French-Moroccan Interior Architect Hicham Lahlou Talks Favourite Designer Pieces

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Designer and interior architect Hicham Lahlou. Click on the arrow to view Hicham's favourite designer pieces
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Hookah Disco Pipe Airdiem. Hicham owned it until 2017 and it's now a part of the permanent collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London
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Warren Platner marble table by Knoll
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Snoopy table lamp designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
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Sansara lounge chair by Cheick Diallo that has been created using salvaged concrete iron coated with fishing line
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French-Moroccan designer and interior architect talks about what piques his interest, career milestones and passion for Africa

I am constantly inspired by positive individuals who believe in me, my travels around the world and the people I meet along the way, history of art, classical music and jazz. Most importantly, I draw inspiration from Africa, my place of birth, which fascinates me with its diversity and rich cultural background. It is a continent of colours, music, diversity, creativity and multiple languages. For me, it is ‘Mama Africa’, the mother of humanity. 

I can honestly say that I am a globetrotter – the Ibn Battuta of design. French writer Gilles de Bure rightly said about me in the book In The Arab World Now, where I share space with personalities such as Zaha Hadid, and Karim Rashid, “Hicham Lahlou’s long body seems to have been designed by a celestial designer. It is slender, supple and flexible, with very long legs that make him well-suited to doing the splits.”

At this point in my life, I am very pleased to receive recognition from my colleagues through my election as member of the new board of directors elected for the World Design Organisation for the 2017-19 period, where I will serve and carry the mantle for Africa. I also had the honour to be nominated as a curator for the African section of the exhibition Africa/Latin America Rising Design – Design Emergente at this year’s Salone del Mobile.

Rabat highway

Hicham's own concept, canopy of the toll station - highway of Rabat that he received the iF Design Award 2018

These recognitions are a result of my efforts towards the platform Africa Design Days/Award, which I founded in 2014 to shed light on African design and innovation by promoting designers from Africa. I am also working on collaborations with several international brands, working on two hotels, urban projects, concept stores and restaurants, as well as developing a new big-scaled pan-African industrial project with a great in Morocco, which we will show in due time.  

I am most proud of my country, Morocco, proud of my King Mohammed VI, a true leader who puts in great effort for his country and Africa. He inspires me a lot by his vision and I am proud to contributing to Africa’s rise through African Design, with of course, the World Design Organisation and Africa Design Days/Award.

My home is Rabat, a city that I love unconditionally, the capital of Morocco and also the capital of culture with a rich, beautiful cultural and historical background spanning more than a 1,000 years mixed with modern projects such as the Grand Theatre of Rabat designed by Zaha Hadid and many other major projects.

I love to sketch while listening to classical or jazz music, travel, read books, and indulge in Moroccan, French and Asian cuisines. I am also passionate about French literature, music and culture in general.

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All images courtesy of Hicham Lahlou
Designer and interior architect Hicham Lahlou. Click on the arrow to view Hicham's favourite designer pieces
Best interior design
Hookah Disco Pipe Airdiem. Hicham owned it until 2017 and it's now a part of the permanent collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London
Best interior design
Warren Platner marble table by Knoll
Best interior design
Snoopy table lamp designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
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Sansara lounge chair by Cheick Diallo that has been created using salvaged concrete iron coated with fishing line