TESSA & TARA
Based in Venice and Beirut, T SAKHI is a multidisciplinary architecture and design studio co-founded in 2016 by Lebanese-Polish sisters Tessa and Tara Sakhi. In an increasingly fast paced world, the sisters place social interaction at the core of their practice, and question our contemporary understandings of identity and living whilst drawing from cultural heritage. They design both permanent and ephemeral spaces and objects, evoking emotional and physical experiences by incorporating senses and memory. Their work also focus on sustainability by recuperating waste materials and recycling them to achieve new textures, shapes and forms.
Their synergetic projects are diverse, playful and interactive. They range from small-scale architecture, urban public installations, commercial and residential interior design, collectible objects, and scenography. Despite their versatile talents and contrasting affinities, the sisters combine their duality to create a hybrid occidental-oriental inspiration, and collaborate with creatives from diverse cultures, provoking a dialogue and exchange that encourages craftsmanship and innovation.
Their work was exhibited in Beirut, Venice, Paris, Milan, London and Dubai. They donated works to support several NGOs in scholarships for architecture students, fund relief efforts for the reconstruction of Beirut, reforestation and sexual health awareness. They held lectures and workshops with universities in Dubai, Sharjah, Sydney, Baltimore and London, and participated in talks and conferences with institutions in Beirut, China and Miami. Their projects were nominated for awards in Venice, China, Milan, California and Berlin, and highly published worldwide in magazines and online platforms.