The FORMA Collection, designed by Khalid Shafar for Arte Veneziana is an exploration of forms and shapes derived from the connection and interconnection of Agaals – the black woven rope band men in the Arab world wear to secure their head covers.

In this collection, the original, fashionable function of Agaals is stripped away, and they become a pure building material. The collection is also a study of how a group of similar 2D elements can create three-dimensional forms as they connect and interconnect. Fluidity and continuity throughout the forms is key to maintaining the collection’s overall sharp and firm appearance. This innovative collection is a tribute to the mastery of traditional Venetian engraved glass combined with contemporary trends and innovative design perspectives.

About Khalid Shafar
Born in 1980 in Dubai, Khalid Shafar graduated in business from the American University in Dubai, and worked in marketing and communications for almost seven years.

In 2005, Khalid completed a degree in Fine Arts in Interior Design and went on to specialize in furniture and product design, first at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, UK, then at the Centre for Fine Woodworking in Nelson, New Zealand. In 2011 he opened his own studio in Dubai, followed by a showcase space a year later, both in Ras Al Khor Industrial area.

Khalid’s approach to design encompasses his personal expression of form, movement, emotion, and in particular, ‘the tale’ of objects. He has collaborated on special projects and limited-edition releases with designers including LASVIT; Tai Ping; Campana Brothers; Moissonnier; COS; Kartell; and the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC). Recently he collaborated with Le Mobilier National et Les Manufactures Nationales des Gobelins de Beauvais et de la Savonnerie on a site-specific art installation for the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum.