Nothing beats celebrating heritage with a modern twist. Regional artists have been embracing their heritage lately to stand out in a market dominated by Western imports. Lebanese furniture designer, Iyad Naja, is known for integrating culture and heritage in his original pieces.
Naja, who is currently studying a Master’s in Islamic Art and Architecture at LAU’s School of Architecture and Design, is known for flaunting his signature bold Arabic calligraphy on solid construction materials such as concrete. His creations range from consoles with Arabic letters for legs, lamps encircled with Islamic art, to Quranic verses on walls made of brass and so much more.
Honoring the memory of his late grandmother who loved the Arabic language and Islamic art, Naja studied the Thuluth and Kufic scripts of calligraphy, and now forms the words out of brass or plated steel.
Here are some of Iyad Naja’s most popular pieces: