The Cairo-born artist Laila Gohar is a modern renaissance woman. She’s built a reputation for edible spectacle working on installations and events with fashion brands like Hermès, Gucci, and Byredo and last year launched her craft-focused tableware line, Gohar World. Now she has another partnership to add to her belt, as a global ambassador for the Luxury Collection, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 hotel brands.
“My favorite way to discover a destination is through the senses, and enjoying a meal or drink while traveling is an incredible way to learn about the local culture,” Gohar said in a release. “Often the way a table or bar is set, and the objects used, is just as important as the food and beverage offerings themselves.”
We caught up with the jet-setting Gohar to find out how she likes to travel, where she turns for inspiration, and what she’s shopping for now.
ELLE DECOR: Do you have a signature scent?
Laila Gohar: I wear a light scent by the French beauty brand Officine Universelle Buly, called Eau Triple Sumo Hinoki. It’s very subtle and doesn’t stick to your skin, which I like.
ED: What about fragrance at home?
LG: There’s generally the scent of something cooking.
ED: What music are you listening to?
LG: Our Gohar World launch party playlist by Mia Moretti.
ED: What do you serve with when entertaining?
LG: My line of barware, in collaboration with the Luxury Collection. We created a martini glass that’s paired with an olive pick. A classic martini is always a crowd pleaser.
ED: What do you think is the perfect host gift?
LG: You can’t go wrong with a Gohar World chicken-foot necklace.
ED: How do you dress your bed?
LG: In Magniberg linens.
ED: What’s the most important piece of furniture you own?
LG: The most sentimental is a collection of Ingo Maurer lamps. It is a brand I love and cherish.
ED: Favorite hotel?
LG: The Prince des Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Paris.
ED: Where do you look for inspiration?
LG: For design, I would recommend Jacqueline Sullivan Gallery in TriBeCa, right next to my apartment. I also love Neue Galerie on the Upper East Side, as well as Karma Gallery, on the Lower East Side.
ED: What are your beauty rituals?
LG: I make a spritz of water and orange blossom flower to use as my toner and body spray. I also cook with it! I also have a lot of Olaplex hair care products in my bathroom.
ED: What’s a pantry staple you can’t live without?
LG: I always have some really good bottarga, anchovies, and olive oil.
Sean Santiago is ELLE Decor‘s Deputy Editor, covering news, trends and talents in interior design, hospitality, travel, and luxury. He writes the So Courant! column for the magazine and elledecor.com.