Safeefah Chair - Beige

by Ghaya Bin Mesmar and Mermelada Estudio

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Estimated production time: 12 weeks

Dimension LxWxH (cm): 100x100x100
Open Editions Material : Linen, Safeefah weaves, steel
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In this chair collection, Laura Blasco, Juanmi Juárez, and Alex Estévez from Barcelona-based Mermelada Estudio and Emirati designer 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 an Areesh blown down by the wind, making it look like a majestic cone. This fascinated the designers, who wondered if this unique narrative could be turned into a seat.

They designed this chair collection using palm fronds, combining both themes of privacy and protection from the image they drew inspiration from.

Bidwa artisans from the Bidwa Social Development Programme wove the upholstery of the chairs by combining old and new Safeefah as well as other weaving techniques, using a new colour range.

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Weight 12 kg
Dimensions 60 × 60 × 60 cm
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Mermelada Estudio

Mermelada is an industrial design studio founded by Laura Blasco, Juanmi Juárez and Alex Estévez. The three of them met in Barcelona after years of training in Design Schools in Spain, England, and Italy, and set off on a creative journey brought together by their common aim of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. The media have described their work as a mix of wit and poetry and praised them for their unconventional look at objects that fill up our everyday lives. They strive to find excellence and achieve balance in each one of the projects where they have participated. They collaborate with renowned international brands such as Moroso, Kettal, BD Barcelona Design, Kvadrat, Fermob, and RS among others. In 2012, the trio created Mermelada Editions, the outlet they use to design, manufacture, and distribute their innermost creations. This way, they share with the public limited and unique editions of their objects. Their work has traveled the world in exhibitions, trade fairs, and conferences. Recently, Elle Decoration Spain has awarded the studio as the best young Spanish designers of 2016.

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As Belgium is a small country without a very distinctive, nationalistic pride, artists and designers can work in complete freedom. There’s no higher purpose to be served. Creations can be the most individual expression of the most individual emotion. Thanks to this liberal creative climate – in combination with a strong, historical artistic tradition and qualitative art schools – Belgian art, design, and its collectors have gained international recognition for their avant-gardism. Besides, Belgium has always been a melting pot of different cultures, combining both German and Roman influences. This historical context gives designers the opportunity to colour outside the lines and outspokenly explore the borders between art, design, crafts, and industry. Strict typologies are left behind; rather, banal materials are transformed for a high-end context and meaningful stories are transmitted as an extra emotional layer. In doing so, these emancipated creations break out of traditional frames of reference, open up to everyone, and stand with both feet in our multicultural and multi-layered contemporary society. Visit the Contemporary Design Market x ADORNO collection in person at: TOUR & TAXIS Gare Maritime Rue Picard, 11 – 1000 Brussels, Belgium Saturday, 24 September (9.00 - 18.00) Sunday, 25 September 2022 (9.00 - 17.00)