AUD Interior Design Graduate at Dubai Design Days
Hana Akram joins team of top furniture designers to discuss ‘Seed to Seat’ project

Photo courtesy of Dubai Design Days website
The Department of Interior Design at AUD was proud to announce the participation of one of its own graduate Hana Akram at Dubai Design Days 2017, the leading fair in the Middle East and South Asia dedicated to collectible and limited edition furniture and design objects.
Hana - along with seven of the most prominent and exciting designers in the UAE including Fadi Sarieddine, Anna Szonyi, Tarik Al Zaharna, Bruce Paget, George Kahler, and Pallavi Dean, was interviewed by Manuel Arnaut, Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Digest Middle East during a special session on the ‘Seed to Seat’ project, and the open brief to design ‘something to sit on’. The conversation happened while seated on each of their expressions of the project. It was a kind of designer show and tell.

‘Seed to Seat’ is a project initiated by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) in Australia, New Zealand, UAE and South Africa. 19 Designers, [among them Hana from the UAE], demonstrate how good design and US hardwoods can leave a light environmental footprint.
Hana Akram is one of our outstanding graduates and we are very proud of her,” comments Chadi El Tabbah, Associate Professor of Interior design at AUD. “She shined at Dubai Design Days among the top furniture designers in town!
Hana Akram
I’m an artist, a designer and a human being. I seek balance between simplicity, purpose and beauty in my work. There’s an art to designing, not for the sake of art but for what it can do for people which is why the main subject of my work – through both my art and designs – is other human beings.
I come from a Kurdish background but I was born and raised in Saudi Arabia where I first developed passion for art. With equal passion, my knowledge and fascination for design grew when I moved to Dubai 10 years ago. Awarded as my department’s ‘Best Designer’, I received my BFA degree in Interior Design at the American University in Dubai.
Overall, my aim is to create great experiences, move people through the filter of design and explore various fields by allowing myself to continuously evolve.[1]