Visiting the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
8th of September 2017
Hello from Japan! Flying from London, it felt fitting to introduce one of my most favorite buildings here in Kobe, the Museum of Art designed by Tadao Ando. While the streets of central Kobe is characterized by a sense of frenzied activity, the architecture of the museum presents a rare stillness. The fast moving lifestyle disappears and replaced by a sense of calm. However, the architecture is all about movement; of light, wind and sky. It was a powerful reminder of how some of the most simple and basic elements of our lives are also the most rewarding.
Find out more about this museum here.
Looking at the Lamassus' Gates from Khorsabad
20th of August 2017
The first time I visited the British Museum over 8 years ago, what inspired me most was Assyrian art. It's dynamic storytelling and it's unique aesthetics captured my imagination. I found the Lamassus' Gates from Khorsabad especially powerful. Standing in front of the bulls, the sculptures would look as if they are standing still - as if guarding the gates. However if standing next to them, the front left leg disappears from view and replaced by one behind the right leg; now it strides forward with it's people. The smaller details such as the curls on it's beard and stomach, the flowers in it's crown, the large feathered wings, the ornate earrings, seem to capture it's complex character. This will be my last blog post from the UK - next month I will be checking in from Japan!
Find out more about Neo-Assyrian art and architecture here
Visiting "Breathing Color" at the Design Museum
15th of August 2017
It has been a while since I last visited the Design Museum in Kensington and this exhibition provided an exquisite opportunity to go again. Lead by Hella Jongerius, an acclaimed Dutch designer, the numerous installations displayed takes a deeper look at the color behaves, exploring shapes, materials, shadows and reflections. One particular installation caught my eye, where it examined the behavior of color under different qualities of light. It pointed out a problem of how products could look less attractive if the lighting conditions at the store are not met. It proposed that designers could observe how color behaves and thus design dynamic experiences that change according to its environment. It was a keen reminder of how we still have yet to fully realize the potential provided by our senses in everyday design.
Find out more about this exhibition at the Design Museum here.
Visiting the House of Illustration
3rd of August 2017
When I heard about the UK's first ever exhibition of architectural backdrops from the 1995 anime classic, Ghost in the Shell, I knew I had to visit. Featuring over 100 exquisite technical drawings and watercolor illustrations, I was amazed at the meticulous amount of detail that was involved in the work, from research and location scouting to the extent of the complexity of the vision and philosophy that was involved in creating the Cyberpunk world. The deep blue hue of the sky seem to create an immersive stillness, and the materials illustrated presented an extremely tactile experience, almost feeling as if we had visited the world and felt it's poetic grittiness. 
Find out more about this exhibition; "Anime Architecture: Backgrounds of Japan" here.
Visiting the Serpentine Pavilion
22nd of July 2017
Another weekend visit to central London! This time, I decided to stop by and have a look at this year's Serpentine Pavilion by Diébédo Francis Kéré. The structure draws inspiration by the tree that serves as a central meeting point for life in his home town of Gando; an expansive roof, supported by a central steel framework, mimics a tree’s canopy, allowing air to circulate freely while offering shelter against the London rain and summer heat. It's an incredibly tactile experience with so many different shapes and textures - it was surprising to note that the geometric blue "bricks" are actually made from unfinished wood painted in a very rich and bold blue. I felt mesmerized by the play of light and shadows the structure casts onto itself and the visitors who interacted with it.
Find out more about the Serpentine Pavilion here.
Visiting the Plywood Exhibit at the V&A
15th of July 2017
As part of my weekend visit to the V&A, I decided to also stop by and visit the new exhibition “Plywood: Material of the Modern World”. It was the first day of the exhibit and the space was packed full of enthusiastic visitors. Being an everyday staple for my prototyping sessions, as well as for the design and building industry at large, it was a material that I was very familiar with. It was absolutely fascinating to see it’s rich history represented in this exhibition, especially observing how it revolutionized the nature of flight, as well as the culture and aesthetic of contemporary furniture design. With the rise of 3D formed plywood that Charles and Ray Eames envisioned so long ago now pioneered by Danzer, I cannot wait for the next chapter to be unveiled for this extraordinary kind of material.
