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The Design Revolution

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Sylvia Smith with photography by Richard Duebel Dubai Design Week takes place annually amid a splash of statistics. From the Global Grad show’s 200 innovations and prototypes to Abwab’s 15 countries contributing 47 design to 550 designers participating overall;  the … Continue reading

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NEVER A WORD

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Sylvia Smith with photography by Richard Duebel Dubai brings together creative people from all over the world presenting them with opportunities that they wouldn’t have in more established markets. It’s a chance to blend cultures and often the result is … Continue reading

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Celestial Chocolate

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Sylvia Smith Photography by Richard Duebel Sublime, fantastic and celestial are adjectives often used to described the flavour of chocolate, but in the case of Mirzam celestial is a doubly significant. Stars in the night skies guided Arab sailors navigating … Continue reading

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London 1:54

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Sylvia Smith After its fifth year in London the world’s leading contemporary African art fair, 1:54, will go on show in Africa with its first edition in Marrakech between 24 and 25 February, 2018 at La Mamounia, a hotel with … Continue reading

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A Lasting Legacy for Yves St. Laurent in Morocco

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Sylvia Smith   Almost a decade has passed since the untimely death of Algerian-born, French couturier Yves St. Laurent whose ashes are buried in the Jardin Majorelle, the garden that he created next to his house in Marrakesh. A new … Continue reading

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Serpentine Pavilion 2017

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Sylvia Smith: Inspired by a tree and and made of wood this year’s Serpentine Pavilion has many elements that relate to African architect Francis Kéré‘s home, Burkina Faso. From an ecological point of view the shelter has all the hallmarks … Continue reading

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Sword making in Bahrain

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Sylvia Smith Along with reciting poetry the love of the sword, the emotional pull of a handmade, highly decorated dress sword that has its own name is something that seems unique to the Arab world. This short video is dedicated … Continue reading

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Africa Heats Up The French Capital

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Sylvia Smith Perhaps it is the number of mainstream venues that have devoted their spring shows to the subject; or perhaps again it is the extraordinary quality of inventiveness whether it be sculpture, painting, video or design – but it … Continue reading

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PAINTING BY NUMBERS

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Sylvia Smith In tune with the movement towards giving exhibitions numbers as titles (21.39 Jeddah’s co-ordinates and title of the annual contemporary art show, and the London-based  contemporary African art fair 1:54, denoting the number of countries on the continent),  … Continue reading

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The Sweet Smell of Success

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  Sylvia Smith The craft of perfumery is an essential part of Muslim culture. Arabian perfumes were refined and revered even as early as the early 16th century. In Shakespeare’s MacBeth written in 1606 Lady MacBeth cries out, “All the … Continue reading

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