MIRKAZ Furniture Project: Reclaiming the “In Between” Spaces

With the creation of three new furniture pieces made from teak wood, metal joints and woven leather – a new act of social place-making is instigated

A series of furniture pieces - a stool, a small table and a chair - made from teak wood, metal joints and woven leather – a new act of social place-making is instigated.

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

Date: 2017

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.

All images courtesy of DDD

Instagram: @lujainerezk

 

Mirkaz Furniture
Designer Lujaine Rezk at work – Tashkeel / Tanween – Photo by Jalal Abuthina

 

Mirkaz Furniture
A connection to the past, the metal joints are directly derived from the modularity Rezk encountered in her Sha’bi housing research

 

Mirkaz Furniture
Designed for the outdoors, the camel leather is enduring and appropriate to the UAE climate

 

Mirkaz Furniture
Woven for durability the seat can tolerate fluctuations in climate

 

Mirkaz Furniture
With simple modifications in configuration and wood lengths holding the potential for a bench, a shelving unit or a stool

 

Mirkaz Furniture
Simple and practical, the joints allow multifarious iterations of furniture types

 

Mirkaz Furniture
Designer Lujaine Rezk at work – Tashkeel / Tanween – Photo by Jalal Abuthina

 

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