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Aljoud Lootah’s Porcelain Production

Courtesy of Aljoud Lootah

We’re revisiting the craftsmanship and cultural aspects of products conceived by UAE designer Aljoud Lootah. She discussed her handwoven carpet Misnad, which reinterprets the geometric patterns of Al Sadu weavings, with ArchiExpo e-Magazine back in 2016, and has since gotten into porcelain.

Her latest line of vases and tableware, called Tebr, transports us to another time through her interpretation of the elaborate motifs carved into an old wooden door in the Al Ain Palace. The royal residence was the home of UAE founder and former president, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

In the past, wooden doors represented a space for creative exploration while indicating family status. Tebr looks to portray the sophisticated labor visible on the ancient entryways. The vases are the designer’s first exploration of porcelain. She immediately targeted quality production and the creation of the most delicate details. In addition, the tableware’s 14-karat gold decoration mimics the door’s brass locks and nails with a 14 karat gold veneer.

Aljoud Lootah's latest line of vases and tableware, called Tebr

Aljoud Lootah’s latest line of vases and tableware, called Tebr

 


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Erin Gigl is a freelance design and travel writer, editor and artist.

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