As part of an ongoing effort to transform public perception regarding waste and its potential for reuse, Bee'ah, the leading waste management company in the Middle East, commissioned designer Ammar Kalo to develop a communal table for Dubai Design Week 2018.
After Pressure is a project that up-cycled construction aluminum to create an outdoor table. Bales made from compressed Aluminum extruded profiles, which were originally headed to the furnace for melting, are shaped and sliced to form carefully composed 'logs'. These logs support a cantilevered Glass-Reinforced concrete (GRC) table top as well as draped surfaces used for seating. A large slice at the end of each log reveals moments of organic beauty in the compressed bricks, juxtaposing the painted crumpled exterior against its intricate core.
Ammar Kalo is a designer, architect, and educator based in Sharjah, UAE. He's also the Director of Labs at the College of Architecture Art and Design, American University of Sharjah. His practice, KALO, interrogates the relationship between digital technology and traditional craft.