Bilingual Design


Thursday, December 2nd.
The National Egyptian Museum of Civilisation

‘Stay focused on innovative inspiration from ancient Egyptian furniture design.’ This was the challenge given to the Egyptian designers and Danish design students who are presenting their work here at the exhibition BILINGUAL DESIGN.

By highlighting the keywords form follows function and less is more, we embraced the spirit of iconic Danish designers who were deeply influenced by ancient Egyptian design, creating pieces such as The Egyptian Chair.

BILINGUAL DESIGN is curated by professor Nicolai de Gier and professor Andreas Lund from The Royal Danish Academy and Amr Orensa, Design Manager at Pinocchio Furniture Factory and head of DESiNDUSTRY. It is supported by the Danish-Egyptian Dialogue Initiative.

The prototypes have been manufactured at Pinocchio at Damietta during a five-day workshop this week and taken to Cairo today.

The Royal Danish Academy – Architecture, Design, Conservation is the oldest architecture and art school in the world with a history tracing back to 1754. Today, about 2,000 students are enrolled in Bachelor, Master’s, PhD and continuing education programmes (

Pinocchio Furniture Factory in Damietta is a leading designer and producer of ready-to-assemble furniture whith a production capacity of 60 units of finished furniture daily (

DESiGNDUSTRY is a furniture design and manufacturing platform; bringing together designers and producers of furniture through summits, field visits, seminars, workshops with furniture stakeholders in Egypt, international collaborations, and much more. It is aiming to bring the designs of emerging, independent designers to global distribution.

The Danish-Egyptian Dialogue Initiative (DEDI) was established in Cairo in 2004 as an intergovernmental cooperation. The overall aim is to foster knowledge and mutual understanding of society and culture among Egyptians and Danish people through partnerships and dialogue, thus strengthening Danish-Egyptian relations and leading to increased cooperation between the two countries (