person’s lifestyle rather than just to the

wardrobe.

Information, interview and photographs courtesy of Konstantin Kofta

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Photograph Tasya Kudryk

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What is the identity of

Kofta? What kind of

message do you want to

deliver through the works?

While thinking about the

brand’s name I was about to

find a senseless word for me

to fill it with sense myself.

Art as the perfect adaptation

of imperfect things, the

infinite play with different

objects and topics- that’s the

basis of the brand. At first,

KOFTA meant nothing to me,

then years later it meant

everything.

There are distinctive

concepts behind all

collections of Kofta, do you

usually start off with a

concept or some designs

would come to mind first?

How do you create a new

object usually?

I’m trying to explain

everything I think about,

while creating a collection,

with one word. It gives me

frames to fill myself with

information before the work

on a new collection starts.

Reading books and watching

movies in the future

collection tune inspires me.

But most of all I get ispired

by the specific atmospheic

locations, as everything that

surrounds us carries its own

information, which you can

put inside so things will come

to your mind by themselves.

You should only wander

around the spaces of your

mind, imagination and

fantasies.

Every design from Kofta

seems having a strong

personality/some kind of

emotions in it. What type

of personality do you have?

Would you please describe

yourself a little bit?

Though it’s hard to talk

about myself, I’ll try to be

emotionally precise. If I was

asked to choose one of the

four elements, I’d be water.

While being calm sometimes,

it can be furious. Water tends

to the balance and hides the

inner secrets of our planet. It

absorbs information,

having its quality and fetures

changed, concerning this

information as well. Water

adabts to everything and is a

basis of life. I’m flowing with

the river of life to face the

eternal ocean.

Information, interview and photographs courtesy of Konstantin Kofta

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K onstantin

Photograph Tasya Kudryk

K ofta

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What makes you choose to

design leather ware?

The leather is a perfect

material that creates by nature.

It’s only one suitable

material at this time which

make my ideas come true. But I

always open for something new.

Your design style has great

coherence. How do you

definite your design style?

How is your style formed?

What have you done to achieve

this coherence?

I can say that my design is

more art than fashion. I’m a

perfectionist by nature, thus if

the result doesn’t seem

satisfactory, I’ll changed it as

much as needed so it makes me

pleased. It started with

objectification of my worldview

into things for myself. The first

product created by me was a

little clatch, sewed of

leather, which I selected

accurately. Then it didn’t look

like the image I had, that’s why

I deformed it with the help of

water, temperature and

mechanical impact until it was

just the object I was carrying

in my mind.

What styling rule do you live

by? Why?

Comfort and protection covers

everything- colour, cut and

material.

What is the theme of your

new collection? What provides

the inspiration?

What do you usually do

besides work? What’s your

hobby?

I love to travel if I need to be

out from work. I like to make

art that have no connection

with work, especially I love not

only to play music as a DJ and

also I create electronic sounds.

That is my hobby, that makes

me high.

Other than fashion, do you

design other things?

Everything I do happens with

sense, arrangement and

measure. Starting with the

simplest casual things that

everyone does and than going

further to the more complex

constructions and systems. Thus

my first showroom was planned

and created by me, without any

help of professional designers

and architects. I used natural

materials, created by the

nature such as bark, moss,

stone, the play of light and

shadow, the principals of

natural zonality.

What’s your philosophy in

life?

My life philosophy is the

truth. Being honest with yourself

is the first thing otherwise

any action has no sense either

for me or for others.

I cant be sure, but I have idea

to play with ornaments,

patterns and tracery witch

comes from historical background

of any culture but in my

way of interpretation

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Photograph Tasya Kudryk

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LUXXU

MODERN LAMPS

Information and photographs

courtesy of LUXXU

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MCQUEEN WALL (left image)

Stimulated by McQueen’s style of

turning every design into a dramatic

narrative, LUXXU created McQueen Wall,

a version of McQueen Chandelier. Made

of brass with gold plated and handmade

butterflies and imposing flowers ending

with the trace of lovely Swarovski

crystals, this masterpiece gives a

dramatic ambiance to any room and it

has the eccentric sensation of beauty, so

characteristic of McQueen’s work.

“Long live McQueen.

Unfortunately, the World lost the

legendary designer, but he will

always be in our minds due to his

unforgettable designs and his

unmistakable style. Soon, we will

see the story of his life unfold in an

upcoming Alexander McQueen

movie. This is the best way to pay

homage to the extraordinary

designer and visionary.”

“We are inspired by McQueen’s style because he can

see the beauty in the grotesque, he was a true artist and

his work motivated us to create different and extravagant

pieces. He used to say that he wanted to shock people and

to provoke a reaction. And we want to make the difference

with our designs! It’s a risk to design “outside the box” but

this kind of inspirations gives us strength to work more

and without fear!”

- LUXXU

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MCQUEEN CHANDELIER

Inspired in his work, LUXXU created

McQueen Chandelier. This is a powerful

lighting piece like McQueen’s exhibitions.

This stunning chandelier combines the best

luxury and handmade materials. It’s made of

hammered brass with gold plated and

handmade butterflies and majestic flowers

ending with the touch of beautiful

Swarovski crystals.

Audacious and feminine this is creation

that fits perfectly in a luxurious home or in a

magnificent hotel.

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Alexander Mcqueen

Fall Collection 2016

London Fashion Week

Getty Images

Alexander McQueen is one of LUXXU’s inspirations. His

signature looks included billowy dresses cut in hourglass

outlines, frock coats paired with skinny pants, sharp,

angular suiting, and darkly romantic gowns covered in

intricate embroidery and lace. His style is so different and

that’s why LUXXU loves it so much.

