Designing in PalestineAfter studying and working in Paris, brothers Elias and Yousef Anastas, both designers and architects, returned home to Palestine in 2012.

Designing in PalestineAfter studying and working in Paris, brothers Elias and Yousef Anastas, both designers and architects, returned home to Palestine in 2012.

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"We want to trigger the production of furniture that’s well-designed and produced locally at an affordable price."

How does the Palestinian context shape your approach to architecture?

Yousef: There are many challenges when practicing in Palestine. We’ve inherited urban laws from different periods, and we have to work within those parameters. On the artisanal side, we’re struggling against the disappearance of local knowledge. We approach our projects in a generic manner—as if we weren’t Palestinians—and adapt according to context.

That seems like a very objective approach. Do you think of your work as political?

Yousef: We can’t avoid the context, but it may be counterproductive to perceive our work as political. Generic architecture or design is often more fruitful as it leads to objectivity. The political context is neither the source nor the result of our work; when it comes down to it, ...

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