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Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt.
Lightology: Lighting Concept Store for the Whole Family
If you’ve recently acquired a new piece of real estate and you’re in the market for a whole lot of lighting; head to Lightology; an intimate lighting concept store in Heliopolis’Ard El Golf area.Whether you’re looking for a light for the ceiling, wall, table or floor; Lightology is a prime place to start your search at.
Critically speaking, the selection at Lightology is so diverse that it’s difficult to believe that the same buyer chose the store’s entire collection. While some items are totally hip, others are completely old-fashioned and mediocre at best. The good news is that not only are there enough lighting fixtures for the entire house, but Lightology also offers many styles. A visit will yield lamps for teenagers with pretentious taste, as well as mothers who appreciate an old-fashioned, simple aesthetic.
Let’s start with the chandeliers. The first one that catches the eye upon entering is a super retro Goth chandelier drizzled with black jewels and little black shades over the electric candles. It’s very Marilyn Manson gone glam– in a good way. Displayed next to it is a chandelier made of wrought iron and alabaster glass that looks straight out of an upscale Italian tavern.
Some ceiling lights look very generic and nouveau-riche-bland; but they’d be popular choices for someone who likes quasi-French designs with a sleek edge. There are also a bunch of funky ceiling lights, including one that looks like a ball with lots of little arms that all give off sparks of light. Another large ceiling light is a glass circle containing glowing balls of white. There are also studio lights of various shapes and sizes, which are basic but quite trendy-looking.
Don’t be fooled by the bland white table lamps in the window display. There are some funky, solid-coloured Plexiglas table lamps that shine from the centre, making perfect light accessories for anyone who loves simple, modern designs. There were also some noteworthy funky floor lamps of circular abstract shapes.
Whether you prefer modern antiquated chandeliers or abstract, circular floor lamps; you can count on Lightology for some healthy variety. Prices vary from simple miniature wall lamps for 200LE to medium-sized table lamps from 800LE to 1100LE and chandeliers for around 3500LE.
The common notion in the Egyptian market that the word ‘Imported’ stands for good quality has lead many business owners to neglect Egyptian-made products and even take pride in offering the costumer the imported ones. Now that almost everything we buy has been manufactured abroad, one can’t help but be impressed when finding quality products with the label ‘Made in Egypt’.
Among the local brands that are swimming against the tide, Inca & Co. offers a variety of furniture textiles and fabrics, which are designed by Egyptian artists and mostly manufactured in Egypt. Located on 26th of July Street next to Drinkies in Zamalek, the spacious shop well-organised and efficiently set-out. On the left, is a collection of fabrics is displayed on wall-mounted metal tubes, while other products, like cushions, are shelved on the other side. At the centre of the shop, a number of swatch books are displayed on a rectangular island.
One of the collections that can be found in the swatch books is ‘The Road to Marrakesh’, whose relatively light fabrics can be perfect for beach house furniture. From this collection, we liked a white fabric embroidered in black with a simple floral design (340LE per metre).
With a more complex design of flowers and birds, ‘Mexico Passion’ (460LE per metre) boasts a heavier material, durable for daily-use furniture. Not as heavy is the curtain-suitable ‘Winter Dust’ (325LE per metre), whose geometrical patterns come in various colours, including beige and light blue.
Besides fabrics, Inca & Co. has a versatile collection of products, including cushions (medium 325LE / Large 375LE), poufs (1150LE) and mattresses of different shapes and size. From the latter we liked the over-sized squared mattress (1980LE), which can comfortably take two persons, as well as a more firm mattress for a single person (890LE).
And like any Textile shop, none of the displayed items are available for instant purchasing; while the fabrics are received four days after placing the order, other products take to 10 days, which you can customise by choosing the fabric and adding tassels for an extra fee of 65LE.
In the textiles business, both durability and design are of great importance. And while Inca & Co. designs mainly cater to modern settings, the diverse collection promises good quality and taste – but at a price.