Khmissa

Rubber Stool R1, 2005

Rubber issued from recycled tires, wooden corpus, foam layer,
H 40, Ø 40 cm
Photo: Frank Kleinbach, © ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)

The stool is composed of different rubber tyre patterns hammered onto a wooden corpus. The tyre patterns when simply placed next to each other and painted creates a very modern feel.

Khmissa is a well known symbol around the Arab world, it has its roots in the magical traditions of the region. The Khmissa, which means five in Arabic, relating to the five fingers on a hand, is a symbol used in amulets, charms and jewelry to protect against the "evil eye". An alternative Islamic name for this charm is the Hand of Fatima, in reference to Fatima Zahra, the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad, or the Hand of Miriam in Jewish faith in reference to Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron. It represents a "protecting hand" or the "hand of God".
Founded in 2000 by Bettina Gousset and Said Lamghari, Khmissa design builds on the local traditions of Morocco. They consider their collaboration a cultural exchange representing the fusion of Orient and Occident. It is a marriage between artistic ambition and traditional implicitness. Ancient traditions with their beauty, intuitive creativity of craft and the proficiency of the master craftsmen are the main inspiration sources for Khmissa. With clear lines and colour patterns blend East and West, a new deco-trend becomes apparent: oriental minimalism.

Khmissa: Rubber Stool R1, 2005; photo: Frank Kleinbach, © ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)
Photo: Frank Kleinbach, © ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)
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