Feature: Anas Al Horani. Photography: Levon Peltekian
Studio Turbo is back with a fascinating exhibition by Local Industries
One of the most exciting destinations in this year’s Amman Design Week was Studio Turbo, the multidisciplinary design space and art-direction studio founded by designers Saeed Abu-Jaber and Mothanna Hussein. Located in downtown Amman, the minimalist and expansive space was designed by architect Sahel Al Hiyari – the curator of Amman Design Week’s Hangar Exhibition – and functions both as a graphic design office and gallery space.
Studio Turbo’s exhibition in Amman Design Week comprised of a series of furniture pieces / objets d’art by Sahel Al Hiyari and a number of abstract artworks by one of Jordan’s more promising emerging artists, Laith Demashqieh. To anyone who entered the place for the first time and noticed not only the geometric lighting and the surreally large text hand-drawn on the left wall, but the almost brutalist asceticism of the space as well, Studio Turbo must have seemed like a space somewhere between a workshop and a meditation room. Its exhibition in Amman Design Week reflected that curious conjugation.
But now Studio Turbo is back with another exhibition of furniture pieces / objets d’art, this time with the internationally recognised Local Industries. Founded in 2011 by Palestinian architects Elias and Yousef Anastas, Local Industries is a collective that seeks to provide hand-crafted functional furniture by local artisans, to assert the value of Palestinian labour above its global peers, and prevent the decay and loss of the rich local tradition behind the craft. The resulting furniture pieces are specifically designed to adapt both to local spaces, as well as global ones.
In-Turbo: Local Industries showcases different variations on six basic models: Jamil dining chair, Jamil lounge, Tutu lounge chair, Mike dining chair, Mike lounge chair and Mike x lounge chair. Some of the models, like Jamil dining chair and Jamil lounge, are based on the contrast between a light, stiff structure and a massive soft cushion, while some others, like the Mike lounge and Mike x lounge chair are based on a monochromatic typology with a distinct graphic language. The architectural design of the pieces is emphasized by its galvanized and powder-coated steel structure.
Constantly working as a modernising force, the effort of Local Industries to update their techniques and incorporate the most cutting-edge technology into their pieces – all the while paying homage to the depth of their historical tradition – is evident. In the exhibition, viewers can obtain a brochure that clarifies the specifics of each presented model. These specifics reveal a craftsmanship and a strength belied by the simplicity and minimalism of the pieces’ designs.
Studio Turbo’s collaboration with Local Industries can be seen as a logical conclusion. For anyone interested in the architectural preciseness of interiors, In-Turbo: Local Industries provided a visual feast, which was informative and pleasantly surprising.
For more infortmation, please visit Turrrbo.com or Localindustries.org