Friday Five with Nour Saccal of Saccal Design House

In 2014, Nour Saccal founded the Saccal Design House in Beirut, Lebanon, together with her sister Maysa, and opened a second location in Kuwait City in 2018. Nour is an architect who graduated from the Barcelona Institute of Architecture with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the American University of Beirut. Her sister balances out her designs as an interior designer. Saccal Design House offers its clients architecture and interior design services as well as product design. The goal of any project that touches Nour, regardless of size, is to evoke emotion while conveying a sense of wonder and ambiguity. What started as a dream for two sisters is now a happy reality.

Today Nour comes to us for Friday Five!

Cookbooks

1. Cooking
Over the past two years I’ve rediscovered the joy of cooking and experimenting with flavors and ingredients. Finding unique cookbooks has become one of my favorite things to do, and every now and then I like to create a new dish and surprise myself! Always on the lookout for good sources of fresh produce, I find that taste is in every way related to the freshness of your ingredients. Creating a feast full of new dishes and having friends to enjoy them makes me happy.

Cornfield

2. The nature / nature
Green makes me happy. I find when I fill my interior with plants I love how they instantly lift my spirits. A fresh seasonal flower vase or even twigs that my children have collected in the park create a feeling of home and cosiness. I also recently discovered the art of foraging from the master of foraging, Athena Calderone, and when I am back in my country, Lebanon, I always collect branches and plants from the mountains and bring them to my home. Being outdoors in nature, be it in a field, farm or grass field, brings such positive energy to my otherwise busy hectic days. I try to bring nature into my home to bring that positive attitude to it. I took this picture of my daughter while visiting a farm outside of Kuwait.

Interior at sunset

3. Light
This is probably related to my training as an architect, but light is an element I cannot live without. A sun-drenched room can work wonders. I find that I always go without the curtains and love to let the light in and watch its properties change over the course of the day. I took this picture in my house in Kuwait at the golden hour. For this reason, we always make sure in our designs that all rooms have enough light to improve our well-being and the beauty of the play of different shades and shadows.

entertaining outdoor table

Photo courtesy The Verge

4. Music
Music brings a ritual with it, be it in the office or at home. I think it sets the mood and brings happiness to me and my family everywhere. Waking up to read a book eating with friends with music playing adds that extra wellness factor. It’s an added bonus, of course, when it’s a beautifully designed piece like my newly acquired Bose Soundlink.

Ceramic vessel

Photo: Malene Knudsen

5. Ceramic
A newly discovered love for ceramics keeps me looking for new pieces. I appreciate handcrafted pieces with texture and bare colors that are reminiscent of nature. I’ve been in search of the art of ceramics for a couple of years now, so I hope I can achieve this soon and incorporate it into my routine. One ceramist I love is Malene Kudsen, whose creations are reminiscent of tulips. Hope to buy one of their pieces for my home soon.

Work by Nour Saccal:

Saccal Design House

Saccal Design House

Saccal Design House

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