Across different disciplines and geographies, there is growing experimentation in the use and application of materials, whether it is basalt, resin, or stone. Architects, sculptors, and designers work with material from the earth to show the extent that these materials can reach in furniture and interior finishing.
Khalid Ali and Norma Kopty, founders of Khalid/Norma experiment with basalt, glass, and brass systems to “weave” stone into furniture pieces, while Taghlib Oweis carves basalt into sculptural and seating elements.
Continuing her kutleh project of repurposing surplus cladding tiles, Rula Yaghmour presents her latest collection, series 03, at the Hangar Exhibition 2019, with pieces that push the stone material to new realms, lying between sculpture and furniture.
This work was sponsored by A.W Yasin and Sons Co.
Suliman Innab, founder of MORPH X DESIGN STUDIO experiments with locally found stone types and recycled material to create Jordanian terrazzo with his project “LET’S GO TERRAZZO”. The line introduces multiple finishes, colors, and patterns that can be used on different interior elements, such as tiles, partitions, objects, and furniture.
Farflung Studio, a long-distance design collaboration between Mohammed Jabi and David Selander, combines the use of concrete terrazzo with marble, steel, and glass in two unique lighting fixtures. Utilizing the structural differences between steel and concrete, and the spatial potential of circles and cylinders, the lamps gracefully keep their own elements in balance, while complementing one another within the room.
Using Silica sand and compressed waste, Georgia Mchaileh’s latest project ‘Tell Winter to Wait’ is a furniture collection that invites conversation on the escalating levels of water pollution and the extent of our involvement. Showcased at this year’s exhibition are this collection’s coffee and side tables.
Participating for the third year in a row, each time with a new material experimentation, Jordanian architect Yasmeen Hamouda presents ‘Compounded Tables’, which explore the merger of non-uniform materials and binding resins.
The tables are produced using precise manufacturing techniques and non-linear casting operations of recycled industrial materials. Grounded in a whimsical narrative of how materials can eat or corrode one another only to meet halfway, the tables ultimately depict a fusion of fantasy and imagination.