Renowned Emirati designer, Buro 24/7 Middle East favourite, Khalid Shafar, has teamed up with American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) to create an innovative new bench design that is set to debut at the up coming Meet D3 event later this week. The creation has been titled – 'City's Bench.' 

The unique design has been created with its site specific display location at D3 in mind. "As the public demographic varies in any place on earth and as the project site faces the Dubai skyline being the backdrop and the horizon of D3 location, City's Bench reflects this in its design." Khalid Shafar notes of the unevenly levelled bench. But not only is this design intended to mirror the Dubai skyline, it also has a more practical purpose, which is to accommodate people of all ages and sizes:

"From form to function, there is a place for every individual on the bench regardless of age, size, or ability. The outer frame of the bench is made of thermally-modified American ash, while the inner part is filled with building blocks in three standard sizes to reflect the location of D3 and the ongoing construction around. This also serves to give an industrial look to the bench in contradiction to the clean neat outer wooden frame," said Shafar.

The thermal modification of the hard wood material used to compose the design is an interesting new process that allows hardwoods from colder climes to be heat treated, allowing them to endure hot climates and resist cracking or decay. This also makes it a more sustainable way to build with wood, which we like to hear. The 'City's Bench' making a home in Dubai will be a wonderful way to demonstrate the effectiveness of the technique as the bench begins a face-off with the unforgiving heat of Dubai. 

Be sure to stop by and visit the bench in situ, at the Meet D3 event from April 2–4.

Emirati designer Khalid Shafar to debut new piece at Meet D3

Emirati designer Khalid Shafar to debut new piece at Meet D3

Emirati designer Khalid Shafar to debut new piece at Meet D3