December 2023

Origin of Life

Window installation

‘Origin of Life’ is a window installation by ceramicist and metalworker Nuhad Haffar-Orsini as part of DesignTO Festival.

Fonts in use Friz Quadrata (Designer: Ernst Friz Foundry: ITC), New Diane Script by Paul Bergès, and  Suisse Int'l Bold (Designer: Ian Party Foundry: Swiss Typefaces)

About the project: 

Depths & Beginnings: In the ocean’s abyss, the absence of sunlight gives way to an extraordinary phenomenon. Structures emerge out of the silt & sand of the seabed, releasing molten hot magma which collides with freezing seawater. This creates a chemical interaction that can nurture a thriving ecosystem, and it’s fascinated scientists because it’s redefined our understanding of the requirements of life.

Hydrothermal vents, believed to be the cradle of primordial life, inspired Nuhad to create shapes that reflect their underwater origins but evolve into something new. Using ceramics and metal  — materials known for their resiliency and longevity, she combines ceramic hand building techniques with TIG welding to form a new landscape.

‘Origin of Life’ is a testament to the notion that life’s most vital building blocks form under immense pressure, reflecting Nuhad’s personal experiences with motherhood and migration.