Find out more about this event here.
Visiting the New V&A Road Quarter
15th of July 2017
I've been following the development of the new V&A extension by AL_A architects across the last few years, and as soon as it was announced to have been completed I knew I had to visit. I'm greeted by the the Aston Webb Screen, a stone colonnade erected in 1909 to hide the original museum’s boiler rooms. The boilers have been cleared away in the renovation, leaving behind a space age courtyard framed in the classical colonnade still bearing the shrapnel marks left during the blitz in WWII. An angular café pavilion rises up on the left hand side of the square, furnished with aluminium tables and chairs by Moroso, commissioned specifically for this project. The pavilion is paired with the translucent roof of the new Sainsbury gallery on the right. The tension created by the juxtaposition of two distinct eras, the new and old, was unmistakable. It felt distinctly like an expression for the present moment, where old and new values collide into each other. It seemed to echo our newfound awareness of history made true by technology but also boldly setting foot into our unknown, but promising future.
Read Dezeen's article about the new V&A extension here.
"Composition No. IV" Press Release
6th of July 2017
Better late than never! Although I admit this should have been timed to be part of the media material for Made in Brunel, I have finally been able to complete my studio photography and write a press release for my major project this year. I would like to say a huge thank you to Professor Mike Kann, who supported me generously throughout the media process and I found his insight and advice to be hugely valuable. I would also like to extend my deepest gratitude to Sarah Cox, our Senior Media Relations Officer at Brunel, for her incredibly valuable feedback and her kind patience over so many weeks to find a way to publish this project. Thank you. 
Find the official press release for the project here.
Looking at the Seagram Murals by Mark Rothko
1st of July 2017
It’s hard for me to verbalize my experience in the room housing the Seagram Murals. It’s a dimly lit space, housing ten canvases painted by Mark Rothko. Originally intended for the Four Seasons restaurant in the Seagram Building, the paintings were donated to Tate after Rothko withdrew his paintings and returned the commission. The paintings were intended to be oppressive, to “make the viewers feel that they are trapped in a room where all the doors and windows are bricked up, so that all they can do is butt their heads for ever against the wall." The delivery of these paintings on the day of his suicide further gives the works a terrible gravity. However, immersed in the murals I felt a sense of calm and comfort, like a thick warm blanket on a cold winter day. Perhaps it is the simplicity and stillness created by the composition of color. Or maybe the feelings derive from the expression of emotions that designers are usually denied access to in our work, that make these paintings evocative. Whatever it may be, these paintings continues to be the most glorious but also the most difficult of paintings to interpret.
Find out more about the Seagram Murals in Room 3, Tate Modern here.
A sincere thank you
19th of June 2017
Wow - what a week it has been. It has been an absolutely fantastic 4 days since our opening last Thursday. I've managed to speak to so many people from across a variety of backgrounds and been able to listen to so many fascinating stories about interpreting meaning, about personal struggle, about how they feel about the products they use everyday. In return, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to the visitors who spent their valuable time visiting Made in Brunel, the Made in Brunel team and their amazing hard work, staff at the Oxo Tower Wharf who promoted this event, as well as so many of my friends, tutors and technicians who patiently listened and provided valuable insight into many of the ideas and thinking that surrounds this project. Thank you.
Find the official press release for the event here.
Exhibiting at the upcoming Made in Brunel
15th of June 2017
Today marks the first day of my first exhibition - and I still cannot believe I made it. Only 3 days ago did I manage to finish my prototypes after experiencing so many set-backs and technical difficulties. It's been 4 frantic months since I purchased the material for it and countless times had it felt like it was impossible to finish, if not for the amazing workshop technicians who were always there for me. Lifesavers!
