“If the industrial revolution started in the Arab world, what would our current everyday products be as a result?” A question that prompted our material design research project; Made From Jordan.
Made From Jordan utilizes locally sourced agricultural waste, transforming them into valuable, sustainable and functional everyday products. A durable and versatile material that is 100% biodegradable. When the product life time comes to an end, the material can be melted and re-casted in a new mold or left to biodegrade on its own with no harm to the environment.
Inspired by the “Majles”; a traditional Arabic space where families and friends gathered over coffee, meals, socialized and shared poems, sitting simply on mattresses, adjusting the cushions to suit the activity. Designed for the same versatility of use, the bench can be used as a seat, lounge, day-bed and table top. The movable cushion allows the user to position it as they need. And the side table was designed to serve both seating positions; while on bench and/or the ground, encouraging dynamic social gatherings.
Modern Arabic inspired furniture made from locally sourced agricultural waste.
A versatile, strong and lightweight material that is 100% biodegradable and can have various finishes or be upholstered.
Nowadays, the industrial system is built on innovations that were developed in industrialized nations, utilizing materials that were accessible and abundant in these areas. As a result, Jordan, a resource poor country, has been forced to depend on inventions, knowledge and materials of wealthier nations. Importing materials from abroad at a high cost to its citizens, environment, and economy, creating a significant trade deficit. So as Jordanian product designers, we constantly struggle to find local materials to manufacture our designs, which is where the need for MFJ arose.
Extensive research and experimentation led us to determine two main sources of agricultural wastes to base our product on, both of which currently pose global environmental issues. One gets disposed of in landfills where it takes up to 50 years to degrade. The other is commonly used as a substitute to wood in fireplaces, and releases more carbon emissions than wood.
We are currently working on exploring suitable applications and fine-tuning the material, enabling it to be manufactured on a larger scale.