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Sharjah professor’s work acquired by NY museum

Stratum Chair. A design by Ammar Kalo that has just been aquired by The Cooper Hewitt, part of the Smithsonian Design Museum in New York. Image courtesy of AUS.
Stratum Chair. A design by Ammar Kalo that has just been aquired by The Cooper Hewitt, part of the Smithsonian Design Museum in New York. Image courtesy of AUS.

The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York has acquired two pieces of work by American University of Sharjah (AUS) faculty member Ammar Kalo, for its permanent collection. Kalo is assistant professor of architecture at the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD).

His Stratum Chair, made from plywood strata layers and with only three legs is edgy and has a sense of delicate balance. The N-Bowl series are robotically formed with sheets of brass and copper.

Having his work in this prominent global collection is a notable achievement. Dr. Varkki George Pallathucheril, Dean of CAAD said: “It brings prestige to the College of Architecture, Art and Design and is a reflection of CAAD’s support for creative work as valued and valuable scholarship.”

The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the United States devoted to historical and contemporary design and is a part of the Smithsonian Institution, the most visited museum complex in the world.

Kalo received his Bachelor of Architecture from AUS and is currently the Director of CAAD Labs at AUS, where he also teaches classes focused on digital fabrication. Last year, Kalo also won the highly anticipated Emerging Designer of the Year Award at the Harper’s Bazaar Interiors Awards 2015 for his technologically advanced designs, most notably his Stratum chair.

Updated: November 21, 2016 04:00 AM

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