Workers Stools BY Bahraini—Danish
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Along the line of tradition in sculpture, bahraini—danish create an object that commemorates workers who, with their abilities, turn ideas into matter. bahraini—danish have been collecting stools from workshops in Salmabad over the past few years. Most workshops are simple and basic and the work is usually performed while sitting on the floor. Crafted by the workers themselves and easily overlooked, the stool is a rare expression of a worker’s own personal talent for proportions, functionality and aesthetic gestures. Worn down by hours of crafting the ideas of others, the stool is an overwhelmingly honest and personal object. The most beautiful ones are the simplest ones done in the most unexpected way. They are immaterial in the sense that they are not bahraini—danish design, yet they are somehow the foundation of bahraini—danish work.
in / 4-7H x 6-10W x 12-16L
cm / 8-17H x 14-25W x 29-39L
‘bahraini—danish’ is an establishment using cultural differences, both social and professional, as a means to create. Through dialogue and by vote, architects Batool Alshaikh, Maitham Almubarak, and Christian Vennerstrøm Jensen, work their way, furniture by furniture, towards finding a new common order. Having arrived at an opening between two realities, familiar things tend to appear differently in this new, unfolding landscape.
The establishment is conceiving new ideas through their discoveries of artisans and materials available, exploring local opportunities to create. Often creating objects which can simply be de-assembled, they always want to incorporate an architectural dimension, given their furniture is secretly a placeholder for their desire to make actual architecture. Their work has been presented around the Gulf end in Europe and continues to radiate from A’ali and Copenhagen into the world. ‘bahraini—danish’ was established in Bahrain in 2016 and is named after the many historical encounters between Denmark and Bahrain especially in archaeology, architecture and dairy production.
Christian Vennerstrøm Jensen (b. August 1988) graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen in 2015. He worked for Studio Anne Holtrop in Bahrain from 2015 to 2018.
Batool Alshaikh (b. August 1991) graduated from the University of Bahrain, Architecture. Sakhir, Bahrain in 2015. She continues her practice while also working for the Bahrain Authority of Culture and Antiquities.
Maitham Almubarak (b. February 1992) graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design, Architecture. Savannah, GA, USA in 2014. He works for Studio Anne Holtrop in Bahrain.