Monthly Archives: July 2017

Summerland Collection: Nada Debs Takes Us Back to Old Beirut

Nada Debs recently released the Summerland Collection, a new series of furniture that takes us back to the old day of Beirut. Inspired by vintage lounging, the Summerland collection by Nada Debs is reminiscent of the heyday of Beirut. Mid-century design in Ash wood is crafted into furniture and accessories featuring woven straw. Pieces sit comfortably outdoors as they do indoors due to the sturdy nature of straw, which has been continuously used since ancient times with very little change in technique. Nada Debs is no stranger to innovative design. Born in Lebanon, raised in Japan, educated and trained in the United States, and with work experience in the United Kingdom — interior designer Nada Debs is quite a global citizen. Her creations are as unique and eclectic as the designer herself. Her mission is to celebrate Eastern craftsmanship in contemporary design....

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Exploring the Current Wave of Regional and International Artists at Galerie Tanit

Beirut’s Galerie Tanit is hosting the group show From Sound to Silence. Bringing together 12 artists, the gallery aims to offer an insight into international and regional art. Adel Abidin, Chant Avedissian, Cynthia Zaven, Fouad el Khoury, Haig Aivazian, Lamia Ziadé, Mohssin Haraki, Randa Mirza, Roy Samaha and Omar Fakhoury, Shirin Abu Shaqra and Ziad Antar will all present works in an exhibition that plays on the concept of sound as a force, a perception and a means of communication. Through the use of drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, silent installations and video installations, this promises to be a most contemporary exhibition, one that will showcase the current wave of regional and international artists like few others. The exhibition will run until 5 August...

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An Idea About the First Edition of Beirut Design Fair

The first edition of Beirut Design Fair seeks to gather the best galleries and established designers alongside the emerging creators who represent a rising, yet still relatively unknown generation. Originally conceived by Guillaume Taslé d’Héliand and Hala Moubarak, the initial project has since been enriched by the work of some one hundred Lebanese designers and the international expertise of Special Advisor Bénédicte Colpin. Together, the fair’s creators offer a fresh perspective on design in Lebanon and participate in establishing and defining its specificities. The goal of the Beirut Design Fair is to be a challenging and high-level platform upon which to demonstrate the legitimacy of Lebanon’s place at the heart of the international design scene. The Fair endeavors to reveal – on both a national and international scale – the effervescence that characterizes a creative scene which is at once global and rooted in tradition,...

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Le Gray Beirut New Extension Project

Le Gray, Beirut recently completed the final stages of an exciting extension project which includes business and events facilities, a new lobby lounge, an exhibition venue and 16 new guestrooms. With this addition and a prime central location on the very entrance of Beirut Downtown, the flagship of Campbell Gray Hotels enlarges the scope of its business to attract the MICE market in addition to the leisure and business markets. The project was overseen by Interior Designer Galal Mahmoud in close collaboration with Gordon Campbell Gray. The new guestrooms complements existing accommodation in the same contemporary-classic style, incorporating light-filled interiors overlooking the bustling city. With various facilities such as a new Lobby Lounge, The Boardroom, a dramatic 20-person meeting space; The Muse Room, a multi-function venue; The Screening Room, a new 52-seat mini cinema and more, the expansion brings first-rate facilities to those staying for...

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Escaping Istanbul’s Concrete Jungle with Design

Demirci Restaurant designed by Caglayan Architects an Istanbul based interior design studio, offers its customers an escape from the metropol life while it enables them to take a ‘delicious’ tour to the past in a harmonized space with the historical atmosphere of old town. Caglayan Architects tackles the Demirci Restaurant which is located in Fatih, one of the old districts of Istanbul, in line with the historical context which it belongs to with an aim of taking the clients on an unforgettable journey in the restaurant along with the historical figures and  colors. Within the 150 square meter restaurant, sky-blue floor tiles, pastel yellows matching with the colors of the tiles, vintage mirrors, the wall cheetahs that are inspired by the past trends, magnificent special designed bronze lighting and dark thonet wood chairs harmonized with the restaurant culture, those details reflect the historical context from inside of the restaurant....

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Hady B’s Russian Dolls Are Free and Daring

Lebanese artist, Hady Beydoun, aka, Hady B. has recently completed work on a range of Russian dolls. These traditionally veiled village women are symbols of fertility and carry smaller versions of themselves inside. Hady B.’s pieces offer up voluptuous women, shy, teasing, daring, they are free, liberated. Alongside the dolls, the artist has also created a series of paintings where he explores the idea of addiction. Medication or candy? That is the question as people seek instant gratification and chase emotional high after emotional high. Hady B. is a Lebanese painter, sculptor and tattoo artist, formally trained as a Graphic Designer at the American University of Beirut. He currently operates out of his studio in Beirut, Lebanon. The talented creative has tattooed over 12,000 people, including regional royalty and has worked on corporate branding projects for local, regional and international businesses, including the design and execution...

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