Salah Sfar, the founder of Tinja, worked in the Parisian art scene before starting Tinja. Her son, Zeineb Sfar, a fashion designer and colorist, and her daughter, Yasmine Sfar, an interior designer, have joined her in the family business celebrating their Tunisian heritage by offering contemporary interpretations of Tunisian-made handicrafts.
Above: The Tinja team also takes on interior design projects such as the Fondouk El Attarine in Tunisia.
Above: Tinja collaborates with local craftspeople to make its designs; the company offers seven product lines, each of which celebrates a specific material or technique. The Bâtons Bascule Armchair with a goatskin cover, shown, is part of Oud, a collection of olivewood furniture.
Above: The Big Branche Lamps have white painted wood bases and jaunty rush shades.
Above: Curtain Tiebacks are made of terracotta and rope.
Above: The terracotta Horizontal Stripes Pitcher is “made by women from Tunisia’s northern regions who pass on the art of pottery making from mother to daughter.”
Tinja’s designs are sold in the United States at Bergdorf Goodman, Calypso St. Barths, Hollyhock, and Dennis & Leen, and in Paris at Merci. Go to Tinja for more details and a list of vendors worldwide.
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