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copyright Form&Seek 2019

Dual Bowls


In an age where the world is moving towards globalization and homogenization, Kuwaiti product designer Kawther Al Saffar’s Dual Bowls project focuses on finding cultural meaning in non-dominant, and non-western design perspectives. It highlights previously masked craft abilities in the locality of Kuwait and promotes a borderless view of culture through the experience of making. Kawther’s emerging furniture design practice Saffar aims to contribute to a global conversation on the importance of experience-based cultural design. This is achieved by elevating and promoting the processes and skills available in Kuwait, such as sand-casting and copper sinking, both of which have been under-utilized till now. The Dual Bowls–made of mixed metals–are cast in the Alwafi Foundry in Kuwait, from industry recycled metals, and require a large nationally diverse community of craftsmen for their execution. This highlights the ability of a marginalized group of individuals with a lifetime of stories and heritage to share.

Designer: Kawther Al Saffar

Material: Recyled metals