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Beirut design studio T Sakhi uses Murano glass for new tableware series

The new collections combine the special glass with recycled material.

Based in Beirut, design studio T Sakhi has revealed two new collections of tableware that combine Venetian Murano glass with recycled metal threads and powder, resulting in delicately textured designs. The two series, titled Tasting Threads and Nomads, are meant to reflect and celebrate the cultural similarities between the two Mediterranean regions of Lebanon and Italy.

While Tasting Threads consists of long and short glasses, shot glasses, flat plates and deep bowls, Nomads includes large and small flasks. The two collections are further distinguished by their appearance: the former features a regular, glossy effect, while the latter boasts a craquelure effect, with its rougher finish created via a sand-blasting technique.

T Sakhi was founded by Lebanese-Polish sisters Tessa and Tara Sakhi in 2016. For their latest creations, the two worked with local craftsmen in Venice to sculpt the Murano glass into objects that draw from traditional Lebanese shapes.

Each of the objects are brightly coloured and evocative of precious stones, like amethyst, amber, ruby and cobalt. The pieces are also named after human virtues, including Isra (widsom), Dalia (faith), Kalla (beauty), Mayra (rebellion) and more.

In addition to local craftsmen, T Sakhi worked with Venetian glass studio Laguna B to bring the designs to life.

While Tasting Threads and Nomads was originally accompanied by a third collection, this was postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. When released, the remaining series, I Hear You Tremble will offer “extraterrestrial” glassware objects, incorporating aluminium waste.