After four successful rounds of Bilingual Design – bringing Egyptian and Danish designers together to design and produce furniture, this year we are excited to announce that the project is taking on a new challenge which is to focus on Design for Circularity.
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?
All these questions and more will be explored in detail in the upcoming edition of Bilingual: Design for Circularity. The project is carried out in collaboration with the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen, DESiGNDUSTRY and Pinocchio Furniture Factory in Egypt.
Under professional supervision ten young Egyptian designers and twenty Danish design students will design furniture pieces according to the principles of circularity. The Egyptian participants will visit the Royal Danish Academy on a study trip in September, followed by an international workshop with the Danish students in the Mediterranean city of Damietta in November. There, the skilled local craftsmen at the Pinocchio factory will manufacture the designs of the Egyptian and Danish designers developed throughout the journey. 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.
Ten Egyptian designers (5 teams made up of two designers each) will be selected to participate in the programme in 2023.
All travel and accommodation expenses for the Egyptian participants in all activities and manufacturing costs will be funded by DEDI.
I benefited greatly from the exchange of ideas and being exposed to the Danish design tradition which is very different to ours. Those five days I spent with the Danes at the factory helped me developed me as much as I otherwise would have developed in one or two years of normal work
Mohamed Mamdouh El Haddad, Designer & alumnus of program in 2021
To apply please fill out THIS APPLICATION before the 29th of April
Shortlisted candidates will hear back from us by 5th of May. Due to the large number of applications we receive only shortlisted or selected candidates will be contacted. A confirmation of the form’s submission once you submit it means it’s in our system.
Since 2004, The Danish-Egyptian Dialogue Initiative has been bringing together Danes and Egyptians, enhancing their knowledge of each other’s culture and society and their mutual understanding. Partnerships are facilitated and carried out within the field of sustainability. DEDI’s projects benefit young Egyptian and Danish students, researchers, and professionals committed to meet the local and global challenges facing their communities.