The winner of the second edition of the Project Remake challenge, launched by Marina Home was Abdul Ghani Ansari from Manipal University in Dubai.
The competition is part of the Marina Design Star initiative and this year the company has partnered with various universities in Dubai such as the American University in Dubai, Heriot-Watt University Dubai, Manipal University and Zayed University Dubai.
The challenge includes more than 80 students taking one of Marina Home’s signature pieces- a reclaimed wood and metal side table- and customising it.
“The competition was tough, but at the same time it was such a great experience because we were given a chance to make our product, to use our imagination and translate it into a real product,” said the winner.
The moment he saw the table, Ansari said he was ready to “break its form”. Titled “Reunion”, his furniture design resembles a vintage bicycle at first look. The fifth-year architecture student combined the beauty of a reclaimed wooden top with a practical need for supplying electricity and promoting fitness through movement.
“Today, furniture pieces are fading into interior space as objects merge into the corners of a room. After redesigning this side table to retain its vintage look, I am also able to create a new function by hand paddling, generating electricity, as well as keeping the user active,” explained Ansari. “The idea is simple yet impactful. Its originality will have timeless appeal and its engineered creativity makes it resourceful.”
Apart from winning the title of “2016 Marina Design Star”, Ansari was awarded a three-month internship at Schwitzke & Partner Group, an architectural designing company in Dusseldorf, Germany.
“I truly appreciate this opportunity to do an internship programme with such a big and reputable company and to learn from its team. Architecture and interior design are linked together in many ways, but it will be great to gain additional knowledge and to have a better understanding of interior design,” added Ansari.
A panel of judges, including Karl Schwitzke, founder of Schwitzke & Partner, whittled the entries down to a shortlist of 10 finalists, whose designs then went to an online public vote.
The Top 10 installations were also on display during the Commercial Interior Design Awards at the Joharah Ballroom, Madinat Jumeirah. More than 760 professionals from the Middle East’s design community attended the event and were able to choose their favourite designs as a part of the public vote.