Yazan Hijazin-Benchark Bench

At Design Interviews

(Excerpt) Interview with Yazan Hijazin : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Yazan Hijazin : My inspiration for this piece comes from the space it was designed for; an Art Gallery. It’s the only piece of furniture that was made for the gallery visitors to set on and enjoy the various paintings that are hung over the gallery’s walls which are constantly changing according to artists’ work on exhibition. Therefore, I wanted the only piece of furniture to be on the same level of its surroundings; creative and unique while keeping its main function. On the other hand, people of different backgrounds will be using the bench, and I always have been fascinated by one common element in people-no matter where they come from; contradiction. Contradiction is a sign of maturity I strongly believe. Hence I wanted my piece to have such a trait as well, as a result, I chose to work on a unique blend of motion and stillness. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Yazan Hijazin : In general, I wanted to create a whole new design for a bench, impressing my client, and all potential visitors to the Gallery. In particular, I wanted to create a versatile design. I presented this version with wood, bronze and copper finish. If I can get an international chance to produce this design with a proper manufacturer, I can present BenchArk in other materials and on different scales. I can see the wooden part replaced with old antique-finish silver while the current metal part can be made of either traditional fabrics or even burgundy modern finished wood. Creating a design that can be equally good with different materials is an obsession of mine, I guess. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Yazan Hijazin : Initially it was designed for Orient gallery. Now it’s a Golden Award winner. I hope I will cross paths with the right partner. The more international the better. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Yazan Hijazin : It’s my first time ever to design a bench. I presented three options for my client, and I was hoping for BenchArk to be selected, which they did. It took me 21 days to develop a concept and a hand-made model. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Yazan Hijazin : It was a commission by Orient Gallery based in Amman-Jordan. The design was made to inspire. .Frank Scott: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?. Yazan Hijazin : I am open to suggestions and collaborations. Some offers are on the table. Whatever is the best for BenchArk, I’ll do it. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. Yazan Hijazin : Actually none. It all came out of my head. I tell you this; I have been surprising myself a lot since I stepped into this field. I am the hardest boss on myself. I want to get more chances to prove to myself first and everyone else second that an anonymous Jordanian designer can be a world-wide known. Hence my brand: Anknownymous. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Yazan Hijazin : Thank you for this question. I strongly believe that BenchArk can be a unique piece in a hotel lobby, a lounge, a villa, a palace or even any spacious interiors. If I get the chance to reproduce BenchArk internationally, I have already thought of some interesting modification to make it even close to a platinum award ;). .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Yazan Hijazin : Many factors on the design level; its structural design, size, and the blend of materials it is made of. The unconventional structure of BenchArk design comes on top, in my opinion. It’s a different bench structure that blends organic movements of its legs with a minimalist and modern straight line. As in most of my collection pieces I work with both modern and minimalist aspects and combine them with contemporary classic curves. Its length, 3.5 meters, is above average which imposes strong presence and demands attention, even in a space that’s filled with high quality art. Finally the mixture of materials between wood and bronze and copper is somehow original, especially that the metals have been used in their real powder form which was a very conscious way of reaching the desired look and finish of bronze and copper using a fraction of the cost compared to using the actual metal sheet format. This bench was designed by a Jordanian investment banker! and it wasn’t produced by a large size manufacturer, on the contrary, it is a hand-made piece at a small carpentry shop in Amman. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this desi.[ End of Excerpt: Read complete interview with Yazan Hijazin on Benchark Bench at design-interviews.com ]

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