Abber Seikaly "Weaving a Home"

Abeer Seikaly’s “Weaving a Home”: Bringing the Comfort of Modern Life to the Displaced


Jordanian designer and architect, Abeer Seikaly, has come up with a solution for the hundreds of thousands of displaced people around the world. In her project, “Weaving a Home”, winner of the Lexus Design Award,  she has created structural fabric collapsible shelters.

The shelter absorbs solar energy that is converted into usable energy and the inside includes pockets that can be used for storage. In addition, the top can be used as a water storage tank, allowing for quick showers and a drainage system prevents flooding.

The structures are ideal for any climate and time of day as they open up in the summer and day time to let sunlight in and close during the winter. They are also lightweight and mobile, two very important features of a home for the thousands of people fleeing wars and natural disasters in their home countries, forced to make tents their new homes.

On her website, Abeer Seikaly says, “In this space, the refugees find a place to pause from their turbulent worlds, a place to weave the tapestry of their new lives. They weave their shelter into home.”

For more information: Visit Abeer Seikaly’s website.

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This article was originally published on BarakaBits on 08/10/2015.

Hangit upcycled wir hangers

Hangit upcycled wire hangers


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Got a bunch of wire hangers and have no idea what to do with them? Onur Lambaz was about to return a stack of hangers to the dry cleaner’s when the “beautiful blue abstract shapes” caught her attention and Hangit upcycled wire hangers was born, giving wire hangers a brand new purpose. Using little more than wire hangers, Lambaz combines creativity and practicality to create furniture pieces ranging from tables and mirrors to book holders and floor lights. Hangit’s handmade and functional pieces might just be the perfect way to add a fun touch to your living room!

For more information: Read here and visit Hangit upcycled wire hangers on Facebook.

This article was originally published on BarakaBits on 21/08/2015.

Huda Baroudi and Maria Hibri, co-founders of Bokja Design Studio

Bokja Design Studio: Transforming Textiles and Furniture


Houda Baroudi and Maria Hibri got together in Lebanon in 2000 and combined their passions for vintage textiles and furniture. Together, they founded Bokja Design Studio, where new and vintage textiles are used to create vibrant handmade accessories and furniture pieces.


These talented designers create beautiful pieces while giving back to the community. Their team is composed of local designers, artisans and carpenters. In addition, the textiles they use are sourced in the Middle East. On their website they say, “Bokja designs begin with a desire to share overlooked beauty in its most simple form, while capturing the essence of what it once meant and stood for. We layer history and memories while adding depth and dialogue to our work.”


Bokja has traveled to Kuwait, Milan, China and France. Their installations address world event while staying true to their design concepts and creating eye-catching pieces. One such piece is Arab Spring/Arab Fall, which was presented at Sultan Gallery in Kuwait. The piece shows two juxtaposed maps of the Arab world, each with a different message. The Arab Spring map uses an antique rug to show “the core values of the Arab culture that should be the bases of any new beginning”. In contrast, the Arab Fall maps uses imported jeans to represent “…an Arab world where imported fads and fast foods have replaced the timeless traditions and native delicacies.”

For more information: visit Bokja Design Studio’s website, blog and you can follow them on Facebook.

Do you know any other design studios in the region doing something different? Let us know in the comments below!

This article was originally published on BarakaBits on 10/09/2015.