Beirut Design Fair reveals programme for 2017

Taking place from 20 to 24 September 2017, the first edition of Beirut Design Fair will unite some of the most notable names in Lebanese design – brands, designers, galleries, distributors, and artisans.

The first edition of Beirut Design Fair programme was recently announced by Guillaume Taslé d’Héliand, founder and director of Beirut Design fair, and Hala Moubarak, co-founder and head of exhibitor relations.

“Our objective is to promote recognition of Lebanon’s proper place: at the forefront of creativity in the region. We have here assembled evidence confirming that Beirut has both the legitimacy and the means to become a capital of design,” says Guillaume Taslé d’Héliand.

Hala Moubarak & Guillaume Taslé d’Héliand, photo by Anwar Azzi.

The first edition of Beirut Design Fair seeks to gather the galleries and established designers alongside the emerging creators who represent a rising, yet still relatively unknown generation.

Hala Moubarak adds: “The work of Lebanese designers is the fruit of innovative, moving, and elegant ideas; sometimes, research and the desire to preserve ancestral craftsmanship lead to an invaluable creative inspiration.”

Carla Baz, Hay Bench, courtesy of Joy of Mardini Gallery.

Since its inception, Beirut Design Fair has prioritised quality, creativity, and a cosmopolitan spirit, an emphasis which makes the selection of Studio Adrien Gardère a natural and obvious choice for the direction of set design.

Adrien Gardère.

The collaboration between Beirut Design Fair and Studio Adrien Gardère is intended to generate a spatial language unique to the fair, forged in a spirit of cooperation while keeping in mind the creative singularity of each participant.

Charles Kalpakian, Side Tables, courtesy of Joy Mardini Gallery.

At the heart of the fair, The Banquet will provide a dedicated space in which participants and visitors will be encouraged to exchange ideas, perspectives and discoveries. The Banquet will be situated on a large dining table sculpted from 50,000-year-old wood, around which participants will be invited to gather and taste some of Lebanon’s greatest delicacies, provided by renowned chef Maroun Chedid.

David/Nicolas, Leather Stools & Marble Side Tables, courtesy of Joy Mardini Gallery.

The French fair Maison&Objet partner of Beirut Design Fair for its first edition in 2017 is organising during the fair in Beirut an event targeting architects and interior decorators with the presence of a specially dedicated team. In return, Maison&Objet will host Lebanese designers in its September 2018 edition in France. A special platform, “Rising Talents”, will be dedicated to them where visitors will discover “the talents of today and tomorrow”.

Overlay II by Paul Matter and Kallol Datta: Floor lamp in burnt steel with burnt brass and smoked glass. Unique piece. Dimensions H 228 D 50 cm, courtesy of Carwan gallery.

Beirut Design Fair presents SPOT ON! a platform putting under the spotlight young and emerging talents of a new generation of designers. These designers will showcase one or two creations in a shared pavilion.

Ahmad Bazazo, Chair Back Post, Studio A.

For its first edition, Beirut Design Fair has assembled a selection committee whose members are attached to Beirut and Lebanon either by origin or by affinity: Aline Asmar d’Amman (architect, interior designer and artistic director), India Mahdavi (architect, designer and interior designer), Marc Baroud (designer, director of the design department of the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts), Marianne Brabant (from Modern and Contemporary Department of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris), and Mathias Orhel (founder of m-0 creative recruitment consultancy).

They will also participate in the attribution of the Beirut Design Award for creativity and innovation during the salon.

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