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issue 39 - August/September 2017
CURVE magazine cover August/September 2017
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Antidote & Art Design Platform

     Dubai’s Antidote & Art Design Platform represents Coalesce Design Studio, bringing their works to the international market. At Saudi Design Week, they’ll be showcasing Coalesce’s latest collection of their "Lattoo" spinning stools. The unique selling point of these stools are their intricate and tessellated structures made up of a combination of materials and textures, culminating in playful rotating stools that become the highlight of any space. Coalesce was established in 2008 in Karachi, Pakistan and comprises a team of designers, brand strategists, artists and craftsmen. The studio specializes in furniture, light installations and wall features that go beyond form and function through the cohesion of indigenous craft and contemporary design. Antidote works as a platform that serves emerging artists and designers globally, as well as an art and design consultancy that manages creative projects from conception and planning through to production and installation.
Mohannad Iskandarani

     Mohanned Iskanderani is a US trained and Jeddah based architect with a passion for parametric and computational design. His art wall installation which will be on display at Saudi Design Week is called "Chaohexa", which is visualized, drawn and produced using computational processes and programming language. The piece visualizes the eruption and revolution of geometries when physical laws are applied on the design, seeing how they become deformed and then evolved into something natural, organic, harmonic and organized. The final product is intentionally arrived at through complex algorithms that manipulate the form through visual scripting principles, producing shapes that are impossible to achieve by hand. Chaohexa is made up of 3,672 unique pieces that create a total of 409 cells. The pieces are glued to each other, pinned to a frame and nailed to a supporting wall.
Karkashan Design

     Meaning "beautiful engraving" in Turkish, the Karkashan family literally made a name for themselves in Jeddah thanks to their excellent craftsmanship and so earned the surname based on it. Now, Hanadi Karkashan continues that tradition with Karkashan Design, a project concept that focuses on designing furniture in a unique way that combines modern style with Saudi heritage, society and fashion. Her highlighted piece at the event is a coffee table that combines fashion with furniture design. By taking a natural wood plank that maintains the shape and texture of wood and tying a scarf to it, the table reflects the melding of fashion and nature in an innovative and elegant way. Also on display will be a unique pouf inspired by Islamic patterns and topped with a handmade crochet piece, and an armchair with elegant golden metals and Arabic Kufic lines.

     Founded by designer and architect Moayad Lingga in 2015, Finjan is a Jeddah based design house through which Lingga seeks out the idea of comfort in our daily rituals such as eating, drinking and socializing. At Saudi Design Week, he is showcasing objects that encourage socially ritualistic experiences, where the functionality of the object itself requires the user to be mindful of its form as well as its surroundings. By preparing, serving and sharing small quantities of beverages, users will build a connection to the object and develop an intimate exchange of emotion with people that are sharing in the experience. The cups design is inspired by Arabic patterns that Moayad first witnessed in the window screens of Moroccan mosques. He uses ceramic materials and found beauty in creating something from earthy materials that can be used by humans.
Masbak Art Foundry

     Trained at and inspired by Germany’s famous Lauchhammer Art Foundry, Masbak Art Foundry has been around since 1992, serving as the go to place for all projects cast and / or fabricated in metal. They’re currently exploring the concept of "Design / Make" which closes the gap between designers and makers to develop richer and more detailed pieces, while also allowing for interesting self fueling design generation that’s inspired by the act of making itself. "Forsaken" is a walnut and bronze side table that will be on display at the event, giving second life to discarded bronze castings by welding them together to form the bars of the table. Meanwhile, "Alchemy" is a trio of copper plates that were oxidized using different seawater specimens, creating uniquely shaped and colored layers of rust.
Saccal Design House

     Saccal Design House follows a simple philosophy: Whether it’s a high rise or a simple piece of furniture, good design can generate authentic emotions and make life a little more optimistic. Saccal launched its first collection in 2015 in Lebanon with an ongoing mission to evoke emotions and instill a sense of wonder on a range of scales. For Saudi Design Week, the studio will be showcasing part of their marble collection that focuses on challenging concepts and design trends using this material. Also, their new collection, "An Ode to Beirut", will make its debut as it exposes the ongoing clash between the city and its inhabitants. The collection will include side tables and trays, corporate items and more.
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