Fadi Sarieddine: A study in interactive design
The world of designer Fadi Sarieddine is laden with wonder; there is always a sense of unexpected discovery. Born and raised in Lebanon, Fadi grew up in war-torn times perceiving life, his city and things in general in a very different light. Over the years, these perceptions of the city, its real dwellers and their interactions informed his design ethos. Today, that translates into simple yet dynamic works of design that allow the user to interact and change it according to his/her need or mood.
His furniture designs, as we see them today strike a chord at the most intrinsic level and the functionality of his pieces are awe-inspiring. They are non-conforming of what’s acceptable and are a far cry from the preconceived rules of design. Speaking with the architect and furniture designer about his approach towards work, Fadi says, “When I design, I start with a clean slate. My works of design go beyond their forms to tell a story of the situation at hand in a fresh and intriguing way.”
This is evident with his design for the Division Belt that finds an innovative use of the simple leather belt to create unusual storage. In this design, which is a collaborative effort between the Fadi Sarieddine Design Studio and Dubai-based leather artisans, MadebyNative, Fadi uses eight leather belts inside a rosewood frame to form a structure in which other objects can fit in.
In a similar light is Hang On, designed by the studio’s Lilas Bitar, with its innovative take on contemporary hanging solutions for modern homes of today.
I also heart the Swaddle chair, which uses the principle of swaddling or cocooning the user within its folds. This is achieved with its overall form with the help of a cotton quilt sewn onto the chair’s elliptical rim. Through this, one can actually shut the world out enveloping themselves in the comfort of the chair and the quilt. When not in use, the quilt can be passed through a hole at the back and actually resembles a tail.
Fadi Sarieddine who is currently based out of Dubai, is designing office interiors, with the aim of transforming their ambience from serious and corporate to more relaxed and convivial. The designer is also in the midst of a designing a Villa in the Emirates Hills. Both of which I would love to see very soon.
I’m also elated to discover that the designer will be showcasing his works at the upcoming Dubai Design Week, scheduled from the 24th-29th October 2016. The designer says that they’re working on new furniture pieces, both client and self-assigned, that will be part of the showcase.
It seems like the designer wants to surprise us all, when the time comes.
Well what can I say; I can’t wait for October!
For more works by Fadi Sarieddine, visit: www.fadisarieddine.com
Featured Image: X+Y+3; Photo by Mark Zirdum
All images courtesy: Fadi Sarieddine Design Studio