Born in Beirut - Wajih Nakkash is an interior architect on a truly international scale. He began his education at the Beaux Arts in Beirut, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture.
He continued his studies in Florence graduating with a Master’s Degree in Interior Design. Wajih spent several years in Italy perfecting his trade before moving to Dubai in 1980 to establish his own interior design firm.
In 1983, Wajih opened NAKKASH Gallery to showcase distinctive lines of furniture, artwork and accessories. “I try to create a relaxing and comfortable space that has an element of elegance. I refuse to be defined by one particular style as I use a mixture of both classical and modern.” An experienced designer and avid art collector, Wajih is adept at mixing style. “I like to combine and blend, antique furniture with modern fabrics, for example”.
Aya Nakkash received her Masters in Strategic Marketing from the Imperial College Business School in London, and her Bachelor's degree in Business with a concentration in Marketing from Marymount University in Washington.
She is committed through year-long programming and activations at the NAKKASH Gallery and spaces to supporting regional and local designers, and offering a platform for collaborations and commissions. "The Design Collective 2018", was the latest exhibition she curated for six regional designers to showcase and sell their works at the NAKKASH Gallery located in Dubai Design District.
Aya’s ability to capture the brand's essence visually and conceptually helps NAKKASH Gallery rise above the noise of a crowded marketplace. Although NAKKASH Gallery is steeped in tradition, Aya continues to find new horizons for the family business.
Omar Nakkash received his Bachelor’s in Design & Management from Parsons the New School for Design in New York. In 2012, he moved to Milan to complete graduate studies in Interior Design from Scuola Politecnica de Design.
Omar currently manages NAKKASH Gallery alongside his father, Wajih Nakkash and his sister Aya Nakkash. Omar also launched NAKKASH Design Studio which specialises in contemporary designs and furniture sourcing as well as designing signature commercial spaces such as Nourish and Parlour Boutique. Omar made his debut as a solo product designer with Trinity, a sculptural table lamp, at the Beirut Design Fair 2018.