Join Made in Brunel as we exhibit the innovative work created by this year’s design graduates, redefining the direction of design by tackling the biggest current and future problems. Our award-winning designers will demonstrate their skills and expertise, which have been accumulated over the years studying at Brunel University London, the top design university in the city (Complete University Guide 2017) The show will offer visitors a unique opportunity to experience cutting edge design in the heart of London. Our wide variety of design ideas ranges from products that solve everyday problems to unique engineering solutions. This exclusive free event takes place from 15th – 18th June 2017 with a thought-provoking talks evening on 15th June 2017.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see the greatest ideas from London’s best design students. Book your free tickets here!
Find out more at www.madeinbrunel.com
Visiting Clerkenwell Design Week
23rd of May 2017
Every year I look forward to attending London's annual design festivals and Clerkenwell Design Week is no exception. Visiting with my fellow students and friends, we found Clerkenwell to be packed with people enthusiastic about design. Some of the highlights were BuzziJungle by BuzziSpace - a multilevel structure that elevates meeting rooms and desk spaces above the ground, and Double Vision by Hakwood - an installation that has two sides decorated with boldly colored patterns that will guide visitors along the exhibition route. The craftsmanship and imaginative design solutions presented by Moroso's showroom on Rosebery Avenue and Carl Hansen's showroom on Bowling Green Lane were incredible as well. Festivals like these always remind me of why I have become a designer - and I felt that my resolve to complete my project for Made in Brunel has been renewed. Looking forward for some more hard work in our prototyping workshops tomorrow!
Project update for "Composition IV"
10th of April 2017
The machining process for all 120 components are complete! It has been more than 2 months since the production for prototypes have started and I am so happy and relieved it is finally ready for finishing. I still need to weld a few more pieces together and then clean them up so that the each part flows smoothly into each other. However the major challenge that remains will be the patination of the aluminium - earlier testing revealed the process to be very work intensive and difficult to complete to the desired finish. This is the first time I would be experimenting with acid etching and I'm very excited to take on this challenge very soon!
Find the latest updates for Made in Brunel here.
Smashing the marble table top
17th of March 2017
If there was a clear defining moment in this year's major project, it was today; the marble table tops were smashed with a sledgehammer. Imagined as part of the product experience, the ritualistic process of breaking and rebuilding symbolizes the irrevocable decisions we make in order to bring about transformation and change. The project recruited chief technician Paul and Level 2 student Ellie, to participate in this moment. Paul used a dramatic over-the-shoulder swing to smash the marble, and Ellie used multiple delicate taps with the sledgehammer to create this moment of transformation. The final exhibit will feature 3 tables; one that has not yet been broken, one that has been deconstructed and the marble kept broken, and one that has completed it's transformation. 
Find out more about our upcoming event at www.madeinbrunel.com
Visiting Burberry Makers House
25th of February 2017
A Saturday afternoon stroll in central London, after visiting the national portrait gallery ended up in a remarkable exhibit by Burberry - Henry Moore: Inspiration & Process. Alongside the iconic British artist's most famous sculptures, Burberry has put together a series of workshops and events featuring printmaking, textile printing, life drawing and a wax resist watercolour classes, as well as the launch of their newest February 2017 collection. Part of the London Fashion week, it was incredible to witness their Sartorial style in action, matched by the buzz of people in different workshops and the grandeur of Henry Moore's curvaceous sculptures.
Find out more about Burberry Maker's House here.
Visiting NEW OLD at the Design Museum
15th of February 2017
Taking a break from the countless hours spent every week in the prototyping workshops, I decided to visit NEW OLD, an exciting exhibition about design for ageing at the Design Museum in Kensington. It asks the question, how can design can help people lead fuller, healthier and more rewarding lives into old age? How can designers can meet the challenge of a rapidly ageing society? Being a designer who's current project centers around "transformation" and "self acceptance", it was fascinating to  be able to observe a very similar philosophy from a different context. From robotic clothing to driverless cars, the exhibition examined the contextual issues of a transforming life from young to old and how design can better approach this universal condition. 
Find out more about this exhibition here.
