Fanoos Chair

Highlights and Materials

T H E  S T O R Y  B E H I N D

        Fanoos Chair

            When tradition meets modern

Fanoos is a traditional object that is still being used today all over the Arab world. When I moved to New York City, I noticed that the first thing I did before Ramadan* started was to order a Fanoos from Amazon. I guess you can say that was natural for me to do since Arab Muslims are very connected to their cultural identity and that they love to celebrate the coming of Ramadan by wearing traditional clothing and decorating their homes with old objects such as the Fanoos. That Amazon purchase got me curious to explore what aesthetics may emerge if we mix the connection to traditional aesthetics with the love of simple, clean, modern design. How can showcase the admiration for the new while maintaining a relationship with the past? The Fanoos chair is the first exploration to what that aesthetic may look like.

 

* "The ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar where Muslims fast the entire month from sunrise to sunset."

Fanoos

Part of Saudi Arabia Traditional aesthetics

. Foldable Chair

. Easy one handed folding mechanism

. Abstract, slim profile

 

Materials

 

. Plywood frame

. 3D Printed metal hardware

. DESIGNTEX LEED Upholstery fabric

 

Exhibited At

I N  D E P T H

        Fanoos Chair

            Mechanism

On the Top left, Picture of final mechanism.

On the bottom and right, earlier prototypes.

The mechanism of the Fanoos chair was designed with two main design considerations. The first is to make it hidden, and the second is to allow a single hand upward lift gesture that will effortlessly and seamlessly fold the chair flat.  A Simple 0.75" radius circle  was

designed to interlock at specified angles that will achieve both seating position and folded position.

 

The mechanism then was 3d printed with a brass metal finish and drilled pressed into the wooden chair frame and seat.

        Fanoos Chair

            Early sketch models

For Process photos and video please visit my instagram page

© 2017                                                 I Thanks for visiting

R E H A M   A L M U B A R A K

Fanoos Chair

Highlights and Materials

        Fanoos Chair

            When tradition meets modern

. Foldable Chair

. Easy one handed folding mechanism

. Abstract, slim profile

 

Materials

 

. Plywood frame

. 3D Printed metal hardware

. DESIGNTEX LEED Upholstery fabric

 

Exhibited At

        Fanoos Chair

            Mechanism

        Fanoos Chair

            Early sketch models

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. Foldable Chair

. Easy one handed folding mechanism

. Abstract, slim profile

 

Materials

 

. Plywood frame

. 3D Printed metal hardware

. DESIGNTEX LEED Upholstery fabric

 

 

Fanoos Chair

Highlights and Materials

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibited At

T H E  S T O R Y  B E H I N D

Fanoos is a traditional object that is still being used today all over the Arab world. When I moved to New York City, I noticed that the first thing I did before Ramadan* started was to order a Fanoos from Amazon. I guess you can say that was natural for me to do since Arab Muslims are very connected to their cultural identity and that they love to celebrate the coming of Ramadan by wearing traditional clothing and decorating their homes with old objects such as the Fanoos. That Amazon purchase got me curious to explore what aesthetics may emerge if we mix the connection to traditional aesthetics with the love of simple, clean, modern design. How can showcase the admiration for the new while maintaining a relationship with the past? The Fanoos chair is the first exploration to what that aesthetic may look like.

 

* "The ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar where Muslims fast the entire month from sunrise to sunset."

Fanoos Chair

When tradition meets modern

Fanoos

Part of Saudi Arabia Traditional aesthetics

I N  D E P T H

Fanoos Chair

Mechanism

The mechanism of the Fanoos chair was designed with two main design considerations. The first is to make it hidden, and the second is to allow a single hand upward lift gesture that will effortlessly and seamlessly fold the chair flat.  A Simple 0.75" radius circle  was designed to interlock at specified angles that will achieve both seating position and folded position.

 

The mechanism then was 3d printed with a brass metal finish and drilled pressed into the wooden chair frame and seat.

On the Top , Picture of final mechanism.

On the bottom, earlier prototypes.

Fanoos Chair

Early sketch models

For Process photos and video please visit my instagram page

© 2017                                                 I Thanks for visiting

R E H A M   A L M U B A R A K