Studio MUJU’s material processes and exploration involves the revival and reinterpretation of traditional Emirati handcrafts, as well as the resurrection of the artisan communities directly linked to the production of these crafts. After travelling extensively throughout the UAE, analysing and interacting with various craftspeople, the material process that captured their imaginations was the ancient art of Bedouin Sadu weaving. Sadu is a form of weaving that has recently been added to UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, and is in need of urgent safeguarding due to the dwindling number of older members of society that still practice this skill. Through the extensive hands-on interaction with the weaving process, Studio MUJU translated the essence of the woven fabric into the realm of furniture and lighting design.

After studying the historical significance of this material, the distinction and relevance of the linear and iconographic patterns in the traditional fabric were discovered to be an important story-telling medium used to describe daily Bedouin life. Studio MUJU celebrates this fabric by framing it as the physical manifestation of a story-telling culture in their high back Moza chair. The designers worked closely with a weaver, choosing different ethnic patterns such as the dyoos al khail, which translates to ‘the teeth of the horse’. The pyramidal patterns that flank the central strip of the fabric also create a rhythm that depicts the constant movement of a camel. The back of the chair is reminiscent of the Sadu loom, accentuating the verticality and length of the threads of yarn when stretched.

Artist Biography

Studio MUJU are Mentalla Said and Jumana Taha who joined forces two years ago, after they developed a close professional relationship collaborating on multiple large-scale interior design projects.

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Studio MUJU
Moza

Price:
AED 22,000.00
Edition:
10
Size:
70 x 65 x 150 cm
Materials:
Teak wood, brass, leather, woven fabric

Studio MUJU’s material processes and exploration involves the revival and reinterpretation of traditional Emirati handcrafts, as well as the resurrection of the artisan communities directly linked to the production of these crafts. After travelling extensively throughout the UAE, analysing and interacting with various craftspeople, the material process that captured their imaginations was the ancient art of Bedouin Sadu weaving. Sadu is a form of weaving that has recently been added to UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, and is in need of urgent safeguarding due to the dwindling number of older members of society that still practice this skill. Through the extensive hands-on interaction with the weaving process, Studio MUJU translated the essence of the woven fabric into the realm of furniture and lighting design.

After studying the historical significance of this material, the distinction and relevance of the linear and iconographic patterns in the traditional fabric were discovered to be an important story-telling medium used to describe daily Bedouin life. Studio MUJU celebrates this fabric by framing it as the physical manifestation of a story-telling culture in their high back Moza chair. The designers worked closely with a weaver, choosing different ethnic patterns such as the dyoos al khail, which translates to ‘the teeth of the horse’. The pyramidal patterns that flank the central strip of the fabric also create a rhythm that depicts the constant movement of a camel. The back of the chair is reminiscent of the Sadu loom, accentuating the verticality and length of the threads of yarn when stretched.

Artist Biography

Studio MUJU are Mentalla Said and Jumana Taha who joined forces two years ago, after they developed a close professional relationship collaborating on multiple large-scale interior design projects.

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