We were honored and privileged to be commissioned by regional manager of UN Women, Mr Mohamed Naciri to design his office. Two marble tables were custom made to be a desk and a coffee table for guests. The declaration of human rights law were carved on both sides of the minimal desk to remind any visitor with the foundations of the United Nations. For the coffee table, Mr Naciri chose three words that motivate him the most and reflects his most appreciated values to be carved on the two sides of the table: Love, Freedom and Equality. The office was featured on the cover and inside story of El Best magazine.
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Bauhaus of The Orient
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Paradoxia in My Place
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Paradoxia's Stories: Mohamed Naciri
Paradoxia's Stories: Dcaf Arts Festival
Paradoxia's Stories: Reem Gamil
Paradoxia created the smallest museum inside an artist's studio room.
In Paradoxia’s first collection “ Homemade Baroque & Spare time Rococo” we wish to rescue this dying art of embroidery by giving it a contemporary twist and save these discarded tapestries from oblivion.
Gobelin, for example, is used with new colors and designs to create a new aesthetic that is familiar to the coziness of our grandma’s house, but fit today’s lifestyle with our flat LCD plasmas.
Started in Rome, Italy, during the seventeenth century, the Baroque style was encouraged by the Roman Catholic Church as response to the protestant reformation to display greatness and communicate religious themes emotionally. However the Rococo, which is also referred to as “late Baroque”, developed in the early part of the 18th century in Paris, France as a reaction against the grandeur, symmetry and strict regulations of the Baroque, especially that of the Palace of Versailles. For that everything was lavish and exaggerated in these styles to display drama, tension, and exuberance in sculpture, drama, fashion, architecture, art and music.
Apart from that history, our grandma’s had a special affection to that era. Not only they owned replicas of famous paintings, were proud of their expensive Gobelin salon’s, hold handbags with embroidery of flowers or vegetables, but they also created their own master pieces with their needlework. Back then; they were moving factories, whose spare time was spent on producing masterpieces for their home, rather than chatting on Skype and Facebook.
Gobelin was named after a family of dyers from France, who established a factory of tapestry in the 16th Century to supply the royal houses. Most of the pieces have a still life of flowers & vegetables or scenery that tell a story of Romanticism and ideal happiness. It is surely worth reviving this vintage craft to counter our mass-produced IKEA furniture.
Note: If you still have your grandma’s needlework or Gobelin , don’t throw it!
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Shows & Exhibitions
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Fashion & Costumes
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