The Orient and the Occident

Amazing work by poetic designer Siba Sahabi.

The short film entitled Pallas Athena is made by Siba Sahabi in collaboration with Lisa Klappe and Niels van den Top, and juxtaposes the setting of a Greek pre-antique pottery workshop with the modern techniques of the felt coiling used in Siba’s objects. The short film is dedicated to the wise but short-tempered Greek goddess of inspiration, crafts, art and war.

Siba Sahabi (Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam) is a poetic designer. Drawing from her German/Iranian roots, Siba’s work aims to show how one culture can influence an- other, leading to renewal and cultural richness. Her designs are inspired by the Europe- an and Middle Eastern history of ceramics. A passion for crafts and imperfection drives the process of Siba’s work. Siba’s studio is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Siba has previously won the 'Comeseedo' competition in Berlin and the 'Most Remarkable Repair Contest' initiated by Platform 21 in Amsterdam. Her work has been published in books such as Hands on! Dutch design in the 21st century/d’Jonge Hond, Papercraft/Gestalten and The New Artisans/Thames & Hudson. Her work has been exhibited locally and internationally in galleries such as Direktorenhaus in Berlin, OCT Art & Design Gallery in Shenzhen and Saatchi Gallery in London.

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