Business Socialista: Disarming prejudice, enabling innovation, Palestine on the way upannelys
Hub for design innovators
Disarming Design brings together students from Europe and Palestine in high intensity workshops where new ideas become real products involving local Palestinian artisans and materials.
You can hear the wind blowing, touching the roof, encircling the rooftop net to the beautiful inner yard of the café that offers shelter for ideas that haven’t found their way to the people… yet. Bir Zait is a great place to share your thoughts and dreams about the future. It is the city with one of the biggest universities of Palestine.
I am here with Ghadeer Dajani and my friend Afife Khoury. Today is all about the work of Disarming Design. Disarming Design brings together students from Europe and Palestine in high intensity workshops where new ideas become real products involving local Palestinian artisans and materials. We are actually sitting in the newly established café built by the team of Disarming Design. Raed Hamori, director at Disarming Design, is also around and busy preparing the final pieces around the café to be ready for the official opening.
Every product has a story to share
A wonderful exhibition showcases art pieces from workshops with Dutch and Palestinian students. It is challenging to describe the beauty of thought that lies beneath the objects. Every one of them is fascinating in it’s own aspect. One of the objects, a rather simple ceramic container is painted with white colour. However, when you open the object a new world opens up in front of you. Intricate patterns of flowers in a multitude of colours emerge in front of you showing you what Palestine really is. It is a pool, a country full of ideas.
Connecting students to foster local Palestinian art
Annelys de Vet started Disarming Design in 2012 with the vision to bring together students and young innovators through design and arts. Disarming Design connects students from Sandberg Institute in Holland with local designers and artists in Palestine. In a 12-day workshop the participants create collaborative designs that involve local materials. Involving local artisans the products are finally built and exhibited. The new café offers rooms for the workshops, supplies accommodation for visitors and marks the beginning of a new hub for design collaboration in Palestine. Furthermore, visitors are able to purchase products and emerge themselves with the stories of objects and with the ideas of Disarming Design.
We look beyond traditional art, we design the stories of our lives and share them with the world.
The cultural heritage of Palestine is immense. However, mostly the elder Palestinians inherit the skills and the understanding of the heritage. Therefore, Disarming Design focuses on young Palestinians and their way of interpreting art. Next to the café will also be a new library to grow knowledge in the area of design and make Disarming Design a hub for innovation and the future Academy of Arts in Palestine. People bring design books from all over to world. The first books are already in place.