The next step

Omar Nakkash dis­cusses his lat­est hos­pi­tal­ity projects – and his new ta­ble lamp, which is de­but­ing at the Beirut De­sign Fair


Dubai de­signer Omar Nakkash dis­cusses his lat­est hos­pi­tal­ity projects - and his new ta­ble lamp, which is de­but­ing at the Beirut De­sign Fair.

Colour and ma­te­ri­al­ity were also key. “Hav­ing mapped out the over­all space, I be­gan to con­sider how to use the ma­te­ri­als and fin­ishes to cap­ture and em­body the spirit of the client’s di­rec­tion,” he con­tin­ues.

Earthy pinks and brass de­tail­ing, chic pen­dant lights and sleek Parisian bistro chairs cre­ate a vis­ually warm and wel­com­ing at­mos­phere.

“The jux­ta­po­si­tion of high-end din­ing fea­tures en­gulfed in a wel­com­ing and warm at­mos­phere, to me, was the man­i­fes­ta­tion of the client’s di­rec­tion. It is that, cou­pled with the depth in which every as­pect of the food and bev­er­age ex­pe­ri­ence is cu­rated, that I be­lieve makes this in­te­rior de­sign ex­cep­tional,” Nakkash states.

His new ta­ble lamp, Trin­ity, was cre­ated specif­i­cally for this year’s Beirut De­sign Fair and re­flects Le­banon’s history and ar­chi­tec­ture. It draws in­flu­ence from the three equi­lat­eral pointed arches com­monly found on build­ing façades in Le­banon, and pairs revered an­ces­tral forms with sleek mod­ern ma­te­ri­als – me­tal, brass and cop­per. It can also be ex­panded from its cur­rent for­mat, a se­ries of ris­ing arches, into sev­eral other forms, such as light­ing pieces and chan­de­lier pen­du­lums.

“I’m a huge ar­chi­tec­ture fan; my favourite pas­time is to walk in cities and ob­serve build­ings, peo­ple and life in gen­eral. One hot day in the sum­mer of 2017 I was walk­ing in Beirut and look­ing up at the build­ings, and I no­ticed that all the façades of the build­ings had arches, but al­ways in threes. I was in­spired by tra­di­tional Le­banese ar­chi­tec­ture and wanted to trans­late that into a piece that res­onates with the kind of emo­tion and feel­ing the city gen­er­ates in me,” Nakkash ex­plains.

And there is an im­por­tant dif­fer­ence in how he ap­proaches in­te­rior de­sign and prod­uct de­sign. He ex­plains: “Both are fu­elled by pas­sion and my phi­los­o­phy of el­e­gance and hu­man-cen­tred de­sign; how­ever, the ap­proach is dif­fer­ent. Prod­uct de­sign is not re­stricted to a ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion, mean­ing I do not have a spe­cific tar­get au­di­ence in mind while de­sign­ing. Also, when creat­ing a piece, it’s on a much smaller scale and doesn’t in­volve a client and a con­trac­tor; and it has a much longer time­frame. It’s de­vel­oped out of in­spi­ra­tion.”

His dream project? It’s a ho­tel, “be­cause it en­com­passes so many dif­fer­ent as­pects of life.” It’s clear that it’s not if, but when this next path for him will ap­pear.

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