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Bringing a splash of colour to Al Quoz, Objects and Elements is a showroom that is like a sandwich station. It brings a wide collection of artistic styles under one roof. Visitors can browse through different types of paintings and portraits set in dramatic frames, or marvel at installations, furniture and original prints.
The paintings, some of which look like they belong to the swinging Sixties, engage visitors, while artworks — such as a matte capture of a bowl of tomato soup with a cheeky sprig of basil — have elements of surprise, and Claudia Granberg, Co-owner of the gallery, believes Objects and Elements is unique to Dubai.
“Every time someone walks into the showroom, they are stunned since they didn’t know this place existed,” she says. “It’s a little concept store in a 6,000-square-foot warehouse.”
In keeping with her fascination with faces, Granberg has made sure that the gallery features some seriously enigmatic expressions on canvas. They’re not even all front views — some pieces focus on the rear of the head or nape of the neck.
Portraits from all over the world are available at this store. One collection, for instance, focuses on African culture. The figurative paintings resemble vintage photographs and express a connection between humans and wildlife. Exotic tales of crouching elephants, pensive gazelles and majestic whales are narrated in this series.
“I source the pieces [during] my travels,” says Gran-berg. “The collections I like to select [have] unusual images — those that are out of the ordinary and [reveal] many human faces.” Her colourful adventures are aptly portrayed in her collection, which she amasses with business partner, Rami Kadri.
Objects and Elements revolves around actualising an idea. Clients are welcome to select their favourites from the store’s collections and then lend them a personal touch from an array of available alterations. It also provides exclusive commissions to interior designers, hotels and residences and is open to furniture projects with an artistic edge.
Granberg established her first company at 26, and now, in her early forties, she has brought several canvases to fame. She has a passion for everything from recycled teak furniture to Warholian portraits. Objects and Elements’ varied collections are capable of giving even the bleakest rooms a definite blast of personality.
Source: Nichole Nikoliovich, Special to Property Weekly