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shisha table

connecting history to the overlooked everyday

- 2012 -

concept

concept

Hand-worked wood furniture symbolizes wealth and status; wood turning is an ancient production technique that materializes both. Objects like the "shisha" (waterpipe) do not carry exalted symbolism due to their definition as common. Ironically, this definition allows common objects to adapt and develop in retaliation to more traditionally stagnant and yet aspirational objects.

The value of "low" objects is often dismissed. The shisha table appropriates the "low" form of the shisha water pipe with a "high" production technique, juxtaposing the values of hand-made wood furniture with a common symbol of street culture. This creates an object that connects both worlds.

The shisha table was featured in Brownbook magazine.

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craft

craft

The shisha table is hand-turned by skilled craftsmen. The craft is often passed down through generations. 

product

product

The table showcases the skill of the craftsmen with its tight and complicated distribution of radii. The form can not be produced by machine but is done easily by experienced hands.

 

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