Kuwaiti Project on Display at the Victoria and Albert Museum

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Around a year ago I posted about the Dual Bowls project by Kuwaiti artist Kawther Al Saffar. The bowls were one of a kind, handcrafted pieces made in Kuwait by pouring two different metals together in a mold to form a rough bowl. I fell in love with the bowls right away and the first thing I did was grab one for myself before posting about it on the blog.

Kawther had launched the project on Kickstarter and when Kickstarter saw what she was doing, they also fell in love with her project. Kickstarter decided to partner up with Kawther giving her a big push resulting in over 600 people buying into the project and pledging over £100,000.

Randomly a few days ago, while checking a friend’s story, I noticed the Dual Bowls were being exhibited in London. Turns out the Victoria and Albert Museum, the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, had invited Kickstarter to share with the museum four of their favorite projects from last year. V&A were putting together an exhibition called “The Future Starts Here” and wanted to display Kickstarter projects since it fit with the theme of the exhibit. Out of the four projects Kickstarter decided to share with the museum, the Dual Bowls project was one of them. How insanely cool is that?

The exhibition will be running until November, so if you’re in London make sure you pass by and check it out. Also if you’re in San Fransisco for Maker Faire this weekend, Kickstarter will also be displaying the bowls there.

If you’re interested in getting a bowl for yourself you can get in touch with Kawther via instagram @kalsaff

Pictures by Aisha


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Meet the Kuwaiti Woman Reinventing Gulf Traditions and Crafts

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The online magazine Muftah published an article last week on Laila Al Hamad, the owner of Zeri Crafts. If you haven’t passed by Zeri Crafts you should, it’s a small boutique with a beautiful space that’s located on the Gulf Road. The location used to be a boat chalet, back before the Gulf Road existed, when it was still just a sandy beach.

The article on Muftah covers Laila’s background as well as the concept behind Zeri Crafts. Check it out [Here]


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Kuwait Motor Town Logo

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Kuwait Motor Town Logo

Kuwait Motor Town is set to open next month and the logo for it has now been revealed. From the reactions I’ve been seeing, most people don’t like it mostly because it looks like the Kellogg’s Special K logo. Although I don’t really like the logo, I think its fine.

Special K logo

It’s not a great logo by any means, but compared to other F1 circuit logos below, I think things could have been a lot worse. I mean other than the Baku City Circuit logo and probably the Red Bull Ring, most of the logos are pretty terrible. If Mexico with all their super talented designers ended up with the horrible Autodromo logo pictured below, we’re pretty lucky to end up with our Kellogg’s Special K one.

various F1 circuit logos

If you’d like to see the full branding presentation of Kuwait Motor Town, click [Here] They’ve removed the work from their portfolio but you can still access it [Here]

Thanks lovelykuwait


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SSH – I am here

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“I am here” is a short film (ad) for the architecture firm SSH that showcases their work including the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Center and the soon to open Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre in Shaab. It’s a well-done film that really brings out the beauty of JACC so take a couple of minutes to watch it. [Vimeo]


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Kuz Store – Graffiti Supplies

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If you’re looking for graffiti supplies then you need to know about this place. Kuz Store is a small graffiti supplies store located in Bneid Al-Qar. The store has been open for a few months now and carries a huge variety of Montana cans, spray paint caps as well as some merchandise including a few Diamond Supply t-shirts.

Kuz Store is open daily from Saturday to Thursday from 6PM to 10PM and then closed on Fridays. Here is their location on [Google Maps] and you can follow them on twitter @kuzstore


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Abdullah Al-Salem Cultural Centre (ASCC) Residency Program

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The new cultural center in Shaab, the ASCC is expected to open up end of this year and they’re now accepting artists for their residency program. The program is open to both Kuwaiti and non-Kuwaiti artists so if this interests you, check out their application website for more details [Here]

Thank dmvi


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Jazeera Airways Rebrands

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Jazeera Airways just rebranded their identity and launched their new face lifted website. Not sure how I feel about their new logo yet, going to wait and see their new plane livery before I make up my mind on it. [Link]

Thanks Sara


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% ΔRΔBICΔ Logo Meaning

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Yesterday my brother asked me if I knew what the Arabica Coffee symbol % was. I thought I had shared it on the blog before but turns out I hadn’t. In case you’ve ever wondered what their % sign represented, it’s basically the coffee plant simplified, check out the image below. Smart.


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Cinescape Website Redesigned

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Cinescape have finally given their website a much needed facelift and just in time before Eid. The new website makes looking for, and booking a movie a much faster experience with a lot less clicking and page reloads.

When you first enter the website you have all the movies currently showing listed, if you’re looking for movies playing in a specific Cinescape location, you just click on the location on the left sidebar and it will filter out all the movies not playing in that location without having to reload the page. Booking is also a much quicker process now with the quick book option and overall you can do a lot more now without having to leave the main page. The website also looks pretty great on mobile browsers.

The only thing that seems to be missing in the new redesign is the banned movies section. Cinescape used to have a page where they would list all the movies that were banned by the MOI and it seems they’ve now removed that in this new version of the website.

If you want to check out their new website, click [Here]


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Dual Bowls Project Update

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On Wednesday I posted about the interesting local Kickstarter project by a Kuwaiti artist called ‘Dual Bowls‘. The Kickstarter ended up reaching its £40,000 goal within 3 days of launch and right now the pledges are up to £60,000 with still 35 days to go. Crazy!

You can check out the Kickstarter page [Here] or if you didn’t read my post on this project then click [Here]


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