Project Name: From Mud
Practice: Rawan Muqaddas
Products: AutoDesk, Enscape, Lrnce ceramics, Ferm Living, Trimble Inc.
Firm Location: London
Completion year: 2021
Gross Built up Area: 98 sqm
Project Location: Kuwait City, Kuwait
Photo Credits: Mohammed Taqi AshkananiMore Specs
Excerpt: From Mud is an interior design project designed by Rawan Muqaddas in Kuwait. The studio’s holistic approach is conveyed through clean lines and a soothing palette that reflects the binding theory behind the studio’s own ethos. The inception of From Mud started with the observation of the movements taking place while creating with clay.
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From Mud is a design studio with clay as its medium. The brief was to give structure to a space of discovery, research, and creation where all levels of skill can come in to create a finished piece to take home. The requirements included storage and shelving that corresponds to the daily routine of the ceramicist, a kiln room, a semi-private office, and lounge area.
Aisha Al Saif, a Kuwait based ceramicist who felt a need for the therapeutic space in the heart of Kuwait City. Her mission is to make design through clay accessible to all through teaching different techniques from throughout history and around the globe.
The young ceramicist behind From Mud felt a need for the therapeutic and magical art of clay sculpting in the heart of Kuwait City; this was how the space came to be. Sitting comfortably on the first floor of a 1967 Modernist building in Kuwait City’s textile market, the zen workspace draws inspiration and texture from the beautiful craft of clay and its simplicity. The studio’s holistic approach is conveyed through clean lines and a soothing palette that reflects the binding theory behind the studio’s own ethos.
The inception of From Mud started with the observation of the movements taking place while creating with clay; from the ceramist’s own motion to the fluid lines formed by the clay itself. One of the most inviting features is the light distribution that mimics the building’s concrete façade and casts uncomplicated shadows on the space, allowing privacy through fluted glass.
As a continuation of the façade itself, the perimeter shelving’s combination of steel and maple wood creates a calm and functioning environment that reinforces the young potter’s mission of making clay art accessible to everyone.