During her recent trip to Maison et Objet in Paris, Annie came across a variety of weird, wacky, or wonderful (and sometimes all three) new home products. One company that stopped her in her tracks was Zenza. Based in the Netherlands, this exciting design outfit is using traditional techniques to handcraft incredible lighting, decorative pillows, rugs, and furniture with an urban-nomad style.
Zenza was founded more than 20 years ago by Karin Willems, who traveled to Egypt to source products for her new home accessories company. Not only did she uncover lots of hidden gems in the souks, but she also met Hussein, the man who would become her husband and business partner. Ever since, the couple has been bringing beautifully exotic home decor to customers in a wide range of countries.
Zenza is perhaps best known for its pendant lamps, sconces, and table lamps, all made of copper or silver-plated copper with intricate patterns of holes that cast elaborate shadows across a room. Each lamp is made by hand in the company’s manufacturing facility in Egypt and every pattern is unique, so you’re getting a one-of-a-kind piece every time you shop. Amazing stuff, right?
Textiles—pillows and rugs made of soft, textured fabrics like silk, wool, hemp, and linen—are another specialty of Zenza’s, and many feature eye-catching embellishments like beadwork, embroidery, and appliqué. And the furniture, from rattan peacock chairs to carved armoires and tables (many made of sustainable mango trees!) is spectacular in a relaxed, modern-day-elegant way.
For the moment, parts of the Zenza home accessories collection are available in the United States only at Mogul in Los Angeles and the online shop Terrain. But we predict major success for this company, so stay tuned for updates.