kutleh (arabic: block, mass) is a project that repurposes the surplus produced from cladding tiles used in everyday construction projects and attempts to create blocks out of the discarded. These new kutleh blocks emerge as a new medium.

In its essence, kutleh aspires to create multiple unique blocks of various forms and colors, offering designers around the world a new medium to carve out and realize their own designs.

This project was conceptualized and established by Architect Rula Yaghmour, who has an interest in various design disciplines. Her appreciation and understanding of materiality has ushered in a fruitful collaboration with stone and marble fabricators A.W. Yasin & Sons Co. The family business has been in this industry since the early 1960s, contributing with their valuable expertise to Rula's designs.

Blocks of kutleh draw from selective color spectra that evoke the natural stones in the Levant and the Mediterranean. kutleh presents itself as a redefined raw material, which designers can carve out their limitless creations from, to introduce innovative forms.

While it is important for kutleh to reflect the local feel of our region, we think of the project as one that extends beyond boundaries. Stone waste is produced all over the world, and we see ourselves producing localized collections that reflect the lands of the raw materials. The variation of colors and forms that spring from different locations is where the beauty lies.

Blocks of kutleh draw from selective color spectra that evoke the natural stones in the Levant and the Mediterranean. kutleh presents itself as a redefined raw material, which designers can carve out their limitless creations from, to introduce innovative forms.

While it is important for kutleh to reflect the local feel of our region, we think of the project as one that extends beyond boundaries. Stone waste is produced all over the world, and we see ourselves producing localized collections that reflect the lands of the raw materials. The variation of colors and forms that spring from different locations is where the beauty lies.

origin

eclectic block

A reflection of the project's origins, each block carries all the shades and stone colors of the Mediterranean, with randomly-arranged layers for distinctive personalities.

petra

reds block

The manifestation of a world wonder, petra embodies the marvelous hues of red in an arrangement that echoes the majestic colors of the Nabataean mountains.

quds

natural block

A delicate low-contrast mass from world-renowned Jerusalem natural stone forms interwoven shades of white and beige.

neve

greys block

Timeless white slabs with accents of grey, blue and black mix the striking veins of Calacatta with the subtle textures of Carrara.

earth

warm block

The harmonious mass infuses natural browns and polished greys of different shades, mirroring both ends of Earth's warm spectrum.

powder

graphic block

The smooth yet defined lines of this new-engineered block are the fusion of synthetic resin and recycled natural stone powder.
chair
dimensions (cm): 100wx120lx60h

series_00

chair

This hyperbolic prototype, inspired by the concrete experiments of Roni Horn’s chair, is the first adaptation of kutleh, as it explores the wild and boundless possibilities of this material.
chair
dimensions (cm): 100wx120lx60h
fado
dimensions (cm):
30d

series_01

light fixtures

This collection investigates the possibilities of kutleh in different forms, and is designed to dress famous IKEA lighting units up in eclectic elegance.
fado
dimensions (cm):
30d
rodd
dimensions (cm):
16dx50h

series_01

light fixtures

This collection investigates the possibilities of kutleh in different forms, and is designed to dress famous IKEA lighting units up in eclectic elegance.
rodd
dimensions (cm):
16dx50h
kvart
dimensions (cm):
15dx45h

series_01

light fixtures

This collection investigates the possibilities of kutleh in different forms, and is designed to dress famous IKEA lighting units up in eclectic elegance.
kvart
dimensions (cm):
15dx45h
omplopp
dimensions (cm):
4wx5lx40h

series_01

light fixtures

This collection investigates the possibilities of kutleh in different forms, and is designed to dress famous IKEA lighting units up in eclectic elegance.
omplopp
dimensions (cm):
4wx5lx40h
one
carved out of kutleh dimensions (cm):
20wx25lx22h

series_02

vases

The curvilinear forms of this collection bend and twist, revealing the underlying beauty and the concealed layers of stone and marble.
one
carved out of kutleh dimensions (cm):
20wx25lx22h
two
carved out of kutleh dimensions (cm):
20wx25lx22h

series_02

vases

The curvilinear forms of this collection bend and twist, revealing the underlying beauty and the concealed layers of stone and marble.
two
carved out of kutleh dimensions (cm):
20wx25lx22h
three
carved out of kutleh dimensions (cm):
20wx25lx22h

series_02

vases

The curvilinear forms of this collection bend and twist, revealing the underlying beauty and the concealed layers of stone and marble.
three
carved out of kutleh dimensions (cm):
20wx25lx22h
four
carved out of kutleh dimensions (cm):
20wx25lx22h

series_02

vases

The curvilinear forms of this collection bend and twist, revealing the underlying beauty and the concealed layers of stone and marble.
four
carved out of kutleh dimensions (cm):
20wx25lx22h
five
carved out of kutleh dimensions (cm):
20wx25lx22h

series_02

vases

The curvilinear forms of this collection bend and twist, revealing the underlying beauty and the concealed layers of stone and marble.
five
carved out of kutleh dimensions (cm):
20wx25lx22h
six
carved out of kutleh dimensions (cm):
20wx25lx22h

series_02

vases

The curvilinear forms of this collection bend and twist, revealing the underlying beauty and the concealed layers of stone and marble.
six
carved out of kutleh dimensions (cm):
20wx25lx22h
seven
carved out of kutleh dimensions (cm):
20wx25lx22h

series_02

vases

The curvilinear forms of this collection bend and twist, revealing the underlying beauty and the concealed layers of stone and marble.
seven
carved out of kutleh dimensions (cm):
20wx25lx22h
kutleh (arabic: block, mass) is an attempt to design a new medium—a new stone block—from the surplus and waste of the stone industry and construction projects.

A project by
Rula Yaghmour
& A.W Yasin & Sons Co.

contact to order

kutleh offers designers a new medium to carve out and realize their own designs, and clients a series of limited edition products to choose from.

@kutleh on instagram
info@kutleh.com
+962 79 573 4884
Image courtesy of
Amman Design Week 2017
kutleh (arabic: block, mass) is an attempt to design a new medium—a new stone block—from the surplus and waste of the stone industry and construction projects.

A project by
Rula Yaghmour
& A.W Yasin & Sons Co.

@kutleh on instagram
info@kutleh.com
+962 79 573 4884

contact to order

kutleh offers designers a new medium to carve out and realize their own designs, and clients a series of limited edition products to choose from.

Image courtesy of
Amman Design Week 2017