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AL RISALAH (The message)
Occasional table inlaid with a natural stone mosaic created in the Middle-East.
2018 / Walnut veneer, limestone, black oil stone
Dimensions: H520 x W520 x D520 mm
This wonderful statement piece is the result of a collaborative project between Designer Thibaut Degenne, Jordanian mosaic artisan Ali Al Hababseh from Madaba and Lebanese Calligraphy Artist Joumana Medlej.
They worked together to create a collection of decorative contemporary artistic pieces inspired by middle-eastern architecture, arts and crafts with strong Arabic influence.
The front and the back of the piece features a mosaic strip inscribed with a philosophical arabic quote on the that translates:
« One chance encounter is worth
one thousand appointments » (Unknown)
The marquetry on the top and the sides features a geometrical star revealed from the walnut veneer grain direction rotating from the center point.
The design, is paying tribute to traditional mosaic craft and, combined with the utilisation of square Kufi script, it unites wood with mosaic stones - two natural and noble materials - in an elegant conceptual piece which has a contemporary feel.