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Gallery with Spirit

A Gallery with Spirit

We are an exhibition space and an online destination established by the passionate art director behind Jonathan Amar Studio.

Our gallery presents a harmonious mix of iconic and engaging 20th century pieces and bespoke contemporary lighting. 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.

Since the launch of our gallery in late 2017, we have exported over 280 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 150 pieces of all sizes (from massive dining tables to small decorative objects) in 23 states.

We take the utmost attention to our packaging by building robust made to to measure boxes in our atelier in the aim of providing safe and cost effective delivery prices for every client. Most deliveries arrive smoothly in less than 8 days.

 

We are located both in Paris and Rabat. 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 Space & Team

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 honour a balance between restoration and preservation. There may be light age-related wear but no hard damages or structural issues.

Together we incorporate different fields of expertise: 

  • Disassembly and Reassembly
  • Cleaning and Polishing
  • Electrical Work
  • Woodworking and refinishing techniques
  • Metalworking (welding, abrasion repair)

Other highly crucial aspects such as re-upholstery and leatherwork are achieved by our talented Partners.

 

The Curator

Our finds are sought by designer and interior's specialist Jonathan Amar, a pioneer in the countries 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 a 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.

His 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.

Whether the materials are rare or common, the pieces unique or industrial, the designer famous or emerging, he selects objects of pure style with thought-provoking designs and shapes.

More than curate, he reunites the Past with the Present & the Future through careful preservative and restorative work.

About Jonathan Amar

Born in Rabat in 1955 and raised in France from an early age, Jonathan Amar is one of the first designers to export artisanal Moroccan know-how abroad. His eclectic bringing up, from both shores of the Mediterranean, the teaching he acquired during his travels around the world, make him without a doubt one of the most unusual designers-creators of his generation. He is behind the New Age and Ethno-Chic Baroque movements or the art of blending the world's cultures*, creating places where exceptional decoration is an essential element. Indeed, he has the talent of merging various elements - even disparate - and integrating them into a new aesthetic set. His style will give birth to a number of movements which will inspire many artists and decorators. This ability allows him to undertake all types of projects, appropriate various volumes and he quickly develops a flair for lighting arrangements, giving each of his projects a strong identity. In 1985, at the age of 30, Hubert Boukobza entrusts him with the artistic direction of ”Les Bains Douches". It is a true institution of Parisian nights; a meeting place for international society and art, and one of the top ten most famous establishments in the world. During a typical night at les Bains you may cross David Bowie, Jack Nicholson, Mick Jagger, Iggy Pop or Madonna, but also all the international models of the planet and the big names of the Cinema. A melting pot that will make ”Les Bains" the most famous place on the planet. His studio is behind more than 180 projects in both the private and public domains.

Worldwide Delivery 

Since the launch of our gallery in late 2017, we have exported over 280 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 150 pieces of all sizes (from massive dining tables to small decorative objects) in 23 states.

We take the utmost attention to our packaging by building robust made to to measure boxes in our atelier in the aim of providing safe and cost effective delivery prices for every client. Most deliveries arrive smoothly in less than 8 days.

We are located both in Paris and Rabat. 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.

 

JA Studio

Created in 1989 Jonathan Amar works on prestigious projects internationally for both private and commercial spaces.

His activities are split into three domains:

- Design studio

- Interior design

- Consultancy for international design firms with projects in Morocco (handling artisanal production units, modernization of Moroccan spaces, supplying luxury handcrafted lighting).

In the interior design field, his studio has overseen more than 140 restaurants, bars, and hotels throughout the world in 25 years. He intervenes on concept creation and brand identity.

To name a few: Royal Mansour, Les Bains Douches, Comptoir Marrakech, Renaissance hotel, Castel, Nobu, numerous Costes restaurants and bars in Paris, Momo's and Sketch in London, Aroma Café in Bahrein, Club Med suites, Saint James hotel, consultancy for Ping Pong London.

Jonathan Amar Studio is a multidisciplinary studio created in 1989 with offices in Paris and Rabat and production units split between Morocco and Portugal.
We produce bespoke brass lighting, furniture and accessories with a style characterized by the double ambition of being modern and familiar, universal yet poetic. Our know-how stems from combining traditional materials such as wicker, rattan and leather with brass and glass through meticulous workmanship.