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Photograph courtesy of

AGI Architects

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Light VS Architecture

Over the past several decades, day-by-day our world

emerged, where conquests took place, introducing different

cultures to one another as well as influencing the design

world in every region. Known as the identity of the Middle

Eastern culture and an architectural veil, Mashrabiya, a

cultural element have preserved its traditional identity yet

developed and adapted as the design world evolved throughout

the years.

Derived from early cooling methods, mashrabiyas have

been used for homes in hot Middle Eastern climates.

The theory began as water coolers, where drinking water pots

were stored in a shelf, enclosed by wood and located at the

window. Mashrabiya Later on has evolved becoming more as

an architectural element, by providing shading as well as

natural sunlight within the space, and Acts as a shield of

those who require privacy yet without being isolated from the

outside world.

Now in Modern Middle Eastern architecture, the

Mashrabiya has inspired Many Architects as well from the

western world. Further developed from just practicality, to

more of a design feature where light and shadow, as well as

different materials other than wood have transformed a

cultural identity to a powerful design element.

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Photograph courtesy of

AGI Architects

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Ali Mohammed T.

Al-Ghanim Clinic

AGi Architects

Project Name:

Ali Mohammed T. Al-Ghanim

Clinic

Type: Health | 6,500 sqm

Location: Kuwait

Date: 2011-2014

Client: Ministry of Health

of Kuwait / Mr. Ali Mohammad

Thuniyan Al-Ghanim

Images: Nelson Garrido

Project Description

Ali Mohammed T. Al-Ghanim Clinic

building by AGi architects stands as a

pioneer in the healthcare sector, where

challenging issues such as privacy and

security are addressed using a new

model, where courtyards attached to

the facade are the driving element

behind this unique typology.

Photographs and Documents courtesy of

AGI Architects

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Working directly with manufacturers and parametric

processes that generate maximum areas based on minimum

thicknesses, and adaptable geometries to incorporate efficient

substructures have allowed creating a contemporary mesh that

connects to the cultural identity of end users. An anodized and

perforated metal sheet allows sufficient light to enter,

constructing a veiled threshold in between exterior and internal

courtyards.

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Photographs and Documents courtesy of

AGI Architects

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Upon entering the clinic, a colorful ceramic mosaic

welcomes patients. This range of colors will go with

visitors during their stay at the clinic, identifying

counters of each medical specialty with different

colors included in the mosaic. This common practice

in the hospital use is especially useful when building

users belong to very different cultures, users who not

only do not know the language but use different

alphabets –Devanagari, Arabic or Roman

Photographs and Documents courtesy of

AGI Architects

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Louvre Abu Dhabi

Cultural District - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Type

Art museum

Architect: Jean Nouvel

Completed: 2017

The museum will be designed as a “seemingly floating

dome structure”; its web-patterned dome allowing the

sun to filter through. The overall effect is meant to

represent “rays of sunlight passing through date palm

fronds in an oasis.”

Photographs and Documents courtesy of Brunswick

Group

© TDIC, Architect Ateliers Jean Nouvel

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Jean Nouvel is one of the leading architects who has strongly influenced

the debate about modern mashrabiyas. His Institut du monde arabe in

Paris was only the precedent to two buildings he designed for the harsh

sun of the Middle East: The Doha Tower, which is completely wrapped

with a re-interpretation of the mashrabiya, and the Louvre Abu Dhabi

museum with its luminous dome.

In the upcoming Louvre Abu Dhabi museum, Jean Nouvel translates the

vertical screen into a horizontal roof element. Formed as a compressed

dome, the construction consists of several layers of metal to optimize

the thermal situation for the space. The Louvre Abu Dhabi will include

kinetic light effects, as Jean Nouvel explains in an interview with The

National: “Sunlight passes through two holes, then it is blocked by the

third. But this soon changes as the rays move and we get spots of light

that appear and disappear, enlarge and shrink it’s a kinetic effect that is

visible to the naked eye because in 30 to 40 seconds you’ll see that one

spot is getting bigger and another is disappearing.”

At the Institut du monde arabe (1987) Jean Nouvel has realized a

dynamic rede sign of the vernacular Arabic screen. 27.000 light sensitive

diaphragms regulate the amount of daylight entering the building. Visible

from a close distance, the metallic brise soleil on the south facade has

fine and precise details similar to those of the traditional mashrabiya. At

first the structure might appear as an Arabic decoration, but its

functions derive from filtering the daylight dynamically, depending on

the specific weather situation.

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Along the facade of the building, Traditional Islamic “Mashrabiya”

was designed by creating different overlaid layers using a single geometric

motif at different scales and densities. The result of the over layering has

created shading, reducing the solar conditions as in addition an artistic

design element. The building became an iconic statement and a trademark

of the Doha skyline where it’s artistic mashrabiya facades stood out in both

daytime and nighttime, especially when architectural lighting is introduced

further enhancing the beauty of the features.

Photos credit :

CSCEC

Documents

credit :

Ateliers Jean

Nouvel

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Doha Tower

Ateliers Jean Nouvel

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Photos credit :

CSCEC

Documents

credit :

Ateliers Jean

Nouvel

Designed by French Architect Jean

Nouvel, the tower stands among other

towers along the coast line of the city of

Qatar with a height of 232 metres, with 46

stories. The service core is slightly offcenter

to maximize the interior space and

flexibility of use. This was also achieved

by providing diagrid columns of reinforced

concrete set in the shape of a cross.

