Two customized MINI Coopers signed by Roger Moukarzel were auctioned at the the Philippe Hatem Foundation for a Happy Childhood gala dinner: Mrs. MINI is white with distinctive touches of black while Mr. MINI is black with an eye-catching dash of white.
Mrs. MINI sports a portrait of a woman on the driver seat and a man on the passenger seat with a stylized portrait of a woman on the roof, and the opposite will be on the Mr. MINI, with a man on the roof.
Roger Moukarzel is a renowned photographer who launched his career in photojournalism when he was only 15 and later shifted to fashion photography. Over the years he has won several international and local awards, participated in many solo and group exhibitions and released numerous books. He was recently featured in Paris March and CNN.
The Philippe Hatem Foundation for a Happy Childhood, is a charitable, not-for-profit organization, dedicated to help the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social rehabilitation of vulnerable and abused children regardless of race, religion, nationality, or political affiliation. The Philippe Hatem Foundation for a Happy Childhood held its third gala dinner at the Pavillon Royal, Biel, highlighting the beauty of giving and how the arts have the transforming power to improve lives.
The event will include the exquisite elegance of the setting with entertainment brought straight from Europe just for the occasion (a bubble show filled with humour and surprises) and will also feature a very special auction featuring works of arts exclusively designed for this occasion by several renowned artists and designers: Bokja, Karim Chaya, Ana Corberó, Rabih Kayrouz, Alia Mouzannar and Roger Moukarzel.
Designing the Mini Cooper
My concept is designing the interior of the Mini by changing the two front seats. Two stylized portraits were treated in a very solarized way, where the identity won’t be known. We will have clear cut of the features, we are currently working on testing the ways of producing, probably sculpted in a laser technique on leather. On the female car, we will have a portrait of a woman on the driver seat and a man on the passenger seat, and the opposite will be on the male car. In addition to that, we will have a stylized portrait of a woman on the top of the female car and a portrait of a man on the male car. A line with a signature will be added on the 2 sides of the car, the color to be determined.