First Design + Industry Workshop

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In December 2008 Rhimal initiated its incubator activities with the first Egypt Design + Industry Workshop in partnership with the Egyptian Furniture Export Council and the Istituto Europeo di Design Centro Ricerche (IED) in Milan.  This workshop is the first of a series of similar workshops that bring young local designers and manufacturers in direct collaborative contact with experienced international designers as a means of transforming the local industrial design discourse towards international relevance. In this workshop 8 international designers, 20 young Egyptian designers and 21 furniture manufacturers participated. The objectives include:

  • Young emerging talent are fostered and supported towards maturity and growth;
  • The furniture manufacturers develop functional mechanisms for using design;
  • The seeds for a new brand name for “Design from Egypt” are planted in the international market;
  • Two international exhibitions of international products from Egypt are organized in Milan and Cairo;

The designers worked through a three phase process with the companies to develop a number of prototypes that attempted to reflect a new language for ‘design from Egypt’. The outputs of the workshop were featured in the Milan International Furniture Fair in April 2009 under a new brand name of “KYME”. This brand name and its identity were developed through a communication design workshop that was conducted parallel to the design workshop and involved another group of international experts and local communication designers. A second exhibition was organized in Furnex in Cairo in June of the same year.

Design Teams:   Participating Manufacturers :

Daniel Dendra
Haytham Mohamed
Karim Mahrous
Marawn Fayed
Mohamed Badr
Mona Hegazy
Nada Kabil

Harry & Camila
Salma Mashhour
Khaled Hosny
Noor Soroor
Ahmed Ezzat
Mai Shaaban

Lita Albequerque
Haitham Abo Hadid
Hunia Tomoum
Karim Kafrawy
Nada Lotayef
Sally Mohamed
Tamer Azazi

Tarek Naga
Ahmed Abdullah
Ahmed Saad
Mahmoud Mansour
Marwa Bedair
Salma Jalabi

Frans Schrofer
Ahmed Nasr
Mohamed Mostafa
Nehal El Aktash
Omnia Abdel Sabour
Rami Makram

Karim Mekhtigian
Abeer Mohamed
Amira Selim
Ghada Ibrahim
Hala Adel
Moritz Schmidt
Sara Mokbel
Sarah Moharam

Shinichiro Ogata
Aicha Mansour
Anais Mikaelian
Kareem Hammouda
Mazin Abdulkarim



Al Cazar Fine Woods

Ali Khalil

Amr Helmy Designs

La Roche Furniture Industries

Arket Wood Furniture

Deluxe Office Furniture

Archi Touch


Multi M Group




Karassi + Karassi





CAT Egypt

Archi Caza