Rising Talents: Maison&Objet Celebrates Lebanese Creatives

Maison&Objet is famed for celebrating local design expertise and this time it’s Lebanon’s turn. Their motto this coming season of Maison&Objet is Bye Bye Routine, Hello Surprise and what a surprise it is to say that Rising Talents Awards will honor the very best Lebanese designers this September at an exclusive event at the Parc des Expositions – Paris Nord Villepinte, from 7 to 11 September, 2018. Before heading to Paris, a small celebration highlighting our local talents took place at Sursock Museum. Surrounded with talented people, the event was one that put us all in the mood to celebrate our local creatives.

Bridging the gap between East and West, the choice to honor a country with a booming creative scene confirms Maison&Objet’s efforts to keep pushing the boundaries of creation. The event is placed under the patronage of Rabih Kayrouz. The celebrated designers where chosen by a jury of seven pillars of the local design market including Maria Ziade and Nadine Kahil.

Let’s take a look at the designers:

Karl Chucri and Rami Boushdid head up Studio Caramel. Working on commission, they often create pieces that are shaped by a specific context, but never compromise on the furniture’s capacity to ‘fill a room’.

Paola Sakr’s capacity for multidisciplinary creation have allowed her to satisfy her taste for innovation and her curiosity – the source of every one of her projects. Each one has its own story: Impermanence, a series of vases, is a testament to a pile of concrete cylinders she found one day on the edge of a construction site.

Carla Baz’s furniture reveals the beauty of fine materials, as exemplified by her Hay bench, handcrafted from solid oak and incorporating traditional cane weaving techniques. Her Borgia candelabra is made from solid brass, hand-brushed and hand-polished.

Anastasia Nysten’s Troll chair combines Scandinavian comfort with a bold look – one of the characteristic features of her work, which systematically pushes formal research beyond the classics, but always makes use of natural materials.

Marc Dibeh’s exhibition Jungle Protocol inspired him to create a very dramatic rattan umbrella system he called Somewhere Under the Leaves, an evocation of a safe haven in the jungle. As with many of his ideas, Dibeh consistently materializes with his very own stylistic approach.

Carlo Massoud’s projects fluctuate between functional design and art installation, usually incorporating a social and political comment. For instance, African fertility dolls inspired his Autopsy project, a collection of stools he designed with his sister Mary-Lynn Massoud, the Otto du Plessis foundry and the South African Imiso ceramicist Andile Dyalvane.

More details and images to come soon…

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