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GUC Students Win First Place in Furniture Design "Challenge with Innovative Circular Beach Chair”

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

A talented group of students from the German University in Cairo (GUC) has won the top award in the "Furniture Design Challenge," an incredible demonstration of innovation and sustainability. The winning proposal, "Design For Circularity," by Mennrauallah Assem, Sara Khedre, Tarnim Farag, and Lina Abdelrouf, reimagines the traditional beach chair with an emphasis on circular design principles.

The team was challenged to think outside the box in order to create a lightweight, foldable beach chair that would meet the needs of beachgoers. They wanted to make a better and more comfortable version of the traditional Deck Chair, so they broke with the norm.

The emphasis on user comfort in their design is an important factor. For the chair, the team carefully chose skin-friendly and wrapped fabric to ensure that users relaxing by the water would be as comfortable as possible. Additionally, they placed a high priority on a streamlined and thin frame to maximize storage capacity in addition to visual appeal. When folded, the chair offers both elegance and functionality, blending in perfectly with its surroundings.

The team used strong and environmentally friendly materials—canvas for the cloth and timber for the frame—as a tribute to sustainability. The chair's dual purpose, however, is where the real innovation is found. The team has improved the chair's utility and promoted circular design principles like multifunctionality and reusability by cleverly designing it to detach into a cushioned beach mat.

Their win underscores the importance of sustainable design in today's world, where environmental consciousness is paramount. By embracing circular design principles, the "Design For Circularity" project not only offers a glimpse into the future of furniture design but also sets a compelling example for sustainable innovation.

The German University in Cairo proudly congratulates Mennaruallah Assem, Sara Khedre, Tarnim Farag, and Lina Abdelrouf on their remarkable achievement. Their success not only reflects their talent and dedication but also highlights GUC's commitment to fostering creativity, innovation, and sustainability among its students.


Jury Staff:

1. Alaa El Anssary: Jury in furniture challenge

2. Daniela Amandolese: jury in furniture challenge

3. Regine Ritz: Jury in Elaraby Design Challenge


Speaker Staff:

  1. Alaa El Anssary

            DeForum (Panel discussion)

            Topic: Design, Culture, and Consumer Engagement: Crafting Connections

            Location: Cinema Radio, Downtown Cairo

            Date: 26/02/2024

  1. Alberta Carandenta

            Talk: Silent Revolutions in Design

             Location: Cinema Radio, Downtown Cairo

             Date: 27/02/2024

  1. Daniela Amandolese

            Talk: “Wanna be a circular designer. Principles, Tools and Strategies.'

            Location: Cinema Radio, Downtown Cairo

            Date: Monday 26th of Feb



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