The craftsmanship emphasizes various cultural heritage; a correlation between the Oriental and Occidental cultures will combine them into one harmonious and complementary entity, clearly identifying their differences but also, highlighting their similarities.
Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council
Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council engages with women artisans across the UAE, Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, Central Asia and South East Asia regions to empower them economically and socially through vocational training and up-skilling programmes. In doing so, the Council has been ensuring the preservation of indigenous craft heritage. A hub of global crafts collaborations, Irthi ensures the modernisation of traditional crafts, and creates new market opportunities for local craftswomen by partnering them with international designers and artists, merging Emirati crafts and artisanal techniques with cutting-edge design and innovation to produce contemporary Emirati crafted products. Irthi is an affiliate of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment (NAMA) and operates under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of NAMA. Read more on irthi.com or follow on @irthi
After moving to Venice, Marie Brandolini d'Adda found her passion in the art of glass blowing alongside local craftsmen and created her studio Laguna B. Today, Marcantonio, continues the footsteps of his beloved mother, by seeking the hidden art of glass and embracing the uniqueness of each designed piece. A craftsmanship practiced on the Venetian island of Murano, Laguna B produces a rare brilliance of molten glass by mastering blown, casted, rolled and molded techniques into all shapes of inspirational creation, associated with both chaos and form, randomness and precision, spirit and matter. Murano is history and Laguna B’s goal is to continue the history of Murano. Read more on lagunab.com or follow on @lagunab_official
Founded by Taymour Jreissati in 2015, The PieceMakers - originally branded Tawlet - started as just a small business dedicated to table creation when the founder & his wife Lea, noticed there was a large void in Beirut’s furniture market for affordable, modern, quality pieces. Quickly, they built a solid reputation based on trust, quality outcomes & customer satisfaction. This helped them organically grow into a promising platform for design & customization, successfully collaborating with some of the best architects, designers, and entrepreneurs in the country and managed to build a wide & loyal database of individual customers. Read more on thepiecemakers.com or follow on @thepiecemakers_beirut
Joe Habchy is a young architect and designer who grew up in his father's carpentry. His passion for wood and design carved out a unique role encompassing multiple ideas, clients, and project types. With a strong commitment to explore and experiment all aspects of architectural and interior contracting, including product creations, wood & metal works for commercial and residential projects, he aims to transform ideas and drawings into tangible reality. Follow on @black_timber
Boisseliers du Riff
Established in 1913 the Boisseliers du Rif represents one of the most important Lebanese woodcraft enterprises, which made artistic woodwork a way of life. Each year some fifty creative artists produce jewels of precious wood ranging from small jewelry boxes to cigar boxes to a wide range of contemporary furniture. A decade of improved technology and superior design has resulted in creating for Boisseliers du Rif a label, which is of great quality finesse and good taste. Read more on boisseliersdurif.com or follow on @boisserliers_du_rif
Since it’s founding, half a century ago, Marmonil has evolved a family business to Egypt’s largest vertically integrated stone producer. Their operations cover all aspects of the industry from quarrying, cutting, processing and finishing to packing and distribution of finished stone. Today, as a third generation company with experience in 70 countries, they are considered a world leader in natural stone production. Read more on marmonil.com
Tangents is a series of short-films produced by the firm in collaboration with different directors to immerse the viewer into their projects. It is born from the two sister's eagerness to revisit each space they designed through a fantasy, intersecting architecture with film, fashion and music.
Dei El Ayoubi
Dei El Ayoubi is an internationally award winning director - creative director whose unique approach to storytelling involves an ethereal visual style, rich in metaphor and potent in its portrayal of culture and humanity. Her philosophy is simple: solving problems creatively, while imbuing work with emotion and story. Whether as a writer, director or creative director, telling human stories is at the heart of Dei’s work.
