About the product: Backgammon is one of the world’s oldest board games, dating back some 5,000 years to Mesopotamia. This set is a personal ode to a favorite table game. The playing board is constructed of popham design signature handmade Backgammon concrete tiles set in a brass-clad frame. The thirty plus- and circle-shaped playing “checkers” are individually hand-cast and polished in our atelier in Marrakech, as are the leather-lined dice shakers.
About the brand: Founded in 2007 by Americans Caitlin and Samuel Dowe-Sandes, popham design is a design studio and workshop based in Marrakech, Morocco. Popham+ is a collection of handcrafted luxury pieces for the home. A capsule collection of homewares informed by the artisanship of Marrakech and beautiful materials like brass, leather and stone. The collection is infused with popham’s signature playfulness. The idea is simple; to celebrate and maintain a traditional artisan craft while updating it with modern patterns and color combinations.
|Concrete tiles, Brass, Leather
1 Icicle, Peacock, Milk
2 Fog, Flamingo, Olive
3 Emerald, Kohl, Milk
|Small: 19." W x 17" D x 1.5" H; 25lbs
Large: 27.5" W x 25" D x 1.5" H; 60lbs
Caitlin and Samuel Dowe-Sandes
For 12 years, Americans Caitlin and Samuel Dowe-Sandes, founders of the contemporary concrete tile company popham design, have called Marrakech home. Raised on the east coast (she is from Maine, Samuel was raised in Vermont), the couple lived in New York City before moving to Los Angeles, where Samuel worked in the film industry. By the mid-2000’s, however, they needed to shake things up. "We came to Morocco to change our lives, and we did," says Samuel. For many of those years after founding Popham Design, a studio that crafts vibrant, design-forward tiles that marry Moroccan traditions with modern style, they dreamed of developing a collection of luxury handmade products for the home to complement their tile collection.
As a result, the couple of designer is proud to debut popham+, a capsule collection informed by the artisanship of Marrakech. The idea was simple, to celebrate and maintain a traditional artisan craft while updating it with beautiful materials like brass, leather and stone, all imbued with a degree of playfulness. The collection draws inspiration from Morocco and its rich history of pattern.