Saturday, June 16, 2012

A Happy Client makes a Happy Designer


My lovely client Jacqueline sent me testimony to add to my website, as a designer, it is the best reward I can get, to know that my clients are happy.
How sweet is she?

" I am one of the many satisfied customers who have used Nour’s services . Before I met Nour I used to spend hours on the internet trying to find ways to make my house modern and pretty, and as much as you look for it, more confuse you get. There are too many things out there and when you are on a tight budget it is very hard to make a decision.

Nour recognizes the value of extraordinary service, thrives to maintain that, and shows professional concern for the quality of work performed, she helped me find great furniture and art objects at great prices, and she was able to take my ideas and transform them into realities. My house is now clutter free, modern and colorful.

It was a pleasure to work with Nour on my new apartment."


Friday, June 01, 2012

Interview with a Designer from Vancouver

Few weeks ago, my childhood friend Mona Sultan invited me to her line of printed scarves "Word on the Street" launch party.
I had a great time and her beautiful scarves looked fabulous on those mannequins. The design of the scarf is fresh, simple and elegant,  wether you wear them with a casual jeans and tank top or pair them with a pretty black dress, i can guarantee you that you will turn heads.

Photo by MCS Photo

Mona is a Surface Designer and a blogger, we were classmates in Damascus and the fates decided that we meet again here in Vancouver. 
I asked Mona few questions about herself and her work to give you the opportunity to discover that talented designer. 

Photo by MCS Photo

- Tell us a bit about yourself, your background, your education. 
I am a Surface Designer, I’ve been living in Vancouver BC for four years now. I am originally from Damascus, Syria. 
I have a very versatile background, my grandmother was German, I was born in Tehran, I went to a French school, I lived in Damascus for 18 years of my life, 8 years in Beirut, Lebanon and around 3 years in Amman, Jordan, where I met my Canadian husband and then ended up in Vancouver.
I have a degree in Graphic Design from the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon. I worked as a freelance Graphic Designer for almost 8 years before deciding to make a shift and start my own business.
- Has design always been something you are drawn to? 
Yes, creating has always felt like my purpose in life. At school, all I wanted to do was draw, and art was the only class I excelled in. 
I believe that growing up in a very artistic family made it even more intriguing, but my mother was my greatest influence: she is good at everything she attempts to do, she is an artist and a very talented seamstress and her attention to detail is exquisite.
I kept my mother company most of my years growing up, I had one brother who was 14 years my senior so I didn’t have any siblings my age to hang out with, so I watched her create and she taught me many things.
- Can you give us a rough idea on what surface design is? 
It is hard to define Surface Design as it is very diverse, one very simple way to think of it is: when an image, line art, pattern, color or texture is applied to a surface, be it fabric, wallpaper, laminate, tiles… 
Surface Design is very popular in the fashion and interior design industries.
- How would you describe your design style?
Unconventional, eclectic, experimental, adventurous. 
- You have recently launched a collection of scarves. Why scarves?
I always wanted to combine Graphic Design with Fashion, which is why I was so drawn to Surface Design in the first place. And for someone who has had an everlasting love affair with scarves, it was just perfect.
- What inspired this collection?
Damascene mosaics, street fashion, and fashion bloggers Garance Doré and Eleonora Carisi all brought something to the creation of this collection.
- What products related to interior design have you designed? Which one is your favourite?
I have designed wallpaper and accent pillows. Wallpaper would have to be my favourite.

- What are your future projects?
Fall/Winter 2012-2013 and Spring/Summer 2013 collections of Mona Sultan luxury scarves are my main focus right now. 
I am planning a Limited Edition collection for SS13, it may or may not be a scarf collection, I won’t spoil the surprise, so you will have to stay tuned.

Thank you Mona for answering my questions, I wish you all the best of success :) . 

Make sure to visit her website and like her Facebook page, she is holding a contest to win one of her Spring/Summer 2012 scarves!