Concepts such as wabi-sabi – embracing imperfections – artisanal, crafted products, and the Emirates’ feted adage “made in the UAE” are celebrated in the latest homeware collection by Comptoir 102, the carefully curated, boho-chic lifestyle concept store and café nestled within a former villa in Dubai’s beachside neighbourhood Jumeirah.
The boutique’s new “Dot” range of tableware, from its own-brand Collection 102 label, offers a stylish selection of white glazed ceramic plates, bowls and cups with uneven edges, finished with gold circles and dots, each one meticulously handmade and individually painted by potter Tanvi Arora of TAV Studio, in Dubai. The collection has a wonderfully crafted yet polished look, and as each one is hand-finished it carries a sought-after inimitable aesthetic.
‘We like the idea that not one piece is the same, it is unique and artisanal looking. We do not like things looking perfect,’ laughs Mathilde, partner of Comptoir 102 and co-designer of the range with the store’s founder Emma Sawko, plus a successful jewellery designer in her own right.
‘We also loved the idea of having the collection made in Dubai by Tanvi, and supporting an artisan,’ adds Emma, who is also co-founder of Wild & the Moon, a healthy food and juice bar concept that was born from her boutique’s organic menu. ‘We designed each piece inspired by the dots from the Comptoir 102 logo, which has become our signature. It is feminine in its aesthetic and for everyday use and that is what we’re all about – being chic but cool. We wanted to create a design that has this balance, which is what we try to achieve with the designers we curate, too.’
Opening in 2012, Comptoir 102 was arguably one of the first lifestyle-cum-café concept stores in the UAE, with Emma seeking to bring the ‘chic and cool’ European style she missed from her native France to the Emirates. While the store has sought to offer design-led labels not otherwise found in the country – be it in the realms of fashion, beauty or home décor – and international names such as Caravane, Frama, India Mahdavi, Nada Debs and Piet Hein Eek, Emma started designing the private label Collection 102 range from the beginning, first with glass votive scented candles, followed by other home accessories such as rough-edged brass-gold bowls, straw placemats, woven baskets, thick throws and pillows, plus a Number 102 jewellery line that also sports the brand’s signature dot motif.
Next on the designers’ list are items for the bedroom, focusing on materials like straw and linen,as well as small pieces of furniture.
Styling Eleanor Joslin
Photography Stefan Lindeque