The corner: Saba Pervez Dada

Interior designer and experimental genius behind Address, Saba Pervez Dada welcomes us into her favourite space

Maha Rizvi March 27, 2016

Interior designer and experimental genius behind Address, the cutting-edge home furniture and lifestyle store in Karachi, Saba Pervez Dada welcomes us into her favourite space

Nothing is placed without reason in Saba Pervez Dada’s house; Everything from the artwork in the lounge (bought off the streets in London) to the Christian Louboutin-inspired console in the foyer, crafted as a tribute to Dada’s first pair of designer shoes, is attached to a significant memory.

She greets us warmly and takes us to her drawing room where the colours are contemporary with a modern twist, and the cold palette is dark and mysterious without being too dramatic.

“Less is more is my mantra, which is exactly what I wanted to achieve in this room,” she says. Memorable occasions such as her husband’s birthday dinner have been held here, but the key reason why this corner secures a special place in her heart is because it reflects her sensibilities most accurately. The minimalist space and her humble persona urge us to agree.

We spot Kelly Hoppen’s ‘Ikat’ wallpaper and she gladly shares that she admires her work, and bought the wallpaper from Hoppen’s store in London. She directs our attention to a set of Roche-Bobois odd-shaped tables, a coral candle and a few mother-of-pearl accent pieces, other trends also seen in Hoppen’s work.

When asked about her favourite pieces in the room, she lists a Lalique vase, a black leather art deco lounge chair from her own store, and a dark grey Roche-Bobois sectional sofa. “My husband bought the sectional for me while we were still engaged, and at the time the only requests I had were for this sofa, and my own walk-in closet.”

Exquisite cushions by Sonia Rykiel in soft hues of aqua, cobalt blue and sea green sit pretty on her sofa. Another remarkable story follows. Years ago, while working at her previous job for a small salary, she saved up to buy these cushions from Dubai. She then sent them to France for stitching because she wanted them to be perfect. Dada says, “They serve as a reminder of all the things I am passionate about, and worked so hard to achieve in life.”

We leave in awe and admiration of a corner, which is a testament to her profound love for interior design.


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