Beachroad Magazine chat to local Interior Designer Nisrine El Lababidi Moghraby founder of Harf Noon Design Studio.
Harf Noon Design Studio, is a multidisciplinary studio offering a wide array of services from complete interiors & styling solutions that turn spaces into personalised warm, welcoming homes as well as producing various product designs from wallpapers to canvases and more. I believe I have found a balance between my professional career & my life as wife & mother… I must say it has not been a smooth path, but the passion to do it all and to try and do the best in it has been a great motive. I try to surround myself by like minded people who have the same positive attitude toward life and the passion and dedication to giving.
You will often find me giving feedback to other designers, to new moms about motherhood, new gems in the city … I always believe that knowledge will always bounce back and create a bigger circle. Currently working on a homewares range of modernised Arabesque pieces, trays, side tables, cushions & wallpaper Art..launching 2016.
Where do you like to eat and shop in our community? //
I've never eaten there, but I've heard a lot of good things about Ravi… there's also a small bakery where they do amazing Iranian bread a couple of shops before Ravi… As for shopping I do a lot of fabric and upholstery hunting there for various projects, very affordable and accessible (hint: you can also get your electronics fixed there!)
Do you stay in Dubai for the summer or head somewhere cooler? //
We do a bit of both… travel for three weeks and hibernate the rest of the summer! Long gone are the quite empty Dubai streets, we are seeing the change in the number of people staying in summer change year by year.
What are your thoughts on the ever changing City that is Dubai? //
Over the past three decades the UAE has witnessed an unprecedented economic and social transformation. Oil proceeds have been used to modernize infrastructure, create employment, and improve social indicators. It will be very interesting to see how the city of Dubai will be calling for new initiatives and measures contributing to the steering of the UAE economy away from oil and set it on a path towards a sustainable, diversified, knowledge-based economy. We can only call ourselves lucky to be living in this great country let alone the great City of Dubai where we are witnessing this change day by day!
Nisrine answers the Beachroad Magazine Q&A //
NAME? // Nisrine El Lababidi Moghraby.
YOUR FIRST JOB? // Graphic Designer at Fortune PromoSeven.
YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION? // I actually have two jobs! A Corporate Marketing Senior Manager at the biggest Media Agency & Creative Director at Harf Noon Design Studio – my own Design & interiors studio.
YOUR GREATEST LOVE? // Design.
YOUR GREATEST FEAR? // Losing the people I love.
WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY? // Getting scolded by my KG1 teacher at Montessori School In Abu Dhabi.
WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY? // Tough one, I guess my parents are.
WHAT WAS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE SOMEONE? // A leather bracelet I gave my bestie.
IF YOU WERE 80 YEARS OLD, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR CHILDREN? // Stay true to your roots, preserve our culture.
YOUR WORST TRAIT? // Almost OCD when it comes to visuals and spaces, everything has to be clean, in perfect order and in place.
THE WORST TRAIT IN OTHERS THAT GETS YOU MAD? // Carelessness and saying I don' t know.
WHO WOULD PLAY YOUR ROLE IN A MOVIE? // Anne Hathaway.
FAVOURITE MUSIC? // Jazz. LAST RECORD YOU BOUGHT? // Indila – Mini World.
FAVOURITE BOOK? // 50 secrets of power.
LAST BOOK YOU BOUGHT? // lifting the curtain on design by Vincente Wolf.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU? // Travel, people and nature.
THE CLOSEST YOU HAVE COME TO DEATH? // Nothing so far thank God.
FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Barcelona – so much design and such a lively city & great food.
LEAST FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // I'm sure each country has a lovely city.
HOW DO YOU RELAX? // By sitting in my garden.
WHY DUBAI? // Because I was born & raised in Abu Dhabi and Dubai gave me the opportunity to work.
ARE YOU SPORTY? // Yes … I've been into sports for the past thirteen years at least… and feel very guilty when I'm not in the gym.
BEACH OR DESERT? // Beach.
URBAN OR RURAL? // Urban.
CATS OR DOGS? // Neither.
COFFEE OR TEA? // Coffee.
WHAT YOU MAKES YOU LAUGH? // A good Joke.
WHAT MAKES YOU CRY? // Seeing anyone who is in pain of a loss.
YOUR MESSAGE? // Love generously – Praise loudly – Live fully! (Elias Portor).