HERON CHAIR – KARA
Overlooking the beach, this hanging chair displays Hefer’s signature passion for local wildlife and endangered species.
The grey heron is the national bird of the Maldives as well as JOALI’s spirit animal. Very often, birds are the first residents or visitors to islands. This one migrated from Africa. Kara prefers the Maldivian weather and cuisine. Kara has decided to stay.
Cape Town, South Africa
Hefer spent 16 years in advertising, during which time he worked as a Creative Director in Cape Town and New York agencies, and became one of South Africa’s most awarded creatives, in 2007 he left advertising to start up a creative consultancy, Animal Farm. Four years later he founded Porky Hefer Design.
Hefer focuses on conceptual precepts, which manifest in three dimensional forms in a variety of executions, from public sculpture to product and furniture design. He regularly challenges our relationships with everyday objects, inspiring us to look again.
Vernacular Architect exploring traditional techniques, crafts and materials to create functional objects that have modern relevance. He mimicks and references the natural world and collaborates with craftsmen to lift your heart and inspire you.
By Zemer Peled
This stunning piece is inspired by the rich underwater world of the Maldives — the intricate, delicate coral forms and the beautiful colours of the multitudinous organisms that call it home.
by Chris Wolston
Residing outside Joali’s Boutique, these intricately-detailed chairs contrast with the beautiful fauna around them, and challenge visitors to take a seat.
By Dough Johnston
Located in Joali’s boutique, Doug Johnston's organic-shaped light shades reflect the textures and waves of the island.
By John Paul Phillipe
The bench of JOALI is a perch, a point of rest and reflection for both Humans and Birds
By Misha Khan
The astonishing forms and colours of coral are beautifully expressed through this communal table, inspired by the vibrant artistry of Antoni Gaudi.
By Nacho Carbonell
The cocoon-like chair offers a private moment of quiet introspection to anyone seated in its depths.
By Soojin Kang
Housed in our Four Bedroom Beach Residence, these elaborate thread tapestries are handwoven exclusively with natural materials.
By Reinaldo Senguino
Inspired by the fabled table-top Tepuis mountains of Venezuela and the forms of heritage hour glasses, these clay stools are crafted with mud from the rivers of the Guiana Highland region.
By Ardmore Ceramics
This striking work represents the emblematic grey heron found on the island, coupled with the romance of fragrant frangipanis and mystical mangroves.
By Feleksan Onar
Channelling her gift for forming glass into intricate objects, Onar has crafted a signature collection of tropical-inspired creations for JOALI Maldives.
By Seckin Pirim
On the wall of each villa, an eye-catching clam-like centrepiece by Seckin Pirim have a ripple shape reminiscent of the aquamarine waters surrounding the island.
ONE EGG | ONE WORLD
By Studio Mameluca
This unique installation is inspired by the egg of the White Tern seabird, found across the world’s tropical oceans.
JOALI HAMMOK - WILD FIBRES
By Aurelie Hoegy
For this haute couture design piece, Hoegy took inspiration from the our island and its sumptuous white sand shapes, formed by the infinite movement of the Indian Ocean.
By Maja Rohwetter
This augmented reality installation opens a portal to a dimension in-between analogue and digital realms.
By Jeanne Susplugas
Embark on a maze-like journey into the brain, through thoughts rendered by illustration.
Manta Tree House
By Porky Hefer
Taking inspiration from these fascinating marine creatures, this artwork is a marvellous expression of vernacular architecture.
SILVERWASE VASES & BOTANICAL TILES
By Studio Glithero
These stunning creations reflect Glithero’s attempt to preserve a moment in the life of individual plant specimens from JOALI Maldives.