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Zuzanna Gasior
Sep 25, 2023

Bahraini-Danish studio is a unique mélange of cultures in design.

At the crossroads of West Asia and Europe, a precious collaboration rises, fusing the distinct identities of two regions into its creations. This is 'bahraini—danish', an embodiment of intercultural dialogue in the realm of design.

Established in 2016 in Bahrain, the venture is the brainchild of Batool Alshaikh, Maitham Almubarak, and Christian Vennerstrøm Jensen. Their name is not merely a reflection of their geographical identities but also a nod to the myriad historical exchanges between Bahrain and Denmark, ranging from archaeology and architecture to dairy production.

Their commitment to leveraging "culturally inherent differences" in both social and professional realms sets them apart. These differences are seen as fertile ground for innovation. For them, design is a journey—a series of dialogues, votes, and sketches that merge into a harmonious narrative. Beyond ideation, the collaboration with local artisans and craftspeople highlights the depth of their craftsmanship.

Their prominence has been growing, with recognition in both West Asia and Europe. A key highlight was their collaboration with the Mindcraft Project, where their furniture showcased their unique design philosophy.

An illustrative reflection of their craft was also displayed at Etage Projects, the gallery in Copenhagen. Titled "A SONG FOR A WISHFUL PAST BY BAHRAINI-DANISH", the exhibit ran from 9 December 2021 to 4 February 2022. The vision behind the gallery space is the brainchild of owner Maria Foerlev.

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Zuzanna Gasior
Sep 25, 2023

Bahraini-Danish studio is a unique mélange of cultures in design.

At the crossroads of West Asia and Europe, a precious collaboration rises, fusing the distinct identities of two regions into its creations. This is 'bahraini—danish', an embodiment of intercultural dialogue in the realm of design.

Established in 2016 in Bahrain, the venture is the brainchild of Batool Alshaikh, Maitham Almubarak, and Christian Vennerstrøm Jensen. Their name is not merely a reflection of their geographical identities but also a nod to the myriad historical exchanges between Bahrain and Denmark, ranging from archaeology and architecture to dairy production.

Their commitment to leveraging "culturally inherent differences" in both social and professional realms sets them apart. These differences are seen as fertile ground for innovation. For them, design is a journey—a series of dialogues, votes, and sketches that merge into a harmonious narrative. Beyond ideation, the collaboration with local artisans and craftspeople highlights the depth of their craftsmanship.

Their prominence has been growing, with recognition in both West Asia and Europe. A key highlight was their collaboration with the Mindcraft Project, where their furniture showcased their unique design philosophy.

An illustrative reflection of their craft was also displayed at Etage Projects, the gallery in Copenhagen. Titled "A SONG FOR A WISHFUL PAST BY BAHRAINI-DANISH", the exhibit ran from 9 December 2021 to 4 February 2022. The vision behind the gallery space is the brainchild of owner Maria Foerlev.

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