Winner of Project Mulsaq

A couple of months ago The Khatt Foundation and the trend-setting company Mosaiques, in collaboration with Dubai-based design gallery Traffic organized a competition to design limited edition vinyl stickers under the theme ‘Reinvent our space, bring the middle east home’.

My submission, entitled If walls had ears… eyes & mouths, was selected by the jury to be among the 20 finalists of the competition.


Inspired by the famous, rather middle-eastern proverb if walls had ears I elaborated the concept with an analogy to the famous 3 wise monkeys’ saying: see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. The idea focuses on the fact that walls are better off not seeing, hearing or speaking about what happens in the room or anywhere else. Away from evil, away from gossips.

The maxim was presented in Arabic with a blocky, new and fresh type, creating an interresting pattern on your wall.


The icons were also designed accordingly.

These limitted edition vinyl stickers will be exhibited in Traffic Gallery, Dubai, from November 13th till December 5th of 2008. They will also be sold online, for this I will update soon with more detailed information.

Thanks to the jury members Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares, Rami Farook, Nadine Kanso, Nada Debs, Grace Yacoub, Pascale Balze & Nathalie Helmer, the Khatt foundation, Mosaiques communication and Traffic Design Gallery.

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4 Comments on “Winner of Project Mulsaq”

  1. sugarpop Says:

    Just wanted to drop you a small note to tell you: Love your sticker design submitted to Al Khatt foundation Mulsaq contest!
    I’ve been collecting all images related to the three monkeys. And now this one have been added to my collection ;0) Coool….
    Also, would like to inquire about the possibility of getting my hands on those three monkeys of yours. Have they been put for sale or only made for the contest and exhibited as such? Kindly advise…
    Lat–but not least–like this PLACE very much; hope to see more stuff more often, as am sure there is some treasure still hidden in some other place…
    Anyhow, keep up the good work…
    Salam

  2. kjapelian Says:

    hey 🙂

    Thanks a lot for the comment…
    Yes, as a matter of fact all the winning entries are sold at diadiwan.com. Here is the link for the 3 monkeys http://www.diadiwan.com/global-souk/product/if-walls-have-ears.

    We are happy to know about your support for The Place, we promise to keep the blog updated and share our work and ideas with you.

    Good luck to you
    and have a good day.


  3. […] you Snoopy, Nosy and/or Gossipy? Design above by kjapelianThe often spoken proverb, 'HEAR NO EVIL, SEE NO EVIL AND SPEAK NO EVIL' is one of my favourite […]

  4. Kashthuri Says:

    i really love the design that you have created and wanted to ask if am able to use those three monkeys for my ICT project … the project is for my BTEC course that i am currently doing.

    it would be awesome if you could agree to it:)


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