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.