BY RASHID ABDELHAMID
9 APRIL – 3 MAY 2018
Rashid Abdelhamid is an Palestinian architect and designer. With over twenty five years of design experience and an education that includes a Masters in Architecture from the University of Grenoble, France and a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Florence, Italy, Rashid’s designs have received global attention and acclaim. His noteworthy achievements include the design and development of Gaza’s first boutique hotel Al-Deira, which has established itself as one of the leading hotels frequented by who-is-who and receiving international media attention. The achievements also include the establishment of the Arts and Crafts village in Gaza, the design of some of the interiors of the renowned American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem. In addition, Rashid co-founded a furniture design company called ‘’Marna Design’’ which has received great attention and praise in a number of international exhibitions in France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Dubai. Rashid currently resides between Amman and Ramallah and works as a consultant for several projects with UNDP and UNIDO.
PROJECT SYNOPSIS & SIGNIFICANCE
Nablus’s Old City district is a delight to explore. The maze of winding lanes and narrow alleyways here create a wonderful atmospheric mixture of old and dilapidated stone buildings. The market area is amongst the most colorful and authentic areas in Palestine, where one can find several traditional industries such as soap production, leather tanneries, pottery, olive oil, handicrafts and textile workshops.
The colors, aromas and atmosphere of Nablus’s old city souk are the main inspiration behind the “Souq Collection”, which combines modern designs and artistic photography.
The “Souq 2018 Collection” is composed of small furniture pieces (coffee tables, small cupboards, side tables, chairs, sofas, lamps etc…). Everything in the collection is handmade and designed in a manner that strikes a balance between the past and the future, thus blending the harmony and magnificent taste of the traditional with the charm and allure of the contemporary.