My playlist…

We ask Dubai-based Pop artist and de­signer Maria Iqbal what mu­sic means to her...

Friday - - Leisure - Maria’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with Fatema Bint Mo­hammed Ini­tia­tive (FBMI) re­sulted in stun­ning prod­ucts that are avail­able at FBMI, Jumeirah and www.mari­aiqbal.com.

iPod picks

1. An­tenna by Fuse ODG feat Wy­clef Jean 2. I Love It by Icona Pop 3. Give It To You by Robin Thicke 4. Caje by Ni­coné & Sascha Brae­mer 5. Si Señor by Con­trol Ma­chete 6. Feel So Close by Calvin Har­ris 7. Danc­ing With My­self by Billy Idol 8. Born Slippy by Un­der­world 9. Bang Bang by Will.i.am 10. Work Work by Brit­ney Spears

Sound-bytes

What’s your favourite kind of mu­sic? It varies, but I flit be­tween jazz and house, and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. Mu­sic you lis­ten to while work­ing? As a fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories de­signer, I work closely with my tai­lors and car­pen­ter. My stu­dio is above the car­pen­try workshop so the ca­coph­ony of saw, drill and chat­ter is mu­sic. I com­bine this with some Bil­lie Hol­i­day, Nina Si­mone and Édith Piaf. Song that cap­tures the essence of your de­signs? The sound­track of the movie Amélie. My de­signs are very per­sonal; they’re happy lit­tle anec­dotes from my world. Mu­si­cian you’d like to de­sign for? Iggy Aza­lea. She has a child­like qual­ity to her wild na­ture, dab­bling in dif­fer­ent cul­tures in her mu­sic and videos – from Bol­ly­wood to the Wild West.

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