In this chair collection, Laura Blasco, Juanmi Juárez, and Alex Estévez from Barcelona-based Mermelada Estudio and Emirati Ghaya Bin Mesmar envisioned a new use for Safeefah weaving – furniture.
During their research, the designers came across images of traditional “Areesh” houses in the desert, which are made from palm fronds. One of the images showed a “Areesh” blown down by the wind, making it look like a majestic cone, which fascinated the designers who wondered if this unique narrative can be turned into a seat.
They designed this chair collection using palm fronds, and by combining both themes of privacy and protection from the image they drew inspiration from.
Bidwa artisans* wove the upholstery of the chairs by combining old and new Safeefah and other weaving techniques, using a new colour range.