BRABBU is very happy to share with you in our rubric Design Talks our conversation with Hameed Hani. Have a look.
1. The best question to start and to know you better as an interior designer Hameed. How would you describe your style? Do you have a signature touch?
I would describe my style as Trendy and Modern with an Art-Deco twist. My signature touch usually involves creating a bespoke joinery piece that would work as an art or statement piece yet still be functional. An example of this was a TV unit that I designed for my Marble Arch project. It was finished with hand textured Bronze lacquer and had a dramatic impact on the space yet it hosted all the AV equipment for the project.
2. How and why did you get into the interior design Industry?
I am actually from an Architectural background in terms of education and early years of training. Working in Architecture helped me develop a strong valuable skill of understanding a space as well as construction details. However, I was always more inclined and focused on interiors as it involves a great attention to details in all aspects of design that is different to Architecture. I started my interior design journey by working for a London based Jewelry designer who was often commissioned to create small scale High-End Interior Design projects. Following that, I worked for a number of London’s leading Interior Design consultancies before finally opening my own consultancy, 5mm.
3. Hameed, is there anything exciting that you are working on at the moment that you can tell us about? Any new projects?
I am currently working on a residential project in Marylebone, Central London. The style of the project is ‘Industrial Chic’. Materials and palette for the project include weathered effect polished plaster, mineral tiles, soft warm taupe tones mixed with pale greens and greys.
4. Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Artworks from the Art-Deco period, Architecture, Music, Icon fashion designers such as Ellie Saab- the amount of detail that goes into each gown is incredible and fascinating.
5. Talking about inspiration Hameed, which design brands do you love the most?
6. When designing a project, which colours, textures and techniques do you prefer in interiors and furniture?
Each project differs in terms of colours as that would reflect the client we work with. I often tend to use Bronze finishes in my projects over Chrome. I love mixing patterns and textures in a room. My favourite is mixing wool and patterned velvets together.
All of the above related back to my design aesthetic which is to create interiors that evoke feelings and emotions. I believe a space has a direct impact mind and body.
7. Previously Hameed, you mentioned BRABBU as one of your favorites brands. Tell us 3 BRABBU pieces that you would definitely use in your projects and why?
Sequoia Centre Table: It is a statement piece and serves as the perfect coffee table where you are the use of rectangular or square coffee tables is not allowed!
Cygnus Display Stand: My clients often have art sculptures that they would like to have on display. It is rare to find a nice platform such as Cygnus to show off such pieces.
Nazca Sideboard: I love the depth and warmth of texture and feel it offers.
The London based Interior Designer Hameed Hani was our guest for the #02 Design Talks. The images during this interview are from one of Hameed Hani’s projects. We hope you’ve enjoyed this conversation as much as we.
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