Manar Moursi

Cairo's institutional "ahwas" (coffeehouses) are central to the street life of the city. They come in all shapes and sizes but their basic kit of parts are always the same: tiled interior rooms with coal braziers, and imitation bentwood Thonet or plastic chairs forming colored constellations on the pavement. Coupled with tables of battered tin or wood, they support for hours cafe dwellers and their tea, dominoes or backgammon sets.

These tables were the inspiration for the Ahwa Sada series of tables with varying metallic bases. The new tables abstract the base geometries of the original tables and add a thick solid wood top to give spunk and boldness to the original design.