The conceptual inspiration behind the

cylindrical shape came from an office

building known as Nouvel’s Torre Agbar in

Barcelona. However The tower’s facade in

Qatar was specially designed and adapted

for the local conditions

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Photos credit : CSCEC

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Sketch by Waleed Shaalan

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DESIGN T RANSFORMATION

Sound

One of the most fascinating transformation since

the beginning of the invention of fire is technology.

We watched technologies grow and develop as our lives

fast-forwarded to today’s world. Now in the palms of

our hands we hold a small compact device that acts as

our eyes, our hearing, our mind and the entire world

captured experiences and inspirations. With just one

click of a button, our lives can change from

travelling the world to new job opportunities.

New innovative technologies have played a huge

role in the fashion world, allowing us to explore and

expand all the possibility of form and style that we can

place on our own bodies and owning the world’s stage.

Technologies have helped put a huge spotlight on the

fashion world, but how about sharing that spotlight with

technology for a change?

Now rather looking for a basic good quality mobile

smartphones, tablets or even headphones. We now look

for stylish technology that would compliment our

fashion sense or more as a fashionable accessory.

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Images ©I.am Plus

“You know, we all love buying shoes

to match our outfits and bags to match

our outfits, but for some reason we

don’t expect our technology to match

our outfits. Why not? Why should we just

accept that? What I want to do is change

that.”

- Will.I.Am

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In the music world Will.I.Am, a musician, entrepreneur,

co-founder of the Black Eyed Peas, and founder of i.am+ have

emerged his passion in music to fashion by exploring new ways

of wearing and using headphones. His concept is wearable

technology disguised as fashionable accessory that can be

matched and added to an outfit. The trending headphones

given the name “Buttons”, have derived from the buttons found

in both the tech - world and the fashion world. By choosing

buttons, it shows us how common both worlds are and how they

are actually in fusion.

To bring this concept to life, he partnered up with apple,

creating wireless headphones known as “Buttons”. Andre Leon

Talley, former Vogue editor who as well serves as style and

fashion director of I.am + have creatively infused fashion and

style with technology. The headphones, inspired by vinyl

records are designed to morph into a necklace where the discs

snap together magnetically. So rather than taking your

headphones off and chucking the pair in your bag, just wear

them as an accessory.

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Images ©I.am Plus

Will.I.Am involved Naomi Campbell and

Kendall Jenner to join the company as

partners and ambassadors of the new

product. He believed that by doing so,

Kendall Jenner represents “the new

millennial face of fashion” and Naomi

Campbell “the queen of fashion”.

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DESIGN T RANSFORMATION

Music is liquid Architecture

Designed by: Frackenpohl Poulheim

Photographer: Casper Sejersen

Credited Bang&Olufsen

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Stepping back from technology

emerging in the fashion world,

let’s step into the design world of

technology.

Rather than a big rectangular

block with wires attached to it’s

rear end, designers have

experimented with forms and

angles,wireless and sleek in order

to create eye-catching products.

New doors have been open when it

comes to materials, giving endless

choices to customize according to

your own personality and style

Now, We see a speaker, or

mobile phones wearing fashion with

its fabrics and accessories and

taking the form of architecture

with its sharp angles and smooth

curves.

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BeoLab 90, Future of Sound

Designed by: Frackenpohl Poulheim

Image Credited Bang&Olufsen

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Bang And Olufsen have designed beautiful speakers and

technologies that dresses up your space making it stand out as

well as having their own purpose for our homes without

cluttering it with wires or compromising the interior design while

each shape and form has it’s own function.

Image Credited Bang&Olufsen

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We dress according to our own style as we like to

costomise our own look. Given us the opportunity to custom

make our speaker’s designs, Bang and Olufsen have created

choices of different materials from a variety of fabric

colors as well as the tones of wood and aluminium that would

better reflect our style as well as becoming a statement piece

in our space.

BeoSound 2, Brass tone

Images Credited Bang&Olufsen

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Bang and Olufsen have found inspiration from many

unusual areas, such as the “BeoLab 19 Subwoofer, where its

form is taken from a jet engine. The purpose of their

speakers are to not be a hidden function in a space, but to as

well be an art piece that serves a beautiful high quality

purpose to the space.

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BeoLab 19 subwoofer, Brass tone

Images Credited Bang&Olufsen

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About

HULT is a Corporation, a consumer product manufacturer based in Los Angeles,

California founded in 2015 by the group of audio engineer and creative designer.

“Pavilion” speakers are polished symbiosis of architectural form. Pavilion disconnects

itself from cliches box design and plastic housing to make a new approach with pure

and powerful speaker.

Their variety of materials is from architecture, some of which have not been used in

speaker construction. The use of varnished oak top of the speakers and a mix of

copper and concrete, a way to bring architectural elements in an interior space

Inspiration

Inspired by the greatest modern architecture designed by Mies Van der Rohe, Ando

Tadao and Frank Lloyd Wright. They have studied how these architectural elements

were constructed with modern materials and designs. Spiral acoustic, a copper spiral

inside the clear wall resembles brass instrument, and makes it attractive from 360

degrees. The spiral copper pipe is not just for the design; the pipe boosts the lower

registers to make clean and warm bass.

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Images and Documents credited

to HULT

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From what once creates the music transformed to the sound of music.

Last Issue’s ANNE Magazine have transformed us with recycling

aircrafts to furniture. Taken an iconic object from the past – the 12” vinyl

LP – and recycles it to enhance the very latest audio digital technology.

This have been achieved by Paul Cocksedge, made by heated and molding

the plastic disks into a funnel shape. Known as Change the record,

The loudspeaker created for smart-phones, Because of it’s form, it requires

no wires or connection, just as we get a cup or place a smart phone

between our curved hands, the sound is amplified as it does like electronic

sound-system.

