Shabibi Sheep Workshop was founded in 2015 by Sharon and Vincent.
This is a Hong Kong brand which focuses on crafting fair faced concrete products.
Sharon and Vincent design the products, build the prototypes and craft the molds, then they create the final piece.
Everything is done here in the workshop by the 2 of them.
Their creations ranges from home decor and workspace accessories to jewelleries and planters. By retaining the authentic look and feel of concrete, their creations brings you a sense of Nordic minimalism.
Shabibi, is made up of two parts; Sharon & habibi. Sharon, one of the co-founders and she loves the culture of middle-east after having a vacation trip to Iran in year 2000. “Habibi” is Arabic/Hebrew means “my dear, my beloved”. So Vincent, the other co-founder, combined the two and called his beloved one Shabibi.
Sheep, actually we do not have any religious belief whilst most people would think it’s religion related. The Cantonese pronunciation of the word “Sheep” is the same as the family name of Sharon and hence the word “Sheep”.
Workshop, indicates that every piece of creation is handcrafted by the two of us and it’s not only a shop which sells products.
Shabibi Sheep Workshop was only a spare room in Vincent’s company at first. Sharon would go to his office after work and spend time with Vincent who is a workaholic. After some minor refurbishment and decoration in that 100 or so square feet room, Sharon drew, painted, dreamed, just whatever she felt like doing on each particular day in that room; Shabibi Sheep Workshop. A random day in mid-2015, she started making concrete because they both love the minimalism of Scandinavian design.
Since then, Shabibi Sheep Workshop is not only a tiny private place of Sharon’s. It becomes a real brand of Sharon & Vincent’s. From design to mold making, concrete casting and sanding are all done by the two of them. One very important element of the brand is that they focus on fair faced concrete creations. Fair faced concrete is a concrete surface that on completion of the forming process, requires no further treatment other than curing. No painting or patching to cover up any defects is allowed. So the technique and perfect control in mixing, pouring and curing is the key to achieve a piece of quality fair faced concrete.
Shabibi Sheep Workshop started selling to overseas through online selling platform in 2016 and after about half a year, they began to attend different local weekend markets and have consignment partners in Hong Kong and Macau. Vincent decided to devote himself to this so he closed down his own business. First, a website was created. Then, a new place was rented as the studio which is part showroom and part workshop. Near the end of 2016, Shabibi Sheep Workshop started to organize workshops and get invited to different events. Their creation style expanded from plain grey color to marble pattern by using white and grey cement. They want people to realize that artistic feel and practicality can co-exist.
Year 2017 is an important milestone for Shabibi Sheep Workshop. Shabibi Sheep Workshop were invited by the Eslite Bookstore and held a 3-month popup store (May to July) at their shop so Sharon became a full time at Shabibi Sheep Workshop too. Then after 2 months of slightly resting, Shabibi Sheep Workshop once again held a 3-month popup store at Eslite Bookstore. Shabibi Sheep Workshop were interviewed by different TV channels, magazines and newspapers throughout the year.
And there were a few breakthroughs about their creations too. Shabibi Sheep Workshop combine dried branches with concrete and became an elegant home décor (the dried branches are from the Chinese New Year shopping so the branches are actually being upcycled). Besides, combining resin with concrete to make the art piece is their very popular underwater world collection. Shabibi Sheep Workshop still focus on fair faced concrete even though different elements were introduced and combined. These materials are not added to the concrete mixture to alter the characteristics of concrete hence the original and unique texture of concrete are being preserved.
A series of larger creations were created in year 2018, such as a 70cm tall planter set which weighs 35kg and a 50cm tall coffee table. In addition to that, Shabibi Sheep Workshop collaborated with different companies and restaurants and created trophies and decorations which suited their themes.
And instead of holding workshops at their own studio, Shabibi Sheep Workshop were invited to hold workshops at other locations as company events and Shabibi Sheep Workshop once held a large scale workshop which had 60 participants.
Other than concrete creations, Shabibi Sheep Workshop had their first interior design and brand image project. The client is a 3000 sq. ft. lifestyle boutique which prefers the Scandinavian minimalism. And Shabibi Sheep Workshop has their second project with a gallery which is going to be minimal with a hint of Japanese feel.
To date, Sharon and Vincent are still strive hard to maintain every piece of creation is handcrafted by only the two of them.
Achieve minimalism of Scandinavian design by the raw and unique texture of concrete.
No painting or patching to cover up any defect allowed and no additives or any other substance are added to alter the characteristics of concrete.
Let this always neglected material be the main element of creations.
Meeting Sharon (Shabibi)
Sharon is the co-founder of Shabibi Sheep Workshop.
When Sharon studied Computer Science and Mathematics and Information Security in the UK, the leisure was museum and gallery visits. After studying and moved back to Hong Kong for good, to achieve work-life balance, Sharon went for oil-painting once a week and occasionally attended short courses in art at Hong Kong Art Centre.
Her interests in concrete is inspired by the city she grows up - Hong Kong. Architecture and infrastructures are in concrete and raw material in concrete making is easily founded in Hong Kong. That’s how her journey in handcrafted concrete creations started.
With much changes in her working environment and the interest in concrete making is getting strong, Sharon becomes a full-timer in March 2017
Meeting Vincent (WooB)
Took courses in design, drawings and paintings during my university years even though I majored and earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Statistics.
Favorite colors? Black and grey.
Favorite sports? Basketball and mountain biking.
More about me? Whisky (Scotch single malt), Pizza (cheese and more cheese), Cars (roadster with stick shift), Sunshine (refer to cars), Shabibi (my other half).