Invisible Dining Room In The Valley of the Moon By Nafsika Skourti
In the middle of Jordan’s Wadi Rum, also know as the Valley of the Moon, the red-rock expanse sits at the edge of the Arabian Desert, boasting an empty expanse of sand and 5,000-foot mountains. In Wadi Rum you can find an invisible dining room designed by Nafsika Skourti which attracts a lot of people. Imagine having dinner in the middle of the desert, isn’t it great?
Elle Décor team had been sitting in the back of a pick-up truck, confused, for going on four hours. But their host, Jordanian fashion designerNafsika Skourti, promised the surprise would be worth it.
Nafsika Skourti is not afraid of making a statement. Take, for example, when the Jordanian designer created a collection that was so controversial, her local customs department seized it. “Being a Jordan-based brand has a tremendous effect on the design, the inspiration, the production, even the imagery,” explains Skourti.
And then, like a light switch, the sun set, turning everything black. They drove for another 25 minutes, but it felt much longer. “It’s hard to keep time when you’re far from civilization, have no idea where you’re headed, and can’t see a thing.”
She likes to be different and she defends her roots – that’s why this luxury dining room is in the middle of the desert. “If I was based in London, for example, there is no way I would have the beautiful studio and atelier we have here, but then again, if we were based in London, the access to talent would be much easier. It sometimes feels like we’re on an island all alone here, we are among the few people in Jordan trying to build an industry from scratch. So our gifts and challenges are truly our own.”
Finally, the truck started to slow, and they could see a faint light in the distance between two massive canyons. Inching closer, it came into focus: a neon-lit cube, surrounding a single dining table – a lighthouse in the desert.
As we hopped out, an Oud player welcomed them to the “invisible dining room.” The steel structure itself is an exclusive design, spanning nearly 15 feet across, with atable set for 14 in the center.
The LEDs cast a warm glow over the walls of the canyon, illuminating the entire space for the evening, and lighting up the transparent dining table and moderndining chairs like lightbulbs; a soft mauve tablescape placed orchids alongside customized Nafsika Skourti plates and centerpieces made of desert rock.
Source: Elle Décor/ Nylon
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