Dr. Hanan Krema was born and raised in Cairo; the city that blends heritage with modernity. She obtained her bachelor’s, master’s, and PHD degrees in interior design from the Faculty of Applied Arts, Helwan University; where she was student of Dr. Mehrez’s and - later on - wife as well as business partner. Dr. Krema moved from holding the position of an Assistant Lecturer of Interior and Furniture design at the Faculty of Education; to being promoted to a Lecturer in the same department, and then becoming an Assistant Professor at the Wooden and Ornamental Industries Department; which is the academic position she still holds until today.
With the launch of the “Krema” brand in 2005, Dr. Krema expressed her passion for Egyptian ornaments and folkloric style through several showrooms all around Cairo. Her works were always marked by integrating authentic Egyptian ornaments within folkloric and Islamic designs. She was also the first designer to introduce Arabic calligraphy to furniture design; where she used different wood-engraving techniques.
With a huge portfolio of residential, retail, hospitality, and dining projects; one can easily relate to Dr. Krema’s style in the cafes of Terminal 3 at Egypt’s Cairo Airport; while she’s also designed the VIP halls of the Egyptian embassy in China, among several other projects. The research papers published under her name speak of the cultures blended in Dr. Krema’s style; such as Fatimid Cairo architecture, contemporary Italian furniture, European baroque and rococo furniture styles, and trends of contemporary furniture design; among others.
As means of recognition for her role in designing integral Cairo spots; Dr. Krema was granted the post of an Interior and Furniture Design Consultant at the Plastic Art Syndicate in 2008. Now holding the post of Deputy CEO at Mehrez+Krema, Dr. Krema’s clever communication skills allow her to succeed in always satisfying customers’ demands and maintaining Mehrez+Krema’s credible reputation.