“Human emotion transcends culture, we all know and understand love, joy, loneliness, separation, and loss regardless of where we grew up or what language we speak. For me, the authenticity lies in bringing truthful experiences to the screen.” Read more on deielayoubi.com or follow on @deil_elayoubi
Mounia Akl is a Lebanese director and writer living in New York. She holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from ALBA and an MFA in Directing from Columbia University. Mounia was recently chosen by the Cannes Film Festival’s Director’s fortnight's Factory to represent Lebanon at the 70th Cannes Film Festival as part of Lebanon Factory. Read more on mouniaakl.com or follow on @mounia.akl
Ely Dagher is and artist/film-maker working with different mediums and producing work that intertwines on different levels. His work focuses on the layering and constructing of multiple narratives across film, painting and installation. Drawing from his upbringing in Lebanon and his current situation, his work explores the correlation and possibilities created through the play between cultures, histories and fiction. Ely’s artworks function as an extension to his interrogations, joggling between different points of identification and visual structures, from surrealism, science fiction and the occult. His latest short film “WAVES‘98″ (2015) was awarded the short film Palme D’Or at the 68th Cannes Film Festival. His films have been awarded at numerous international film festivals. Read more on elydagher.com or follow on @elydagher
Cyril Aris is a Lebanese Director & Screenwriter, with an MFA from Columbia University in the City of New York, currently in post-production for The Swing (2017), his first feature documentary, recipient of a post-production grant from AFAC, and in development for his first fiction feature The House of Glass. His last short film, The President’s Visit (2017), had its world premiere at the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in 2017. Read more on cyrilaris.com or follow on @cyrilaris
Tangents is a series of short-films produced by the firm in collaboration with different musicians to transport the viewer into their projects. It is born from the two sister's eagerness to revisit each space they designed through a fantasy, intersecting architecture with film, music and fashion. Each musician translates his/her own perception of the film into a musical journey.
Lebanese musician, producer, and sound engineer Fadi Tabbal’s work consists of guitar pieces ranging from stripped acoustics to ambient and electronic-inspired treatments. Tabbal is a full-time member of several Lebanese bands: psychedelic pop band The Incompetents, punk band Scrambled Eggs, electronic duo Stress/Distress. His newest project The Bunny Tylers (with Charbel Haber) veers between drone, electronics, post-rock and noise rock. In addition to handling engineering and production tasks at Tunefork Studios which he founded in 2006, Tabbal is a specialist in sound design and conception, and works on a variety of projects, including sound and music installations for museums, theatre, and films. Read more on faditabbal.com or follow on @fadi_tabbal
Marc Codsi is a Lebanese composer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. He was a member of emblematic Lebanese rock band Scrambled Eggs for many years, before focusing his attention on electronic rock duo Lumi and his own solo activities. He currently pursues his career as a musician and performer in solo and with Lumi, and works as a record producer and film composer. Read more on marccodsi.bandcamp.com or follow on @marc_codsi
Mme Chandelier is a Lebanese composer and producer. He is an expert in long division and the guitarist of Kinematik, an instrumental rock band from Lebanon, whose music blends elements of 70's psychedelia, progressive rock and post-rock. Read more on mmechandelier.com or follow on @mmechandelier
The firm collaborates with performing artists to revisit each space they designed and translate his/her own perception of the work into an extension of their body, movements and emotions.
Jadd Tank’s passion for dance spans across 10 years of exploration in the boundless possibilities in which bodies, objects and events relate to each other: the spaces we create and the identities that spaces create for us. Raised by a Lebanese mother and Midwestern father in Dubai, Beirut and the US, his aesthetics are a delicate and bold melange - urgency, vulnerability, globalism and gesture - all brought together through a neo-nomadic lens. Read more on jaddtank.com or follow on @jadd_tank
Tangents is a series of short-films produced by the firm in collaboration with different fashion designers to immerse the viewer into their projects. It is born from the two sister's eagerness to revisit each space they designed through a fantasy, intersecting architecture with film, fashion and music. Each fashion designer translates his/her own perception of the film into a statement garment.
Animating classic forms, using unique fabrics and methods such as geometry, dynamic design, and patchwork, Second st. gives classic styles and forms a playful twist for the contemporary urban lifestyle. The brand is run by its partners Sarah Hermez, Tracy Moussi, and Georges Rouhanna, who also lead and manage Creative Space Beirut, a free school for fashion design offering quality design education to talented youth who lack the resources to pursue an education at increasingly expensive institutions. The innovative initiative aims to promote equal opportunity into the creative sector and make the design world accessible to those with vision, flair, and the driving impulse to create. Read more on second-st.com and creativespacebeirut.com or follow on @second.st and @creativespacebeirut
Each photographer translates his/her own perception of the works into stills and memories.
