LAHORE: Pakistani interior designer Hamza Tarar is no new name in the world of designer furniture. He came with a bang in 2009 with his luxury design studio Casa Hamza and his innovative furniture and design spaces. As Tarar’s work grew more expansive, foraying into the public arena of fashion and arts, he managed to cement his image as a talented young man with a strong vision.
At the time, the fashion industry was just taking off and Tarar, realising the velocity of this opportunity, introduced designer furniture from renowned international brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Kenzo and Fendi. Now, two years into the business, with the last year spent in debilitating illness, which forced him to go in and out of hospitals, Tarar is back with some new and old pieces, as well as a direction for his brand that has crossed into set designing for fashion weeks and exclusive weddings.
Today, his five-storey den — that Tarrar used as his playing field — retains the signature white colour with sheer drapes and sofas that exude luxury in every way. In a dust-filled country like Pakistan, furniture remains in a pristine state through a herculean effort by Tarrar’s team. With his reinvention, Tarrar has moved on from drapes and is now introducing domes and unique glass pieces in his new line. Besides these pieces, gorgeous horse lamps are also making a kill with clients. His signature piano bar, constructed entirely from glass, the inclusion of leather benches at dinner tables, geometric square chairs and traditional imposing chests are definitely making in-roads this year.
“We want to show our clients a complete look with home accessories in order for them to have a vision of how their home would be with our pieces,” says the designer. “You can always tell from the furniture that it’s done up by me,” he continues in his distinct drawl. “The look for homes in 2012 is colour and print- inspired by Kenzo,” he says. With a small space on the top floor completely dedicated to Andy Warhol in all his eccentric flamboyance, as well as housing three different kinds of bedroom designs that he created for the bridal store Tehzeeb with a mixture of foreign brands and his own line of furniture.
In a package of Rs2 million for the wedding, Tarar will do up the bedroom and a lounge’s decor with lightning and accessories, offering the bride and groom two tickets to Dubai, a Damas wedding diamond set, a make-up and photo shoot from Athar Shahzad, an Isis spa package worth Rs50,000 and a bridal ensemble from either Karma or Nikki Nina from their latest creations. With such am ambitious undertaking Tarar has put the cap to just two to three weddings a year.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 2nd, 2012.