Making "Composition No. IV"
5th of February 2017
After many months of planning and visiting countless warehouses to source the required materials, I'm finally ready for the production of my prototypes! In the end, these Carrara marble pieces were found not far from Brunel in West Drayton - and as a result, very easy and cost effective to transport into the prototyping workshops. They were produced out of an offcut and as a result already has a few scratches that will need to be ironed out at a later date - but I'm very very happy with them! Looking forward to my time working again in the machine shop next week.
Find the latest updates for Made in Brunel here.
Made in Brunel at the Design Museum
27th of January 2016
I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Made in Brunel was hosting a private event at the new Design Museum in Kensington - which only opened just 2 months ago in November. This unique after-hours event explored the new Made in Brunel theme “REDEFINING’’ through a number of hands-on activities as well as access to the Design Museum’s new permanent collection was also open during the evening. We were also asked to submit a series of postcards to be shared and taken home - and I took this opportunity to ask deeply philosophical questions about "what makes us human?".
Find out more about the new Design Museum in Kensington here.
Hunting for Carrara
11th of December 2016
With the conceptual stage of the design project coming to an end very soon, I found myself visiting numerous marble suppliers to find 3 circular pieces of white Carrara marble for the upcoming prototyping process. With Carrara marble being a naturally made material, no stone is identical - and I found it important to find the veining and white color that would accentuate the design philosophy of the project. The prototyping workshop is also at the far west end of London - and I found the logistics of transporting these pieces a challenge as well.
Find out more about Carrara Marble in a short film by NOWNESS.
Made in Brunel Launch Party
25th of November 2016
Exciting times! We have finally decided on the theme and new branding direction for our upcoming Made in Brunel exhibition next year. Made in Brunel is a student led collaborative platform focused on showcasing good design from Brunel University London. It is a great opportunity for students to show their skill to the world with events and publications, culminating in our annual exhibition in June, located in central London. Today, we will be gathering in the Design Exhibition Center on campus to launch and celebrate the hard work presented by the Made in Brunel team. Time for drinks and nibbles!
Find out more about our upcoming event at www.madeinbrunel.com
Industrial Review Evening
17th of November 2016
Ideas for review! Today marks a major milestone for the project as students display their ideas over a course of 2 evenings for a range of professional designers invited to offer their advice. I was really glad to find most of the responses were very positive and acknowledged the importance of exploring meaning in design. Professionals especially from a sociology background were very enthusiastic and I felt that they really understood what I was attempting to do. However, some were skeptical about the feasibility of the prototypes as the engineering and production work required will be massive; just making 3 tables will require over 100 pieces of aluminium to be cut and machined precisely. While I understand the enormous task at hand, I feel fairly confident and I know that I just need to persevere and not give up. Just another day on the course!
Cultural Mining
21st of November 2016
I'm fascinated by symbolism and their meanings - and how they helped people throughout history build a narrative within their consciousness to explain their identities and explain what is happening around them. However, in the pursuit of the perfect aesthetic, I think it is very easy to misapply symbolism without taking their context and meanings in mind. As people become more accustomed to repeated aesthetics, the originally intended meanings fade away, taking on new unintended meanings. Can new design languages be built to be used as a storytelling device? Can modern aesthetics have much deeper context? In my quest to find the ingredients required for such a language, the process of cultural mining was used to gather great ideas.
Find out more about cultural mining in a short video by the School of Life.
Visiting London Design Festival
19th of September 2016
One of the events I was very much looking forward to attend as I flew back to the UK was the London Design Week. It's an amazing experience to be able to freely walk in to exclusive showrooms and workshops that require a prior appointment, as well as attending numerous pop-up stores and exhibitions dotted around London. Some highlights included Benjamin Hubert's "Foil" installation at the V&A; a 20-metre-long undulating ribbon comprising 40,000 individual metallic elements that project light onto the tapestry hung the walls as well as the curvaceous Serpentine Pavilion designed this year by BIG architects. Showrooms of Cassina, Moroso and Bulthaup were incredibly inspiring as well!
