Eclectic furniture in eclectic style

There are many initiatives that seek to correct the sloping environmental path, due to the exaggeration of people in the waste of natural resources and in irresponsible consumption. Out of environmental concerns, interior and furniture designers strive to present an attractive product in shape while respecting “Mother Earth”. In this context, the “Yeqin” initiative seems worth highlighting.

Environmental slope restored

Interior designers Sabine Al-Saqeim and Bruna Al-Tiny offer furniture collections, made from “environmentally friendly” materials, while respecting nature, in their work.

Behind Yaqeen are interior designers Sabine Al Saqim and Bruna Al Tini behind Yaqeen; The two young women were introduced to each other on university study benches; Each designer worked on their own after graduating, for ten years, before starting their joint venture, which they called “Yeqin”.

Interior designers Sabine Al-Saqeim and Bruna Al-Tiny

The two young designers believe they have a role to play in reforming the sloping ecological and human path the world is on, and therefore they offer furniture collections made from “environmentally friendly” materials, with respect for nature, in their work. In this context, the two designers apply the three-pronged approach that calls for waste reduction, reuse and recycling, in their artwork, without the environmental concerns jumping from the aesthetics of the furniture that follows the eclectic style that combines traditional, modernity, contemporary and exotic, to match the groups accordingly to all house styles; “Neo-classic”, “Modern” and “Ultra-modern” …

design flair

A piece of the eco-friendly furniture collection, which follows the eclectic style that combines traditional, modern and contemporary

The designer, Sabine, talks to “Mrs.” the material in a way that does not leave much residue, and use the latter, if any, in Make small pieces of furniture or recycled leftovers. In addition, the two designers stick to the issue of reducing carbon dioxide emissions through centralized production (that is, the entire manufacturing and packaging processes take place in one place).

Environmentally friendly furniture

Designer Sabine makes the point that “people live in houses full of furniture, which creates strong bonds between said products and people. But rather than simply enjoying their eyes with the shapes, colors and textures of furniture, they can go a step further. when to buy these pieces responsibly. ” After asking about the sources of the materials they manufacture, and the manufacturing methods.

Details in eco-friendly furniture

Consumers and art furniture enthusiasts therefore contribute, albeit a little, to subconsciously reducing the consumption of raw materials, according to the designer, who emphasizes that “contrary to popular belief,” environmentally friendly “products are not without their appeal.”

Environmental certificate

About the materials used to make the furniture, designer Sabine lists:

  • Wood that has an environmental certificate because of how it is harvested, the way it is cut and transported, and the forests from which it is harvested.
  • Rattan is the natural material extracted from palm trees that grows fast and is regenerative.
  • Recyclable stainless steel.
  • Water-based paints that do not contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
  • Recycled cardboard, in packaging designs.

“certainty”
Certainty is an Arabic word that means firm faith and knowledge of it, without any doubt. Design engineers Sabine Al-Saqeim and Bruna Al-Tiny chose the word to name their initiative, to emphasize their Arab identities, as well as to carry out their mission to preserve the ecosystem in their work, regardless of the groups, colors and designs. short. in addition to encouraging consumers and art lovers to ethical consumption.

An initiative that integrates sustainability into interior design

Hala Al-Noamani and Nevin Hashem

After a voluntary trip to Ghana in July 2018, the lives of Hala Al-Noamani and Nevin Hashem changed … “This trip opened doors of hope and inspiration before us,” as Hala puts it to “Madam”. The two young women who met on the volunteer trip decided to resign from their jobs. Nevin thus turned her back on the nine years she spent in auditing and financial management between Lebanon and abroad, and Hala gave up her job in interior engineering, within the framework of a company in Jeddah. Then the two young women went to Tanzania to join the Community Development Program, where they worked on various projects. There, the two young women became interested in the problem of waste, which opened their eyes to the existing waste crisis in Lebanon and the world, and therefore they looked for ways to manage waste and recycling, focusing on plastic pollution, which the most dangerous to our health and environment.
The initiative of the two young women started by creating accessories (cup protectors, bowls, phone holders …) from waste, while selling goods in local shops and “online” through a joint account they set up. Then, in 2021, they developed their idea and machinery to make sustainable, recycled panels, and this Paltic was born.

plastic recycling

It takes about 6,000 plastic caps (or 300 packs of detergent) to make one 10mm thick plate.

The initiative is concerned with the recycling of hundreds of tons of plastic waste annually, the empowerment of women in the manufacturing and recycling sector, and to contribute to the strengthening of the local circular economy. The durable plates are made from recycled plastic (a specific type of plastic known as Plastic # 2 (HDPE) and are commonly found in bottle caps and shampoo and detergent bottles) and are 1,000 x 1,000 millimeters in size and 10-20 millimeters thick.
The panels have a unique color combination, are resistant to water and rot, and are also recyclable. It is noteworthy that making a single sheet of 10 millimeters thick requires about 6,000 plastic caps (or 300 packets of detergent)!

Wall coverings and furniture making

Handmade panels, meticulously and professionally, are used to make furniture (touch units, tables and chairs).

Handmade panels are used, with precision and professionalism, in modern projects, whether commercial or residential, especially in wall coverings and work surfaces, in addition to artistic installations and furniture manufacturing (shelves, tables and chairs). The panels represent a new sustainable material alternative for wood, marble and terrazzo tiles …

The durable rods are made from recycled plastic commonly found in bottle caps and shampoo and detergent bottles.

It offers designers endless possibilities and ideas. It is noteworthy that the recycled material is easy to shape, whether it comes to cutting the panels by hand, drilling them or transforming them into the desired shapes, using the same woodworking techniques.

Al Mobadara works with designers
Al-Mubadara works with local furniture designers and manufacturers, including: Dalia Bohsali, who embarked on the project to refurbish a public beach hammock in Beirut, and Yasmine Raad, who combined Paltic panels into an award-winning side table piece. and looks forward to the collaboration that expands to include: Arab artists.

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