Brand Xena Kalouti focuses on the borderline between art, culture, and architecture to produce designs exploring traces of heritage that have been absent from our everyday life. Guided by ritualized uses of materials in the past and present and the materials’ transformative capacities for creating atmospheres. Evoking a visual understanding of how they are made, in meanings of pride and joy not only emanate from abstracted visual forms but the skills and craftsmanship of their makers that engaged into an artistic design thinking process.
Each object is precisely handmade to celebrate and regenerate traditional crafts that are mainly handed down over hundreds of years in the middle east. Showcasing varying produce and can be customized, having different collections of boxes, trays, platters, and coasters. Using different types of wood and natural veneers, mother of pearl with different traditional techniques such as inlay marquetry and carving where art and artisanship unite to create objects that access our rich history and let it speak.
Architect Xena Kalouti explores materials and their aesthetic and structural potentials to present luxurious decorative objects such as candle holders that is composed of layered marbles that morph into different colors and textures to reveal the profound beauty of marble, ending with elegantly lavish finished brass.