Photographs courtesy of Paul

Cocksedge Studio

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Change the Record

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Sketch by Waleed Shaalan

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Arik Levy

Splash Marble

Photograph courtesy of Alexandra

Public Relations ©ArikLEVY

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D ESIGN TREND

Light

Who knew that after thousands of failed attempts

of inventing a long lasting incandescent light bulb, with

determination and success Thomas Edison’s vision had

a powerful and eternal impact in the world. His success

in inventing the lightbulb filled a huge gap in the

design world and in result, designers are now given the

chance to transform a simple light bulb into a

chandelier or a floor lamp, a centerpiece or a beautiful

installation.

When it comes to designing, I always keep lighting

in consideration as I find it one of the most important

elements in design. There are three layers of light,

Ambient, Accent and Task Lighting; together they unite

and bring the space to life. I love the endless

possibilities that lighting provides, With lighting you

can enhance an architectural element with “wall

washing” or “cove lighting”, it creates a path to where

the designer wants to lead you to as well as creating

the mood of the space. With lighting, creates shadows

and with shadows, we can manipulate them into

creating form and movement within the space.

“If we did all the things we are capable of, we would

literally astound ourselves”

Thomas Edison

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Photographs and Documesnt

credited to Manooi

Manooi is an offshoot of Judit Zoltai and

János Héder’s interior design and

architecture studio. Their magnificent

chandeliers came about almost accidentally;

some of Judit and János’ work in retail

design inspired them to reinvent the

traditional crystal chandelier.

János and Judit

Founders, Judit and János, have nurtured and

evolved the Manooi atelier into what it is

today. Their very particular vision for Manooi

grew out of their own personal experiences,

beliefs and expertise. Inspired lead designer

János Héder invites us to experience a new

world in lighting. “Light creates space – as

an architect I work with light sources as

determining elements of a given space.”

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“Our Passion Is Light”

Light is essential. It is all around us. When shaped and

controlled with elements, it gives us the possibility to

create feelings or emotions in space. The beauty of light

is inherent in all its spectrum, and a light artist brings

it to life. There cannot be a better manifestation of light

artistry than a chandelier designer at his best.

Chandeliers are pieces of magnificence, embodied in the

glory of display. It adds timeless grandeur and

gracefulness to any interior. For an architect or an

interior designer, a chandelier is not just a piece of light

implant hanging from a ceiling or fixed on a wall. It is a

magnificent piece of art, conceived and designed to

complement the scheme, design and texture of the room.

With every new collection, Manooi expands the frontiers of

creativity by marrying simplicity and luxury, modernity and

tradition, innovation and craftsmanship. While perfecting its

products, Manooi remains committed to its core values of

limitless artistic creation, exclusivity, and uncompromising

quality.

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In the beginning, when

he was creating Manooi’s 2005

debut collection, the concept that

János Héder had wanted to capture

with his first lighting product was

that of two galaxies embracing each

other. After making and rejecting

dozens of designs, he found his

perfect shape. He named it

‘Artica’. The Artica chandelier has

since become an iconic symbol of

the Manooi brand, its

distinctive ellipse recognized

around the world.

Photographs and Documesnt

credited to Manooi

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Swarovski has been Manooi’s conceptual partner

from the outset, inspiring the designers with the

brilliance of its crystal, so János and Judit then

approached Swarovski with the idea of making a

bespoke Artica-shaped crystal. János would design

the shape and Swarovski’s skilled technicians would

create it. The resulting Artica cut would embody the

synergy between the two companies—a unique

partnership, like two galaxies embracing.

What better representation of Manooi’s success?

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Documents & Photographs

courtesy of ©Lee Broom

Lee Broom

Lee Broom is one of the UK’s leading product & interior designers.

Since 2007 Broom has released 75 furniture and lighting products,

which he designs and manufactures under his own label and created

20 products for other brands. He has also designed over 45 commercial

retail, restaurant and bar interiors. He has won more than 20

awards including the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2015, the prestigious

British Designer of the Year Award in 2012 and he won his

4th award in 3 consecutive years in the British Design Awards for his

renowned lighting product, the ‘Crystal Bulb’ in 2013. A supporter of

British manufacturing techniques, Broom designs, manufactures and

retails his own collections, in addition to collaborating with leading

brands including Christian Louboutin, and Mulberry. His products are

sold in over 150 stores in 45 countries.

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Nominated for the Milano Design Award 2016 and named one

of the 16 best shows out of over 1,500 installations during Milan

Design Week 2016, with the #MILANVAN Broom created a unique

and compact mobile installation. The interior - all in Lee Broom

signature grey - with its ornate columns and architrave was an

unexpected backdrop for the graphic new monochrome lighting

collection. Highlighted by an illuminated floor, the result was

a theatrical and engaging moment for people to share as they

passed by.

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“I wanted to make the same impact as last year

but without creating a huge installation. While

deciding where I should exhibit I thought - what

about everywhere? Making my Salone del Mobile

mobile is an exciting way to exhibit. My designs

are often surreal and the idea behind the

installation is to see something unexpected — a

captivating optical illusion.”

- Lee Broom

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Documents & Photographs

courtesy of ©Lee Broom

Optical also holds strong personal associations

for Broom: “It’s really inspired by the period in

which I grew up in. I guess my first real foray

into interiors was decorating my own bedroom

in the early 90’s and Optical really reflects the

monochrome graphics and mood of that era.”

The Optical collection’s floor and pendant

lights reflect Broom’s recent move towards

more understated, modern designs. The Op

Art-inspired graphic patterns on the

illuminated globes echo the asymmetry of some

of Broom’s previous designs, such as his

Crescent light. When viewed from all sides,

Optical’s linear pattern changes at every

angle.

