PIPE DREAMS tubular vases collection by Paola Sakr - Photo by Paola Sakr.

PIPE DREAMS tubular vases collection by Paola Sakr – All photos by Paola Sakr.

Flower Design – Lebanese designer Paola Sakr has created Pipe Dreams, a collection of vases that can be arranged in almost endless configurations to create Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower composition.

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PIPE DREAMS tubular vases collection by Paola Sakr - Photo by Paola Sakr.

The brushed stainless steel vases come in the shape of tubular bent pipes. Flowers can be arranged in the opened ends of the L-shaped cut and welded vessels. The free-standing U vessels allow double compositions, while the n-shaped ones are open on the top.

PIPE DREAMS tubular vases collection by Paola Sakr - Photo by Paola Sakr.

The collection’s name Pipe Dreams was actually set and thought of even before creating the vases. It is a recurrent theme for my generation in Lebanon to watch our dreams being reduced to nothing due to the political and financial situation”. Paola Sakr told Archipanic.

The simple and minimalist design reveals a humble and optimistic approach reflecting the resilient perspective of young creatives in Lebanon, a country with a difficult past and an even more challenging present marred by instability further exasperated by the pandemic.

PIPE DREAMS tubular vases collection by Paola Sakr - Photo by Paola Sakr.

I never wanted to express that negative outlook through my project. Instead, what came out is something esthetically light, functional, full of possibilities and options that give room for different choices and routes to be taken.”

In a way, it is symbolic of turning a compromising situation into a limitless one. Whatever gets destroyed only leaves room for renewal and freedom. I wanted that industrial, raw esthetic to act as a blank canvas for the endless possibilities of floral arrangements.”

PIPE DREAMS tubular vases collection by Paola Sakr - Photo by Paola Sakr.

Paola Sakr is an award-winning multidisciplinary designer from Lebanon. Now based in Dubai, she is very passionate about research and experimentation with shapes and materials to create design story-telling. “I believe in constant innovation and simplicity as the perfect tools to create emotional designs.”