For decades, it was difficult for home owners and design enthusiasts to find unique or modern pieces of furniture in Cairo. Most shops only offered the traditional (and often garishly extravagant) Louis XV style that we now associate with the salons of our grandmothers. Nowadays, many furniture accessory shops have successfully fused contemporary design with cultural heritage. Located in the suburban district of Maadi, Razzmatazz is one shop that has managed to do just that.

The shop occupies the first floor of a residential building; so you have to know that it is there to find it. Inside, two whole floors are dedicated to a creative showroom displaying a wide range of home goods and furnishings. What makes Razzmatazz unique is that it also showcases art by local talent, and so browsing through the shop feels like visiting an exhibit as well. If you come once every few weeks, you are always sure to stumble upon something new.

The more interesting pieces on display by far are those that have used traditional Arab craftsmanship and merged these concepts to create truly unique pieces. Often, modern furniture has the negative reputation of being cold and overly simplistic; but Razzmatazz helps you sprinkle your home with a cultural touch. The display on the bottom floor shows just this, with a plain beige L-shaped couch (6800LE) flanked by an Ottoman imaginatively upholstered with a traditionally woven carpet. Intricate oriental chandeliers are also available in an array of sizes and colours throughout Razzmatazz as are smaller, sleeker modern table lamps.

Other interesting pieces available are decorative candles (100LE to 200LE) embedded with thin tin plates carefully chiselled with Arabic calligraphy, as well as framed pieces of authentic Bedouin face veils– between 300LE to 700 LE, depending on size. Together with the ceramics on display in the corner, these items make excellent house warming presents.

The juxtaposition between Western modern fittings and classic Islamic design continues on the second floor, where you can find additional furniture and mock-rooms. Despite the obvious talent of the designers, the three rooms are quite unimaginative and seem to be used more as storage rooms rather than authentic displays of actual rooms.

Like all furniture shops, Razzmatazz offers delivery to your home upon purchase of furniture. And since the factory is located on the outskirts of Cairo, tweaks to your favourite piece of furniture is entirely possible.

They also have a wedding registry as well as weekly promotions and deals; so make sure to always check those out before making any big purchases.