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Mini Crescent

Light

A miniature version of the

popular Crescent Light, this

illuminated sphere is sliced

asymmetrically in half to

reveal a crescent-shaped

brushed brass fascia. The

Mini Crescent Light

seamlessly combines the

solid and the opaque.

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Ring Light

Documents & Photographs

courtesy of ©Lee Broom

A polished brass sphere, pierced

by a dimmable circular fluorescent

tube to form Ring Light, a pendant

of simplicity and elegance.

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ARIK LEVY

Arik Levy

WireFlow

Photograph courtesy of Alexandra

Public Relations ©ArikLEVY

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Arik Levy

Photograph and Documents courtesy of

AlexandraPublic Relations ©ArikLEVY

“Creation is an uncontrolled muscle”

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Arik Levy (born 1963).

Artist, technician, photographer, designer, video artist,

Levy’s skills are multi-disciplinary and his work can be seen in

prestigious galleries and museums worldwide. Best known

publicly for his sculptures – such as his signature Rock pieces,

his installations, limited editions and design, Levy nevertheless

feels “The world is about people, not objects.”

Hailing originally from Israel and moving to Europe after his

first participation in a group sculpture exhibition in Tel-Aviv in

1986, Levy currently works in his studio in Paris.

His formation was unconventional where surfing, as well as

his art and graphic design studio, took up much of his time back

home. Following studies at the Art Center Europe in Switzerland

he gained a distinction in Industrial Design in 1991.

After a stint in Japan where he consolidated his ideas

producing products and pieces for exhibitions, Levy returned to

Europe where he contributed his artistry to another field –

contemporary dance and opera by way of set design.


The creation of his studio

then meant a foray back to his

first love, art and industrial

design, as well as other branches

of his talents.

Considering himself now

more of a “feeling” artist, Arik

Levy continues to contribute

substantially to our interior and

exterior milieu, his work

including public sculpture, as well

as complete environments that can

be adapted for multi-use. “Life is

a system of signs and symbols,”

he says, “where nothing is quite

as it seems.”

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WIREFLOW

Light through Transparency

Arik Levy

WireFlow

Photograph courtesy of Alexandra

Public Relations ©ArikLEVY

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WIREFLOW is a pendant light fixture

that reinter- prets and gives a

completely new twist to the aesthetics

of classical chandeliers. The light

structure is formed by black electrical

wire and 3W LED termi- nals but is

enhanced and transformed into the

fun- damental feature that distinguishes

this unique co- llection. This

simplifying process attains impressive

physical presence that WIREFLOW

creates, without losing its weightless,

ethereal consistence.

WIREFLOW’s electrical wire draws

geometrical shapes in two or threedimensions

that, in spite of their large

size, allow a see-through effect

providing the light x- ture with its

captivating graphic essence. According

to Levy, WIREFLOW combines “presence

and absence, transparency and

luminosity, light and uidity”.

Architects and interior designers can

experiment with endless configurations

on the online platform vibia.com, where

they are also given the chance to

visualize simulations of this collection

in space.

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Ellipse CHandelier Baccarat

Taking a step back from the contemporary world and

introducing one of the many iconic classics, one of the core

sources of where lighting design have taken it’s mark in history.

Designer Arik Levy takes on a classic, an iconic Zenith

Chandelier - Baccarat and recreated it by transforming it’s

traditional round form into an ellipse.

Arik Levy

Photograph courtesy of Alexandra

Public Relations ©ArikLEVY

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“Splash Marble”

The beauty of the world we are living in is the transition of the

natural elements around us and their unexpected formation in different

phases. Marble is an incredible material that has been in use during all of

mankind’s history. the tools and experience we now have allow us to go a

step forward with the presence of the material and the projected

emotional values it can give out. Citco is a perfect partner for making the

experiment of turning marble into “liquid” once again.

My idea is to make marble look

and feel flexible and fluid, as if

it was melting in front of our

eyes or constantly changing. Like

the waves in the ocean splashing

over the rocks, my Splash Marble

marks the connection of

dynamic movements, elasticity

and motion. The perfection of

the making, the intelligence of

the operator and of his machine

as well as the eye, the emotions,

the attention to details and the

finishing of the perfect craft..

bring together the idea and

transform the making into an

experience.

Arik Levy

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Photographs

courtesy of Ryan Saghian

DESIGN

INSPIRATION

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What inspires you?

“ Everything and anything but what’s

most inspiring for me is travel.”

To get an insight behind the minds of the design

world of L.A what better way than to Get to an

inspirational source. An Interview with one of L.A’s

top designers Ryan Saghian, sharing his love and

passion with ANNE Magazine.

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Designer’s Insight

Ryan Saghian

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ANNE

Many Designers has their own

little black book Do you have

your own little black book? or

do you have your own way in

capturing inspiration?

RYAN SAGHIAN

I don’t have sketches but my

phone is filled with images of

anything that inspires me.

Whether it is a sconce I found

while walking my dog or a piece

of hardware I see while

shopping, I take a photo to

always turn back to for a

project.

ANNE

Who has been your

greatest design influence?

RYAN SAGHIAN

Dorothy Draper, Kelly

Wearstler, and William Haines.

ANNE

Young designers have gone

through a few “bump on the road”

when going through the journey

of starting their own path.What

is yours?

RYAN SAGHIAN

My biggest bump in the road has

been measuring. It is so

important and the slightest inch

can be the biggest mistake!

ANNE

Do you see yourself

entering the fashion business ?

