The Cairo based, French-Egyptian design label, Take Caire, will be joining a line-up of world-class designers at this year’s much-awaited Maison & Objet, taking place in Paris. 

Take Caire started when co-founders, interior designer Sylvie Blanchet and architect Emilie Kartsonas, decided to introduce French designers graduating from the prestigious Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD) in Paris, to Cairo’s rich craftsmanship and unique artistic styles. 

Each piece created by this design house is originated by French designers, known for their romantic and exuberant tastes, and then executed by the careful hands of Egyptian artisans using local materials and traditional methods. Some of the local materials featured in their current collections include copper, brass, blown glass, turned wood, recycled cotton and paper. Not only does this design house act as a melting pot for French and Egyptian culture, it also prides itself on being sustainable, ensuring that its products are durable and using recycled materials when possible, in addition to working closely with artisans to ensure that their craft is respected.

The Take Caire team will be exhibiting their Cairo-inspired designs at the Maison & Objet event which is set to take place from September 6th to September 10th. This year’s event is themed around ‘Work’, with participating designers, including Take Caire, displaying fresh and original pieces inspired by and fit for workspaces.

Through showcasing unique handmade products exuding Egyptian culture and history, the Take Caire Paris exhibit is providing Egyptian artisans with exposure at a major international platform. This step is not only important and exciting for local craftsmen, but hopefully also for local designers who will be inspired to develop their own designs to a level that will allow them to participate hand in hand with the Take Caire team in future exhibitions.