The Fig Leaves Collection Designed Objects by Racha Tarazi

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
The Fig Leaves Collection

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Designed Objects

INSPIRATION:
On the street where I grew up there was a huge fig tree. Every time I passed underneath it, I would stop and look at it. I was always told not to touch it and then rub my eyes, but I never listened. I always had an urge to pat the leaves and explore even more. Why has this tree fascinated me ever since I was a child? Fig leaves are not like any other leaves they have very rounded edges and they are full, juicy and velvety. They are different in their elegant suspension, their bounciness and young nature. Even their veins are exceptional—they are so prominent and alive. These characteristics are what make it so unique and vibrant. Whenever I stood under the tree and looked up inside it, I became a child who wanted to jump, celebrate and play along with all the moving leaves. This happy energy invigorated me and played a big part in extending my imagination beyond what is grown in nature. The sounds and stories that I could see and hear within the fig tree inspired me. I wanted to recreate my interaction with the tree and celebrate and share it with my world. From my stories I began growing fig trees of my own imagination. I began thinking, “What if the relationship between each leaf was ?” and “What if I reinvent their connections?” And I even thought, “What if they interlock with my own narrative?” The image in my head began to form and it felt like embroidery, or stitching. I realized that was beginning to build an interlocking story of my own through my creative process. And I could not stop! My trees are different from the one that grew on my street in that they are abstract and have other functions. They grow in our living spaces. Every piece adapts to its owner’s stories, and their changes as they move into new homes.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Fig Lights: Through this elaborate head the light disseminates into beautiful reflections and rays. It's sculptural shape is an added value when not lit, and when in use it shows clear mood and personalization quality. Users can easily mix colors to any space. Every light is hand built, thus the shape is always unique. Fig Bowls are designed with two energies: "Swift" vs. “Energetic". They are made out of grade A stainless steel in brushed finish, reflecting a grander look. Users can use them as decoration or with functions of their choice. Every bowl is uniquely hand welded where the imperfections is part of the aesthetics. The Fig Leaves product line chose handmade production rather than machines to help support the environment and encourage local resources express their work locally and globally.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Made to order every light is unique. Once received, an immediate special feeling unfolds. Even when not lit, its sculptural nature adds beauty to the space. Using a remote, one can switch on the ambient color of choice. The light reflections that spread between different translucent leaves, touches ones heart and create an exceptional mood. The bowls take on the function of your choice. It’s sculptural nature converts spaces into a personal ones. It’s modern material and finish adds elegance. Made with robust material, all can be used to serve foods, thus sharing happy moments with others.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The Fig Leaves Project Started in Sept 2010 in Amman – Jordan and launched in Amman Feb 2012 It was exhibited in: - May 2012: Exhibited at The Wine Maker Gallery (Soft Opening) - Aug 2012: Exhibited At Nabad Gallery in the inauguration of Nabad Products Shop -Jan 2013: Exhibition at the M-E Living Store (Boutique Design Shop) in Amman, Jordan (Ongoing)

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
As a result of the inspiration; a traced image of the fig leaf materialized, forming the module used for the full line. Testing and building random sculptures inspired shapes the functions. Some shapes where container like, thus the bowls idea. Hovering a light around early sculptures exposed the beauty of the rays in between. Immediately I started designing lighting units. I choose my materials with a modernist and low-tech local production approach. Methods for the stainless parts included: water jet, spot welding, and sandblasting. Laser cut and hand assembly where used for the Acrylic.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
A. Decorative Bowls: 1. Fig Bowl Energetic 18/10 brushed stainless steel L34 x W30 x H09 cm 2. Fig Bowl Energetic Mini 18/10 brushed stainless steel L20 x W22 x H09 cm 3. Fig Bowl Swift (Large) 18/10 brushed stainless steel L57 x W57 x H07 cm 4. Fig Bowl Swift (Medium) 18/10 brushed stainless steel L55 x W40 x H04 cm B. Ambient Lights 1. Fig Light Tall Plexi glass, stainless steel, LED bulb W46x H140cm 1. Fig Light Short Plexi glass, stainless steel, LED bulb W48x H45cm

TAGS:
light, decorative, LED, plexi-glass, stainless steel, ambient, reflections, hand made, environment, abstract trees, figs, Fig Leaves, Fig tree, white

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
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CHALLENGE:
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ADDED DATE:
2012-10-05 04:22:48

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Racha Saad Tarazi

IMAGE CREDITS:
Racha Tarazi, 2012.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
RACHA TARAZI

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NOMINATION DETAILS

The Fig Leaves Collection Designed Objects by Racha Tarazi is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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The Fig Leaves Collection Designed Objects by Racha Tarazi is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2012 - 2013.



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