RYAN SAGHIAN

I love to wear clothes and be

creative with my outfits but not

design them.

ANNE

Why did you choose the path as an

interior designer?

RYAN SAGHIAN

It was always my dream and I

always had an immense amount of

passion for it. From the time I was

about 10 years old I would

rearrange the house.

ANNE

Fashion, architecture and

interior design strongly inspire

and influence each other. What are

your views on that?

RYAN SAGHIAN

I think that interior design and

architecture are a tad bit slower

when it comes to trends primarily

because of the cost factor on

comparison to fashion. With that

said though, little things like

color, texture, and composition in

all three worlds totally influence

each other.

ANNE

Many Projects come with design

dilemmas. What is the most

Dilemma you ever encountered

in a project?

RYAN SAGHIAN

Long lead times. They are the

WORST.

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ANNE

Many Designers carry their own little black book

Do you have your own little black book? or do you

have your own way in capturing inspiration?

RYAN SAGHIAN

I don’t have sketches but my phone is filled with

images of anything that inspires me. Whether it is

a sconce I found while walking my dog or a piece

of hardware I see while shopping, I take a photo to

always turn back to for a project.

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ANNE

Clients tend to come with the most unusual requests when designing

their homes. Tell us what was the most unusual request a client asked and

how did you deal with it?

RYAN SAGHIAN

A client once asked for their entire 5,000 sqft house to be

completely furnished and decorated in 2 months. That was nearly

impossible and after carefully explaining the process of designing,

sourcing, and fabricating, I was able to convince them otherwise.

ANNE

What is your most favourite go to element when it comes to

designing?

RYAN SAGHIAN

Right now? Satin gold. It adds so much richness to a space.

Photographs

courtesy of Ryan Saghian

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ANNE

What’s next for Ryan Saghian?

RYAN SAGHIAN

I want to focus on my furniture line and expand my

collection. Fabric is next on my list!

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Belle

Nouvelle

A Modern and Eclectic

Style Apartment in Paris

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Documents & Photographs

courtesy of Delighfull

Nika Vorotynstseva

Nika is a young Ukrainian designer based in Kiev, owner of the Nika

Vorotyntseva Design & Architecture Bureau. She has currently

several works in progress all over the world.

“We love what we do. Our work - is the ability to create something

special, important for people. Each project is unique and also unique

experience that we acquire. We try to implement the ideas that bring

pleasure to the customer and ourselves. Our team is ready to work

actively, sharing fresh ideas and take part in the formation of modern

trends.”

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To create the elegance and balance necessary with this vibrant

emerald wall the designer opted once more to innovate in the dining

area by choosing a lamp that is itself a statement Ella Suspension

Lamp by DelightFULL. The lines of this Lamp are so timeless as the

decor can be, inspired by the 50’s and 60‘s this is the perfect

combinations for the classic but modern look that emerges all over

the apartment.

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To create has must space as

possible Nika opted to

eliminate the small and

old-fashioned division style

and open in bigger and more

spacious blokes like “fireplace

area, TV area, dining room

with kitchen, master unit with

bathroom and

dressing room, and a guest

room with a bathroom. As a

result, we got an open space

flooded with sunlight”,

explains Nika.

She elaborates “Our client

has an artistic sort, loves

bright colours and mirrors,

we used this information to

play with the space. Since the

apartment is not for

permanent residence, it

gave us an opportunity to

use bright colours and vivid

graphics freely.”

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The color palette present at this residential project is so

varied as the color Paris may have. The sleeping area is

opposite to the living room. It’s created with soft cream

colors that invites to relax.

To create a balance between this classic look and the modern

flair of today’s design Nika opted to use current pieces of

furniture, as well as areas such as the kitchen, that function as a

bridge to everything beautiful, comfortable and

ergonomic, created today.

“The centerpiece of this interior is considered to be the

emerald wall with decorative protruding elements in the TV area,

which was created according to our sketches made in Ukraine.”

Nika tells us.

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Documents & Photographs

courtesy of Delighfull

This 140 sq.m. apartment in the center of Paris is mainly used by

its owners as a guest house, since they are a young couple of travel

lovers.

Before starting to create the ideal ambience, the designer

chosen for this project, Nika Vorotynstseva, made an intensive study

by analyzing the Parisian chic interiors. She found out that most of

the interiors had an eclectic design with a gentle touch of glamour,

so after this research, the designer opted to create an ambiance

that was fresh, open and modern.

The curved ceiling in the bathroom and in the hall relate to a

classic style, that supports the classic spirit of this apartment.

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By the fireplace, we can relax, enjoy the nature outside and

appreciate the light inside with the two Ella Wall Lamps also by

DelightFULL, which can make the nights seems calm and

everlasting together with the classic mirror.

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D esign Insight

WALEED SHAALAN

What led you through that path as an architect?

Originally I always felt inclined to do art, from the age of 10 when I

have been attracted to expressing myself visually. I’ve been inspired

by my early childhood memories, from when my father use to take us

to Kirdassa to make carpet weaving and potteries and because of that,

I had a very colorful childhood full of art and music.

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I grew up in the states the first five years of my life and then from

there I went to Cairo where during that period there were a lot of arts

and crafts. However in school, art did not count as a major subject, it

was never taken seriously since it has always seen and treated by

society as a hobby. The educational system in Egypt was not structured

as the highest grade goes to university but the highest grade goes to

medical school, followed by engineering school. So subconsciously

it has been drilled into our minds that in order to be successful, one

must be a doctor or an engineer, therefore my mind was telling me one

thing yet my heart was telling me another. My mind was telling me to

do engineering, doctor or medicine as the rest of my family did, while

my heart was telling me to do art.

