Table and seating

A competition called “Swedish Wood Student Design Challenge 2016”, was initiated by the industry body Swedish Wood in partnership with the American University in Dubai (AUD). The challenge was to create an innovative and functional item of furniture for a hotel lobby using Swedish pine and spruce.

Photo Maria Sundin


The winning entry Table and seating inspired by New York and the Brooklyn Bridge. The design partly symbolises the sisters’ relationship with each other, as two different people who are woven into each other’s lives. The furniture is made from pine, with part of it stained dark brown. Functionally, it serves as a bookshelf or display stand, as a bar table on one side and as seating on the other.

The winning students Jessica Abou Haidar is studying architecture, with a module on furniture design. Christina Abou Haidar is studying interior design, with modules on furniture design and hospitality design. Both have Lebanese citizenship but live in Dubai.

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