Combining an astute cross-cultural and eclectic design eye with a passion for found ephemera and imagery, this celebrated Middle Eastern artist’s work is infused with colour and exoticism.
‘I’m best described as a graphic designer who wanted to be a fashion designer who wanted to be a cook,’ says Rana Salam. Enjoying the best of both Beirut and London, Rana is now one of the most established and celebrated graphic designers and artists from the Middle East. With a blend of influences - from her Syrian mother and architect father, and an education at the Royal College of Art, London - Rana has developed an astute cross cultural and eclectic design eye. Her unique knowledge of Arab culture and its popular art stems from years of travelling and documenting, and is merged with her passion for found ephemera and imagery. Rana’s collection for Surface View is infused with colour and a heady exoticism that we love.
We caught up with Rana recently and asked her to pick the image which is most special to her.
‘My favourite is The Burak. It’s an image that tells the story of the magnificent horse that took the prophet Mohammed to heaven. Usually this image is no larger than A4 and placed in humble homes above door frames or TV sets. The fact that with Surface View we’re able to translate this image into another function changes its perception and somehow makes it very ‘cool’! Rana Salam.