When I went to study university in the states, we had the first year

to take electives and to try out, so I took advantage and tried everything

from chemical to nuclear engineering all the way to art. Every

single art course that I took I got an “A” on, so all the art courses and

electives that I have taken was enough to give me art as a minor. Then

came the decision to decide what to study, and I felt that

architecture was kind of a compromise because it involved drawing,

which in a sense looking back is quiet of a very fundamental process

between architecture and art.

The difference between art and architecture is that in art you are an

introvert during the creative process and when displaying your work

in an art gallery, you’re an extrovert. The creative process is already

done when you’re alone, since you don’t have anybody while your

exploring and while your expressing yourself without being told what

to do. Where is in architecture, you are an extrovert from day one

because you have to interact with clients, engineers and with

different people in the profession. You end up having a lot of

interference, which requires a lot of people skills from politics to

phycology, all kinds of things that I found myself distracted in the

creative process. So in order to be an architect you really have to be

able to work with people not just to get along, but in some situations

to be dominant and to be able to push your way through. I mean look

at people like Zaha Hadid, she’s like a bulldozer when it comes to her

ideas. So I found myself now wanting to go back to do art, to do what I

want not that I want to leave architecture, but at some point I want to

actually return to architecture as an artist, approaching architecture

as art. In that case where I look at the building as the end product,

because in an architectural firm, your end product is the intermediate

product, which is the drawings, and all of that process. I use to draw

a lot with my hands and produce architectural drawings, but with

computers now the profession became dominant by business.

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Today many architecture has become more business based and less of an

art. Therefore you’ll find that because it’s more as a business it’s driven

by bottom line, by figures, by time so things are done at a very

accelerated pace and people are compromising the end quality. So I’m

hoping that through my current journey of art I’ll start back again in

drawing, painting, sculpting and from sculpture I start to make furniture

and from furniture I start to make architecture by actually working on

pieces.

So you mentioned about one being an introvert or an extrovert.

Which one are you?

I’m very much an extrovert, very social, I’m all over the place on

social media but when it comes to my creative process in creating

I found that I prefer to work alone, even though I love to

collaborate with people. The type of people I interacted with through

my professional career have been a draining process because your

dealing with ego, your dealing with different priorities, your

dealing with different visions and politics, envy and so many

different aspects of human beings and human beings are complex

which it defies itself. So I found myself lack the desire to acquire

political skills - I’m not interested in politics, I’m not interested in

navigating my way in power structures or trying to be able to use

other people to execute what I am doing. I would much rather work

on my own, and then people come and interact with my work. If my

work is up on the wall, they may like it or if they don’t, their

critique is well constructive, if its not constructive critique so be

it, it’s between the people and the work and I’m out of it already

working on something else. However nothing is more painful than

having a vision and watching that vision get destroyed through a

process just as having a project that you have worked on for so

many years and it gets terminated for some reason, it’s draining

and it’s exhausting. So because of that at least for me I’m unable

to utilize what I’m good at.

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Now I’m finding that when I immerse myself in work, because I’m

such an extrovert it is important for me to have some introverted

time. To be able to focus and go deeper, other wise I’ll be scattered

and I will exist across a horizontal surface. Sometimes you need to

deep dive, sort of like the birds that land on the surface of the

water and needs to dive deep down to get the fish, so sometimes

you need to go to a deeper level. At times I express that with my

work and part of my work becomes therapeutic, it becomes

reflective, it becomes an opportunity for me to explore hard

feelings or to get in touch with my emotions. Some part of my work

also becomes therapeutic for me, I’m not drawing to sell, I’m not

drawing it for a client, I’m not drawing it to get commissioned, I’m

just doing it as a way of being therapeutically myself.

Sketch By Waleed Shaalan

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The Divorce Diary

Waleed Shaalan

interviewed by Anne

I came across a diary, however it was not any ordinary diary. A

diary that was not filled with words but instead, with lines and

vibrant colors. I was intrigued into knowing more about that unique

diary. A diary that started off from a coffee stain and bled through

each pages have transformed into a journey of continuous emotions

through art. Waleed Shaalan, an artist and an architect who held

this diary, shared with us his emotional journey behind the “Divorce

Diary”.

How did it all start?

During a period of time, I was going through a divorce. One day

during my lunch break back when I had a corporate job, I had my

sketchbook with me - which I carried around as an architect to

capture any form of inspiration. I was flipping through the pages

and I came across an unfinished sketch of an eye. I had an

emotional moment where I was unable to shed a tear, and there I

let the sketch do it for me thus I poured the first drop of coffee.

It was that stain that begun that process for me.. The process of

self-healing. So while I was doing my art, I came across a PHD in art

therapy in social media, right away corresponded with me that I’m

doing art therapy. So I was healing myself through my art, through

these sketches which where kind of a selfie, but more of a selfie

that goes beyond the surface. More into what’s happening inside of

me, in an extract language that I am processing in. What’s

interesting is that I was documenting this process live such as on

Snapchat, as I was drawing and posting them on Instagram; it was

interesting to see how others would actually pick up on these

emotions.

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“As Bruce Lee once said that water, can shape like a

tea cup, it has the ability that you cant punch it yet you

can’t break it. However it can break steel, it can break

rock, while with water you cannot break. So the strength

that you can get like water as Bruce Lee said, can give you

flexibility and greater richness rather than being ridged,

so you don’t have to be ridged to be strong . Personally,

I don’t have a problem in being vulnerable, I don’t have a

problem in feeling pain.”

