Cafe Hamra was relaunched in 2010 by a team from branding specialists Wondereight.
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For graphic designer Rana Salam, using traditional Middle Eastern motifs in her work is not about reinventing the wheel, but repurposing it.Salam, who also has a boutique in Beirut, has worked on a diverse array of projects ranging from a sleek line of postcards for the Victoria and Albert Museum's Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art to throwback rebrandings of popular Hamra spot Laziz and Lebanese makeup line Bassam Fattouh.Of her colorful, pop-art approach to vintage and traditional Middle-Eastern design elements, Salam said the trick was restraint. Debs' brand is also known for its use of traditional Arab motifs in a contemporary way.In Debs' furniture and accessories as well as her work as an interior designer, it is about using age-old Middle-Eastern aesthetics – such as pearl and tin inlay, geometric patterns and intricate woodwork – in an updated way to create a look that speaks to the region now.Echoing Salam, the consultant added that the difficulty with such design was knowing when to stop.
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