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        Anne Gedeon’s work is an equal experimentation of form, composition and colour. Her inspiration is drawn from the juxtaposition of the old versus the new, the raw versus the polished, the modern versus the conventional, impression versus appearance.

        These disparities, are very apparent in the DNA of her work and somehow unite to produce very homogeneous designs. She had started with designing pieces for her friends and soon developed a network that wanted to purchase her work, so she began receiving custom-made orders which soon after evolved into the production of full collections.

        She’s perpetually developing a new myriad of shapes using a diverse spectrum of interesting materials. Texture is the hero in her art, so one will notice the extensive use of fabric, string, plastic, stones, rubber, metal, wood, leather intermixed with genuine pearls, semi-precious stones, swarovski pieces, antique ornaments & various commonly used items like pins & felt to name a few.

        Each piece speaks to you. She collects all her gems and stones from all over her travels, from markets and souks, from dealers and antique collectors. From global stores or more pleasurably from off-the-beaten track burrows tucked away in the heart of the bustling cities.

        The creative process that comes with curating art, for me is, my favorite part of the design journey. It’s as satisfying (if not more) as the concept ‘birth’ of a space. I compare it to accessorizing. An outfit is never complete without a characteristic accessory or an interesting piece of jewelry. Art is essential in spaces. It is how you dot the ‘i’s and pull the whole look together.

        For this project every room must have a feature ‘distinguished’ piece to add personality to the room. Design, in any of its forms, must evoke an emotion. Like a space should evoke a ‘mood’. When someone walks in to a room and feels like they’ve stepped into an ‘experience’.

        The open space called for a special design. Usually designers would put the dining room table here but I opted to make it a larger interactive space, and placed the dining table in a separate area. This became the ‘bar lounge’.

        Both spaces are set against the serene light blue backdrop of the outdoor pool, enhancing the carefully selected caramel & coffee colour palette. And of course, every space must have just enough ‘pop’, which the client’s artwork so beautifully added.

        In a world heaving with ‘fast’ products, fashion and everything for that matter. All I can say is wastage has reached an all time high. Anytime you have an opportunity to UPCYCLE something, do it.

        I was tasked to transform a horrendous dining table that was left by the owner for the new tenants (my client) and I loved the challenge! As unappealing as it was, the wood was such good quality that we collectively thought that it was a shame to dispose of it. After a lot of yes and no rapport, we decided to upcycle this table to make it what it is today.

        When your home office space is comfortable enough to work but at the same time not make you actually feel like you are “at the office”. For this space, we used the client’s photography, which are real-life scenes of underprivileged children that she aids in education and basic necessities through her NGO, malaakngo.

        Malaak supports refugees and host families to maintain a decent livelihood. 
        By donating AED 110 ( USD 30 or LBP250,000 ) a family will be given a food basket with one months worth of food.”

        ARTICLE BY ANNE GEDEON

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