Dounia Tamri Loeper, the founder of Dounia Home, grew up in Safi, Morocco
immersed in a world rich with culture and craftsmanship which she's channeled
into her stunning new lighting collection. Combining modern style with intricate,
classic artistry, the lights are simply beautiful, both soulful and glitzy, modern
with a traditional twist.
We met Dounia last year at the NYNOW design show. The artistry and superior
quality of the materials she uses was evident immediately, and drew us straight
to her booth. Dounia celebrates and preserves the heritage of Moroccan
craftsmanship by only working with artists who use traditional metal working
techniques passed down through generations. Her authentic, handcrafted pieces
reflect the passion and commitment of Moroccan artisans and have quickly
become a favorite at LQ SHOP.
Dounia studied in the U.S. then worked closely with a team at Michael Graves
Architecture & Design in Princeton, NJ. After building a solid foundation in
product design, she grabbed an opportunity to start her own company that
draws on her Moroccan roots: "What I learned is that when you stay true to
yourself and your heritage, you can create things that truly represent who
Dedicated to empowering the artisans they partner with, Dounia Home provides
fair wages, fair working hours, and opportunities for them to grow and learn new
skills by always pushing the limits of the trade. She wants to celebrate and
preserve the craftsmanship that shaped her history by working with craftsmen
whose expertise goes back generations. Dounia's authentic, handcrafted pieces
reflect their passion.
Dounia Home has also extended its offerings to include candles, textiles and
home accessories, which will make their way to the shop soon! For now, take
a look at the lighting collection here.
San Francisco artist Tina Frey sculpts wonderful resin serving pieces by hand, creating
organic shapes with simple sophistication. We recently received a shipment from her and
are enamored with the understated, chic style of her designs that transition from weeknight
staples to entertaining the in-laws. Let's just say, they are the perfect accessories to make
your food look good!
Whether used grouped together or stand-alone, these serving pieces hold their own as works
of art on the dinner table.
Starting with only 2 bowl designs at the San Francisco gift show in 2007, Tina left her job
as a corporate CPA and built her creative endeavor into a full-time business - and we sure
are happy she did!
All pieces are still made in San Francisco in a small family run shop. The process is
completely organic, starting with a block of clay and forming it into a general shape. After
fine tuning with shaving tools, it becomes a mold that food safe resin is poured into and
left to set. After a smoothing process the pieces are ready to go. The resin is completely
food safe, BPA and lead free. The material allows the pieces to be lightweight without
sacrificing quality- plus they are shatter proof, which we can all appreciate!
Our new favorites include the brass Hans Dish, which looks fabulous when layered with
other dishes, and the large champagne bucket - cause you can never have too much
bubbly and it easily doubles as a sleek magazine holder!
In addition to the great tableware, Tina Frey's collection also extends to gorgeous planters
as well as whimsical swings.
Explore all of Tina Frey's collection in the shop here.