The installation canopy is made by women in Ghor El Safi (Safi Crafts).
© Amman Design Week 2019
The women in Ghor El Safi made the canopy using traditional techniques.
The traditional techniques used in cultivating indigo and creating dyes.
Traditional techniques are then transferred to modern applications in design.
This modular public interactive installation has different compositions of typical seating elements.
Photo by Edmund Sumner
The installation was designed to create a setting that will provoke and encourage social interactions.
The form follows human ergonomics standards.
The form was modified “to put people on the edge of their seat.”
These works are made of deconstructed mattress materials.
The aim of the used materials is to create an inclusive fashion collection.
The collection tackles intimacy and personal space.
'Under the Lemon Tree' consists of four pieces joined together.
The work tells the story of a ‘housh’ – the front yards of houses in the Levant (Bilad Al-Sham).
in doi’s collection of 2019 is a reflection of patterns that surround us.
An extraction of lines, curves, and intersections from our urban landscape.
The materials used were adapted into a re-imagining of the conventional form.
The collection reinterprets local techniques to inspire and reinvigorate traditional craft.
This design acts as a reinterpretation of Amman’s urban fabric.
The design uses the different patterns created by the traditional technique of rattan weaving.
This sustainable, natural, and handcrafted material is applied on multi-functional, stackable blocks.
Lena Kassicieh developed a line of textile patterns that are cheerful and bright.
The designs also intended to be functional.
Block printing and pattern stamping are only a few of the methods utilized in the pattern design and production industry.
Block printing and pattern stamping allow the creator to work as they go.
This approach allows the pattern to naturally emerge.
aleia introduces an experimentation in posture, user interaction, and form.
The work has been done by rethinking the user experience.
‘nisf’ is a minimalist stool with an adjustable back support that doubles as a handle. Its raw, neutral, metal frame works in a variety of settings ranging from home kitchens to restaurant bars.
The pendant lamp is composed of three separate lighting units.
The designs recall a school of fish.
LUCEM Lights is a collection of light fixtures.
The work was made from translucent concrete.
The translucent concrete used is a composite of concrete embedded with fiber optics that transmit light.
Stitches in Space is a blown-up play experience for children.
The work was inspired by the fiber arts.
The work highlights Amman's 60 year old rattan furniture craft.
Sakeb is an experimentation with a monolithic pen design that is light and easy to use. The production process started with collecting waste stone chunks from local granite and marble suppliers.
Marble pieces are crushed into aggregates and mixed with white cement, sand, and water. The mixture is then poured into a plastic mold and then taken out after 48 hours to be polished.
‘Reshaping the Vessel’ rethinks the traditional form of the ceramic vessel.
The work engages in a dialogue between the handmade, digital, and industrial techniques.
A ‘besat’ is a module for rest and entertainment in traditional gatherings.
The urban module values the instinctive and skillful hand of a Bedouin woman.
The work rethinks weaving unplanned patterns which are used in contemporary times as modern art.
Turabi is inspired by traditional pottery where beauty radiates through natural colours.
The designs are minimalist yet functional.
This is combined with a love for ‘tatreez’, where embroidery patterns (each with its own story to tell) are carefully hand-carved into the clay.
A reciprocal frame is a self-supporting structure made of three or more beams arranged in a closed circuit.
‘Stereomono’ uses the nature and specifications of materials as a tool to express a thought or a feeling in contrast to the aesthetic qualities they hold.
Diskur is a redesign of the traditional Jordanian meal dish.
This design puts forth the authenticity of traditional clay and the elegance of contemporary approaches and methods.
The project consists of three sensory objects used for soothing different parts of the body through the sense of temperature.
Using a base to hold water at a preferable temperature, the objects can be dipped in to create the desired soothing effect.
In this installation, Hussein Alazaat takes us on a journey into Jordan’s history.
The works explore the various scripts of Jordan.
The scripts were depicted on oversized coins.
Photo by Edmund Sumner
The silver and concrete jewelry collection honors and preserves elements of Beirut’s built heritage by adapting signature design features into iconic pieces for both men and women.
A series of four singular tiles become the silver, gold-plated silver, and enameled modular jewelry pieces that can be worn individually or in tiled combinations.
During the production process, the manufacturer of this piece was having trouble extracting the mould for one of the rings, the metal kept twisting and warping as it was hardening.
Two ancient scripts, Phoenician and Japanese Katakana characters are brought together on this canvas-like Kimabaya, highlighting their intriguing similarities.
This Kimabaya is a fusion of Far Eastern (Japanese) influences and Middle Eastern craft.
Created for the Kimabaya exhibition at Espace Muraille Gallery in Geneva. This prestigious 19th century Asoke cloth is originally a women’s wrapper.
Samples of materials created using three different methods.
The samples were created using kombucha-growing, paper-making, and bioplastic-cooking.
The samples showcase the variety of possible results, properties, and hence speculative applications.
Wall and acoustic panels made out of plant-based waste material.
This work explores a material that lasts within a single product life cycle.
The material used is durable and self expiring; a material that is able to recreate itself nearly endlessly and doesn‘t require any finite resources.
These textile samples are the result of experiments with natural textiles and gelatin-based bioplastics as a covering.
The aim of the experiments was to develop a waterproof textile without environmentally harmful chemicals.
A cheesy sculpture! By paying homage to traditional cheesemaking techniques.
To produce the works, milk was curdled with some vinegar leaving its casein behind.
After drying, the broken casein was covered with a rosemary sap-based bioplastic.
The bioplastic dyed with charcoal to hold the materials in place and give the final sculpture its black and white colour.
These samples are the results of an 8-month exploration.
The samples were created using a variety of locally sourced raw materials.
The materials used were: clay, dead sea mud, tree resins, stone, minerals, oil mill waste, and scoby.
Basbous is a creative duo comprised of Tala Abdulhadi and Yasmine Alnabulsi.
The designers channel their passion for creative experimentation.
The duo designers worked through a process infused with Iranian and flower tea.
The result is items and products incorporate original art and designs.
Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Co-op is a community of women who transcend social boundaries.
Hand in hand and all by hand, Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Co-op blends the heritage of our ancestors with the community of the present to create a bright future through artisanal crafts.
Safi Crafts’ products range from scarves to bags, wallets, hijabs, t-shirts, and kaftans, and extend to home decor pieces and children’s clothing.
Safi Crafts women create their products using only natural dyes.
These lines are created by international and local designers and product developers.
Designers worked alongside women's associations across Jordan.
The works were done in Zarqa, Azraq, Ajloun, Wadi Rayyan, Umm El Jimal and Amman.
Microfund for Women is a private non-profit organisation.
The organization envisions a more equal and just society in which women in particular are empowered to break the cycle of poverty.
The women are encouraged to achieve prosperity and live inclusive lives.
The products of these women range from high quality handicrafts, clay products, and embroidery.
Siq is an abstraction of a journey that resembles a block, slowly taking shape from a more intact centre.
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As the passerby approaches the installation, Siq reveals a path into its parts.
The work emphasis the role of the journey in altering our perception of the object.
Sulafa Embroidery Centre based in Gaza and was established in 1950 by UNRWA.
The centre was established to provide income opportunities for Palestinian refugee women.
wehda, designed by Turquoise Mountain, opens a conversation on craft practices in the context of displacement, and sheds light on the importance of crafts as part of a collective cultural heritage.