Fikra Tables by Ammar Kalo

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Embracing visual heaviness and experimenting with an unconventional material such as recycled rubber crumb, Ammar Kalo designed a series of tables with a bulbous rubber body which appears to have been sliced in half, revealing a solid white oak interior. The table tops are made of white oak panels and cerused with pink paint, picking up hues from its surroundings. The hovering black masses are delicately balanced by contrasting thin legs which pierce through to the ground. A cross section of the legs can be seen from the table top, nestled in between the tabletop surface and the rubber exterior. These pieces were commissioned by Fikra Campus, which is a design studio, a co-working space, a café, a design library, and an experimental gallery based in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Each of the four tables was designed for a specific use and location within the space.