Romain Bassenne is a young French photographer who explores the different dimensions of territory, space, history and its inhabitants. Through reports or personal projects, he questions the presence of man and his own place activity. By his passion for craft, he is led to follow the way of producers, architects or designers. Born in 1986, Romain Bassenne graduated from l'École Nationale Supérieure Louis Lumière and lives in Paris. Read more on romainbassenne.com or follow on @romainbassenne
Tony Elieh is a musician and self-taught photographer based in Beirut. Working as a professional photographer since 2008, he specializes in architecture, fashion, food, and product photography. His work appeared in a variety of magazines and campaigns and he regularly collaborates with young local creatives - from artists and architects to design studios and music labels. He also has an impressive record of portraits from the Beirut culture scene. Read more on tonyelieh.com or follow on @tonyelieh
Ieva Saudargaite is a conceptual artist and a photographer of architecture, artifacts and territories. She grew up between Lithuania, United Arab Emirates and Lebanon. She attended the Lebanese American University as well as École Spéciale d'Architecture, and received a Bachelor's degree in Architecture. Ieva has been based in Beirut since 2007. Read more on ievasaudargaite.com or follow on @ieva.saudargaite
Bachar Srour, Plastic Arts graduate from the Lebanese University of Fine Arts. After graduation, he shifted to photography mainly taking fashion editorial commissions, the work broadened to include clients from Art magazines to fashion designers. His work has been featured in international photography websites and magazines. Follow on @bachar.srour
Tarek Moukaddem is a visual artist mostly known for his photography work. He graduated with a masters in photography from Alba in 2015, and works since then with multiple regional and local brands and publications. Follow on @tarek.moukaddem
The exhibitions enrich the diverse works that are showcased locally and internationally in cultural institutions such as galleries, platforms, fairs and non-profit organizations related to architecture, design, art, film and fashion.
The European Cultural Center
The European Cultural Centre is a cultural organisation founded by the Dutch artist Rene Rietmeyer and originates back to 2002. We have created a dynamic organisation which establishes cultural centres worldwide and is devoted to generate cultural exchange by organizing international art and architecture exhibitions, symposia and a wide range of cultural projects. Our goal is to create awareness, to strengthen our cultural commons, to cherish our uniqueness and to learn about the qualities within our differences. We believe that progress is best made by creating a deeper awareness about the serious challenges we all face today. The ECC provides the conditions to invite and promote artistic and creative practices, a direct interaction with a multitude of intellectual and cultural art forms [visual arts, dance, performance, theatre, music, literature, architecture. Read more on europeanculturalcenter.eu or follow on @ecc_italy
Adorno is a digital gallery for the best of collectible design and craft from around the globe. Selected by a network of on-the-ground curators in major design cities, Adorno’s collections provide a unique insight into the world’s diverse creative communities – and celebrate the work of the designers shaping them. Each collection showcases only unique or limited-edition contemporary works, spanning the fields of furniture, textiles, ceramics, sculpture and design-art. The curatorial approach varies from collection to collection – just as design culture varies from community to community – but every object featured is contemporary in style, experimental in approach, and exceptional in material quality. With each collection launch, Adorno enables autonomous collaboration between curators and designers to promote their work, and transact with a growing segment of international buyers. Besides running the online platform, Adorno exhibits at major design events worldwide. Read more on adorno.design or follow on @adorno.design
Life With Objects
Conceptualized amidst the crisis of the pandemic in 2020 'Life with/in Objects' is a repository of selected images of objects presented as an unconventional 'exhibition' that allows us to stay open while staying at home – open to our communities to new ideas and experiences despite our physical limitations. We create, curate and collect objects from and within different spheres of our life in the pursuit of meaning-making – a process through which we establish our relationship with our immediate and broader physical and intellectual environment. With the aim of discovering common histories and excavating shared meanings through objects that index both – our inner and outer lives, 'Life with/in objects' provokes a new inquiry into our forced domesticity – a space shaped by the secret life of objects. Read more on lifewithobjects.org or follow on @lifewithobjects
Dubai Design Week
Dubai Design Week is the largest creative festival in the Middle East, reflecting Dubai’s position as the regional capital of design and aims to provide a dynamic environment where design meets opportunity and a platform for enabling the region’s talent and growing the creative community, as well as increase public awareness and appreciation of all aspects of design. The six-day programme is made up of events covering a range of design disciplines including architecture, product, furniture, interior and graphic design, related events, exhibitions, performances, awards, talks, workshops and experiences. Key components of Dubai Design Week include the region’s leading design fair and Abwab, the curated and interactive project containing original design from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia responding to an evolving creative landscape and new blends of designers. Read more on dubaidesignweek.ae or follow on @dubaidesignweek
Collective for Architecture Lebanon
