Beirut-born Amsterdam-based designer Najla El Zein’s work explores the psychological potential of abstract form. Her abstract seating sculptures convey the emotional complexity of human relationships.

The formality of the Rose Garden – its geometric planting and arrangement of columns and sculpture – provides an intriguing setting for El Zein’s Seduction, Pair 06, a seating sculpture hand-carved in Iranian red travertine that conveys the sense of two bodies conjoined.

El Zein offers visitors the chance to interact with the work by sitting on it and feeling its shapes and expressions.

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Image of Najla El Zein and Seduction Pair 06, courtesy of Friedman Benda and Najla El Zein, photography by Damien Arlettaz

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