Ethan Allen Teams Up With Regional Artists To Re-Create Iconic Pieces

BY Harper's Bazaar Arabia / Apr 6 2016 / 19:28 PM

The Burj Khalifa played host to an extravagant party celebrating the highly anticipated collaboration of Ethan Allen with some of the UAE’s top artists

Ethan Allen Teams Up With Regional Artists To Re-Create Iconic Pieces
Ruel Pableo

On April 5, a silent auction featuring the finest talents in the region was held at The Annex, Burj Khalifa under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum.

The event showcased some of Ethan Allen’s iconic pieces mixed in with regional artistry. Three artists from the UAE were chosen to partner up with Ethan Allen and create new looks with pieces from the furniture brand. The celebrated work was showcased in a lavish event at the iconic Burj Khalifa with an eclectic Ethan Allen pop-up inspired to look like an art studio. Amongst the artists were street artist Marwan Sharkarchi, fashion designer Dima Ayad and glass sculptor Anjali Srinivasan. The sinuously stylish Bromley Drum Table was chosen by Marwan Shakarchi. "I have a bedside table at home which I began covering with stickers around ten years ago,” he explained. “The wood which originally adorned the table can no longer be seen, but is now covered with a history of my life. The allure of this project was the opportunity to reconnect with this idea of leaving a mark on something using graphics that resonate with me today.”  

Endowed with a bold silhouette, The Parker Chair was created by Dubai-based fashion designer Dima Ayad. “This piece defines an amalgamation of two fashion seasons filled with my favourite colour: black,” she said. “Camel is also timeless with its effortlessly chic ‘whatever, whenever' vibe.”

Dima Ayad with the Parker Chair she designed for Ethan Allen

On the other hand, the hand carved Ornately Carved Mirror by artist Anjali Srinivisan combined a baroque style mirror with contemporary ornamentation. “To transform the item I removed the mirror from the frame and slumped the glass at 750 degrees Celsius, revealing the contours of three faces popping out at the viewer,” explains Anjali. “My objective is to test people’s reactions to something that now shows a different face.”

The Parker Chair and Ornately Carved Mirror are currently available at Ethan Allen, The Dubai Mall. 100 per cent of the proceeds for the design pieces go to charity organisation, Dubai Cares. – Tala Khaddam