Client: Private Individual
Completion Date: 2011
Scope: Interior Design
Location: Cairo, Egypt

This one of a kind Nile boat is inspired by the traditional Dahabiya Nile cruisers. The owners chose not to refurbish an old or second-hand vessel, but rather build a new one based on the old lines, but modified to suit their modern lifestyle. Divided over three levels, the lower level contains the bedrooms, staff area and kitchen. The main deck is divided into a large terraced area and a secondary tea corner, while the inside living space is divided into a lounge, dining area and a guest toilet. The topmost deck situated in the stern has Bedouin-style floor seating with straw carpets and floor cushions, making this spot perfect for star gazing.

The boat is named Nubia and the design is inspired by the river villages of Upper Egypt, with desert colours and rich textures. Islamic and Ancient Egyptian motifs are used to stay true to the owner’s love of Egypt’s abundant heritage.  Custom-made sofas inspired by the Lotus flower, with exaggerated/ accentuated depth and traditional Egyptian upholstery, double as day beds.  Old doors sourced from Cairo’s back alley antique stores are used as art, chests as tables, and cut-out motifs for lighting features. White-washed wood work keeps the mood true to the desert inspired colour scheme, while neutral upholstery adorned with traditionally embroidered throw pillows gives richness to the serene interior setting. The overall result is a charming floating home inviting you to layback and reflect on the wonderful surroundings of the river banks.