Bidoun series by Katrin Greiling for Traffic


German designer Katrin Greiling has created a collection of sofas inspired by nomadic Bedouin furniture for Dubai brand Traffic.

Called Bidoun, the pieces consist of stacked mattresses held together with a cord threaded through them to create sofas, ottomans and tables of varying heights, colours and fabrics.

The collection was developed for was developed for the Bidoun Magazine lounge as part of an event called ArtPark at ArtDubai 2009 earlier this year.

Here's some text from the designer:


'Bidoun' is a furniture series - sofas ottomans, benches and tables - created for the Bidoun Lounge at ArtPark, ArtDubai 2009. In total, 15 pieces were designed and developed as part of the temporary space located at the car park of Madinat Jumeirah.

For this line, we decided to study nomadic Arabs (Bedouins) and use their furniture and lifestyle as our form of inspiration in developing contemporary interpretation of traditional Arab seating.

The sofa system involves several mattresses stacked on to a base and fixed by a cord and inspired by the stacking method usually applied.

The cord come from the same inspiration source - the Bedouin tent. It expresses the flexibility and mobility of the design. The seating height of the furniture can be adjusted by adding/removing mattresses and the appearance can be changed by flipping the mattresses, bringing a different fabric to the top.

A variation of the upholstery fabrics is chosen to reflect the random availability of patterns and is a symbol for traveling and the different cultures in the Middle East. Patterns and colours would change depending on the context.

This series is the 1st collection developed by Traffic and will be part of a contemporary line inspired by the Middle East. Heading this development is Katrin Greiling, Director of Industrial Design at Traffic.

Bidoun series
Year: 2009
Design: Katrin Greiling
Producer: Traffic

Posted on Thursday November 19th 2009 at 2:21 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Hol

    Sooooo much better than the Moroso Indian stuff!

  • almost authentic!

  • modular

    Better or not, it’s clear that the Moroso collection influenced this one.

    So no kudos for creativity, yet some kudos for a good “re-design”.

  • the series looks amazing. congrats to traffic. best design from dubai.

  • Cr

    @Hol TRUE ! This project is soooo much nicer than Moroso’s.

  • tiffany

    looks insired on the Layers series by Richard Hutten, specially his daybed:


    Rope tying furniture together, what a great idea.

  • jens

    in wat way is it better? i beg to differ..

  • One of a very few ’09-designs that really matters! Straight concept. Hats off to Kathrin!

  • Bhavesh

    i really liked this sofa. How much this sofa would cost? and who to contact?

  • CAn you buy these sofas? Or are any similar ones made?