Ode To Marble tries to challenge the physicality and materiality of minerals. Marbles and stones now react differently. They float, they melt, they are thin and structural. In this exhibition, Tarek Kassouf, designer based between Sydney and Beirut, explores the relationship between machine and master craftsmanship. Although most of the work has been produced using state of the art machinery, the key actor remains the Artisan.
The exhibition also focuses on drawings, that were produced in the first place to help in the assembly and the finishes selection. The use of machinery and craftsmanship allowed us to use a mass customization strategy in order to have unique pieces.
Tarek’s cross-disciplinary approach to design ranges from designing the macro, including cities and buildings, to the micro including interiors and collectible design objects and furniture.He has won multiple A’ Design Awards for his collectible furniture pieces. Tarek’s work has been featured at more than 20 international exhibitions. He has also been invited to conduct multiple talks and workshops.
His studio has launched two design lines. His high-end collectible design furniture range that focuses on fusing advanced engineering and master craftsmanship. And the ‘Something by Tarek’ range that celebrates mundane objects and is handmade by artisans making each piece unique.
Tarek has been selected to be a resident artist of the Swatch Art Gallery in Shanghai in 2018 where he will be working on the intersection of art and design. He is represented in galleries and museums in Sydney, New York, Paris, Riyadh, Dubai and Beirut.