A pick-up-and-go attitude unites the projects presented, although the starting point and expressions of each vary greatly. Whether it is in reference to Bedouin traditions, for ecological reasons, for lack of space, or for increased mobility, these foldable projects represent growing trends in urban lifestyles.
‘insect kids’ by insect. in collaboration with rasha jarrar
Ahmad Jarrar and Rasha Jarrar are showing ‘insect kids’, a collection of flat-packed toys that can be stored easily. A modular, affordable, easy to assemble and disassemble flat-packed set of kitchen appliances for children aged 3+, designed as a replica of a kitchen, each part of this set will not only entertain a child during assembly but will also teach them the manners of cleaning up after usage since it is designed to be easily disassembled and packed.
Ahmad Jarrar is the founder of insect, a start-up based in Jordan that creates and sells products made out of simple recyclable materials. Rasha Jarrar is a Jordan-based architect who has experience in architecture and industrial design.
pep by after two
after two is a design partnership between Omar Qubain and Tina Saghbini, born out of the desire to create objects that can bring back feelings of positive nostalgia. The duo is presenting pep, a project created in an effort to capture nostalgic pleasures, reminiscent of our childhood. Through the use of pep, they hope to reawaken the pure joy of repetitive rocking or swaying – the comforting feeling we have all experienced in our lives, whether in the arms of our caregivers or on the famous rocking horse toy.
Functional Ornament by MRM
MRM, a collaborative group of interdisciplinary designers, present Functional Ornament, a series of paper models that explore the potential of ornate Islamic geometric compositions as functional household objects.
Although Islamic geometries have been used as surface compositions, very little evidence of their use in three-dimensional forms exists, whether as sculptural or spatial iterations since they are often romanticized and rarely seen as functional. The project serves to challenge this understanding wherein the geometrical explorations question and challenge the possible functionalism of these patterns. Functional Ornaments through the use of a paper-folding technique adds an ephemeral aspect, in which the pieces can be disassembled and flattened to their two-dimensional elements and reassembled multiple times, referring to the nomadic traditions of bedouins coffee culture and thus rendering themselves as highly ‘functional’.
Basta by Crossroads Collective
On a more urban scale, Crossroads Collective, a creative collective based in Amman, Istanbul, and Dusseldorf, present part of their series of foldable street furniture under their Basta project. They present a Portable Library and a Food Trolley. The project’s ambition, in creating this flexible, multi-use, and the affordable street trolley is to help street vendors and any other potential beneficiaries in organizing their business in the most space-effective manner while providing them with greater mobility. It takes into consideration the big number of informal street vendors and workers throughout Jordan and the Arab World and attempts to develop and improve on the mobile support they require to navigate the streets.