I was very excited to write this piece about House of Today, an organisation promoting and supporting young Lebanese designers, and its 2016 design exhibition in Beirut last December. It was also a real pleasure to interview House of Today’s founder Cherine Magrabi Tayeb for the purpose of this article.
For a city that’s been reportedly losing its historic centre to rampant development and “landmark” buildings by foreign starchitects,Beirut is a place that takes tradition very seriously. This naturally seeps into the local design scene, where older and younger designers alike turn to traditional techniques and materials to create new objects that merge artistic ingenuity with functionality and beauty, attracting the sharpened eye of collectors and curators from abroad along the way. Indeed, Beirut’s design scene is thriving, and its reach extends well beyond the Middle East: with examples such as Lebanese designer Karen Chekerdjian’s critically acclaimed solo show at L’Institut du Monde Arabe inParis last summer, and the curatorial nomad that is Carwan Gallery has been taking Lebanese designers all the way to The Armory Show in New York.
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Stephanie Sayar & Charbel Gharibeh, Gentlemen tables. GM 1: ceramic body- hand painted ceramic base- Carrara marble top- metal structure- polished brass ring. 46 x 58 x 58cm W. GM 2: colored glass body- hand painted ceramic base- Carrara marble top- metal structure- polished brass ring. 50 x 56 x 56cm.