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OS Family of Objects
FUTURE HOMES, DESIGN MUSEUM, LONDON
7 NOVEMBER 2018 – 24 MARCH 2019
PARTICIPATION IN EXHIBITION OF THE DESIGN MUSEUM, LONDON
As part of the exhibition ‘The home of the future’ Belgium design studio OpenStructures invited Disarming Design from Palestine for their new commission titled A Family of Objects. It’s a collection of open-source, modular furniture produced in collaboration with four industrial producers, including furniture prototypes and hacks.
Designers Ghadeer Dajani and Qusai Saify adopted the OpenStructure grid and ideology, and designed together a new food container titled ‘Tiffin’. The object consists of two ceramic and one wooden bowl, hold together by a leather belt. The bowls can be used to store food for outdoor lunches.
Qusai Saify: “Stacked in a public car on my way for a workshop in Ramallah the city I live in temporarily, I encountered a huge billboard showing a commercial traditional building “future home” in striking bold letters that hit my eyes and caught my attention. I started visualizing this “future home” they are promoting to: my wife, me, our dog, and our flatmate live on the floor number 0 in a building that resembles the one on the billboard. I try my best to be nice to the people living in the same building “I address most of them by neighbor: hello neighbor, good morning neighbor”… since I don’t know their names, to keep our relation formal.
We don’t have a garden around, just a block of cement and rocks cast directly on the street. Back in the time and place to when and where I spent a part of my childhood in my village where my parents live now, we have a magical garden that I can’t enjoy anymore. It has become a place that I visit in my memory regardless my physical presence there sometimes. I wish I had a garden here. I remembered all the gardens and lands that my grandfather has owned. Remembering the land, I immediately recall his face, only because he used to work for his land and now, being an old tired man, he cries for it.
His body perspiring after a long sunny day of work in the land: a memory for me holding safartas and walking on my way between the small streets towards my grandfather’s home to deliver their share of food that my mother prepares and shares with others.
Departing my memory and landing again on the present, I think of the “future home” that visually occupies the billboard and the sides of the streets: what a bulky shape, solid rectangular isolated boxes designed to store people temporarily, yet called “future homes”. To which future they are planning? To the future where Palestine is shrinking by the constant lost in its land. Due to this lost, lots of villages and cities are forced to expand vertically by these huge buildings.
The safartas is gradually being replaced by these buildings. If you look thoroughly, you find that they have a similar structure. A quick comparison shows that a Safartas is designed to store food temporarily. It’s a social and economic act to share what you have and to connect with others through food. You can’t use the food until you take the pieces apart. While a building is designed to store people temporarily, and makes you disconnected from others. You can’t consider them a real home until you take the pieces apart.
London Design Museum about the exhibition: “The ‘home of the future’ has long intrigued designers and popular culture alike. Immerse yourself in a series of dreamlike passages and rooms designed by New York-based architects SO-IL and exploring yesterday’s visions of the future – as avant-garde speculations are displayed alongside contemporary objects and new commissions. Discover more than 200 objects and experiences to trace the key social and technological aspirations that have driven change in the home. Historical notions of the mechanised home and the compact home are displayed alongside contemporary phenomena such as connected devices and the sharing economy.”
More information: www.designmuseum.org
Ceramic: Khaled Fakhouri, Fakouri Cermaics
Wood: Barham Factory for Oriental Souvenirs
Leather: Ashraf Za’tari, Jelld workshop
Note: Disarming Design is developing this product and it will soon be available on-line.