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All Images by Romain Bassenne, Courtesy of T Sakhi
by Lynne Myers
“We wanted to design functional objects for everyday use that bring people together and allow people to interact and share moments over food and alcohol.”
~ Tessa & Tara Sakhi of T Sakhi
Tessa and Tara Sakhi – otherwise known as T SAKHI – are bringing glorious colors and exquisite textures to the dining table with two charming tableware collections, called 'Nomads' and 'Tasting Threads' respectively. Inspired by both Lebanese shapes and traditional Venetian craftsmanship, the multi-disciplinary designers seek to emphasize the similarities that lie in these two very different Mediterranean cultures.
Both collections were born after the Lebanese-Polish sisters first visited Italy's Murano Island – a place synonymous with glassmaking. On this first trip four years ago, they began working with local glassblowers and became fascinated with the process:
“The process of glassmaking, its malleability and fluidity which turns to solid, made us want to explore the different possible textures,” Tessa told DLISH.
T Sakhi Murano Workshop
The first collection to arise from T SAKHI's Murano workshop is called 'Nomads' and it's inspired by human interaction and traditional forms. The project comprises a series of alcohol flasks that are designed to be a 'universal accessory' that 'any culture can relate to:
“The Nomads is a collection of alcohol flasks and alcohol is a substance that disrupts the social masks, revealing the full spectrum of human emotions in their rawest form. Its design offers different ways of consumption, each reflecting a particular state of mind, from solitary moments to social gatherings,” explained Tessa when she spoke to DLISH in an interview earlier this year.
The Nomad Collection by T Sakhi
Perfect for dinner parties with friends or livening up a quiet drink alone, the designs are available in large carafes for the table or smaller, portable drinking flasks. Like an ancient wine jug, the simple, rounded shape evokes an iconic timelessness. The 'Nomads' are named after six different human virtues, letting you choose the one that most speaks to you: wisdom (ISRA), faith (DALIA), beauty (KALLA), rebellion (MAYRA), vengeance (HERA), or infidelity (FREA).
Following the 'Nomads' alcohol flasks, T SAKHI later found inspiration in traditional tableware to create 'Tasting Threads' – a plate and glass collection that gives shape and color to two cultures combined:
“The Tasting Threads collection is a tableware collection highlighting the strong duality of two Mediterranean cultures – the beauty and delicacy of the Murano glass and the traditional iconic shapes of Lebanese tableware,” said Tessa.
Tasting Threads by T Sakhi
As well as highlighting the parallels between Italian and Lebanese cultures, which both place a huge importance on social gathering and dining, 'Tasting Threads' also offers a unique, tactile rendering of traditional Murano glass. Each handcrafted piece is combined with metallic threads, giving the collection its name and endowing the objects with a beautiful textured effect that's different every time:
“We decided to do something with the glass, wanting to play with its textures and boundaries. We would gather leftover aluminum, copper, and brass from metal factories in Venice and try to incorporate them with the Murano glass,” continued Tessa.
In an effort to make table settings more dynamic and playful, 'Tasting Threads' is available in various sizes. The collection comprises short and tall glasses, two different-sized flasks, a deep bowl and a large plate. Each piece comes in seven vivid shades, from cobalt blue to ruby, and emerald green to orange.
Click here to discover the 'Nomads' and 'Tasting Threads' collections in DLISH's Limited Editions Shop.
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