Reserve your space

Reserve your space

15th June 2015

Interstate MENA reserves a space in the The Diplomatic Area in Manama, Bahrain.

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Al Riwaq + Alwan 338

Al Riwaq + Alwan 338

20th April 2012

Coinciding with the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix is Alwan 338, a month-long arts festival introducing Bahrain’s up and coming generation of conceptual artists. Exploring the possibilities generated by placing art in the public space, the event is centered around three key locations: Local gallery Al Riwaq, Bohemia – a vacant building in the heart of Adliya, […]

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Interstate Team in KSA

Interstate Team in KSA

6th December 2011

Our first visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia introduced us to sudden rain and floods, lebanese sheep brains for lunch, 7p per litre petrol, two huge towers overlooking a city that never sleeps and unforgettable taxi rides. Caroline of course had to make a few wardrobe alterations to make the trip, but we clearly […]

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Big Ben

Big Ben

12th May 2011

Creating artwork on a LARGE scale.

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A Food Journey to the Heart of Morocco

A Food Journey to the Heart of Morocco

1st April 2011

Today sees the international launch of ‘A Month in Marrakesh’, a recipe book and travelogue published by Hardie Grant, with food by Andy Harris; editor of Jamie Magazine, who embraces the wealth of flavours that Morocco has to offer, all of which are brought to life by beautiful photography and illustrations from renowned photographer David […]

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When is Shari’a not Shari’a?

When is Shari’a not Shari’a?

29th January 2010

As a financial product offering needs to have a seal of approval or Fatwa from a Shari’a scholar, interesting anomalies can occur. In a recent BBC News article (read the full story here) whether a product gets approved or not depends on the individual scholar’s view on the matter. If a scholar refused a product, the bankers would practice ‘Fatwa Shopping’ by going to another, “If he doesn’t give it to us, we phone up another scholar, offer him a sum of money for his services and ask him for a Fatwa. We do this until we get Shari’a compliance. Then we are free to distribute the product as Islamic.”

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Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather

2nd November 2009

During a lunchtime walk along Westbourne Grove last week I noticed an identity on the side of a taxi that reminded me of something similar we produced at Interstate. The Egyptair logo in question (launched as part of a 2008 rebrand) had a lot in common with a marque we developed for Dubai-based DXB Sports in 2007.

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Arabic Typography in New York

Arabic Typography in New York

30th October 2009

Nigel and myself attended the Arabic Typography workshop at the TDC (Type Directors Club) in New York last weekend. The event was hosted by Nadine Chahine, Linotype’s branding manager and Arabic Type expert.

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The World’s Best Player… in any Language

The World’s Best Player… in any Language

11th September 2009

In my opinion the words ‘global brand’ are overused in modern day football and are often taken out of context of what the ‘beautiful game’ stands for. However, as a designer with a growing interest in Arabic typography it was refreshing to see Real Madrid’s recent issue of language specific player shirts.

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