Amman Design Week/ The Hangar Exhibition Highlights
Text by herskhazeen
Amman Design Week launched its second edition under the theme of “Design Moves Life Moves Design”. The program is running in the middle of Amman in Ras Al Ain area from the 6th until the 14th of October 2017 in addition to several independent programs across the city.
ADW is bringing together more than 100 local and international designers to embody the active spirit of a movement “one that gains momentum with the participation of many, and serves to empower people to take control, make an impact, and rise up to challenge the status quo.” Say Abeer Saikaly and Rana Buiruti the Co-directors of the event.
HKZ will shed some light on the impressive work of regional designers participating at Amman Design Week inside the hangar exhibition this year.
kutleh chair by Rula Yaghmour
Kutleh is Arabic for block
Rula created a hyperbolic prototype that is carved out of assembled and reclaimed tiles of stone, marble and granite slabs. The chair is inspired by the concrete experiments of Roni Horn’s chair.
The chair is complemented by a line of lighting products that investigate the possibilities of this material in different forms that are designed to fit in and hack basic and famous Ikea lighting units.
Fahres Al Khattat by Eyen Design (Omar Alzobi and Yousef Abedrabo)
Eyen created an integrated experience combining all the elements of a successful installation. A vending machine is used to exhibit and retail the cause-driven publication with all the proceeds are aimed to support calligraphers in Jordan.
Fahres Al-Khattat features a variety of calligraphy works attributed to their respective calligraphers and paired with contact details in order to encourage commissioning opportunities in the midst of the demise of this traditional craft.
Collectively, the publication positions itself as a portfolio and a living documentation rather than the traditional directory listings. Each publication is enveloped in a yafta (banner) fabric book jacket with hand-written calligraphy of the Arabic alphabet.
Painterly Structures by Architecture + Other Things
Architecture + Other Things explored alternative materials and construction methodologies to present two astonishing projects with two designers; Ibrahim Ibrahim and Yasmeen Hamouda.
‘Painterly Structures’, designed by A+OT and designer Ibrahim Ibrahim, presents an alternative mode of sustainable design practices through the use of found organic material. Fallen timber members are integrated into a digital and analog making process that creates functional objects and structures.
Hollow Forms by Dima Srouji
Hollow Forms collection brings a contemporary light to a traditional craft. Dina utilized the experience of two traditional glassblowers in Jaba’, Marwan and Ali, and digital tools and images to communicate the designs.
The aim of her pieces titled is to cross boundaries, looking back to move forward, to produce objects that resonate a sense of place while maintaining the ability to act on a regional and global level. To Dima, objects are not blank, hollow shells;
“This is not a sentimental or nostalgic project; this is an attempt to reactivate the industry and revive traditional craft while learning the ancient techniques that are used to draw inspiration from them.”
Cake in Concrete by Ammar Khammash
Ammar Khammash excelled again this year by using the form of one of the most repeated units of construction in Jordan, the precast concrete block, to create an edible cake with similar color and texture. A form that is repetitive and has become almost a symbol of prevailing architecture is borrowed and applied to a totally unrelated product, contrasting harshness with edible nutrition.
Pushpin Dynamic Surface by Sahar Madanat Design Studio
Designed by Sahar Madanat Design Studio, the Pushpin Dynamic Surface is composed of a grid of dynamic pins that compress down by applying pressure. The surrounding uncompressed pins act as walls and provide stability to the item that has been placed on the surface, holding it securely in place to resist shaking and tilting. The surface can be used at home by the elderly and children, or in transport/mobility contexts such as in cars and aircrafts. The compressed pins simply pop right back up once the object is removed, making the surface reusable for a variety of different applications.
Sahar Madanat also exhibited at the 2016 Hangar Exhibition, after which her design for the one-handed plate went on to receive the Audi Innovation Award in Dubai.
The Car Chair Lift by Hanaa Jubeh
Hanaa started this project with a personal need to help her son overcome a physical disability that impairs his movement.This relatively small device consists of four lightweight steel and copper parts that can be assembled easily and quickly, and that allows the disabled user to independently transfer his or her seat from a wheelchair into a car without being carried and with limited assistance. The device uses electricity from the car and can be modified to suit any cars dimensions.
Silhouette, Altered by Möbius Design Studio
This project aims to materialize a connection between traditional craft and advanced technology in design. By altering the function of a cheap vinyl cutter through the replacement of its main feature (cutting) with primitive writing/drawing tools, the machine adopts a new role as a printing plotter that produces unreplicable iterations as a result of gradually decaying tools dictating a fluidity to typographic compositions that challenges stereotypical identities of letterforms.
Möbius Design Studio, founded in 2010 by designers, Hadeyeh Badri, Hala Al-Ani and Riem Ibrahim.
Awning by Haya Abdul Hameed
Light as Shelter
Wanting to emphasize the power of collective action, and stemming from the idea of an ‘awning’, traditionally defined as a roof-like shelter providing protection from sun or rain, artist Haya Abdul Hameed created an installation that takes the essence of shelter and redefines its function in relation to the power of many.
This interactive installation employs light as the main medium. The light varies in intensity according to the number of people coming together to activate it and bring it to life. Instead of providing shade, the installation provides light as a source of shelter, emphasizing the importance of unity.
Amman Design Week is supported by a number of government and private entities, including Zain Jordan as the Platinum Sponsor and The Greater Amman Municipality as the Strategic Partner.
For more information, visit the Amman Design Week website.