New York 2016 – German-Iranian designer Siba Sahabi creates Between Two Rivers, a collection of vases made from coiled coloured felt strips. The series takes inspiration from both Ancient Greece and Mesopotamia to bridge between Eastern and Western culture.
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“As a German-Iranian designer, I use my cultural background as a drive to show how the Middle East and Europe have always influenced each other” says Siba Sahabi to ArchiPanic. “To me it is important to point out the positive effects of cultural melting pots”.
Between Two Rivers designs are made by arranging felt strips in the shape of a vase or vessel and then coating it with a layer of paint on both sides. In this way, each object shows three colours: the original colour of the felt (surface of the ridges), the inside, and outside of the objects.
Between Two Rivers takes its name from Mesopotamia, the ancient Greek name of Iraq, which was located between the rivers Tigris and Euphrates. Here in 3.500 BC man invented the wheel and potters started to create circular objects. Over one thousand years later, greeks imported their ancient technique to create Minyan ceramics that inspired Siba Sahabi.
Siba Sahabi defines herself as a poetic designer who shows how cultures can influence one another and how this exchange can lead to new expressions. “I translate cultural heritage into contemporary design through an interpretation of both historical forms and concepts”.
Siba Sahabi showcased her collection at Ventura New York debut exhibition in Manhattan. “Now that a new generation of Dutch designers has taken Europe by storm, we believed it was high time to present their work to the American audience” say at Ventura Project, the organisation that organises also Ventura Lambrate creative district at Milan design week.
All photos by Lisa Klappe, courtesy of Siba Sahabi.