NACRE, where collectible design pairs cutting edge technology with local history, was a collaboration of London-based designers HagenHinderdael and Dubai-based 3D-printed concrete specialists Concreative.

Nacre was inspired by Dubai’s ancient history of pearl diving, with archaeologists finding evidence of this tradition dating back more than 7,000 years ago. The booming pearl industry led to people moving to the coast, establishing the basis for the founding of Dubai. Pearl diving became, and is still considered, one of Dubai’s most treasured traditions. Many Emirati families can trace their ancestry to a time when they were
involved in the pearl trade, which served as the foundation of their modern-day wealth. This early trading tradition led to multi-cultural engagement which is still reflected in Dubai’s present-day identity - and becomes even more important considering the challenges of our current times, where human interaction has been paused due to the global pandemic Covid-19.

The installation was designed with modular pieces that encouraged engagement through a variety of compositions. The shapes were constructed based on research into the structure of the mother of pearl, which is known for its extraordinary strength and flexibility. The structure consisted of hexagonal platelets that were interlocking and rotated, which resulted in the extraordinary qualities of flexibility and strength.

An insight into Dubai’s history and science represented through cutting edge technology, encouraging engagement after times of isolation.

NACRE was made of 3D printed concrete with intricate textures and integrated LED lighting. Due to its material qualities and durability, the elements can be reused as urban outdoor furniture. Continuing to motivate people to participate in positive interaction

About HagenHinderdael

Following their background in architecture and interiors, designers Sofia Hagen and Lisa Hinderdael, pursued a design approach that explores the relationship of lighting and large scale installations in immersive environments.

Our ethos is to design with the afterlife of our lights and installations in mind. Working closely with local craftsmen to combine skilled methodologies with sustainable materials and cutting-edge technology, we produce elements and experiences that bear the incentive of a continuous afterlife.

Pairing product design with art, HagenHinderdael pursue a design approach that explores the relationship between lighting and large scale installations in immersive environments. Creating statement pieces that resemble architectural jewelry and spatial interventions that raise awareness on global issues, each product and installation has its own journey that is sustainably sourced and locally manufactured.

About Concreative

Concreative LLC, is the first industrial large-scale Concrete 3D Printing Company. We are specialized in concrete additive manufacturing with fully integrated services. Innovative technology to merge architects’ ideas and engineers’ constraints. Concrete 3D printing expertise. Design & manufacture highly complex shapes.