Self-adhesive vinyl wall stickers have revolutionized contemporary European interior design. The Khatt Foundation in partnership with the Dubai based trend setting company, Mosaiques, have recently challenged the best visual artists from the Arab world to re-invent wall design with the Middle East in mind.
A jury of renowned Middle East design specialists such as Nadine Kanso, Nada Debbs and Rami Farook, selected the winning entries of the design competition in which more than 150 up and coming designers from across the region have taken part. This Khatt Design Collection of wall stickers is an impressive mix of traditional Arabic calligraphy and poetry, Islamic and Arabic vernacular symbols, humorous and thought provoking visual puns, all presented in a distinct contemporary form that shows the aesthetic diversity of visual language and graphic design from the Middle East.
The collection will be launched in its premier exhibition (curated by Huda AbiFares and Mosaiques, and sponsored by the only photography magazine in the Middle East, Soura) at the avant garde Dubai based design gallery Traffic; opening on November 13th 2008. This promises to be an interactive reassessment of contemporary Middle East design and a showcase of what it means to communicate graphically, and a must see for all design addicts!
The limited edition collection will be available for sale in main major design outlets in the UAE – including Traffic and 50C - and on line at Dia Diwan from December 2008 and can be seen this website.
Special thanks goes to our media partner Soura Magazine; our sponsors Traffic, Naseer Neon, GAJ, Dia Diwan, 50ºC, our media endorsers Bidoun Magazine, Canvas Magazine, Universes in Universe, and ArabAd.