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Sustainability in Doha - In conversation with multidisciplinary designer Abdulrahman Al Muftah

2022/12/15

Abdulrahman Al Muftah is a multidisciplinary designer focusing on sustainable product design in Doha. Years of Culture spoke with the designer about his approach to sustainability in his design practice and the materials he uses.
Sustainability in Doha - Abdulrahman Al Muftah
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Sustainable product design in Doha

Beginning his career as an interior designer, Abdulrahman undertook a masters degree in Design Entrepreneurship from VCU here in Qatar, focusing on work in the field of sustainability. 

Describing his journey to becoming a multidisciplinary designer, he explained “I started my design career as an interior designer, which for me was about spatial design and understanding everything that was around me. It was really nice to project my imagination into things that were surrounding me." 

At that point in my career I joined the Masters programme at VCU where I met a lot of multidisciplinary designers and for me that was the first introduction. I didn’t know what a multidisciplinary designer was or what it took to become one but I knew that I wanted to become one. "

Abdulrahman Al Muftah at M7 Design Hub

In 2021, Abdulrahman was featured at Mushreib’s M7 Design Hub, where he showcased a travertine chair inspired by the shadows of the Zekreet in Doha. He describes the material as “reflecting on Qatar now and the Msheirab skyline and architecture. It’s also a very durable material and I know if I take good care of these objects I can pass them down to hopefully my grandkids.”

An important objective for Abdulrahman in his work is to repurpose materials efficiently, usually creating prototypes with recyclable cardboard. 

In April 2022, Abdulrahman also showcased his agricultural project “Terra”, a series of agricultural products for the modern home in Mt’s Studio 7 Concept Store. 

The latest exhibition is Abdulrahman’s thesis exhibition Eadah, a collection of contemporary tools designed to facilitate the pre-prayer cleansing ritual, inspired by traditional Qatari remedies and wellness practices.

Advice for Creative Designers in Qatar

“It’s a really exciting time to be a creative in Qatar - you have that support system, that validation and design and creative community that lifts you up and amplifies you as an artist and a designer.” - Abdulrahman Al Muftah

Sharing his advice to young creators, the designer said “never give up, trust your imagination, there’s no such thing as bad design”.