Collective for Architecture Lebanon (CAL) is a non-profit organisation established in 2019 in Beirut. CAL aims to create a cross-disciplinary platform for discussion and debate between the fields of architecture, design, urban planning and the humanities. As a platform, CAL will reach out and engage various agents that hold crucial roles in the development and dissemination of more comprehensive visions and discourses surrounding these fields. Their primary target is the upcoming generation of young professionals in order to empower them to pursue their research and planning endeavors, and translate them into concrete interventions. They aim to achieve this through events such as lectures, conferences, exhibitions and competitions. These in turn will involve various stakeholders across fields to come together, debate and connect. The larger vision of the organisation is to raise the status quo of urban and territorial planning in Lebanon on the academic, practical and governmental levels. Read more on collectiveforarchitecture-lb.com or follow on @collectiveforarchitecture
Meet My Project - 1000 Vases
1000 Vases is an exhibition held by Meet My Project exhibiting crafted vases by designers from all over the world. The exhibition is held in Paris during Paris Design Week at Espace Commines, scenography by Hiroshi Nakayama. Read more on meetmyproject.com and 1000vases.com or follow on @meetmyproject and @1000vases
Alcova is an experimental prototype for an itinerant cultural institution in development by Space Caviar and Studio Vedèt. Currently operating as a roving platform for art and design across multiple sites in and around Milan, it activates forgotten locations and spaces of historical significance, temporarily recasting them as venues for performative activities. During Fuorisalone 2019 Alcova will occupy two sites and will be intensely programmed for the event's duration with performances, exhibitions, talks, screenings and installations involving over a dozen partners from as many countries. It will become a platform for designers, institutions, galleries and companies working at the avant-garde of themes such as contemporary living, design culture, materials and technological innovation. It was first launched in 2018, when the exhibition was visited by over 40,000 people over six days of Salone. Read more on alcova.xyz or follow on @alcova.milano
Launched in 2015 by Wallpaper*, a Time Inc. publication focusing on design and architecture, fashion, travel, art and lifestyle, WallpaperSTORE* is an e-commerce platform offering the audience the opportunity to purchase a carefully curated selection of the products seen on the magazine. Visit store.wallpaper.com and wallpaper.com or follow on @store.wallpaper and @wallpapermag
Beirut Design Fair
First event of its kind in the Lebanese capital, Beirut Design Fair will take place for its second edition at the seaside from 20 - 23 September 2018. The event has gathered 16,700 visitors in 2017. It is principally dedicated to collectible and limited edition contemporary or vintage furniture and design objects. The fair presents pieces by leading international designers and galleries from across the world (Europe, USA, Middle East), with about 60 exhibitors from over 10 countries. The event includes a non-commercial program consisting of conferences and round-tables, workshops, installations and live performances. Beirut Design Fair offers an exceptional, innovative program that confirms Beirut’s role as one of today’s most vibrant centers of contemporary creation, while positioning Lebanon in its rightful place: as the Design Platform of the Middle East! Read more on beirut-design-fair.com or follow on @beirutdesignfair
Beirut Design Week x Adorno
Based in Denmark, Adorno maintains curated digital galleries dedicated to exceptional design and craft art from capitals of creative culture across the world. Its aim is to both provide a platform with global reach to local designers, and to highlight and celebrate the diversity of contemporary design and making cultures.
Strengthening design communities and promoting cultural exchange is at the heart of both Adorno and Beirut Design Week’s mission. While this year’s BDW theme ‘Design and the City’ brings different local and international participants together to rethink the transformative role of design in place-making, Adorno sets out to create a global community of design that recognizes and champions regional talent, supports individual businesses, and contributes to the world’s cultural diversity. Read more on beirutdesignweek.org and adorno.design or follow on @beirutdesignweek & @adorno.design
Architectural Digest Middle East
On behalf of Architectural Digest Magazine Middle East, the second edition of The AD Art of Dining is taking place in Beirut in partnership with MWPR. The AD Art of Dining brings together Lebanon's top architects and interiors designers under one roof for a beautiful evening of dining, design and celebration ! Read more on condenastinternational.com or follow on @admiddleeast and marianawehbe.com or follow on @marianawehbepr
Joy Mardini Design Gallery
Since 2011, the gallery has been developing proficiency in collectable, customizable and modular product design that has continuously evolved in dialogue with our clients. The showroom includes a lineup of contemporary designers, both from a permanent selection along with new additions of emerging and established names in the Lebanese design scene. As part of the gallery program, they have been striving to propagate Lebanese Design onto regional and international platforms through a myriad of external collaborations and international fairs. Read more on jmdesigngallery.com or follow on @jmdesigngallery
House of Today
Founded in 2012, House of Today is a non-profit organization that identifies, nurtures, mentors, curates, showcases, and connects emerging Lebanese designers to create a relationship with design experts, regionally and globally. HoT is dedicated to the enrichment of Lebanon’s design culture. Stemming from a desire to promote under recognized talent and alleviate potential difficulties faced by design students, House of Today is a platform that inspires, creates, and influences. Read more on houseoftoday.com or follow on @houseoftoday