MFA in Design, Field Study United Kingdom, 2018

Our 2018 MFA field study re-examined the traditional Arabic lantern, or fanoos—a symbol of festive welcome and safe haven. We began by designing and fabricating a digital light source, which can be re-programmed and customized using a smartphone. Next, we…

MFA in Design, Field Study United Kingdom, 2018

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Our 2018 MFA field study re-examined the traditional Arabic lantern, or fanoos—a symbol of festive welcome and safe haven. We began by designing and fabricating a digital light source, which can be re-programmed and customized using a smartphone. Next, we travelled to Bath, England and worked with professional artists to blow glass into 3d-printed steel molds we designed ahead of time. Each student and faculty member produced three unique, mold-blown glass lamps during our 5-day field study workshop. The project combines our affinity for Qatar’s rich cultural heritage with our belief in the forward-looking power of design to shape the future.

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