I believe that each object is a design story that has its own journey and tale to tell; sparked by a moment of inspiration and developed through a process of applied creativity, practicality and functionality – until a design is formulated.

“Between past and present, the mind's magical realm
Conjured the most enchanting vision to portray her...
A plethora of unattainable events it gathered,
Drawing faces etched with mesmerizing resolve.”
‘Past and Present’ from ‘40 Poems from the Desert’ by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, (Motivate Publishing, 2011)

The past is gone, they tell me, and of no particular use any more. I do not share such scepticism and have searched for ways to explain why I believe history is so important. I begin most of my research by thinking of history as a dialogue between the past and the present and the future. History not only tells us where we came from but also who we are. It is about how we see ourselves, our world and our future.

The United Arab Emirates has developed at a rapid pace since the union was initiated on December 2, 1971. Within a few decades, the UAE has transformed from a desert into a thriving modern state. So, let us take a moment to appreciate this. That same desert sand on which Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan once drew the future with camel sticks is now used to build the UAE. Every grain is filled with history and memory.

By combining contemporary methods of rapid prototyping with centuries-old craft techniques, Link is an interactive table that allows users to engage visually and psychically. In a never-ending dance between light and shifting sands, Link’s aesthetic continuously shifts, reminding us of the constant change through time. Every interaction creates a new visual configuration, from the focused primacy given to every detail of each grain of sand as they alter and accumulate, to a more panoramic perspective on the overall composition.

The materials and structure of Link instil a tangible and rooted sense of place, an authenticity that belongs to the past but which resonates with timelessness. The past is made current through deft and dynamic material interaction of hand-crafted stone (marble), sand, glass, stainless steel, magnates, light and time.

Artist Biography

Renad Hussein is an interior and furniture designer/maker based in Dubai, with work exploring the realms of product design.

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Renad Hussein
Link

Quantity:
Limited Edition of 10
Size:
98 (L) x 98 (W) x 34 (H) cm
Materials:
Marble, sand, glass, magnates, stainless steel, LEDs

I believe that each object is a design story that has its own journey and tale to tell; sparked by a moment of inspiration and developed through a process of applied creativity, practicality and functionality – until a design is formulated.

“Between past and present, the mind's magical realm
Conjured the most enchanting vision to portray her...
A plethora of unattainable events it gathered,
Drawing faces etched with mesmerizing resolve.”
‘Past and Present’ from ‘40 Poems from the Desert’ by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, (Motivate Publishing, 2011)

The past is gone, they tell me, and of no particular use any more. I do not share such scepticism and have searched for ways to explain why I believe history is so important. I begin most of my research by thinking of history as a dialogue between the past and the present and the future. History not only tells us where we came from but also who we are. It is about how we see ourselves, our world and our future.

The United Arab Emirates has developed at a rapid pace since the union was initiated on December 2, 1971. Within a few decades, the UAE has transformed from a desert into a thriving modern state. So, let us take a moment to appreciate this. That same desert sand on which Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan once drew the future with camel sticks is now used to build the UAE. Every grain is filled with history and memory.

By combining contemporary methods of rapid prototyping with centuries-old craft techniques, Link is an interactive table that allows users to engage visually and psychically. In a never-ending dance between light and shifting sands, Link’s aesthetic continuously shifts, reminding us of the constant change through time. Every interaction creates a new visual configuration, from the focused primacy given to every detail of each grain of sand as they alter and accumulate, to a more panoramic perspective on the overall composition.

The materials and structure of Link instil a tangible and rooted sense of place, an authenticity that belongs to the past but which resonates with timelessness. The past is made current through deft and dynamic material interaction of hand-crafted stone (marble), sand, glass, stainless steel, magnates, light and time.

Artist Biography

Renad Hussein is an interior and furniture designer/maker based in Dubai, with work exploring the realms of product design.

Learn More

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