September Design Issue

Beirut Design Fair: A new Fair In Town

The first event of its kind in the Lebanese capital, BEIRUT DESIGN FAIR took place at  BIEL from 20 – 24 September 2017.

BEIRUT DESIGN FAIR is principally dedicated to collectible and limited edition contemporary or vintage furniture as well as design objects. The fair presented pieces by leading international designers and galleries from all across the world (Europe, USA, Middle East), with more than 50 exhibitors from over 10 countries. It also included a non-commercial program consisting of conferences, round-tables, workshops, installations and live performances.

The aim of the fair is to emphasize the “MADE IN LEBANON” and to position Beirut as the Middle-East design epicenter. 

Winners of the first edition of the Beirut Design Award for creativity and innovation are:  @anastasia_nysten @stouff_design@beirutartresidency.

Committee: Aline Asmar d’Amman (architect, interior designer and artistic director), India Mahdavi (architect, designer and interior designer), Marc Baroud (designer, director of the design department of the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts), Marianne Brabant(from Modern and Contemporary Department of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris), and Mathias Ohrel (founder of m-O conseil, a recruitment agency for all companies with strong creative content ).

Moving to my favorite:

Anastasia Nysten

I had to wait in line just to have the chance to try her sofa, and only when i tried it I understood why people didn’t want to pass it over.

Studio A

Ahmad, the founder of studio A, has few products in the market,  however people can easily spot his work due to his remarkable touch. In addition, he has an eye for details; check the finishes.


George Mouhaseb

(Under Carwan Gallery)

It’s not my first time to write about this talented man, and it’s not my first time to share my love for his work.

“Mature” is the word I would like to use to describe his pieces.

The concept is always on point, perfect material selection, and above all,the structure techniques are just outstanding!

“Galet Bench”

Sahar Bizri

Although it was her first time exhibiting, she had a strong heart to design and produce several designs. That shared a massive success.


Beirut Art Fair

BEIRUT ART FAIR, a highly successful event (23,000 visitors) now entering its 8th edition.

BEIRUT ART FAIR is the leading platform for the discovery of new artists, trends, galleries, institutions, and publications from the ME.NA.SA., thus representing a principal catalyst for artistic development of the region.

Osama Esid
The Girl with The Silver Shoes – Cairo, 2004
Silver Gelatin Hand-colored Photographed with Egyptian made camera from 1920
Ed 1/6, 48 x 40 cm

Courtesy : Hafez Gallery

Xavi Muñoz
The garden, 2015
Installation of 15 pieces of glass, natural elements and gold glitter, Different measures


Charbel Samuel Aoun
Dark Matter, 2016
Stones, ash, cement, pine needles on construction wood, 140 x 190 cm

Courtesy : Mark Hachem Gallery


Beit Beirut Urban Culture Center and Museum – “Healing Lebanon”

until October 27

Sacred Catastrophe : Healing Lebanon aims to transform Beirut into a “city of light” through an art exhibition. The multi-disciplinary intervention is using one of Beirut’s most iconic war-torn buildings, Beit Beirut, located on the former demarcation line of the city, to create a platform for community reconciliation.

For 40 days, Zena el Khalil’s personal exhibition will be accompanied by numerous events (workshops, conferences, performances, debates), will animate Beit Beirut, a symbol of the troubled history of Lebanon’s war. The building is located on the former “green line”, on what was a “no-man’s land” that during the Lebanese civil war served as a demarcation line dividing the city into two.

Zena el Khalil has always been deeply involved in the memory and history of her country and of the consequences that have derived from it. Her work focuses on the consideration that art and culture can have a positive impact on the world. In particular, for this project she reflects on the will to transform an idea, an object, a place of violence into something that generates peace.






From East To West

Michel el Daher (South Border Gallery) and Nabil & Zoe Debs (Beirut Arts Club) invited people to a private showing of FROM EAST TO WEST on September 19 at the Beirut Arts Club until September 20.




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