Khalid Shafar designs installation using 348 ‘agaals’ for Nakkash Gallery

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Emirati designer Khalid Shafar has created a lighting installation entitled Forma for UAE-based Nakkash Gallery, using traditional ‘agaal’s’ (black woven rope bands worn by men in many countries in the Middle East).

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Image by Saeed Khalifa

First presented during Design Days Dubai, each component in Forma is made using 29 connected and interconnected agaals, resulting in a total of 348 agaals used throughout the entire installation which spans 5.1m with variable heights.

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Image by Saeed Khalifa

The agaals are linked together with wires and embedded with coloured, transparent Plexiglas in circular cut-out shapes that reflect light through.

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Khalid Shafar in front of Forma installation at Design Days Dubai. ITP Photography.

Each component is a singular illumination object that together form a entire illuminating installation.

“My installation Forma is a result of a study and exploration of how identical 2D shapes can create 3D forms by connecting and interconnecting all elements together,” said Shafar.

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Forma at Design Days Dubai. Image by Nakkash Gallery

“To further activate the presentation at Design Days Dubai, I had a special editorial photographed by Emirati Saeed Khalifa to further narrate the story of Forma in visual format.”

 

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