Maison et Objet Paris is the leading event of Paris Design Week. A couple of months earlier, the exclusive event destined for lifestyle and design has revealed the six emerging rising talents that will be headlining the upcoming edition of M&O, which will be taking place in Paris Nord Villepinte, from 7-11 September. Lebanese designers, Anastasia Nysten, Carla Baz, Carlo Massoud, Marc Dibeh, Paola Sakr and Studio Caramel were the chosen ones that are bound to represent the future of design. Now, Luxury Bathrooms will explore the work of each of this skilled creators.
The French-Lebanese designer has a masters degree in product design for the Luxury Industry from ECAL Lausanne. When in London, she trained under Zaha Hadi Architects and, a couple of years later, she started her solo career, which began with a recognition by the Boghossian Foundation.
Calling on the expertise of Lebanon’s most experienced artisans, Carla Baz’s handcrafted furniture reveals the beauty of fine materials and elegant lines, examples of such are her designs of Hay bench and the Borgia candelabra.
Graduating from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts in product design, Marc Dibeh then gained plenty of experience by working with Marc Baroud. It was in 2009 that the Beirut-based designer opened his own studio and now he has been exhibiting his work all around the world, including Paris, London and Miami.
He gives great importance to create something that has a story while also keeping that same interior or product timeless and simple. Please, Don’t Tell Mom is one of his most compelling designs. It is comprised of five mirrors that were broken accordingly and elevated by angles in order to form a 3D shape.
Carlo Massoud graduated from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts and ECAL Lausanne, and afterwards, moved to New York to further enhance his craft. Massoud later joined Nasser Nabik Architect where he supervised bespoke furniture designs for high-end residential projects. In 2014, he started his solo career by showing his Dolls project at the Carwan Gallery.
Massoud follows an artistic approach, defining a unique balance between functional design and art. His work also has a social and political statement and he also explores new manufacturing processes for brass pieces.
Coming from a multicultural background, Anastasia Nysten comes from a multicultural background and it was in Lebanon that she pursued a degree in industrial design at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts. She then started working with Karen Chekerdjian and later with Michael Anastassiades in London. In 2015, she established her own design studio specialised in furniture and interiors.
Scandinavian comfort with a bold aesthetic is one of her design trademarks, that allows her to systematically push formal research beyond the classics. In her work, she also makes good use of natural materials.
Paola Skar graduated from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts in product design. Nevertheless, she is quite skilled in other areas as well, including photography and art. The young designer has already taken part in a wide variety of design festivals, including in Beirut and Dubai, that gave her the opportunity to show her experiments.
Paola Sakr’s versatility for multidisciplinary has allowed her to completely satisfy her taste for innovation and her curiosity, which are actually the basis of her projects. Everything she creates has a story behind it. Her approach is consistent with the original function of product design: finding a solution to a specific problem, establishing a “collaboration with the world”.
Studio Caramel is comprised of Karl Chucri and Rami Boush, who first met when they were studying interior designer at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts in Beirut, but it was only a few years later that the dynamic duo reunited to create their studio in 2016. With plenty of experience under their belts from working with several architecture firms, their creations are often shaped by a specific context without ever compromising on the furniture’s capacity to decorate a room.
Some of the duo’s most iconic pieces are the Mirage music box and the Indolente armchair. These designs bring a nostalgic feeling of the 50’s and consequently benefit from vintage details and historical references.
“This new generation shares one common trait: optimism. At a time when Lebanon is facing grim prospects and facing challenges to solve its problems, these young designers produce pieces that express happiness. From their offices in Beirut, they share their hope to overcome the clichés that the rest of the world has imposed on the country.” – Cherine Magrabi, Founder of Lebanese design platform House of Today.
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Source: Maison et Objet