Jeddah-based furniture studio Dahr has launched a wooden surfaces collection called Asto, using materials reclaimed from Saudi Arabia’s first railway.
Dahr’s façade and wall panel range is available in linear or geometric tiles. Both lines can be slotted together to create wall art or interior and exterior façades.
Albara Saimaldahar, creative director, Dahr, told Commercial Interior Design on the sidelines of Saudi Design Week that his collection “touches on” the company’s ethos for reusing neglected materials.
“We exist in the middle of a woodwork factory and this gives us access to a lot of premium-grade materials that are not always applicable to massive doors, walls or façades, and this gave us a massive opportunity to design surfaces,” he said.
Asto is made using reclaimed wood from a railway built in Saudi Arabia in 1951 by the late king Abdulaziz Ibn Saud to transport oil from Dammam to Riyadh.
Moayad Lingga, product development manager at Dahr, said the business had already received interest in the range because of its historical connection to the kingdom.
“We’ve had cafe owners come to us and say they want to use the wooden façade to cover an entire wall because the range reflects and represents the history and culture of this country.”
He added:” It is definitely a façade piece but some people thought it would be even better to use it for flooring as well… We have launched it in other Islamic patterns that represent Saudi and different parts of the country; we have tried to reflect the different parts of the country, so that people can have a piece of history and culture.”