The Definitive Guide to Living in the Capital , Cairo , Egypt

Eklego Design

Eklego: Modern Egyptian Furniture Shop

  • 8, El Sheikh El Marsafy Sq. 1st floor (above Beanos)
  • Home Accessories
  • 10am-10pm, 7 days/ week -
reviewed by
Yasmine Nazmy
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Eklego: Modern Egyptian Furniture Shop

Originally a small custom-design shop established by architects and
interior designers, Eklego Design has expanded to include a wide variety of
offerings for the home.

Located above Beano’s Café in Zamalek, Eklego Design has become more
visible in the past year thanks to their launch in Hacienda
Bay on the North Coast
and their new Designopolis outlet.

The Zamalek venue is a small four-room apartment with a thematic decor.
A display of puffs, bookcases and candles as well as silver-plated photo frames
brings the entrance to life. Inside, a living room, dining room and pantry as
well as a bedroom are arranged in different rooms; items are displayed
functionally and aesthetically, making it a little like visiting someone’s

The shop is unique primarily because of its broad range of offerings,
which include selections from Cutipol cutlery, Chilewich mats and Menu
tableware, as well as DANSK tableware, Italesse and Segaform.

What is particularly special about this little hub is their ability to
display black+blum accessories side-by-side with local designer Amina K.’s
puffs and Aya Linen’s sheets and table runners. This combination of local and
international designers – in addition to the furniture and lighting designed
and manufactured by Eklego – offers not only a diversity of products; but also
a diverse price range. Whether you’re looking for a housewarming gift or
something for your own home, Eklego’s sure to have something that will fit your

Their own designs are innovative and flexible, and they offer customising wall lights
for 400LE per piece. You can choose the colour, shape, design and wattage for
all of these items. Lamps and hanging lights are also available from different
suppliers, offering a range of hanging copper lights to cloth-covered lights
for a cosy bedroom/living room. Prices start at 800LE and go all the way up to 1200LE
for larger items.

Eklego’s furniture displays are also customisable, although most of
their offerings are more geared towards the simple outdoorsy types. Almost all
of their furniture is modern with a local design element, although they don’t
quite cross over into ultra-modern slickness available at other designer shops.

While the display is built like a little functional
house with well-utilised separate rooms, the shop space is a little cramped; so you may need to spend considerable time browsing through the
shelves to see items individually.

360 Tip

Try visiting their Designopolis showroom if you don’t have the patience to sort through racks of merchandise to find what you’re looking for.

Best Bit

They have the funkiest wine racks and flasks in town, so head out if you want to individualise your bar.

Worst Bit

Although the staff are very friendly and helpful, they are also quite slow; so account for a good fifteen minutes if you ask them to wrap up your purchase as a gift.

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