MEET THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE CREATIONS
Hope Arts Studio
Born and bred in Marrakech, Kenza Benabdelouahad is a multidisciplinary artist with a bohemian soul, who mixed her passion for arts with her yoga training to create Hope Arts Studio, a space for the creative contemplation of the World, its colors, lights, and vibrations.
Inspired by the ever-changing nature of her own life, Kenza works with fluid art to paint on canvas, tables, and vases, as well as creating beautiful items of interior decor using resin art.
Rime Chafik was on a sabbatical year from her intense speech therapist career when she became interested in beauty and started learning all about organic skincare. She experimented with making products for her own use for a year and a half before she launched her brand Organic Hands.
Today, from her Casablanca-based lab, Rime makes a wide range of organic soap bars, shampoo bars, and serums to pamper your skin, revitalize your hair and nurture your soul.
Coming from a long line of carpet weavers of the Beni Ourain tribe, Amin Elouazzani spent his childhood surrounded by traditional rugs and the Berber women hand-weaving them. Nomad 33 was born out of Amin’s passion for his roots and heritage, and his eagerness to share them with the world.
Today, Amin’s team travels far and wide around Morocco to source the best vintage rugs directly from the makers, as well as working with them on bespoke designs, preserving heritage while modernizing centuries-old craftsmanship.
All-around creative Alvaro spent years traveling the world, before stopping in Marrakech to open riad Dar Aurora, which became the home of his adventurous heart and his creative mind, in the shape of a brand of unique decorative teapots named Madame Ment&iera.
Eclectic, serious, elegant, funny, Madame Ment&iera’s teapots defy labels and bravely reinterpret the ancestral tradition of Moroccan tea, bringing the ritual out of the kitchen and into the living rooms, gardens, patios, and terraces of your homes.
Macramé La Corde
When Lara Telles moved to Marrakech with her husband, she started looking at ways of bringing harmony, coziness, and personality to her new home. Following her passion for makings things with her hands, she discovered macramé, and, noticing a lack of options around, she set out to create some herself.
With her brand Macramé La Corde, she makes wall hangings, children mobiles, hammocks, and swinging chairs to fill your home with a mixture of textures, layers, and a touch of Moroccan vibrancy.
It all started with a family bet. Could DIY fanatic and Business school graduate Talha Benkhadda make a dinner table for a member of his family? The brief was simple: make art, not furniture. And so, after countless failures, Bolten Design was born.
Based in Marrakech, the company combines contemporary design and the manual work of highly qualified artisan craftsmen to create natural, hard-wearing and minimalist designs.
Nature provides inspiration for Bolten: an unexpected combination of fine materials including wood, steel and brass.
After a rich experience in high-end fashion, designer Zeinab El Alami gave into the calling of her roots and created Teïka Jewelry to revive the ancestral Moroccan know-how of fine embroidery, transposing its usage from precious traditional caftans to jewelry.
The fruit of countless hours of work, Teïka’s limited-edition jewels require two separate manufacturing steps - first handcrafting by local artisans, then a painstakingly fine process of embroidery by expert hands - making them absolutely unique pieces of art.
Stuff by Karim
Karim Rouifi is a Moroccan visual artist hailing from one of the smallest towns in the north, called Ksar El Kebir. After starting out with acrylic on canvas, Karim incorporated graphic design and transitioned to a more minimal style, bringing sketches to the fore of his practice.
His line drawing prints are a real exploration of the human soul and each of them tells a story that the viewer can freely reinterpret and make his own.
Moroccan designer Ghita Tagmouti was brought up in an artistic family, with her grandfather teaching her to knit while her mother exposed her to all things handicrafts. After a Master’s in Product Design, she decided to fuse her passions for design and craftsmanship, creating her brand Artizainer Design in Casablanca.
As passionate about crafts as she is about learning, Ghita is constantly expanding her work with new techniques, which today include woodwork, embroidery, resin, and more. Her work is an explosion of creativity and elegant playfulness.
Côté Bougie is a family business, established by Saida in 2003, and later joined by her two sons, Omar and Faycal. The company creates locally produced scented candles planted in beautiful handmade ceramic pots, precisely and elegantly crafted by master artisans keeping with the highest standards of quality.
Artistic director Fanny Lopez landed in Marrakech in 2016 to work with an art foundation. Soon, though, she started imagining decorative objects to fuse her graphic design work with local architecture, resulting in limited series of timeless decor items that value a slow design and handmade approach.
Together with Marrakech artisans who bring their ancestral know-how, Fanny’s brand FL Studio creates unique decor accents such as brass mirrors, sculptured vases, embroidered wall hangings and more, that combine and adapt to multiple environments.
Hailing from the Italian island of Sardinia, Antonella worked in Rome and Switzerland as a Product Manager for high-end fashion brand Fendi, until in 2019 she took a leap of faith and jumped ship to Morocco, where she worked in tourism.
She very soon fell in love with the local crafts and decided to put her experience in the fashion industry to good use, creating her brand IFULKKI that makes unique bags from vintage Berber carpets in collaboration with master artisans of the Marrakech Medina.
A long-time lover of Moroccan handmade crafts, Asmaa started her brand Atelier Coppery to create aesthetically pleasing ceramic products that bring serenity and well-being to your interior decor.
In her studio in Marrakech, Morocco, she designs modern and minimalist pieces which local Moroccan artisans in the Marrakech medina bring to life, using their ancestral know-how in pairing high-quality ceramics with beautiful copper finishings.