Designer Sana Alabdulwahed : In the words of designer about this unique creation “We, Saudi’s end up sitting on the ground every time though there is a typical seating device in the living room. This sparked my curiosity, and inspired to create a the living room that is intuitive for us. El Masnad design embraces the floor as a living space and it celebrates the Middle Eastern leisure culture.”
UNIQUE PROPERTIES :
Armrests, traditionally, initiates nodes where the space is highly activated in Saudi Arabia. El_Masnad uses armrest as the main component for seating unit and neglect all other parts of a seating device. El_Masnad brings the users close to the ground, so it is much more playful and intuitive for this demographic. It allows the Sitting behaviors to emerge organically and intuitively in many different configurations.
The orientation: The development of new technologies, like tablets, eliminates the need for seating units in the living room to face t.v. wall. Therefore, the layout of El_Masnad coming together, is not oriented and does not have a direction. It integrates multiple users doing different activities. The height: El_Masnad is close to the ground, so it is playful and intuitive for this demographic. It makes the space feels higher. The posture: Sitting behaviors emerges organically and intuitively in all different situations. In addition, the users intuitively adapt new sitting position as time goes by. The angle: El_Masnad emphasizes the front angle for reclining instead of what is typical of using the side angle to address the variable reclining angles.
El-Masnad was made for a thesis study at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, U.S.A. It was part of the Master program in Environmental design, in Furniture and Fixtures track. Thesis started with winter term of 2014 and ended by the end of the Spring 2015. The first prototype was presented at the graduate show on April 18th of 2014.
Photo Courtesy : Sana Alabdulwahed