On Tuesday I headed over to Dubai’s Art district, Al Quoz, to pay a visit to the much talked about interiors boutique, interior360. They were busy preparing for their August opening at Galeries Lafayette in Dubai Mall so I was able to hunt through the eclectic mix of furniture, art, and design at my leisure.
Set in an old warehouse, the space provides a simple yet perfect backdrop to the rich mix of creative styles on offer. Tini Meyer is a founding partner and speaks with incredible passion about her creation, telling me that she started “because I wanted to find a way to promote Art from the Philippines. My business partner, Jurgen Herre, is very passionate about design and furniture, so we combined these interests and created interior360.”
Travelling the world to source the finest furniture to fill her customers’ eyes with aesthetic pleasures, every piece is handcrafted and has a story to tell, taking your imagination on a fabulous adventure. Tini has a penchant for picking up hidden gems such as antique books and curiosity objects and, with a love for all things unique and fascinating, she uses the space as a platform for emerging Artists, featuring photography, paintings, sculptures, multi-media installations and more from Creatives including Allan Murillo, Clayton Tugonon, Luisa Robinson, Vito Selma, Carlo Cordaro, and Kuwaiti label Al Hamad Design.
Personally, I loved that super contemporary furniture sits next to vintage Chinese design which sits next to Iranian inspired mixed media pieces: a true cultural mix that filled me with excitement. Favourite pieces included work by Nepalese Artist, Chirag Bangdel, particularly his Contemporary Collection of cushions (one of which I really must own soon); the gorgeous Acropolis Sofa by Nanu Al-Hamad whose form offers a feeling of comforting intimacy; and the vintage Chinese pieces which Tini found in an antiques shop in Manila. Clayton Tugonon’s long bench is just exquisitely made and I went back to look at it several times, Tini agreed saying he is one of interior360′s favourite Designers, “his pieces use natural materials that are hand inlaid in geometric patterns. He does so many wonderful things.”
The footstools by Iranian Artist Nazzy Beglari, are limited edition pieces from the art furniture collection, ARTNITURE. The legs of the Indian stools are hand painted whilst the seats are covered with a Chinese floral fabric purchased in New York’s China Town and printed images of Iranian singer, Mahvash, on organic cotton! Beglari says she is “fond of utilising images of iconic personalities from the past, or paintings and poetry on furniture. In ancient civilisations people created art for daily use not decoration, like Persian carpets which cover the floors not the walls”.
I’m a huge fan of clusters of beautiful copper and brass Moroccan pendant lights and so I was thrilled by the huge “chandelier” piece hanging above the entrance to the warehouse ( I later found out this piece was purchased by Jurgen whilst on holiday in Marrakesh and “taken” by Tini!).
Finally, other favourite pieces included the hand carved wall panels by Kohar Kevorkian from Addis Ababa and the wonderfully retro rattan Tobago armchair by Phillipino Designer, Allan Murillo.
A massive thank you to Tini for taking the time to tell me about her treasures! If you’re in Dubai do make time to pass by the warehouse located in Al Quoz and look out for the new collection in Galeries Lafayette from August. You can follow interior360 on Twitter @interior360dxb