Roham Shamekh Unveils the “Terminator” Collection during Milan Design Week and NYC x Design


Exhibition locations:
Palazzo Litta (15-21 April 2024)
Tuleste Factory, New York (1 May- 31 June 2024)


Roham Shamekh © Nikita Berezhnoy, 2024

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (April 11, 2024)— Roham Shamekh, a leading figure among the current generation of innovative and progressive designers from the UAE, presents the “Terminator” capsule collection at Palazzo Litta for the 11th edition of 5VIE Milano, marking a notable return to Milan Design Week.

This collection, characterized by its visually striking, silver-toned candelabras, addresses the pressing issue of climate change through its design and narrative. The pieces, resembling monumental flower candleholders with a jewel-like texture, embody Shamekh’s distinctive approach to challenging conventional design boundaries.

Central to the collection is a singular chair, positioned to provoke thoughtful reflection on humanity’s impact on the environment, suggesting a collective misstep in our interaction with nature. This immersive experience is set against the backdrop of Palazzo Litta’s baroque elegance, adding a historical dimension to the contemporary environmental dialogue it fosters.

Positioned at the intersection of historical grandeur and modern environmental advocacy, the collection engages in a vital conversation about conservation and sustainability. It questions the legacy we leave for future generations, particularly Gen Z, in the context of our current ecological challenges. Shamekh’s work is a call to action, asking whether we are contributing to our own demise through inaction on climate change.

By employing masterful craftsmanship and forward-thinking design, Shamekh bridges the gap between the rich heritage of the past and the urgent need for sustainability in the future. The “Terminator” collection, with its apocalyptic yet beautiful aesthetic, serves as a powerful commentary on the potential for design to influence environmental consciousness and action.

Following its debut in Milan, the “Terminator” collection will be presented at Tuleste Factory in New York,  as part of the gallery’s exhibition “Chromatic Stance,” coinciding with Frieze New York and NYC x Design. Created and curated by Satu and Celeste Greenberg, The Factory is a quintessential New York multidisciplinary art and design destination featuring a rotating roster of some of the most avant-garde designers and artists of their time, showcasing furniture, design objects, photography, and fine art, with a focus on experiential design.

Earth Monster Candelabra – Terminator Collection 2024

Left: Scavenger Chair. Right: Earth Monster Candelabras – Terminator Collection 2024


High-resolution photos available here.

About Roham Shamekh
Roham Shamekh is widely recognized for his innovative contributions to experiential design, leading a studio that has garnered significant attention since its founding in 2016. Based in Dubai and boasting a following of over 30,000 in the Middle East, Roham Shamekh studio distinguishes itself through a distinctive approach that merges experiential and transgressive design with a commitment to societal impact, often materialized through notable capsule collections.

Shamekh’s work spans a diverse range of mediums, including tattoo paintings and floral motifs, applied across functional art and spatial design. He is acclaimed for his avant-garde creations that not only challenge existing conventions but also engage Gen Z and foster a progressive dialogue on a global scale. His practice is characterized by a seamless integration of contemporary art, design, and architecture, pushing the boundaries to explore new possibilities and redefine established norms.

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