Beachroad Magazine head to Beach Centre Mall in Jumeirah 1 to meet Ayah Halawani and Nada Al Bahri the co owners and founders of NOOK a boutique that specializes in accessories for the home. NOOK offers an assortment of Scandinavian inspired, minimalistic décor, the brand stands for offering a selection of designed items at affordable price points.
Accessible via its online shop and through a brick and mortar store located in the adored community mall by Dubai’s old timers – Beach Centre, Jumeirah. The world of NOOK is an urban, trendy and warm space for eager home décor aficionados. Founded by long-time friends Ayah Halawani and Nada Al Bahri, the concept store is home to clean, contemporary and modern pieces sourced from interior décor hubs all over the world such as Denmark, Morocco, France, Australia and the like.
With a background in architecture and a finely tuned eye for design, Ayah and Nada were always on the lookout for pieces that lend a fresh perspective to a space but found a gap in the market for items that were unique and didn’t break one’s wallet. This passion and search led to the start of the store purveying a wide spectrum of dinnerware, home-ware, light fixtures, rugs, wall pieces, cushions and adorable little bits for kid’s nurseries and bedrooms. A compliment to the concept is The Flower Bar located within the store, which aims to bring fresh blooms with a quaint edge to the city.
Where do you like to eat, shop and socialise in Dubai.
With both of us being born and raised here, we are really spoilt for choice. We love hanging out in the mall just as much as grabbing a bite from the local cafeteria in Deira’s old town. That is what we love about this city, you never run out of options.
AYAH AND NADA ANSWER THE BEACHROAD MAGAZINE Q&A //
NAME? // Ayah Halawani & Nada Al Bahri
YOUR FIRST JOB? //
Ayah: Event Designer
Nada: Junior Architect
YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION? //
Ayah: Managing partner of Nook and Architect
Nada: Managing Partner of Nook
WHY DUBAI? // We were both born and raised here, it is our home!
WHO ARE YOUR FURNITURE / DECOR AND INTERIOR INFLUENCES? //
Ayah: I fall for anything and everything handmade, and a little imperfect. I find lots of soul in the work of craftsmen.
Nada: Scandinavian designers. I love minimalistic pieces that lend special attention to detail.
WHAT INSPIRED / MOTIVATED YOU TO START NOOK? //
Ayah: I have always loved product design. When Nada approached me with the idea it just made sense. Combining both our passions we started Nook & The Flower Bar
Nada: When I had my daughter, Meera, I was on the lookout for cute bits for her nursery that were high quality and affordable but I found that there was a lack of such options in the market. This is really what got me to work on the concept with Ayah.