Downtown Design | October 2015

By Aysha Majid

A celebration of design and innovation, featuring an eclectic mix of globally renowned and up-and-coming worldwide brands. Cherrypick Founder and Editor, Aysha Majid, shines a light on some of her Top Picks from the latest edition of Downtown Design…



Muubs

Muubs

Raw Scandinavian design in dark and classic shades of natural, beige and greys; from traditionally woven craft textiles, smooth leather, hand-carved and hand-painted reclaimed wood, 100% linen and ageless patina on moulded copper. This honest interiors brand specialise in creating urban minimalist furniture and home accessories in raw materials. With a strong focus on craftsmanship, working with artisans globally and locally, their designs have a masculine edge.

www.muubs.com



Halit berker

Halit Berker

A rising star in the industry, Turkish furniture designer, Halit Berker was selected by Istanbul Design Week to represent excellence in emerging design, at Dubai Design Week. Initially having studied Fine Arts in San Francisco, Berker went on to work as Creative Director for a global ad agency (creating campaigns for brands such as Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble), designing furniture as a hobby and since then the brand has grown. Halit Berker's modern-retro designs can be custom-made and have a 50s and 60s feel. Definitely one to watch…

www.halitberker.com



Grohe

Grohe

A favourite go-to of the world's luxe hotels, Grohe showcased a wide range of pioneering and sustainable options, including the Grohe Grandera in Rose Gold; a free-standing, floor-mounted bath system allowing you to combine bespoke style with a range of colours and accessories. Grohe's Silk Move technology, offers smooth running, accurate temperature control as well as preventing unnecessary heating and wastage of water. Their F-digital, a super-slim and intuitive ambient controller, transforms your daily rituals into luxurious, personalised experiences. As well as your personal thermostat settings, you can choose your own combination of lighting, sound and steam.

www.grohe.com



Etqaan

Etqaan

Etqaan fuses traditional arabesque craftsmanship with modern design. A partnership between Iwan Crafts and the talented artistry of Hossama; going back to the early 1900s, with a portfolio of historic restoration projects across Egypt, include the Hanging Church in Old Cairo, Amr Ibn Alas Mosque, Al Ghoury Market. The brand embodies the evolution of traditional Arabian art, while preserving the craft's essence and techniques. Integrating materials such as mother of pearl, brass, camel bones and natural leather inlayed into wood. A revival of historic Egyptian carpentry that requires the skill andpatience of meticulously engraving Arabic calligraphy onto tables, doors and mirrors as well as paneling and ceilings work.

www.etqaan.boutique