Having lived in Milan, Barcelona and Bangkok, Jordanian fine jewellery designer Lama Hourani embodies a truly global aesthetic. Taking her inspiration from the people and places she visits: from Peruvian Inca art and the tribal colours of the Masai in Africa to the Arabian desert, all lead to a world vision that she curates into her collections. Heavily influenced by tradition and culture, and as one of the most exciting emerging fine jewellery designers, Hourani’s home style is as daring as her jewellery - experimental, eclectic and one-of-a-kind. With unique treasures and finds from adventures across the world, the designer invites Lane Crawford into her Shanghai pad to talk home inspirations and style.
“It was challenging to find a place with local characteristics that can be converted into a modern space. High ceilings and a good location were hard to find all in one. I looked at around 50 properties before finding this perfect space.”
Home Style Philosophy
“It’s a process of feeling the place, understanding the space and following my instinct on what works. I always try to reflect a sense of the place by somehow incorporating it into our living environment. My husband and I travel a lot and when we come home we like it to be filled with inspiration and comfort. It’s our refuge from all the daily craziness. Modern in style and eclectic in details, I also like our home to be adaptive to the country we live in. Our Barcelona home is very clean and minimal while in Shanghai it's a more calculated chaos that echoes the energy of the city. All I can say that it’s a carefully curated mix of what I live in art, fashion and architecture.”
“A home must be reflective of the person living in it. Timelessness, inspiration and sense of discovery – these elements combined make up the recipe for a unique space.”
“I have collected trinkets and objects from literally all over the world and all have a story. My favourite is Mr Stink Exam as I call him. He is a Gesso head of a guy holding his nose. We found him on Tortona Bridge in Milan during the Salone del Mobile design exhibition. He was left there and many people were stomping around him, if we had found him an hour later he would be shattered to pieces. It was left there by the artist and it was fresh out of the mould, not even dry.”
The Art of It All
“We had been looking for a special piece of art to reflect our passion for China and Fu Xiaotong’s mountain-space needle hole artwork on rice paper was perfect. Fu is scarce with her production and we had to wait for the right artwork for us that capture the beauty and complexity of China. This artwork is pure, hard to make and merges both impeccable craftsmanship and artistic vision.”