Student’s Innovative Book Stand Wins Ninth Middle East Emerging Designer Award


The winner of the ninth Middle East Emerging Designer Award has been announced as a student of the University of Sharjah.

Moufida Mohideen, 20, who grew up in the United Arab Emirates, received the top prize for ascent, which mixes two contrasting raw materials of local origin – Damascus wood and mother-of-pearl. Its design challenges the conventional notion of a book stand. Inspired by the desert rose crystal formations that appear in spring, the sculptural stand seeks to symbolize eternal growth.

“It was a very rewarding roller coaster ride,” said Mohideen, who is working on a bachelor’s degree in architecture and interior design. “This trip allowed me to learn. I’m still in college, so this gave me a taste of what’s to come in my career.

The annual award takes place this year under the theme of renewal. It aims to reinforce the importance of sustainable approaches to design, emphasizing the use of locally sourced materials in an ethical manner. The judging panel included representatives from French jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels and UAE art and design organization Tashkeel, as well as Saudi interior designer and design mentor Nawaf Nahar Al -Nassar.

Going forward, Mohideen said she will continue to include sustainable values ​​in her design practice and plans to further explore the areas of materials research and product design. As an interior designer and aspiring designer, she dreams of creating spaces that inspire creativity, human well-being and sustainability.

Mohideen will be sent on a seven-day trip to Paris to attend classes led by Mains d’Or, master artisans of fine jewelry design, at L’Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels – an institute dedicated to accentuating creative methods. jewelry and watches.

Established in 2013, the Middle East Emerging Designer Prize shines a light on young designers living in the GCC. Each year, it solicits proposals for functional products that embody a particular theme, which can be interpreted through materials, forms, functions and techniques.

“Now in its ninth edition, this extraordinary initiative has developed a formidable reputation for identifying emerging talent destined to play a leading role in the region’s vibrant design scene,” said Lisa Ball-Lechgar, Deputy Director of Tashkeel. .

“After much deliberation and discussion, the jury selected Moufida Mohideen for a bold design with a strong narrative. Ascent is a passionate call to protect and preserve the rich environment of the Persian Gulf and to respect all that nature has to offer.

Scroll through this year’s images Made in Tashkeel exhibition below

Updated: October 25, 2022, 10:15 a.m.


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