aljoud lootah downsizes traditional UAE architecture for alareesh collection

aljoud lootah downsizes traditional UAE architecture for alareesh collection

influenced by the namesake structures that are traditional of the UAE, the ‘alareesh’ collection by aljoud lootah dazzles through an ancient craft enhanced with modern materials. the construction methods of the traditional architecture has been downsized to form a range of accessories, including a room divider, coffee table, stool and table lamp. the pieces were on show during the dubai design week 2017, fittingly merging the narrative of the designs as well as being the location of the designer.

the whole ‘alareesh’ collection on show in the dubai design district (d3)
all images courtesy of aljoud lootah



traditionally in the UAE, the ‘areesh’ structures are constructed from dried plain fronds of palm leaves, by which they are placed vertically as poles and linked together by the use of ropes. these simple enclosures act as much needed sanctuaries of the sun, wind and sand. however, due to their special configuration, the panels provide this protection whilst offering similarly much needed ventilation. for aljoud lootah‘s ‘alareesh’ collection, the shapes of the pieces – and also their rose gold material – instead create an intriguing interplay with light and shadows, which changes uniquely according to the viewpoint and setting.


even the stool product exhibits the use of panel architecture


the table lamp takes the energetic element of lighting a step further


the coffee table utilizes glass to further create an interplay of light, shadow and reflection


the room divider most symbolizes the traditional ‘areesh’ structures



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