Heart of the city

De­signer Re­nate Aridi re­veals how Dubailove al­lows lo­cals and visi­tors to em­brace – and take home – the essence of the emi­rate.


De­signer Re­nate Aridi re­veals how Dubailove al­lows lo­cals and visi­tors to em­brace and take home the essence of the emi­rate

Not long ago, sis­ters Kristina Rein­berga and Re­nate Aridi launched their in­no­va­tive, de­sign-driven com­pany Dubailove. The in­te­rior de­signer and ar­chi­tect cre­ate gor­geous gifts and sou­venirs from Dubai to fit into con­tem­po­rary life­styles. They chat­ted with us about their own jour­neys as they pre­pare to open their first store.

What in­spired you to start Dubailove?

We felt that gifts truly rep­re­sent­ing Dubai were lim­ited. We be­gan by de­sign­ing and creat­ing t-shirts and I made sure we had the best fab­ric, out­stand­ing de­sign and unique pack­ag­ing. We wanted to cre­ate cen­tre­pieces that were also func­tional.

What about the city in­spires you?

Dubai is home to many artists, de­sign­ers and cre­ators. Visi­tors some­times miss the tal­ent. We love the tra­di­tional neigh­bour­hoods with their mas­ter­pieces of modern en­gi­neer­ing, and the blend of dif­fer­ent cul­tures – and this makes our prod­ucts de­sired by both res­i­dents and tourists.

How did your back­ground in de­sign pre­pare you for this ven­ture?

It’s our true love and pas­sion. It al­lows us to un­der­stand and vi­su­alise [not only] graph­ics, but also ma­te­ri­als, forms, light, colour and pro­por­tions. We tend to be per­fec­tion­ists. We went back to the draw­ing board mul­ti­ple times with our al­pha­bet un­til we found the right bal­ance be­tween a modern min­i­mal­ist aes­thetic and Ara­bic char­ac­ter.

What are some of your chal­lenges?

Our posters are printed by hand us­ing silkscreen tech­niques, and when each colour is ap­plied, the shift must be at 1 mm, so find­ing part­ners who are as pas­sion­ate as us and who have a very strong eye for de­tail is chal­leng­ing.

What are the ar­chi­tec­tural gems of the city that in­spire you?

We’ve been in­spired by Al Khaz­zan Park and its wa­ter tank. It’s a time­less struc­ture with a great shape and tra­di­tional Ara­bic pat­terns, [and was] built in the 1980s. We love Al Bas­takiya be­cause of its nar­row path­ways and hid­den court­yard. Eti­had Mu­seum is also won­der­ful – its open lay­out brings out the idea of open­ness and in­tegrity be­tween the seven emi­rates.

What does the fu­ture hold?

We will be launch­ing new prod­ucts this sum­mer, in­clud­ing home and fash­ion ac­ces­sories, and we have opened our first store in Dubai: Dubailove City Gifts & More Store The Westin Mina Seyahi Dubai Beach & Ma­rina. dubailove.ae

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