Jeddah designer uses 'neglected' Saudi railway wood for furniture range

Jeddah designer uses 'neglected' Saudi railway wood for furniture range
Published: 11 November 2019 - 5:26 a.m.

Jeddah-based design studio Dahr has launched an eight-piece furniture collection using wood reclaimed from Saudi Arabia’s first railway.

The product design studio launched its Sikka collection at Saudi Design Week (SDW) 2019, which includes a coffee table, mirror, frame, planters, a bench and cupboard handles.

Drawing inspiration from history, wood was reclaimed from the country first railway line, launched by Saudi Arabia’s first king, Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, in 1951.

It was built to transport crude oil from Damman to Riyadh and the wooden railway served the country for seven years before it was replaced with concrete.

Dahr said it was “seduced” by the impression and character left on the wood and its creative director, Albara Saimaldahar, said the Sikka collection reflected the company’s ethos of reusing forgotten materials.

“It touches on what we stand for because the first collection we launched utilised off-cuts from factories and we were keen to continue using neglected or overlooked materials to turn them into something of value,” he told Commercial Interior Design.

Dahr is run by five Saudi Arabian product designers and trained architect Saimaldahar said he wants to expand the team and sharpen the company’s aesthetic.

“Today we have five full-time designers and the hope is that we can encompass more designers, expand our collection and evolve our design aesthetic to the point where it speaks a language that is understood and appreciated worldwide,” he added.

Following the successful launch of Sikka at SDW 2019, Dahr plans to launch a gift range of trays and napkin boxes in time for Ramadan next year.

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