photography by karim mansour

the “arrow media center” was inspired by the antique Islamic geometric marble design shown below. created specially for mona hussein’s mahally store (designopolis, cairo), the design extracts the arrow portion from the marble pattern.

designed after the start of the 2011 egyptian revolution, this piece came to be at the same time the country was asking itself which political/social direction it should take. the arrow therefore is not only fitting for the time but also highlighted how easily we can transform our traditional craftsmanship into something modern and functional.

using azizi wood and copper, the media center is multi-layered, and the pattern is continuous on all sides. the copper legs of the center are a continuation of the wooden arrow handles.

the sides of the center both display the same shape, however one is sunken while the other is protruding.

the continuity of the design around the entire piece allows it to be placed anywhere.

the aged copper cladding was inspired by Mona Hussein’s color board, and works very well with the stained azizi wood. all hardware is german.