This will be the first time that the celebrated designer, known for creating pieces that are “handmade and heart made,” will showcase four of her newest collections under one collective exhibition aptly called “Up Close and Personal.”
Debs likes to create things that tug at the heartstrings. Whether by intention or happenstance, her pieces consistently resonate with emotion. She explains that her approach to craft and design is a personal response to materialism.
Debs prefers to draw in her audience in the creation process instead of confining them to the mere process of purchasing a finished product. Debs’ ability to illustrate many layers of humanity through design is reflected in her four new collections for Milan Design Week.
Debs brings contemporary sensibility to traditional wood marquetry by adding playful applications onto tables, console cabinets and other decorative items.
She said, “The discussion around craft and craftsmanship is as loud as ever, but too often it’s taken too seriously. I want to begin a new dialogue around craft that has room for playfulness and joy, too.”
Titled Funquetry, this contemporary collection is, as the name implies, simply fun. Rounding out the exhibition is a wonderfully warm tone of paint titled My Beirut, a collection of pivoting mirrors titled Refraction and Tatami, a collection of trays and boxes.