Architecture may not appear to be much of a glamorous profession for those from the other side of the fence. But not for Gisue and Mojgan Hariri, the designer duo, better known to the world as Hariri & Hariri.
In a male dominated world, the Hariri sisters set their feet, both backed by their Cornell University architecture degrees (always doing everything together in life in spite of the one-and-a-half year difference). The America of the 70s, still getting used to all things modern, received another pleasant surprise through the fresh concepts of Gisue Hariri and Mojgan Hariri. Females and a minority, as they were, in the world of architecture, their cross platform involvement in architecture, interior designing, landscape design and product design teased the taste buds of design connoisseurs scrupulously.
Mojgan Hariri and Gisue Hariri with a model of their work (Photo Credit – Jeff Bachner for New York Daily News)
A well tossed concoction of modernism, digital technology and the most avant-garde objects reflects in the designs of the Hariri sisters. Not holding back, partly owing to their childhood spent in wide open space, they redefined conventional architecture armed with a holistic approach in their design concepts. A fact, well evident through what has often been hailed as one of their greatest works yet – the Sagaponac House in Long Island, New York.
This ambitious project with a distinct Persian influence over their presentation of the public space of a house (a poolside in this case) in a bold manner found itself immortalized at the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), National Building Museum and the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art. Ambitious, I say, because coming from a conservative Iranian background, their idea of having a public space in a house open to the gaze of neighbours and the public a la the parading of swimsuit clad bodies was rather radical.
The Hariri sisters, widely hailed as one of the most celebrated interior designers (an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and Induction to Design Hall of Fame to their credit), have also a sprawling 3.5 acre Pool House in Connecticut added to their list of coveted projects.
Transparency and minimalism are the highlights of this construction, done up with glass and metal slide panels separating the simplistic living room, kitchen and bar area from the pool surrounded by a travertine courtyard.
Pool House Exterior (Photo Credit – legacy.interiordesign.net)
Wilton-Pool-House-Bathing Area (Photo Credit – myhouseidea.com)
Hariri & Hariri Design Firm, the multispecialty design agency set up by the sisters, have, in fact, made it a mission to elevate quality of life at , whether it’s a building, interiors or even bathroom accessories. From being splashed on the covers of several design magazines to being honored with various awards, the Hariris have revolutionized the way people think of design now.
The Crystalline Bath Collection that the sisters designed for AFNY is one of their most ambitious attempts at achieving that goal, which has inspired a legion of design students and professional designers alike. A look at the images below and you’ll know what I mean about products not just for the serious design fanatics but the nouveau rich too.
The Crystalline Bath Collection for AFNY (Photo Credit – dwell.com)
Crystalline Bath Collection (Photo Credit – uniformdesign.us)
Another Crystalline design by the sisters that creates a whole new level of creativity in letting water out of a faucet is for your viewing pleasure below.
The Hariri sisters are also widely known for the Kryptonite collection, which they designed for Swarovski, and accessorizing was never the same anymore. Take a glimpse of the Swarovski preview event through the video below.