Dara Hamarneh’s Virtual Bag Tour
3 takes on 3 iconic Dara Hamarneh bags with a few of our favorite Arab women in the region and the diaspora.

There’s something scientific about the trial processes behind the making of a new object. The material experimentation, the frustration in not being able to achieve the wanted result, the pressure to create a successful formula to then repeat over and over and always be timeless. 

Some require silence, some like to play with chaos. The acre smell of chemical substances and viscous fluids inebriate the maker, sparking their creativity and triggering a creative course of action leading to the materialization of the initial sketch. It’s here, in the flesh, or rather in the materia, the inanimate object comes alive. 

Raw materials are hard to conceptualize. How could a block of marble become an extremely precise sculpture detailed with veins, nails and thick curls? Does it all sit in the head of the artisan, or does the stone itself play a part? How does a rugged piece of wood get refined down to a smooth, slick surface free of prickles? Artisanal items require love and patience. A special connection between the hand of the maker and the pure essence of the ingredients. The brain knows what the final result should be way ahead. The manufacturing process then takes days, weeks, sometimes months to reach its final form. 

Multi-disciplinary design studio SAMDE does just that. It wrestles with craft, experiments with substances, it defeats manufacturing limitations by eliminating material boundaries, juxtaposing different mediums and ideas. 

Its first release, TRAY 001, is an exploration of multiple casting techniques. Clay, wood, concrete. The mixtures and dye pigmentation offer texture and attribute life to an otherwise still object. Simple in its shape, the article provides essential functionality and hardly intrusive size. Yet, it allows for countless use: for your burning cigarette ashes, a place to empty your pockets or as a base for a fuming Palo Santo. 

The final item, a product of extensive prototyping and the refinement of various iterations of the same initial idea, came to be a concrete tray. Sharp corners delineate the handmade object that naturally offers irregularities and kinks due to its artisanal essence. 

Based in Houston, SAMDE is the brainchild of Ivan Samedi, founded as a way to embody his architectural studies and give shape to his minimalistic approach to design. 

Dara Hamarneh’s Virtual Bag Tour
3 takes on 3 iconic Dara Hamarneh bags with a few of our favorite Arab women in the region and the diaspora.

There’s something scientific about the trial processes behind the making of a new object. The material experimentation, the frustration in not being able to achieve the wanted result, the pressure to create a successful formula to then repeat over and over and always be timeless. 

Some require silence, some like to play with chaos. The acre smell of chemical substances and viscous fluids inebriate the maker, sparking their creativity and triggering a creative course of action leading to the materialization of the initial sketch. It’s here, in the flesh, or rather in the materia, the inanimate object comes alive. 

Raw materials are hard to conceptualize. How could a block of marble become an extremely precise sculpture detailed with veins, nails and thick curls? Does it all sit in the head of the artisan, or does the stone itself play a part? How does a rugged piece of wood get refined down to a smooth, slick surface free of prickles? Artisanal items require love and patience. A special connection between the hand of the maker and the pure essence of the ingredients. The brain knows what the final result should be way ahead. The manufacturing process then takes days, weeks, sometimes months to reach its final form. 

Multi-disciplinary design studio SAMDE does just that. It wrestles with craft, experiments with substances, it defeats manufacturing limitations by eliminating material boundaries, juxtaposing different mediums and ideas. 

Its first release, TRAY 001, is an exploration of multiple casting techniques. Clay, wood, concrete. The mixtures and dye pigmentation offer texture and attribute life to an otherwise still object. Simple in its shape, the article provides essential functionality and hardly intrusive size. Yet, it allows for countless use: for your burning cigarette ashes, a place to empty your pockets or as a base for a fuming Palo Santo. 

The final item, a product of extensive prototyping and the refinement of various iterations of the same initial idea, came to be a concrete tray. Sharp corners delineate the handmade object that naturally offers irregularities and kinks due to its artisanal essence. 

Based in Houston, SAMDE is the brainchild of Ivan Samedi, founded as a way to embody his architectural studies and give shape to his minimalistic approach to design. 

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