Mazen El-Abdallah creates richly textured spaces that transcend trends. His firm, Mazen Studio, is based in Toronto. He’s currently designing a lakehouse in Georgian Bay, Ontario, and restoring a historical log cabin. Here, he shares his current design inspiration, the look he’s over, his favorite paint colors and more!
Design Motto: It should never feel contrived or overdesigned.
Into: More rugged and humble materials. We don’t need every surface to be marble! I’m also incorporating more objects that already exist in the world. Websites such as InCollect, 1stdibs and Etsy make it easier than ever to find interesting pieces that bring a sense of history into our homes.
Over:: Homes that look like hotel lobbies — perfectly polished and static.