Complex Made Simple

Five minutes with Hazem Aljesr

Luxurymena, sister publication of Aficionado, talks design, style and inspiration with the founder and owner of Cities Design, Art & Lifestyle store.

Could you please present your brand and explain it in your own words for our readers?
The full name of our store is Cities Design, Art & Lifestyle store and I think that says a lot about what we are trying to offer. Our goal isn’t just to sell products; instead, we want share a way of living. The idea behind Cities was to encourage a move away from the traditional and classic décor styles which had dominated the region for so long and suggest a fusion of styles that is more eclectic and also more individualistic and all-encompassing.

Were you always interested in design?
I’ve always had wide-ranging interests and I’ve explored many of them, but design has probably always been there at the forefront. Design is intriguing because it affects our lives in so many ways and we aren’t always aware of it. Design isn’t just creating an unusual chair or an interesting object; it’s also about functionality, from the smallest item to the largest. Anything that we interact with and utilise in our daily lives is design; the shape of a glass and the thickness and type of material it is made of, to the layout of the streets that we drive down to go from home to office – that’s all design. And someone has had to consider and study all the small details that construct those items to determine what will result in functionality, but also be aesthetically pleasing, cost-effective and able to be created. Luckily, I was able to find a way to take that interest and build upon it and share it with so many people.

How would you define your style?
My style is pretty eclectic. I like to combine items from different sources and styles and I like to use a lot of colour. It’s very important for me to be comfortable, but I also want my home to look stylish and visually interesting. I want my space to tell a story and be reflective of my personality and interests and share my personal experiences. At the same time, it should be adaptable and able to evoke different moods and emotions depending on how I’m feeling, so I rely on music and lighting a lot to change things up.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
I find inspiration everywhere. Many times I find that the energy and attitudes of the people around me provide me with a boost or encourage me to look at things in a new light. I think if you look for it, you can find inspiration in the simplest things; a beautiful view, a laugh between friends, a delicious meal, a good book, or enjoying a thoughtful design.

First published on Luxurymena, sister publication of Aficionado.