Inspirational History: Siba Sahabi Draws from the Past

Siba Sahabi’s latest creation, a partition screen titled Mudéjar, is inspired by the impact Moorish architecture has had on Southern Spain between the 12th and 17th centuries. The “Mudéjar Style” consists of traditional Arabic shapes and forms combined with local Spanish building materials, such as brick, iron and plaster.

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The repeating two-dimensional patterns are a characteristic of the Mudéjar Style and are found at the Alhambra Palace in Granada. Sahabi based her design on one triangular element that can be fixed in different directions and the 172 lightweight triangular elements are a mix of resin and chalk and have the appearance of concrete. They translate cultural heritage into a contemporary interior item.

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Sahabi draws from her German/Iranian roots, to show how one culture can influence another, leading to renewal and cultural richness. Her work has been published in newspapers such as the Financial Times, La Repubblica and Wall Street International. Siba’s award-winning work has been exhibited locally and internationally in museums and galleries such as the MuseoNacional de BellasArtes in Buenos Aires, Design Museum in Gent and Saatchi Gallery in London.

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