Mar 15, 2016 | By Tess

Dubai based architect and designer Ranim Orouk was recently awarded the 2016 Middle East Emergent Designer Prize at this year’s Design Days Dubai for her stunning lamp design, “Glow”, which was made with the help of 3D printing technologies.

The award was announced by French jewelry design brand Van Cleef & Arpels in collaboration with Tashkeel, and Design Days Dubai, the leading Middle-Eastern and South Asian expo dedicated to showcasing the latest in collectible furniture and design objects. The fair, which is running until March 18th in downtown Dubai, will exhibit Orouk’s winning piece at the Van Cleef & Arpels booth until that date.

Orouk’s design, in line with the fair’s “nature” theme this year, was inspired by the glowing aesthetics of a school of jellyfish in water, which pulses and moves creating a phosphorescent and ethereal light. The design itself, which can be used as either a hanging chandelier or as a floor lamp, was created using a combination of techniques, including traditional glass-blowing and 3D printing technologies. The stunning piece of interior decor, which gives off the almost eerie feeling of being underwater yourself, consists of 3D printed and blown glass spheres which are fused and held up with curved acrylic rods, which mimic jellyfish’s flowing tentacles.

Orouk, who has worked in a diverse range of fields including architecture, jewelry design, and now, object design, was awarded a prize of AED 30,000 (approximately USD 8,167) along with the title of Middle East Emergent Designer, as well as a 5 day long trip to Paris to take part in classes offered by L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels to learn about the processes and mechanisms involved in jewelry and watchmaking.

“I am so honored that Glow was selected at the design for this year’s Middle East Emergent Designer Prize,” said Orouk. “This Prize provides encouragement and support for designers, and I am proud that the design sector here in the UAE provides such opportunities. I’d like to thank Design Days Dubai and Tashkeel and very much look forward to visiting L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels in Paris for what will be a truly amazing experience.”

Ranim Orouk is one of several young designers that has made a name for herself by combining traditional manufacturing processes, such as glass blowing, with contemporary technological techniques, such as 3D printing. Her winning piece Glow perfectly showcases the power and effectiveness of combining old and new through its luminous and evocative presence.



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