It all started with the vision of two sisters Nisreen and Nermeen Abu-Dail. Naqsh Collective was founded in 2010 in Amman, Jordan, where the two sisters began to exhibit unique pieces of art and furniture inspired by both contemporary and traditional Arabic aesthetics, integrating the beauty of their rich culture: art, architecture and calligraphy in a minimal modern look that fits into everyday life, through its shapes, meanings and compositions.
It wasn’t the first time I view their work. But this year, at Dubai Design Days 2017, I was dazzled by Naqsh Collective’s showing of their “Wihdeh Collection”. It is inspired by the language of embroidery, where every group of stitches is referred to as a ‘unit’. Stemming from Nisreen and Nermeen’s strong belief in the spirit of unity, Wihdeh sheds light on the beauty of unity and the delights of Arabic culture.
Two prominent elements are present in this line; embroidery (tatreez) to give the cultural feel, and their personal Naqsh stroke to add an extra designer-personalized dimension. Those two elements are presented through engraved solid walnut wood/corian surfaces enhanced with brass fillings, to create minimal structures with sculptural feel. The use of those two materials allows the presence of cultural elements in non-traditional patterns and presentations.
All images courtesy of DDD