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Others would sometimes send me a private message asking if

I’m ok today without me talking about the details of my problem

which is personal because it involves other parties, and was able

to reach out and feel that I’m connected with other people in an

abstract way through my art, through an abstract emotion

without going through into any specifics. So sharing that was

kind of healing for me because it made me feel that I was not

alone. It made me feel that other people also had their own

issues and they’re open to sharing it.

Tell us about your divorce diary

That diary was an opportunity for me to deal with a painful

situation, which I had in my life. To be able to express it and to

go through the complexity of these feelings because feelings are

like colors, I can see sixteen million shades of colors yet we’re

only allowed to see black and white as a man, angry, happy and

that’s it. Where is the pallet of the complexity of all of these

colors? Of these emotions? So I chose that rather than taking

my emotion of anger and bitterness of which I have experienced,

how do I channel it? It is through complex processing of which

can be done in many ways, it can be done through therapy, it can

be done through sports, prayers, travel, through art, whichever.

The society that we live in behind these facades - that every

body pretends to be “normal” or “perfect”, creates more

pressure on us because it makes us feel like we’re the only ones

who are abnormal or imperfect, when in fact we are actually not.

If any body’s normal he would be abnormal, because everybody

has issues, everybody has pain and it is important for us to share

it. This is where art comes in as art, theater, literature, music,

all of these creative sources is a platform for us to exchange

and vent these emotions, rather than resorting to just anger or

violence. If we collectively as a culture are able to do that, then

we collectively start to create a certain culture of civilization.

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I think that once we get in touch with our completeness as

a human, with our vulnerability and our strengths, we could

potentially have a lot of greater strength. Such as some of the

strongest individuals in history like the Gandhi, or Martin

Luther king, all of these men where not angry and violent but

they where gentle yet strong.

Tell us more about the process of your sketchbook

So that was the process that I went through of my divorce, where

the process of divorce was a painful process and it was very

important for me to not repress these feelings of emotions or

run away from these feelings, but to process them. That sketchbook

for me was the process of everyday, by flipping the page

and continuing the sketch, where the previous page would be

continued - and where the coffee stain bled through each page

of the book. These emotions come in waves, sometimes you feel

that the heal is going away and sometimes it comes back, but

every time it comes back it comes back a little bit smaller, or

gentle. As I mentioned, it is a complex process, it is not a linear

process and that’s what I learnt looking back at my sketchbook

and watching how my story with the healing took place.

What is important is as painful as these feelings are, it is

important to face them and to feel them and to process them

rather than carry them around, because if you carry them around,

it will be like carrying a baggage - a burden. I’ve done that

before, there where situations where I wasn’t able to process

them for whatever reason I carried it on and on. But life will

keep putting you back in the same situation until you deal with

what you actually need to deal with, and sometimes these issues

go way back to your childhood where it all started. When we

where young and had a negative experience that we didn’t

process, in your life you will subconsciously take yourself back

to the same situation, which will create or repeat the same

pattern.

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Many have asked if I would sell my sketchbook, but for some

reason this sketchbook is so much like a personal diary. Unlike

my other work, it would be something that I would rather keep,

at least for the time being; it’s like selling your family album.

It is part of my story, however I have no issues with sharing, in

fact I had people tell me that they truly appreciate me sharing

my vulnerability because it have helped them in a certain way,

feel like it’s okay and for guys it is ok to not be okay.

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Photograph Courtesy of

Waleed Shaalan

Tell us about your paintings, Some are

pixilated, What is the inspiration behind them? Why

did you choose to pixilate them?

I came to realize that I was excessively looking at the issue of

appropriation in art. For example that painting I created hung at

“Poel cafe” (Kuwait City), is a painting of my phone,

photographing that space that previously had other paintings

created by another artist hung on that wall. Does it mean I’m

copying those paintings? Or not? And then came another topic

about “privacy”. I was in the middle of doing a painting of a

person and that person said, “no I don’t want you to post that

painting for privacy reasons”. However I wanted to post and

share that painting, so I thought what if I pixelated that person?

And then I started to explore the idea of pixilation, because I

thought ok what happens if I painted somebody naked? And I

pixilated them? So technically speaking, you really are not

seeing anything however you know that that person is naked, or

are they not naked? Does this painting need to be censored with

a black marker? Or not? It Is the thought of knowing that someone

wearing a dress, while it’s the fact that you know they’re

naked behind that dress.

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I was also intrigued with the relationship between the digital world

and the physical world. So I started to say we use dabs of paints to

create images to make ourselves permanent. Today we are using

pixels, where everything we post on the Internet is nothing but

pixels. So I started to go back and fourth between digital media and

painting and thought what if I actually took a pixel as a unit and

started to play with it? I’m still going to explore that further

because I like that theme a lot.

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what do you hope achieve through your work?

I think the desire to do art for myself is to interpret certain

experiences, whether it’s a visual experience of a place or a

certain emotion specific to me or universal to others. How I

interact with it or interpret it and create a piece of work that

could have others to either enjoy it or respond to it, whether

getting offended by it or get inspired from it. It is a form of

communication between me as an individual and the collective

of the society that is around me

as whole and by that back and

fourth communication, gives me

feedback and creates a type of an

interaction. For example a recent

painting that I did was inspired

from many sources, from a song

from another piece of art that I

saw from another artist. Another

experience that I had, a

collection of all of these my mind

puts it all together that creates a

certain piece that signifies a

certain moment that other people

can relate to in other ways.

Sometimes people would look at a

painting that I did and it would

trigger a certain emotion from

their side. So really it’s about

feeling connected, an emotional

connection to others.

Sketch by Waleed Shaalan

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What Inspires you ?

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D esign . ..

C reate . ..

I nspire

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