Getting on an airplane is not the only way to experience travel, we have learned this thanks to our makers, who often based in a certain city bring us the treasures of the countries of their ancestors, or of the countries they have visited and have fallen in love with. That is the case of Hend Krichen, a London-based designer whose practice manufactures handmade home decor inspired by different regions from around the globe.
Her ‘Tunisia Made’ collection, for example, is a series of luxury homewares, designed by her and produced using Tunisia’s rich heritage of artisanal skills and craftsmanship, some of those dusty pink pieces you can find below these lines.
Other makers, like husband and wife team Gianluca Francesco and Yasmin Cicu, from Muna Home, combine their diverse backgrounds to create ethnically inspired arts and crafts. Yasmin was born and raised in Southern Germany to an Abkhazian family, before moving to Istanbul in 1997; Gianluca was born in Italy and spent close to a decade living in England, before settling in Barcelona in 2005. Now they operate out of Istanbul, where Muna Home creates lifestyle products such as rugs, pillows, carpets and cushions from sheep wool, inspired by Turkish traditions.
Nivida Malhotra, a young Indian designer, collaborates with traditionally trained Dhokra artisans to produce stunning contemporary pieces, like the three beautiful lamps she did for her graduation project. The first encounter we had with these pieces relocated us immediately to the warm distant village of Ekatal, where her artisans come from. These lamps come loaded with stories that make us travel in time and space. And that kind of travel is what keeps us going when we can’t get on a plane, and do the visiting ourselves.
The ancient process of Dhokra, or lost wax casting, has been practiced on the Subcontinent for 4,000 years to create diverse, beautiful metal objects. Nivida Malhotra succeeds in creating relevant, contemporary pieces in collaboration with local artisans