A Material Guy in a Material World


Fameed Khalique is used to challenges. Take for instance, the client who wanted the exact same bamboo that was used for the handles of her Gucci handbag to make frames for the screens in her spa. Or the one who wanted a real porcelain powder-room, complete with hand-carved flowers and leaves seemingly blossoming from the walls.

 

Then there was the interior designer who demanded hand-embroidered rabbit pelts, another who requested 24ct-gold mosaic tiles, and one who commissioned an entire floor of semi-precious stones, as well as columns of amethyst. Most recently, Khalique came to the rescue of a design firm that had been searching for more than a year to find slabs of rock crystal large enough to line the walls of a company lobby, as specifically requested by the CEO. Not only did Khalique source pieces big enough, but he also solved the technical problem of how to line the ceiling without causing it to crash down, by developing acrylic panels of faux crystal.

 

No wonder then, that he describes his job as "helping designers and architects look good to their clients".

 

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