Cairo Design Award 2017



The main visual characteristics of my work are a formation of geometrical shapes; they are accumulated, decomposed and recomposed, layered, repeated and folded from their  at surface into a three dimensional form. They are mostly inspired by the characteristics existing in the Muqarnas form. My interpretation of the shapes I perceived and my own combination and modi cation resulted in the pieces I created. Some are symmetrical and repetitive; others are liberated from their de ned, strict Muqarnas construction rules.
The metals I used were nonprecious metals; bronze, steel, nickel silver and brass. Other than metals I used some materials, which are considered non-traditional for the time Islamic arts blossomed. Some of them were even non-existent such as PVC (plastic) sheets. Therefore the use of correspondingly modern technology was employed like laser cutting. I wanted to prove that the beauty and power of the form still elevated and beauti ed the pieces even if the material is considered “inexpensive” or of little value like plastic.
My aim was to create a new geometrical formation, while maintaining the soul or character of the Muqarnas, even if its form is modi ed or decomposed. I tried transforming the rigid architecture into loose structure conforming to the body and allowing room for creativity.


Fairouz El Bahr

Islamic Art

Islamic art is the theme of the jewelry collection as Islamic heritage is very rich in concepts and values that deserve to be considered in every aspect of life. In fact Islam represented a distinctive culture with its own unique artistic language that is reflected in art and architecture. 

The main concept is to show the power,be•nty, and luxury of the Islamic art which was influenced by the architecture and the jewelry industry and materials during the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire was considerd as one of the most powerful eras during the domination of the Islamic civilization. 
One of the main targets in the design is to look elegant, ornamented, and luxurious by lighting on the importance of every single detail from every direction (front, back, and side). 

The jewelry collection is a blend between the powerful Ottoman architecture and the luxurious jewelry material of the same era. The collection is inspired by the beauty of geometrical patterns and designs of Islamic art. The clear lines and the obvious geometric devices applied in the design are influenced by the door patterns of the Sulayman Pasha mosque in the citadel, cairo, door of Topkapi palace, and the door shutter, in Sultan Ahmet mosque in istanbul, Turkey (built durnig the Ottoman Empire), 

The elements used to create a harmonious combination which are inspired from the different following door designs. 
1,0T1 The Ottoman artisans used a aim variety of metals gold and silver in order to fashion a piece of .411 jewelry. Also they cared a lot about applying ornamentation, filigree, and colorful precious stones specially ruby and emerald in their jewelry pieces.



Nadine Sherif

Name Category Status
Eman Banna Jewellery Design Honor
Noha Eid Jewellery Design Honor
Sara Osama Jewellery Design Honor