Commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy, in collaboration with the Triennale Design Museum, developed a project on the theme of water through the lens of design. The initiative includes the exhibition “The Shape of Water" and a series of initiatives to be carried out by the end of 2018 in some countries of the Mediterranean, as well as in some countries overlooking the Gulf. Water is perceived as a limited resource and as a precious good. Water governance and its use are more and more considered significant issues related to design and not just as elements of business. Social Design is the most suitable discipline both theoretically and methodologically to realize the project. In fact Social Design deals with projects and products developed to provide innovative solutions to the practical problems of everyday life but also to the great global urgencies of the planet such as the equitable production and distribution of food, energy expenditure or indeed the lack of water.
A one of a kind, bespoke handcrafted product, capturing the essence of the Arabian Gulf’s history, culture and religion. Using traditional and cultural elements such as pottery and camel skin which serve the product aesthetically and functionally as they both were methods of water regulation and cooling. The product is only complete by introducing the most powerful quote form the Holy Quran which embodies the importance of water in our lives: وَجَعَلْنَا مِنَ الْمَاء كُلَّ شَيءٍ حَيّ and a handle in the shape of a camel’s silhouette,which are 3D printed of metal adding a contemporary twist. Translation of Quranic quote:With water, life has been granted to everything.
Private collection: Triennale Design Museum
Medium: Bahraini Clay, Camel skin, 3D printed metal
Dimensions: 60 x 25 x 20