In a heartfelt homage to his childhood memories, Hamza Mekdad has brilliantly reimagined the multifaceted nature of a Corinthian-shaped family heirloom. This cherished object from his childhood home, known for its versatility in transitioning from a vase to a sink to a cooking vessel, now takes on a new role. Drawing inspiration from the iconic Corinthian pillars of the Baalbek temple, Mekdad has adeptly adapted this piece’s timeless adaptability to suit contemporary settings.
The first version of his vision emerged as a foldable paper vase, which has evolved into a candle sleeve, seamlessly blending the traditional Corinthian motif with modern functionality. This piece is not just a nod to history but a beacon of warm, ambient light, transforming any space with its soft glow. It’s a unique combination of historical respect and modern practicality, offering a visually appealing, space-efficient design that pays tribute to its roots.
The design evolution continued with the introduction of exquisite brass and red brass variants. These not only elevate the visual allure but also retain the original’s inventive spirit, using the same technique of merging two bent sheets. These brass candle sleeves are hand-hammered by skilled artisans from Northern Lebanon, near Tripoli, keeping alive a longstanding tradition. Mekdad’s latest collection is a celebration of the fusion of history and modernity, showcasing a living heritage of Lebanese craftsmanship, now casting a warm and inviting light in homes.