Traced back to the 8th century, arabesque, along with calligraphy and geometry, is one of the main disciplines that forms the basis of Islamic art, described as a form of artistic surface decoration consisting typically of repeating geometric and organic patterns which combine to create rhythmic and stylised motifs.

The evolution of these interlacing foliage through the centuries have led to increasingly more simplified and stylised interpretations of this ancient art. In The Naturalesque Collection, Amer Aldour attempts to carry this development through to the 21st century. By applying his ongoing practice of integrating technological innovations with architectural space, the designer has created a series of tiles that seek to create a new narrative of representation for this regional aesthetic.

Moving away from the usual solid materials that form the basis of these patterns, The Naturalesque Collection attempts to deploy less tangible modes of representation, namely light and movement. The material elements of the work are no longer prominent, and the less tangible aspects such as light, interlacing forms through kinetics are bought forward to become the primary mode of representation.

The combination of light and movement through the tiles lend a new quality to the aesthetics, offering an endless array of complex, kaleidoscopic patterns. These geometric interlaced forms can be regarded as infinitely extendable, which to many in the Islamic world is symbolic of the infinite nature of creation.

Artist Biography

Amer Aldour was trained in Architecture and Engineering. He worked in both fields before developing further interest in exploring the interface between technological innovations and architectural space. He recently established his own interactive design studio in Dubai (inter | act architecture). The studio examines possibilities of engaging people with their physical surroundings through the creation and deployment of technologically driven responsive installations. Amer also has special intere...

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Amer Aldour
The Naturalesque Collection | Floor tiles

Size:
By commission
Materials:
Glass, acrylic, stainless steel, electric motors, electronic components


Traced back to the 8th century, arabesque, along with calligraphy and geometry, is one of the main disciplines that forms the basis of Islamic art, described as a form of artistic surface decoration consisting typically of repeating geometric and organic patterns which combine to create rhythmic and stylised motifs.

The evolution of these interlacing foliage through the centuries have led to increasingly more simplified and stylised interpretations of this ancient art. In The Naturalesque Collection, Amer Aldour attempts to carry this development through to the 21st century. By applying his ongoing practice of integrating technological innovations with architectural space, the designer has created a series of tiles that seek to create a new narrative of representation for this regional aesthetic.

Moving away from the usual solid materials that form the basis of these patterns, The Naturalesque Collection attempts to deploy less tangible modes of representation, namely light and movement. The material elements of the work are no longer prominent, and the less tangible aspects such as light, interlacing forms through kinetics are bought forward to become the primary mode of representation.

The combination of light and movement through the tiles lend a new quality to the aesthetics, offering an endless array of complex, kaleidoscopic patterns. These geometric interlaced forms can be regarded as infinitely extendable, which to many in the Islamic world is symbolic of the infinite nature of creation.

Artist Biography

Amer Aldour was trained in Architecture and Engineering. He worked in both fields before developing further interest in exploring the interface between technological innovations and architectural space. He recently established his own interactive design studio in Dubai (inter | act architecture). The studio examines possibilities of engaging people with their physical surroundings through the creation and deployment of technologically driven responsive installations. Amer also has special intere...

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