As Leonardo da Vinci puts it, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” This statement couldn’t be more true in the aesthetic sense of the meaning, but it also applies when it comes to a designer’s answer to a brief. This is the case of Lajaine Rezk’s approach with her Mirkaz Furniture collection that was recently displayed in Dubai Design Days 2017.
Mirkaz is inspired by the abandoned tradition of placing worn out indoor couches outdoors to create a place for conversation and community. This phenomenon is not seen as much nowadays indicating a certain rupture between people and places in an urban setting. Mirkaz aims to encourage users to reclaim those places and to inspire people to spend time in the “in between” spaces. It helps reestablish their daily familiarity with their neighbourhoods and therefore begins to reduce the increasing occurrences of cultural amnesia. Three furniture pieces – a stool, a small table and a chair – intend to revive the discussion about place making.
Designer: Lujaine Rezk
Title: Mirkaz (seating stool and table)
Materials: teak wood, leather,
Dimensions: Stool: 60 x 60 x 45cm
Table: 60 x 60 x 35 cm
Lujaine Rezk is a furniture designer and fabricator based in Dubai. Since graduating with a Bachelor’s in interior design from the American University of Sharjah, she has completed a highly competitive traineeship at Art Dubai and an internship with the UAE Pavilion at the 56th Venice Architecture Biennale. Through an enduring fascination with materials and the meticulous process of making, she strives to create objects instilled with meaning and which are functional and honest. Her practice congregates around the notion of “connections”. The honesty of Lujain’s work lies in these exposed constructions, whose functionality becomes primary to the design. She finds constant alluring beauty in modesty and she underscores this simple honesty through hand-made fabrication.
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