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The Design Studio by Azza Fahmy was Established in 2013 by designer Azza Fahmy
The Design Studio by Azza Fahmy (DSAF) is the first contemporary jewelry & design school in the MENA region.
Located in a historical district of Old Cairo and accommodated in a small, artisan run compound along with pottery workshops, artist studios and a contemporary arts center
DSAF seeks to provide for Egyptian, regional and international students an opportunity to become contemporary designers, emphasizing on the importance of reviving and developing heritage and local crafts through their work
Our objective is to open up the gates for young generations to express their creativity through contemporary jewelry making and design. The focus is to assist students transform and develop traditional techniques into contemporary pieces, emphasizing on the importance of demonstrating high-quality technical and theoretical skills while maintaining their own identity and individuality
Students are mentored and tutored by a team of experts in jewelry and design. Our faculty includes resident international instructors along with our local resident instructors and assistants who are graduates of DSAF, all of which are headed by our Senior Technical Consultant Doris Maninger – Co founder & Co director of Alchimia Contemporary Jewelry in Florence
The success of our structure rests on the combination of absorbing tradition and enrichment of knowledge along with our strong creative drive; the quality and commitment of our instructors; meeting from all parts of the world, whose different cultural identities have together helped to mold the school’s own singular character
Nubre Aswan, was the first seed planted that led to the establishment of DSAF - a collaboration with the European Union in 2012. The aim of the project was to link our heritage to contemporary design
The participants of the project focused on collecting materials, developing ideas, experimenting, and transforming inspirations into a collection of contemporary jewelry. They were guided by well recognized designers/schools in the field of contemporary jewelry from Europe