'Bidoun' is a furniture series - sofas, ottomans, benches and tables - created for the Bidoun Lounge at ArtPark, ArtDubai 2009. In total, 15 pieces were designed and developed as part of the temporary space located at the car park of Madinat Jumeirah.
For this line, we decided to study nomadic Arabs (Bedouins) and use their furniture and lifestyle as our form of inspiration in developing a contemorary interpretation of the traditional Arab seating.
The sofa system involves several mattresses stacked onto a base and fixed by a cord and insired by the stacking method usually applied.
The cord comes from the same inspiration source - the Bedouin tent. It expresses the flexibility and mobility of the design. The seating height of the furniture can be adjusted by adding/removing mattresses and the appearance can be changed by flipping the mattresses, bringing a dirffrent fabric to the top.
A variation of upholstery fabrics is chosen to reflect the random availability of patterns and is a symbol for traveling and the different cultural influences in Middle East. Patterns and colors would change depending on context.
This series is the 1st collection developed by Traffic and will be part of a contemporary line inspired by the Middle East.