Beirut design glory days revived by Lebanese architect

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A sense of nostalgia for the time when Beirut was a design capital  is invoked by interior architect Richard Yasmine who has unveiled a collection of contemporary accessories for the Sursock Museum in the Lebanese capital.

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The Ashkal – or Shapes – series consists of vanity mirrors and geometric shaped objects, which are used to evoke a sense of the past within the user, through their distinct 60’s style reference.

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The designer said he aims to transport visitors to this retro era, in celebration of the museum’s first opening in the early 1960’s.

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Yasmine constructed the stylised series by using a super-mirrored polished stainless steel sheets, fixed on to a golden brushed brass pedestals.

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Each part uses marble, brass or metal to create the base while vanity mirrors were used to reflect different angles of the pieces.

The collection was then captured through a carefully executed still-life photo series, which presents various perspectives of the different items.

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Yasmine, who is based in Beirut, said he believes design should be “simple, bold, and straight forward with a touch of fantasy, merging his experimental dimension with a professional know-how”.

He said he incorporates a fresh approach while sticking to culture and traditional aspects, using technology and methodology, perception and spaces.

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