The New Black Gold of the Emirates by Véronique Lorelle
Asna Moazzam Khan recueille les témoignages des derniers villageois nomades pour retrouver les gestes d’antan, et ira jusqu’à « Louxor, en Egypte, où quelques artisans savent encore fabriquer des meubles à partir de feuilles de palmier », assure cette entrepreneuse, drapée d’un élégant abaya jaune sous un foulard grenat.
Still emerging, this Emirati design has its roots in the Bedouin heritage but with current concerns, such as respect for the environment. Thus, Asna Moazzam Khan, architect and director of Design Aware Dubai, presents on the fair a sculpture of date palm leaves, pending the line of furniture that will launch in the spring of 2019. “420 million date palm leaves are thrown every year that, in the 1960s, was still used to build houses, fences … We are very proud of the skyscrapers of Dubai, but the time has come to introduce some sustainable in the city: we could use this natural material for bus stops, public benches … “
Asna Moazzam Khan collects the testimonies of the last nomadic villagers to find the gestures of yesteryear, and will go to “Luxor, Egypt, where some artisans still know how to make furniture from palm leaves,” says this entrepreneur, draped an elegant yellow abaya under a garnet scarf.