Madinat Al Kuwait – the Arabic name of Kuwait City – is both a traditional and modern city, a place where the sparkling skyscrapers and the old souks exist side by side. Known in western countries for the historical events that happened in the 1990s, today Kuwait City is ready for contemporaneity, following the path made of other Gulf emirates.
Polpettas Mag has created a tour to discover the city of Kuwait through the projects made by Kuwaiti artists who are investing in their own country.
Located inside an old building in the heart of Salmiya district, Becarre is a home furniture show-room whose slogan is “philosophy of modern Kuwaiti designs”. The objects are made by local designers and all are created with a cultural remembrance and with iconic symbols of the Gulf heritage, such as the Arabic calligraphy or the traditional brass teapots with long beak.
Creating modern-design objects ispired by Gulf culture and history is the goal of Zericrafts, a Kuwaiti brand which has adopted the mission of recovering local decorations and handcraft. In this way handmade painted fabrics are made with a recalling at the ancient art of Bedouin weaving and the mubkhar the traditional Gulf incense burners realized respecting the typical Arabic geometrical shapes. Zericrafts’s show-room is located on the Gulf Road inside a former dock, but some of its objects – like the mubkhar made with steel – have been showcased at Triennale exhibition in Milan.
Ecru – the color that defines the texture of linen and silk fabric – is the name of a Kuwaiti concept store that realizes products for home and women accessories with traditional geometric shapes and with Arabic letters. Ecru transforms simple objects, such as pillows, trays, and bags in an array of colors combining quality with functionality, and focusing on natural fabric and materials like wood and cotton. Ecru has a permanent stand inside the Myriam Complex in the Salmiya district, but its collections can be purchased also through the website www.ecruonline.com.
A bistrot with Mediterranean colors and flavours in the heart of old Salmiya is Gia, a real institution and a point meeting for all young Kuwaiti creatives. Located under the arcades of the Khaled Complex close to Baghdad Street, this café is furnished with attention and refinement for the details, and it serves a refined and healthy cuisine at the same time. Gia’s mission is to offer to its regulars customers high quality tasty organic meals.
The Reading Room, the gift shop that opened in the spring of 2016 inside the Shaheed Park, is a colorful and bright world with design objects imported from around the world. Lamps, pottery and items with innovative lines: it is impossible not to find original pieces and design to buy. The show-room that also organized workshop and handcraft activities, it is part of The Yard’s project, an online website dedicated to the new trends of design.