Final Year at Brunel
 1st of September 2016
Hello from London! It feels great to be back in the city famous for it's groundbreaking designers and I'm very excited to be able to finish my course that I started back in 2011. It was back in 2014, after I had finished my placement year that I decided to continue working in the industry this time as an entrepreneur in Dubai. After almost 2 years abroad, it feels surreal to see my old tutors and the campus buildings that I have become so very familiar with. It's expected to be a very exciting year as Level 3 students can choose and develop their own project of their choice for an entire year, ending in the student-led exhibition, Made in Brunel, at the end of term next year in June. I'm especially looking forward to working in Brunel's industry leading prototyping workshops again!
Find out more about my course in Brunel here.
Visiting the Church of Light
3rd of August 2016
Although I have visited Osaka numerous times, I have always missed the opportunity to visit one of their most iconic Brutalist buildings designed by Tadao Ando - until now. Seeing it in real life was an incredible moment, as the building, although sparse in it's form, bathed in it's rich hues of meaning. The composition of the walls and windows that define this space seems to create another kind of romantic dimension; it felt like the artwork, pioneered by the likes of Malevich and Moholy-Nagy, had been expanded and realized into it's own space. I think this will be a building that I will remember as I progress from one design project to the next. This will be my last blog post from Japan - next month I will be checking in from London!
Find out more about his thinking through the Design Film Festival Documentary; From Emptiness to Infinity.
Visiting Ryoanji
27th of July 2016
Hello from Japan! I'm currently visiting the Kansai region, where my family is originally from and I couldn't miss the opportunity to visit one of the most spectacular gardens in Kyoto at Ryoanji. This is a place intended for meditation and what I find most interesting about the space is the powerful functions that seemingly abstract object are deeply engaged in. The gravel act as waves on water, the rocks and moss protruding islands and the background wall an atmospheric space. I love the fact that this interpretation of the space is mirrored in the paintings in the study area lending context into it's intended meanings, while keeping enough space for further imagination and personal interpretation. Can such composition of meaning and form be included in the design of the modern era?
Click on the video above to learn more from one of my most favorite channels, Smarthistory. art, conversation, history.

House extension concept revealed
28th of June 2016
Working with a property developer from the east of England, I was asked to develop a quick 3 day concept for a house extension that is currently being pursued. After briefly travelling back to England to survey the site, I observed that the beautiful Victorian house had an amazing garden that that positioned downhill from the proposed extension. I felt that it was important to open up the space and maximize the potential natural light can bring into the interior. The interior proposed resembles a semi permeable membrane that can easily open up and interact with the garden while also shielding the occupants from the weather outside. This will be my last blog post from Vienna - next month I will be checking in from Japan! 
Find out more about this project here.
Visiting the Library of the new WU Campus
3rd of May 2016
When I found myself travelling back to Vienna, I knew I had to visit Zaha Hadid's new Library and Learning Centre at the local University of Economics. I had been following the development of this project for a few years and it's extraordinary space-age design. Witnessing the design in the physical form, I found it hard to believe I was seeing the real structure. The fluidity of the space and the attention to detail that was given to build this project was mind blowing. From the slanted wood forms perfectly imprinted on the cast concrete surfaces to the seamlessly flowing white walls, I found it a masterpiece of vision and craftsmanship like no other. 
Find out more about this project here.
How can we encourage closer relationships?
17th of April 2016
Looking through my old projects to update my design portfolio, one of them caught my eye. It was one of the first design projects I had worked on in Level 1 for Marks & Spencers - the industry partner the university had invited to discuss their design thinking and provide feedback for our projects. At that time, I was interested in providing an exciting food experience for M&S simply foods - however this time I asked the question, could growing food encourage more intimate and closer relationships between family members? The result was a modular set of plant pots that can be combined poetically during meal times.
Find out more about this project here.
Visiting the Secession
5th of April 2016
Hello from Vienna! Coming home from Dubai, I thought it was fitting to introduce one of my most favorite buildings, the Secession building. Housing one of Gustav Klimt's most famous work of art, the Beethoven Frieze, it is an exhibition space that occupies a unique position in the history of modern art from the 1900s, combining contemporary and cutting edge art programs. It's motto, proudly emblazoned in it's facade in gold, reads "To every age its art. To every art its freedom.". 
