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Trompe l'oeil


Alexandra Hakim’s accessory collection is an intellectual and quirky exploration inspired by surrealism. Her designs incorporate real lemons and peppers that are treated as “trompe-l’œil”, creating an illusion of reality that challenges the viewer’s perception.

The Citrus “marker” is a prime example of this concept. It’s designed to spark curiosity and make the observer question whether it’s a real lemon or not. The slice of lemon can also function as a decorative item, available in two colours, silver and gold.

Another piece that showcases Hakim’s talent is the ‘Chili’ cocktail pin. It is designed to deceive the eye, creating a visual illusion of a real chili pepper. The pin can be attached to the glass, adding an element of artistic sophistication to any cocktail.

Incorporating Hakim’s unique accessories into daily life can elevate the aesthetics of ordinary objects and add a touch of surrealism to one’s surroundings.

The Process

Every piece in our collection is one-of-a-kind and crafted using sand casting in one of our skilled artisan’s workshops located in Beirut. Sand casting is a metalworking process that involves pouring molten metal into a mould made of sand. This technique allows for the production of intricately detailed metal castings with a distinctive outcome every time.

Sand casting is a time-honoured method that dates back to ancient times and has been refined over centuries of use. It is a versatile process that can be used to create a variety of metal objects, from jewelry to sculpture.

By using this technique, we can produce unique pieces that have their own character and personality, making them truly one-of-a-kind. Our artisans take great care in creating each item, ensuring that every detail is captured in the final result.

So when you acquire one of our sandcasted pieces, you’re not just getting a beautiful work of art, you’re getting a handcrafted, unique masterpiece that has been created using an ancient and respected metalworking technique.

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