Partner Programme

18, 20 — 25 Sept 2022

Craft, Interiors & Furniture, Multi-Disciplinary Design, Materials

16, Calvert Avenue



E2 7JP


The exhibition Coastal Myths by Studio Sahil curated by Open Space explores the day to day objects consisting predominantly of glass that one encounters through stories, myths and connections relating to the island.

The word “sahil” from Studio Sahil is directly translated from Turkish to coast or shore, which is a key reference to the exhibition. Islands have always held a significant place in popular imagination and mythology, with everything from The Odyssey, Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Treasure Island to Elif Safak’s most recent fiction The Island of Missing Trees, all contributing to the idea that these sea-bound lands have more to their stories. By experimenting with materiality, tactility and texture, the studio creates beautiful timeless objects that explore different narratives around belonging, place and cultural heritage. About Studio Sahil Studio Sahil is a product and design-consulting studio based in London. 'Sahil' means coast / shore in Turkish, where our studio draws inspiration from natural phenomena, patterns and formations. Our aim for the studio is to design long-lasting, meaningful and sustainable products made by the designer herself or with local artisans. Our process involves studies on intangible cultural heritage, craft practices and methods to develop new materials. The main collection is handblown glassware infused with sand from different locations, which creates unique patterns and textures. Other items in our collection range from jewellery, wooden serve boards, scarves with matching cotton bandanas for dogs and desert sand infused tiles for home interiors. Notable exhibitions, which Studio Sahil has participated in include: Decorex with the Designbuzz (2021), NY NOW with Kollektif (2021), Lexus Design Award at Milan Design Week (2019), Experiments & Prototypes at Aram Gallery (2017), New Craft at Triennale (2016), Royal College of Art Graduate Show (2017), Tent London for London Design Festival (2015), and at her ‘Artisans in Istanbul’ solo show in Istanbul (2015). Find out more about Open Space