The candleholders, made of felt, are dedicated to the metropolis that connects Europe and the Middle East. The shapes and colours of the candleholders are inspired by the silhouette of Istanbul and the different shades of light on city facades at dusk and dawn.
However, the Istanbul Twilights will never fall victim of a fire the historic city so often did in the beginning of the last century. The choice of material is based on a certain characteristic of wool: it doesn’t catch fire. The felt is cut into long strips and then coiled by hand into circles, like a snake. The candleholders are completed with a candlepin.
Siba Sahabi (Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam, 2006) is a poetic designer. Drawing from her German/Iranian roots, the work of Siba aims to show how one culture can influence another, leading to renewal and cultural richness. Her designs are inspired by the European and Middle Eastern history of ceramics and architecture. A passion for crafts and imperfection drives the process of Siba’s work.
Siba Sahabi presents her candlestick series Istanbul Twilight at MINT during the London Design Festival (14th-23th of September 2012).