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A GALLERY WITH SPIRIT

We are an exhibition space and an online destination established by Jonathan Amar located both in Paris and Rabat. Our gallery presents a harmonious mix of iconic and engaging 20th century pieces and his bespoke designs. With a strong focus on Italian mid-century designs, our success strives from sourcing designs with striking shapes, creative techniques and interesting materials that cross the concept of time in the same way a Spirit does. All our pieces are expertly restored at our atelier and we only offer items that will last another lifetime. Our 350 square meter workspace includes a luminous gallery, a restoration atelier where our expert artisans in metalwork, woodwork, upholstery, and electrics; restore each piece with the mission to honor a balance between restoration and preservation. There may be light age-related wear but no hard damages or structural issues. Since the launch of our gallery in late 2017, we have exported over 400 items to buyers in 21 countries located in all four corners of the world from Europe and North America to Asia and Australia. In the United-States alone, we have ensured the delivery of over 250 pieces of all sizes (from massive dining tables to small decorative objects) in 23 states. We take the utmost attention during the packaging process by building robust made to measure boxes with the aim of providing safe and cost-effective delivery prices. Transport is arranged by professional shipping companies. Most deliveries arrive smoothly in less than 8 working days. FYI the Morocco Free Trade Agreement (MAFTA) went into effect on January 1, 2006. Under the agreement, most Moroccan goods enter the United States duty-free.

THE CURATOR

All our pieces are carefully curated by interior architect and designer Jonathan Amar throughout Europe.

Whether the materials are rare or common, the craftsmanship artisanal or industrial, the designer famous or lesser known, he selects objects of pure style of thought provoking designs with a strong focus on Italian Mid-Century furniture.

Jonathan Amar, is a pioneer in Morocco’s design scene and one of the first to fuse Moroccan craftsmanship with cutting-edge designs. In forty years he has decorated and designed furniture for more than a hundred hotels, restaurants, clubs and private domains in the world.

The decision to create a gallery in his intriguing workspace was born as natural continuum to his activity. Since the beginning of his professional life Jonathan Amar collects eclectic furniture and art from his ever-repeating travels with great passion and flair for beauty.

OUR STUDIO

Our studio - JAS – designs and oversees the production of bespoke brass lighting, furniture, ceramics and decorative objects. Our style is characterized by the double ambition of being modern and familiar, universal yet poetic.

Our lighting collections are modern modular designs that embrace a contemporary outlook on traditional Moroccan craftsmanship. Our lights are mainly handcrafted in Leiria, a small city in Portugal known for its exquisite glass making.

Our know-how stems from combining traditional materials such as wicker, rattan and leather with brass using meticulous workmanship.

Each design is customizable and therefore adapted to all types of clients and professionals for small and big scale projects. All items are made-to-measure and available upon order.

OUR JOURNEY

Since the 1980’s Amar Studio oversees worldwide public and private projects through his offices in Paris and Rabat. Restaurants, bars and hotels… the designer has brought to life more than 160 projects since the beginning of his career.

To name a few: Les Bains Douches, Comptoir Marrakech, Renaissance hotel, Castel, Nobu, numerous Costes bars, Momo's and Sketch in London, Aroma Café in Bahrein, Club Med hotels, famous Moroccan cultural spaces, the Saint James hotel.

Amar Studio has a 360° degree approach to project management: acting as consultants for large scale interior projects in Morocco, overseeing the general conception, designing and producing tailored lines of furniture and lighting arrangements for each project.

OUR TEAM

Our experienced craftspeople and their shared passion for antiques ensures that the pieces we offer are given a generous lifespan.

We are 4 to work full time on the furniture restoration process and together we incorporate various fields of expertise:

  • Disassembly and Reassembly

  • Cleaning and Polishing

  • Electrical Work

  • Refinishing techniques

  • Metalworking (welding, abrasion repair)

Other highly crucial aspects of the restoration processes such as re-upholstery are achieved by our talentedPartners.

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