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Furniture design expo at AUS.

Summary: Students at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) showcased their design skills at a furniture design exhibition called 'Rituals of Daily Life'.

Students at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) showcased their design skills at a furniture design exhibition called 'Rituals of Daily Life'.

The exhibition included works by 12 students and is being hosted at the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD).

"It was an amazing experience and I learned a lot, especially because I am studying interior design, and furniture is an important part of interior design," said participating student Renad Hussein.

The furniture pieces are fabricated in a variety of materials, including wood, steel, upholstery, concrete, wicker and paper. Students used a variety of techniques and processes in the fabrication of their design including digital and traditional approaches.

According to course instructor Tonya Sweet, "After a great deal of design development, the final designs shown in the current exhibit(ion) are inspired by rituals such as the tradition of drinking Arabic coffee, the weaving of the prayer rug and baking special pastries with members of the family in preparation for a holiday. As many of these rituals and traditions reflect their culture, students found creative methods of incorporating culturally specific patterns and material palettes into their designs."

The participating students are currently enrolled in their fourth year of the interior design and architecture programmes at the CAAD.

The Rituals of Daily Life exhibition was launched on September 20 and will be open to the public till October 4 at the CAAD Main Gallery

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Date:Sep 25, 2012
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