Colour, texture and geometry form the backbone of Lebanese designer Noor Fares’ collection, stemming from a rich cultural heritage and inspiring her eponymous jewellery label
What was your first piece of art?
I bought a photograph of a veiled woman covered with calligraphic Farsi text, by the Iranian artist Shirin Neshat.
How did you become interested in collecting?
My mother was always an inspiration, and her love for art and design influenced me as I grew up in Paris. My parents, both Lebanese, are collectors, so I was immersed in it. I like the stories told through art.
What does your collection say about you?
It reflects facets of my personality – it is eclectic and colourful. I’m drawn to textures and geometry. I’m also very emotional and intuitive – if I truly love something, then it is a must-buy!
Any favourite pieces?
My crystals, which I collect because they transmit powerful energies into my home; my two Shannon Finley paintings, because of their psychedelic qualities; and my Francesco Clemente portrait, for his ability to capture a moment and a feeling so precisely.
Do you tend to discover new additions by chance?
I’m very curious, and love to spend time researching art – via museums, art fairs and friends in the art world.
Why is art important to you?
Art is a form of expression; it is a universal language. I cannot live without art.
Does art inspire your jewellery?
Art and architecture definitely inform my practice. For example: Op Art, the artists Hilma af Klint, Olafur Eliasson and Clemente, but also ancient art. I often visit the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum for visual research and inspiration.
Are there any artworks you would ultimately love to own?
I’d love a piece by the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. I’m fascinated by his work.
Photography by Kalpesh Lathigra
This story appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of Baku magazine.