As a child Maayan spent time with her grandfather in the kitchen dreaming up surreal recipes to make meals more fantastical and transportive. Her curiosity and imagination led her to an education in Fine Art which ultimately led to this collection of edible sculpture. This project is named after her Saba, Hebrew for grandfather.
Before launching Sweet Saba in NYC in 2015, Maayan spent the previous decade as a designer and creative director in the Lingerie industry, starting with her brand The Lake & Stars, which she co-founded in 2007 and then Fredericks of Hollywood where she was hired to reimagine the heritage brand in her signature style.
Starting where her vision for intimates left off, Sweet Saba is a unique collection of "grown-up" candy with stories both inviting and mysterious. Emulating real objects, these poignant handmade sculptures offer a multi-sensory experience through memory, unexpected flavor, and a sense of humor.
In 2016 Sweet Saba debuted a line created exclusively for The Whitney Museum of American Art, that Christmas a customized collection for Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche in Paris, and an emmersive sugar installation at ArtBasel Miami.
In 2017 Maayan's had a solo show of her candy sculptures at Furth/Yashar & Palevsky in Los Angeles.
Sweet Saba is available exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman (New York), with a new collection launching at Neiman Marcus for Holiday 2018 (nationwide). Maayan's most proud of the work she did in collaboration with Versace for 2018's Met Ball.
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Founder, Sweet Saba
Photo: Steve Erle