Khalid Shafar, The Surfer, 2011, teak wood, industrial leather, 170 x 55 x 80 cm, Courtesy of The Pavilion Downtown and Khalid Shafar.

Khalid Shafar, The Crate 2, 2011, beech wood, glass, mirror, 66 x 66 x 40 cm, Courtesy of The Pavilion Downtown and Khalid Shafar.

Khalid Shafar, Design that Speaks to the Nationhood of Dubai

Khalid Shafar with work, Courtesy of The Pavilion Downtown and Khalid Shafar.

Khalid Shafar, THE PALM - Table L, 2011, ash wood, metal, woven palm leaves, 70 x 40 x 110 cm, Courtesy of The Pavilion Downtown and Khalid Shafar.

Khalid Shafar, Courtesy of The Pavilion Downtown and Khalid Shafar.

Khalid Shafar, Illusion Dine 4, 2011 ash wood, polyester rope, 40 x 42 x 105 cm, Courtesy of The Pavilion Downtown and Khalid Shafar.

Khalid Shafar, Hero Image, Courtesy of The Pavilion Downtown and Khalid Shafar.

 

The Pavilion Downtown Dubai
Emaar Boulevard
+ 9714 4477 025
Dubai
Inspirationalists
Khalid Shafar

November 23, 2011-February 4, 2011

Inspirationalists is an experimentation of materials and design ideas translated into the objectivity of furniture. Inspired by the city he grew up in, Khalid Shafar presents a selection of unique objects which reflect on some of his most significant memories of Dubai. Shafar’s approach to design encompasses his personal expression of form, movement, emotion, and in particular, ‘the tale’ of objects. He defines what he creates as “contemporary and quirky interior design objects with stories to tell”.

The Pavilion Downtown Dubai presents a debut exhibition by Khalid Shafar in Gallery 1. Made up from a collection of memories, Shafar presents unique objects designed and inspired by the pre and post-modernization of Dubai.

Having spent time between the UAE and New Zealand, where he took up woodworking, Shafar created this body of work as a free fusion of the two cultures he closely relates to. Although strongly rooted in his Emirati background, his inspiration for this series of works stems from the Arab culture, heritage and traditions — all which are evident and focal points in his work. With his works predominantly made in wood, he tends to use the same timber which is still used to build dhows in the UAE stressing the connection between him, his country and work. Drawing parallels between his life in both countries, Shafar’s design process formulates modern furniture with aesthetically sound yet functional purposes, while still serving the role of design and object simultaneously.

Shafar gained further experience with master woodworkers in New Zealand, which further advanced his passion and skill. While living away, his nostalgia for home led him to create "Dubai Journey" based on the Carrom board game. The façade of the board, adorning colors of the UAE flag, recounts the history of the country’s early beginnings (visable through the wood used), and represents the journey taken by travelers to Dubai (seen in the cartography of the board’s design). Embellished with Arabic calligraphy that reads, “Dubai is the home of the human being.” the board also characterizes an aerial view of the desert.

As an ambassador of Emirati culture abroad, Shafar aims to enlighten people about its rich heritage and history. He wishes to help broaden and encourage the design parameters within the UAE to an international level with designs that, although aesthetically sound and functional, still maintain the aesthetics of the design and the object.

A business graduate of the American University in Dubai, Shafar worked in marketing and communication for almost seven years. In 2005, Shafar decided to follow his passion of design, and completed a degree in Interior Design at the American University in Dubai. In 2009 he completed a course at Central Saint Martins College in London, UK followed by one year at the Centre for Fine Woodworking in Nelson, New Zealand, where he decided to leave the corporate world behind and focus on designing objects and furniture that continue to inspire him. He is currently based between New Zealand and Dubai.

Khalid Shafar, Illusion Dine 1, 2011 ash wood, polyester rope, 40 x 42 x 105 cm, Courtesy of The Pavilion Downtown and Khalid Shafar.

Khalid Shafar, Little Palm 1, 2011, ash wood, metal, velvet, woven palm leaves, 35 x 45 cm, Courtesy of The Pavilion Downtown and Khalid Shafar.

Khalid Shafar, Little Palm 4, 2011, ash wood, metal, velvet, woven palm leaves, 35 x 45 cm, Courtesy of The Pavilion Downtown and Khalid Shafar.

Khalid Shafar, The Palm – Coatstand, 2011, pine wood, metal hangers, 35 x 180 cm, Courtesy of The Pavilion Downtown and Khalid Shafar.

Khalid Shafar, Arabi Light, 2011, metal, wool, brass wire, 22 x 70 cm, Courtesy of The Pavilion Downtown and Khalid Shafar.

Khalid Shafar, The Palm - Coffee Tables, 170 x 55 x 80 cm, Courtesy of The Pavilion Downtown and Khalid Shafar.

Khalid Shafar, The Palm (full line), Courtesy of The Pavilion Downtown and Khalid Shafar.