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This piece has been produced during the "Design Labs" initiative by Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council.
Dimension LxWxH (cm): 50x50x50
Limited Editions Material : Sun dried combination of water,sand, concrete, clay, soil, camel leather, and cotton threads
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For the “Safeefah x Sand Casting” Design Lab, Irthi collaborated with designers Nada Taryam, Faisal Tabbarah, and Khawla Al Hashimi from design studio Architecture + Other Things to produce a collection of sand casted furniture – including a table and a set of stools.

The designers and Irthi’s Bidwa trainees from the Bidwa Social Development Programme experimented with different combinations of water, sand, concrete, clay, and soil to create a substance that can set into a rock-like material. The final material was cast in special frames filled with sand.

The Bidwa artisans used their Safeefah weaving skills to weave camel leather to create the seats of the stools, resulting in this exquisite and unique collection of furniture.


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Weight 50 kg
Dimensions 50 × 50 × 50 cm




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Architecture + Other Things

Architecture + Other Things is a collaborative and interdisciplinary platform exploring alternative models of architectural practice and design. Approaching design as a holistic condition, Architecture + Other Things deploys technology to produce work at multiple scales and within multiple disciplines that reflect novel solutions in the design and production of architecture and all other things. Faysal Tabbarah is an architect and educator, currently Associate Professor of Architecture at the American University of Sharjah, U.A.E. He received his Master\'s in Architecture and Urbanism at the Architectural Association School of Architecture\'s Design Research Lab (AADRL). Nada Taryam is an architect with project management experience including Bee’ah\'s headquarters designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. She received her Master’s degree in Architecture and Urbanism with Thesis distinction from the Architectural Association School of Architecture\'s Design Research Lab (AADRL). Khawla Al Hashimi is an architect with management and development experience as Acting Head of Projects Development at Shurooq, Sharjah\'s Investment and Development Authority.

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Presenting “PROXIMITY”, a collection created in collaboration with Southern Sweden Design Days showcasing a selection of new work from ten designers and studios. As a whole, the collection contemplates the notion of proximity, interconnection, and belonging. Whether through contemporary references to traditional crafts techniques; the use of locally sourced materials such as wool, lichen, steel, and wood; or playful visualisations of the notion itself, the selected pieces illustrate the importance of closeness, interconnection, and kinship in uncertain times. Featuring pieces by Andrea Santivanez, Andréason & Leibel, Ebba Lindgren, Förstberg Ling, Jóna Berglind Stefánsdóttir, Lab La Bla, Lisa Darland, Louise Hederström, Moa Lönn, and Studio M. Organised by Form/Design Center in Malmö, Sweden, Southern Sweden Design Days is an annual event currently in its second edition, which highlights sustainability, collaboration, development, and innovation in design. This year’s theme, as described by the event organisers, “[reflects] on the notion of being close – the connection between people, cities, countries, species, professions, etc”. The physical exhibition of “PROXIMITY” will take place at Lokstallarna, Södra Bulltoftavägen 51, 212 22 Malmö from 19 - 22 May 2022.