Our activities are split into three domains:
- Design studio
- FF&E manufacturing
- Interior design consultancy

Our bespoke collections represent 35 years of passion and know-how in the fields of decorative arts and interior design.

Over these years we have built a strong ecosystem within Moroccan and Portuguese artisanries with the aim of perpetuating their cultural heritage.
Each product design is made-to-measure and adapted to all types of clients and professionals for small and large scale projects. All items are made-to-measure and available upon order.

Jonathan Amar also works as a consultant for international design firms with luxury projects in Morocco where his studio oversees artisanal production units.

Projects include: Royal Mansour, Les Bains Douches, Comptoir Marrakech, Renaissance hotel, Castel, Nobu, numerous Costes restaurants and bars in Paris, Momo's and Sketch in London, Aroma Café in Bahrein, Club Med suites, Saint James hotel, many Starck hotel and restaurant projects and more.

Clients: Soho House, Ken Fulk, David Scott Interiors, Damon Liss, Charles and co, Studio Ashby, Jonathan Adler, Nate Berkus, Kelly Wearstler and many more.

Our studio – JAS - designs and produces bespoke brass lighting, furniture and accessories with a style characterized by the double ambition of being modern and familiar, universal yet poetic. Each design embraces a contemporary outlook on traditional Moroccan craftsmanship.
Our lighting collections are mainly handcrafted in Leiria, a small city in Portugal reputed for its exquisite glass making.
Our know-how stems from combining traditional materials such as wicker, rattan and leather with brass using meticulous workmanship.
Our bespoke collections represent 35 years of passion and know-how in the fields of decorative arts and interior design. Over these years we have built a strong ecosystem within Moroccan artisanry with the aim of perpetuating its cultural heritage.
Each product design is customisable 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.

Craftsmanship

Handcrafted between France, Portugal and Morocco with exclusive French and Italian resources, our pieces honour the relationship between meticulous workmanship and quality materials through the thickness, finishes and fixtures of each creation.
Due to the handmade nature each piece is unique and might vary slightly in finish.

Materials

Brass, the central element of most creations, is available in an array of finishes: nickel-plated, polished, varnished or aged.
The finish you select and the way you care for your purchase throughout the years results in one of a kind pieces. Since Brass is a metal that works well with a multitude of materials, our studio associates it with a unique palette of colours and textures.
Fabric and wicker are used to design lampshades; mosaics and marbles form table tops and bases; lamp stems are sheathed in hand pleated leather by artisan saddlers. Hand-engravings, the iconic know-how of our atelier, are available on a selected number of models as an additional request.

Practical Lights

  • ·Built with a sophisticated pear shaped joint (patented design), extendible arms and functional handles.
    ·Equipped with optional latest led sensory dimming or wireless technologies.
    ·Available in a variety of sizes to cover all types of living areas.

The Designer

Since 1989 Jonathan Amar works on prestigious projects internationally for both private and commercial spaces. His activities are split into three domains: design studio, manufacturing and interior design consultancy.
In the interior design field, he also intervenes on the concept creation and brand design experiences. To name a few: Royal Mansour, Comptoir Marrakech, Renaissance hotel, Castel, Nobu, numerous Costes restaurants and bars in Paris, Momo's and Sketch in London, Aroma Café in Bahrein, Club Med suites, Saint James hotel and Ping Pong London. Since the early 1980’s Jonathan is behind more than 150 restaurants, clubs and bars in Paris alone. At the time he also worked with Philippe Stark as the artistic director of the Bain Douches nightclub in Paris, an institution where all the celebrities of the world partied.
Jonathan Amar also offers consultancy advice for international design firms with luxury projects in Morocco for which his studio oversees artisanal production units.

Thank you to the hundreds of interior design businesses who have put their trust in us

Nate Berkus, Robert Stilin, Blackberryfarm, Starck, Jonathan Adler, Kelly Wearstler, Soho House, Ken Fulk and many more...

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