Designing for the global greater good

Designing for the global greater good

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UAE — Interior designers from the region once again contributed to ‘Design, Dine, Donate’ gala, a charity event organised by Surge, a global non-profit organistaion that provides safe water access to thousands of people worldwide. With sustainability as their main criteria, the designers were challenged to create sustainable coffee tables made of recycled materials. The best design will be unveiled at a ceremony on December 9 at The Address hotel in Dubai Marina. The event was conceptualised by Laila Al-Yousuf, a senior interior designer at Perkins+Will. She wanted to find a way for the interior design community to give back and came up with this concept. The pieces that will be showcased have a distinctive story connecting them to the global cause. All furniture pieces have been crafted by local manufacturers, which have donated their time, material and expertise to bring these designs to life. Perkins+Will’s design team named its coffee table “Connection with Humanity”.

Priscilla Dankwa, architect at DFP Architecture described her design, named “Untitled”, saying: “Building construction contributes to 80% of the waste stream. As designers, we need to be more responsible. These pieces attempt to reverse this negative contribution.” Design companies that supported this initiative are HBA, Allen Architecture Interiors Design, dwp, Bishop Design, Bassos Design, K/Kreativ, Bluehaus Group, H2R, Maja Kozel, Arsanny & Peter, HOK and Jafar Dajani Furniture. Sam Nicholls of K/Kreativ says: “There’s a certain shallowness to all that we do as designers. Our daily focus on aesthetics and beauty so often detaches us from reality. It felt right to be a part of something that works to tackle a fundamental problem far too many people are facing.” Named “Contrast”, Maja Kozel designed a table by combining two elements with different characteristics into one unity.

She says: “All the materials used in the ‘Contrast’ piece have been delicately chosen and made out of reused materials. Hopefully, this can set an example on how we can become more aware of the scrap being thrown away.” Since its founding, Surge has provided safe water access to over 160,000 people in 11 countries. Surge works with partners in Cambodia, Haiti, The Dominican Republic, India, the Philippines and across Africa. It provides solutions such as water filters, water harvest tank, biosand filters and digs new wells.

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