I’ve tried to imagine what Qatari furniture could have been without the colonial design influences that seeped into our homes in the 1940s,” says Doha-based Shaikha Al-Sulaiti who, after spending the last decade envisioning up-scale residences in the Arab nation, has turned her attention to product design.
Presented at the esteemed Rossana Orlandi Gallery, the unique chair is crafted using recycled Hermès Birkin bags, Al-Sulaiti designed a patchwork leather chair to not only work functionally, but to highlight the importance of how materials are sourced, specifically in the world of fashion.
From future-heirloom-oriented Sé Collection’s disco-themed room, dubbed SÉ CHIC, to designer Shaikha Al-Sulaiti’s stool assembled from a deconstructed Birkin bag, the conceptual experience was second to none.
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Design is the cornerstone of Msheireb Downtown Doha. A focus on community, technology, convenience and entertainment is integrated into every element. From the premium brands found along Doha’s longest pedestrian-only street, to the use of smart digital technologies in residences and offices, aesthetics are key to living in the city district.
“I worked very closely with designers and that was great exposure. I was also in touch with the contractors and hence all these helped me in seeing the entire process of designing from inside out which has helped me in shaping my design career,” says Shaikha Al Sulaiti.
I’m a huge fan of contemporary design mainly because it’s the design style that has shaped my experience.
With contemporary design, you can always mix some versatile or classic touches to reflect the atmosphere that needs to be created.
Alongside steering her practice, Al-Sulaiti also serves as Senior Interior Design Manager at Msheireb Properties, overseeing the realisation of Doha Design District; a purpose-built creative hub in the heart of Qatar’s capital that aims to accelerate the country’s creative economy.
The design concept was to find was to find the perfect balance between the identity of Mandarin Oriental and incorporate a unique sense of place with decorative elements inspired by Qatari heritage.