Kawther Alsaffar | Owner & Senior Designer at Saffar
Saffar / The tinker / A person who mends pots and pans. - Derivative of “Safar” good copper.
Kuwaiti product designer, Kawther Alsaffar attained her BFA. in Industrial Design from Rhode Island School of Design, and her MA. in Design Products from the Royal College of Art in London. Her work is multi-disciplinary and uses storytelling and craft to traverse the fictional lines between art and design. She focuses on finding patterns for human intimacy and truth, whether this manifests itself in finding cultural significance, integrity in materials, or creating human connections.
Kawther’s brand, Saffar, works within the local constraints of Kuwait. Through her emerging furniture design practice,Saffar aims to contribute to a worldwide conversation on the differences and importance of experience based cultural design. This is achieved by elevating and promoting the processes and skills available in Kuwait such as sand-casting and copper sinking which have been under-utilized. The products of Saffar aspire to be personally informed, locally defined and universally desirable. She focuses on developing crafts in Kuwait that aren’t favourably considered in the rest of the world, challenging the generic definition of luxury - promoting the local grittiness.