Damascus Revisited by Fadi Sarieddine Studio
Updated: Jan 8, 2020
For his third consecutive year at Dubai Design Days, Fadi Sarieddine showcased a furniture line developed as part of a year-long research study. Having often questioned the progression of Arabic design and architecture and the massive design gap caused by a century of political disruptions in the region. For that, the studio has undergone a research journey that identifies key moments in the early history of Arabic art to identify and understand the root of its forms and geometries, in order to explore how Arabic design and architecture would have progressed away from the Arabesque and design trends in the Middle East today.
The exhibition entitled ‘Damascus Revisited’ features a series of geometries that come together to create pieces of different functions. As always, Sarieddine brings his playfulness to the table by allowing the end user to create a relationship with their design piece one element at a time. The series follows a process of deconstructing the famous Damascene table by probing the traditional relationship of its brass tray and foldable wooden legs.
The first edition of the series explored deconstructing the leg base into individual pure forms that could be stacked as beads on a stick. The design was further deconstructed by introducing new materials to the leg compositions and creating new interpretations for the tops. Etched on the surfaces of the trays are figure-ground maps of Levantine cities. To Sarieddine, these urban tissue patterns are large-scale art pieces developed collectively over decades by each of the city’s dwellers.