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ABOUT THE PROJECT:
Bahraini–Danish brings together abstract, constructivist forms in the shape of Bench 01 and Bedside Tables. Each piece presents an abstracted beauty through a straightforward and honest use of material combined with references to commonplace building and engineering structures. A rich walnut bench, with a bowed support reminiscent of a bridge over water, is coupled with a pair of bold forms, in the softly illuminated bedside tables produced from smooth Portuguese rosa marble.
Material and dimensions:
Bench 01, Walnut timber.
155 x 31 x 44cm
Made to order.
Bedside Tables, Portuguese rosa marble, LED light source.
40 x 36 x 48cm
Made to order.
Anders Sune Berg
The work of Bahraini–Danish melds together notions of craft and technology, with historical and cultural connections to basic dwelling and the built environment. These disparate notions merge within their work, Bench 01 and Bedside Tables. In both cases, simple yet bold forms are offset by a richness in material and production precision. Bench 01 references notions of tectonic architecture, simplifying grand engineering principles into the form of a humble bench. Produced from a series of CNC routed pieces of solid walnut timber, the bench is simply slotted together – expertly balanced and weighted to reference the structural components of a bridge. While Bench 01 is constructed to support weight over a distance, the two bedside tables in warm Portuguese rosa marble are a deliberate overzealous use of material. Their chunky construction out-performs their use as a simple bedside table, while their soft backlit illumination provides a sense of warmth and safety to two forms reminiscent of simple stone-age dwellings.
Architecture and design studio, founded 2016.
Bahraini–Danish was established in Bahrain in 2016 by Batool Alshaikh, Maitham Alumbarak and Christian Vennerstrøm Jensen. The studio highlights their varied cultural heritage to form the springboard on which to delve into their cultural differences, both socially and professionally, as a means of creation. Through dialogue and a democratic approach to design and architecture, each project is formed, drawing by drawing, towards a new common order in collaboration with local artisans and craftspeople – thoughtfully providing a contemporary relevant way to produce and craft objects and spaces.
The studio is named after the many historical encounters between Bahrain and Denmark in the fields of archaeology, architecture and dairy production, to name a few. Their work has been presented around the Middle East and Europe and continues to make its way from A’ali and Copenhagen to the world.
2016: Batool Alshaikh, BSc, University of Bahrain, Bahrain.
2015: Christian Vennerstrøm Jensen, M.Arch, Royal Danish Academy, Denmark.
2014: Maitham Alumbarak, BFA, Savannah College of Art, USA.
2020: Knit!, Kvadrat, 3 Days of Design, Denmark.
2019: Models, Amman Design Week, Jordan.
2019: Social Service Club, The Farm, Stevns Klint, Denmark.
2019: WEHE, ATHR Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
2019: The Wait, ArtBab, Venice, Italy.
2018: Unsighted, Fuori Salone, Milan, Italy.
2017: Atlas Bookstore Reading Space, Dubai Design Days, Dubai, UAE.
Victoria and Albert Museum, United Kingdom
Residence of the Prime Minister of Denmark, Denmark