Probably you know the loofah as a sponge for a good body scrub?
We felt this plant is just too good for bathroom use only so we invented a whole new way of using this amazing plant inside your home.The incredibly detailed surface feels almost similar to corals and other precious materials from the sea.
Once the loofah plant grows we carefully chose the best and biggest ones. After a good rinse and drying session in the sun, the women of a support group for refugees in Egypt cut and hand stitch all the pieces together. Now they are ready for a new fabulous life as poetic lampshades.
We often feel that the designs and patterns that are harvested from nature directly are the best! If you want to see how our lamps are made and how much hand work is involved, you can have a look at this movie. It was the incredible craftsmanship that astonished us when we started working with the artisans in Egypt.
Handwork is disappearing in the fast world of today and we wanted to keep using the skills of the copper smiths. Our own Zenza factory in Cairo provides a safe work space where we can maintain our high quality standards. Through micro-finance projects we also have helped several craftsmen to set up their own work shop, so they could grow along with Zenza. Working in a sustainable and ethical way with the focus on authenticity is what truly makes a difference in the end.
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Zenza became especially famous for its beautiful lamp collection and attracted the attention of designers and stylists worldwide. Today, there is great appreciation for the handicraft that is so characteristic of our collection. Handmade products have a "soul" that gives them extra value and beauty. We often combine old techniques with a modern twist in our design and develop a very elegant, intimate yet modern atmosphere with our collection.