How a craftsman daughter modernized historic designs


Shireen Salman was born in Jerusalem in 1986. Design and handcrafts was an inherent passion with Shireen’s as her great grandfather was a jeweler, and the craft was passed down through her family, today her father owns an antiquity shop.

Shireen displayed a great interest in drawing at an early age and worked hard to develop her skills over the years. She built her skills and finetuned them in school by building furniture and designing the cover of her school magazine.

She graduated from Al Ahliyya University in Amman with a degree in interior design, and afterwards moved back to Jerusalem where she aimed to be an active contributor to design in Palestine.

She worked in interior design offices, and it was during that time that she discovered she likes making crafts. From there, she went on to design lampshades and ceramic tables. Characterized by Palestinian pride and heritage, Shireen’s work often employ elements native to Palestine.

Her philosophy lies in taking the traditional and reinterpreting and presenting it in a modern way while also producing high quality products. The craftiness of olive wood and ceramics have been sources of inspiration for Shireen. They do not only spark ideas for her design but she also use them in her final products.

Employing an eclectic approach to choosing the material she works with, Shireen uses versatile materials such as steel, ceramics and wood. Her products are handcrafted and custom-made. Each item she creates is a collector’s item and is one of a kind. Thus, she seeks out to use high quality material and chooses to learn from craftsmen who are top in their field and pay much attention to detail. 

Salman’s work spans from residential and commercial interior design, such as kitchens, living rooms, offices, coffee shops, to pieces of furniture, lighting, ceramics, and pattern design.