Hand-made wooden pieces by Emirati furniture designer Khalid Shafar are currently on show at The Pavilion Downtown

Thursday January 12 2012

Khalid Shafar hand made furniture

Emirati design student Khalid Shafar hadn’t always planned on working with his hands. ‘Marketing was my first career choice. To design furniture was a passion I developed while doing my interior design degree,’ he says. But after undertaking a cabinet making and woodworking course in New Zealand, the functional designer found his calling. ‘I feel as though I have an affinity with timber, even if I do come from a place with more sand than trees,’ he explains. ‘As a medium, it has a reaction from the moment you cut it.’ Shafar describes his latest exhibition, ‘The Inspirationalists’ (which runs at The Pavilion until February 4), as a tribute to his cultural heritage. Here, he takes us through some of his work.


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