Design Studio two

Studio course focusing on inter-disciplinary, team-based approaches to identifying and solving advanced design problems. Conceptual and theoretical approaches will be mixed with physical making and practical solutions. Both pragmatic design methodologies and instinctive creative cues will be part of the class development.  



Chair #4

Sidra zubairi

This chair, with dual sides, allows each of the individuals seated to feel the nuanced movement of the other.  In doing so, it elevates the awareness of both users in their own physicality. 


Connecting: Time/Place

Norah Al Shammari

This prototype of a bracelet requiring two users displays time and location upon their connection.  

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Sterilising the aesthetic 

Noor Melhim

In traditional local culture men and women, sometimes, do not shake hands when greeting one another.  Playing on a sci-fi, campy, sterile aesthetic this box allows them to do so.


Interdependent rest

Nourbano Hijazi

A two sided seat that requires a person on either side for it to function.  A single person on one side can not comfortably use this seat without a person on the opposite side.




Between you and Me: Space Mechanism (2016)


The Qatari Selfie Stick

Nourbano Hijazi

This project provides an analog solution to a digital problem.  Typically, Qatari women do not allow their faces to be photographed and included in social media.  However, selfie culture is very popular in Qatar.  The Qatari Selfie Stick provides a practical (albeit exaggerated) solution while simultaneously raising critical questions around the issue.


Chair #3

Sidra zubairi

This chair has an embedded function of watering a plant.  As the user moves forward in their seat the cap on a suspended water bottle is moved allowing the water to pour into the plant below.  As the user moves back the cap is replace, stopping the flow of water.

Sem Sem but Different (2015)

The SEM SEM Studio (2015) will investigate the notion of customization from a production point of view. Modern consumerist society has developed a very refined marketing strategy, which includes both mass production and extreme individualism. It is a phenomenon called mass customization: we all want to be unique, but at the same time we all want people to know what we wear/use/operate. The aim of the SEM SEM Studio is to challenge this idea throughout the construction of customizing machines producing series of unique pieces.

"Sem Sem But Different" is a collaboration between the MFA in Design courses DESI 621 Design Studio and DESI 512 Visual Communication. Professor Marco Bruno, John Burrow, Diane Derr, Simone Muscolino.

The Sem Sem But Different Machines are mechanical devices designed to create series of unique objects. Each machines can be customized using different parameters and is incapable of producing the exact same artifact twice. The project is an opportunity to reflect upon the idea of mass customization from a production point of view.

"Bedu Butter" designed and fabricated by Yasmeen Suleiman.
"Collective Kunafa" designed and fabricated by Noha Fouad.
"From ... To" designed and fabricated by Barbara Charrue.
"Styro Storm" designed and fabricated by Hadeer Omar.
"Musiclay" designed and fabricated by Nesma Khodier.
"Jelly Workout" designed and fabricated by Faisal Mohammad.
"Tag Wars" designed and fabricated by Hawa Stwodah.