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Cairo’s underground youth & the gender divide in this growing subculture
“I think although people are trying to break through some norms and cultural rules, gender remains something that they still can’t break.”
Omar Nagati on renegotiating Downtown Cairo through design
“You need to include in any plan or revision for Downtown or any neighbourhood, the local community, which is not necessarily the case so far."
Cairo architect Nada Elhadedy on architecture driven by circumstance
“So instead of using the building as a barrier… we used it to promote openings and interaction.”
Reform is an award-winning design studio based in Cairo, Egypt.
IKEA launches ÖVERALLT collection during Design Indaba Festival
The limited-edition ÖVERALLT collection was launched on 27th February 2019 at the place where it all started – Design Indaba Festival.
Art collective tells painful stories of the displaced
Foundland Collective uses research, art and design to track the traumatic stories of people affected by forced migration.
Conserving Cairo's architectural heritage
Meet ARCHiNOS, an architecture firm that is helping to restore Cairo's mediaeval and Ottoman-era buildings.
Designer Roba Mostafa on creating a market for interactive media in Egypt
“I believe that interactive media would become a fundamental medium used in the future. It makes the science fiction of yesterday the possibility of today”
Egyptian comic book artists are writing their way out of censorship
"It wasn’t just a political revolution, it was also an artistic revolution. This is reflected in the art scene of Egypt.”
Conscious fashion: Amna Elshandaweely’s take on fashion and revolution
The Cairo designer makes a moving case for social impact with something as simple as the clothes we wear.
Dina Amin on stop animation, upcycling in Cairo and her inspiration
“I kept thinking, questioning whether we actually need all the things that we produce..."
In the Shadow of the Pyramids explores memory and identity in Egypt
A long-term personal look at how the everyday citizens of Egypt and how things have changed in years since the Arab Spring.
VRapeutic is pioneering virtual reality therapy in Egypt
The new tech is catching on in healthcare sectors all over the world. This startup is bringing it to North Africa.
The Egyptian fashion designer combines ethics and aesthetics to create unique, trendy collections.
Egyptian upcycling startup creates fashionable accessories from trash
We spoke to UpFuse, the company turning Cairo’s trash into wardrobe treasures, about what it's like to open a business in Egypt.
These biodegradable products represent a fresh perspective on the traditional practices of sustainability
How can a chair and a shoebox contribute to a more ecologically sustainable future?
Cairo: Youth in resistance
Director Selim El Sadek documents the youth who challenge the system through hip hop in Cairo, Egypt.
Can you spot the women in these chaotic, illustrated ads?
This ad campaign highlights the lack of women in the Egyptian workforce.
1001 Cairo street chairs and the particular charm of imperfection
The long-term Sidewalk Salon project documents the city of Cairo by looking at it from the perspective of the ubiquitous street chair.
Design Indaba to collaborate with IKEA
Design Indaba is proud to announce a collaboration with global homeware giant IKEA, set to launch at the Design Indaba Festival 2017.
Refugees Are Real by Ghada Wali
Egyptian designer Ghada Wali created a series of interactive paintings to bridge the gap between refugees and their host countries.
Tinker Friday: Meet Cairo-based tinkerer Dina Amin
Egyptian designer Dina Amin takes apart everyday objects to create stop-motion shorts for her project Tinker Friday.
Amna Elshandaweely launches her new collection at Design Indaba
“Through design and through art we are the people that can change the world.”
Reform: From trash to furniture in Cairo
We talk to Reform Studio, a Cairo-based design studio that turns old plastic bags into furniture by creating an eco-friendly material called Plastex.
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