Meet the ten Egyptian furniture designers selected to take part in Bilingual: Design for Circularity this autumn.
After four successful rounds of Bilingual Design – bringing Egyptian and Danish designers together to design and produce furniture, this year the project is taking on a new challenge which is to focus on Design for Circularity.
The program will include ten Egyptian designers, in teams of two, who will be taking part in a study trip at the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen in September and the study trip and workshop in Cairo and Egypt in November to produce their furniture pieces following the principles of circular design and under professional supervision at Pinocchio Furniture Factory. The program will also include twenty Danish design students enrolled at the Royal Danish Academy.
Circular design is a design strategy aiming at minimizing or ending waste in furniture throughout all its process from design to manufacturing to use to discard. How can we “close the loop” and build furniture from either biological materials that can safely return to the natural world or biodegrade naturally over time? If non-natural materials are used, how can we ensure that they can be reused or repurposed once their use in the design is finished? From that also comes the question of durability – How can we design products that can last but also have mechanisms for repair, repurpose and remanufacture?
The program is carried out in collaboration with the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen, DESiGNDUSTRY and Pinocchio Furniture Factory in Egypt. The results of the workshop will be shown in Cairo and later in Copenhagen in public exhibitions where the designers will get the opportunity to receive feedback from the public.