Find out more about the Secession here.
Palm Jumeirah townhouse interiors revealed
10th of March 2016
I'm very happy to be able to now be able to present the last 6 months of intensive design work for the interiors of the Palm Jumeirah townhouses. After extensive surveys of the target properties as well as examining estimated lifestyles of future tenants, it felt important to create large rooms that can be quickly adapted towards multiple needs. Additionally, the upstairs bedroom has been proposed to be extensively remodeled including a 7 meter long retail quality walk in closet and extended amenities in the 2 master bathrooms. This will be my last blog post from Dubai - the last few months has been very intensive and I have decided to travel and take some time off to get ready for my final year in Brunel University. Next month I will be checking in from Vienna! 
Find out more about this project here.
The Death of Socrates
21st of February 2016
It's been a very intensive month and we are getting very close to finishing up on our latest project - more will follow next month. For this month's blog, I wanted to introduce an incredible channel on Youtube; the "nerdwriter". His incredible work makes art and culture more accessible for a wider audience and has inspired me for my own design work to think differently. The video above introduces the Neo-classical painting by Jacque Louis David - The Death of Socrates. 
Find out more about this channel here.

Visiting the Zaha Hadid Solo Exhibition
23rd of January 2016
With the Opus building being built just a few blocks away from our office, when I heard about this exhibit, I knew I had to go. Hosted at the Leila Heller Gallery in Alserkal Avenue, Dubai's foremost arts hub, it was incredible to see her famous signature curves embodied as product design. With my experiences in the difficulty of prototyping in mind, the craftsmanship in bringing these shapes from CAD to product must have been extremely demanding - and the details each piece revealed about it's construction was awe inspiring.
Find out more about this event here.
The Dubai Fountain
10th of December 2015
Since starting the blog in October, I noticed I hadn't introduced any of Dubai's landmarks so here is my favorite - the Dubai fountain situated in front of the Dubai Mall and the current tallest tower in the world, the Burj Khalifa. Choreographed to music, the Dubai Fountain shoots water as high as 500 feet – incredibly that’s as high as a 50-story building. The fountain's shows remind me that great experiences could be made from the most simplest of materials - this time, water and light.
Find out more about the Dubai Fountain here.
Creative studio space complete
7th of November 2015
I'm very happy to be able to reveal our latest project in Dubai for a local graphic design agency situated in Business Bay. The project focused on maximizing the potential of simple materials and layout, including a polished concrete floor and reused wooden furniture. The house taken from an old carousel was an interesting twist to the interior's decor, adding a unique character to the creative space.
Find out more about this project here.
Visiting Dubai Downtown Design
29th of October 2015
The pillar event at this year's Dubai Design Week is Dubai Downtown Design. The venue has moved from it's original location near the Burj Khalifa into Dubai Design District, allowing the event to double in scale. More than 90 brands have exhibited this year and highlights included booths lead by Moroso, Gaggenau, Gufram, Herman Miller and Walter Knoll. It was incredible to be able to interact with the products I love, including the new Diatom Chair by Ross Lovegrove.
Find out more about this event here.
Dubai Design Week
26th of October 2015
Exciting times for Dubai! This week is Dubai Design Week, launched just this year in Dubai to celebrate and share the work of international design community. Held in the new Design District (D3), the week long event presents a diverse range of work including furniture, lighting, bathrooms, kitchens, textiles and accessories. The event also includes many kinds of interactive workshops and exhibitions that will be an excellent venue for meeting new people, potentially for future collaborations!
Find out more about Dubai Design Week here
Arabian Ranches Villa complete
15th of October 2015
I'm very happy to be able to reveal our latest project in Dubai developing the interiors for a Villa situated in Arabian Ranches. The project focused on creating an elegant interior inspired by the resident's passion for hand-made furniture and art collected from her travels abroad. It felt important to create an interior that is both serene and interesting, giving subtle attention towards the many hand-crafted elements dotted around the Villa.
Find out more about this project here.
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