IN­TER­VIEW

KHALID SHA­FAR’S LAT­EST COL­LAB­O­RA­TION FI­ITH ITAL­IAN BRAND, ARTE VENEZIANA, MAR­RIES EMI­RATI HER­ITAGE WITH VENE­TIAN CRAFTS­MAN­SHIP. THE UAE- BORN DE­SIGNER LAUNCHED HIS NEFI COLLEC TION OF AGAAL IN­SPIRED FUR­NI­TURE DUR­ING DUBAI DE­SIGN WEEK 2018

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Emi­rati prod­uct de­signer, Khalid Sha­far, rein­ter­prets tra­di­tion for his lat­est col­lec­tion, Forma.

YOU’VE WORKED FI­ITH THE AGAAL AS YOUR IN­SPI­RA­TION PRE­VI­OUSLY. WHAT SPARKED THE IDEA TO USE IT IN YOUR NEW COL­LEC­TION, FORMA?

The Idea Sparked Back In 2011 When I Was Asked Dur­ing A De­sign Con­fer­ence To De­sign A Piece That High­lighted The Con­cept Of A ‘link’

And How, I As A De­signer Would In­ter­pret

This Within My Work. Emi­rati Cul­ture And Tra­di­tions Have Al­ways Played A Big Role In Shap­ing My De­sign Aes­thetic And The Agaal; The Wo­ven Rope Bands Used To Se­cure Head Cov­ers Worn By Emi­rati Men, Were A Per­fect Rep­re­sen­ta­tion Of A ‘link,’ Be­cause In Essence, The Agaal Is A Cir­cu­lar Shape That Is Cre­ated By Two Ends Of A Straight Line Be­ing Linked To­gether. I Used The Agaal As A Pure Build­ing Ma­te­rial And Linked Many Agaals To­gether To Cre­ate My First Prod­uct — A Space Di­vider, Which I Pre­sented As My Project For The Con­fer­ence.

As A De­signer I Am Keen To Pay Trib­ute To The Emi­rati In­flu­ences That Have

Shaped My De­sign Sen­si­bil­i­ties And My Lat­est Col­lec­tion, Forma, Is An­chored In

The Tra­di­tion Of Wear­ing Agaals, Since I

Have Al­ways Been In­ter­ested To Ex­plore

The Agaal In A Dif­fer­ent Con­text Than Its Fash­ion-cen­tric One. In­stead I Wanted To Use It As A Ba­sic Ma­te­rial To Cre­ate Shapes And Forms. There­fore, I Con­tin­ued To Use It For In­de­pen­dent Projects, Un­til My Col­lab­o­ra­tion With Arte Ffeneziana Came Along And Al­lowed Me To Take This En­counter With Agaals To A More Pro­fes­sional Level, And Pro­duce A Com­mer­cial Col­lec­tion That I Am Proud To Launch As Forma.

WHAT WERE THE MAIN CHAL­LENGES OF WORK­ING WITH THIS MA­TE­RIAL? WAS THERE EVER A MO­MENT WHERE YOU THOUGHT IT WASN’T TRANS­LAT­ING INTO YOUR ORIG­I­NAL VI­SION?

Although The Struc­ture Of Agaal Is Flex­i­ble Enough, Al­low­ing You To Shape And Play Around With Its Form, It’s Not Solid Or Hard Com­pared To Other Ma­te­ri­als Like Wood Or Metal That Can Sup­port Many De­sign Ideas. Fie Needed To Re­search Var­i­ous So­lu­tions To This Is­sue That Could Sup­port Our Ideas And De­sign In­tegrity. I Al­ways Had A Cer­tain Vi­sion For This Col­lec­tion For Many Years, But It Was

POR­TRAIT PHOTO: AASIF­FIA JAGADEESH

1eMI­RATI PROD­UCT DE­SIGNERKHALID sHA­FAR.

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