iyad naja forms metal and concrete calligraphy stools for dubai design week
images courtesy of iyad naja
in response to the diversity of dubai’s emerging design scene, o’de rose — a local boutique offering clothing, accessories, decor and artworks — explores the reinvention of the table/stool. during the inaugural edition of dubai design week, from october 26 – 31, 2015, the shop hosts an exhibition of contemporary furniture that riffs on the theme through a use of innovative materials, manufacturing methods and mélange between heritage and contemporary.
iyad naja sculpts arabic calligraphy using metal and unites it with concrete bases
for the exhibition, beirut-based creative iyad naja brings a series of stools that interweave traditional motifs with modern material technologies. naja uses mediums like concrete and metal, typically deemed as architectural and weighty elements, to uncharacteristically convey a harmonious and organic quality. for the first set of stools, a composition of overlapping arabic calligraphy is sculpted into sinuous rings and and interwoven into rounded concrete bases. three metallic variations — gold, black and rosegold — illustrate an abstracted and graphic interpretation of calligraphic forms, with spaces carved out from the metal sheet. these apertures pierce the skin of each stool, revealing multiple layers and characters, while allowing light to subtly pass through.
a composition of overlapping arabic calligraphy is sculpted into sinuous rings
for a second series, ‘kintsu-k’, naja works with the same two materials to form a more minimalist variation on the theme. sculpted metallic sheets wrap around the exterior façades of solid concrete sitting surfaces, forming unique geometries that both sharply contrast the two mediums and marry them together. the shimmering gold, deep black and pinkish champagne-colored hues both surround the stools in sections, or form a base on which they sit, offering a diverse range of amalgamated textures and tones.
three metallic variations illustrate an abstracted and graphic interpretation of calligraphic forms
spaces are carved out from the rosegold-colored metal sheet
traditional motifs are abstracted and graphically reinterpreted on the crown of each stool
calligraphic forms and sculptural sections are interwoven into the concrete stool series
sculpted metallic sheets wrap around the exterior façades
the series offers a mélange between heritage and contemporary
apertures pierce the skin of each stool, revealing multiple layers and characters
detail of the black metal calligraphy that meets the concrete bases
about dubai design week
the establishment of the dubai design week provides a platform for international design weeks to bring established and emerging brands to a new audience. dubai design week will also provide an opportunity for the MENASA countries to demonstrate their design talent within the dubai design district (D3), for ground-breaking installations to highlight many of the iconic buildings and locations within dubai and to promote design education through a program of talks, discussions and workshops.
about the dubai design district (D3)
dubai design district (D3) is dedicated to fostering the growth of the emirate’s design, fashion, art, and luxury industry. it offers businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals a creative community that will be at the very heart of the region’s design scene. D3 is a purpose built environment catering to the full value chain of the design, fashion and luxury industry, all with the vision of creating a world class creative community that engages, nurtures and promotes local, regional and global design talent.