After the first successful editions of Rising Talents Awards, Maison et Objet 2018 couldn’t happen without celebrating, one more time, the best of design community. It’s now time to take a look on Lebanon’s talents, after United Kingdom and Italy, and get to know a little bit more about what to expect from this designers at Parc des Expositions in Paris, from 7 to 11 September 2018.
“Behind each story there are people, relationships and memories. It is like packing a whole world into a single object.”
After studying at the École Nationale Supérieure de Paris Val De Seine, Marc Dibeh chose to return to Beirut to pursue a Master’s in Product Design at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts. After a three-year experience working alongside Marc Baroud, he went on to establish his own studio in 2009. Featured in institutions like Gallery S. Bensimon in Paris or Seeds London Gallery, his work skilfully plays on the notion of narrative and he consistently materializes his ideas with his very own stylistic approach.
“I am very excited about this experience! This event will unquestionably turn the limelight on us and our country.”
Born in Ottawa, Canada, to a Finnish father and a Lebanese mother, Anastasia Nysten grew up in Finland, France and Lebanon but choose this last one to pursue her degree in Industrial Design and later to start her career with Karen Chekerdjian. After three years in London she established her own studio in 2015. Today, working from Beirut and Dubai, Anastasia expresses her multicultural background through her designs always through a bold look, one of the characteristic features of her work.
“In a country like ours, where there is virtually no industry, design lives by virtue of local craftsmen making small-batch productions, sold in galleries or by word of mouth.”
After he graduated from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts and ECAL Lausanne, Carlo Massoud moved to New York to learn the ropes. He joined Nasser Nakib Architect to oversee bespoke furniture design and started his solo career in 2014, when he showed his Dolls project at the Carwan Gallery. His work fluctuate between functional design and art installation, in projects that usually incorporating a social and political comment.
“There is still so much potential to explore in new materials, potential to develop products that could find applications even in luxury markets.”
Officially, Paola Sakr is a designer, at least that is what the product design degree she earned in 2016 from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts says. But actually, her expressions encompass a much broader field of disciplines, from photography to art. This capacity for multidisciplinary creation have allowed her to satisfy her taste for innovation and her curiosity – the source of every one of her projects.
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“Exploring elaborate details and bold materials, our duo converges to create innovative and unusual combinations.”
Karl Chucri and Rami Boushdid met when they were both studying interior design at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts in Beirut. After earning their Master’s, they met again in Lebanon and decided to establish Studio Caramel in 2016.
Their personal experiences in various architecture firms have certainly become an influence in their approach to furniture design. 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’.
“Today, highly experienced artisans have inherited this expertise passed down through generations and continue to preserve these crafts.”
Half-French, half-Lebanese, Carla Baz started studying at ESAG Penninghen in Paris, before she went on to earn a Master’s in Product Design for the Luxury Industry in 2010 from ECAL Lausanne, where she met many designers, including Fernando Campana and Ronan Bouroullec. In London, she completed her training by joining Zaha Hadid Architects and subsequently decided to start her solo career, an initiative that was soon rewarded by the Boghossian Foundation. Moved by the elegant lines of her furniture, the Foundation presented her with the Design Prize in 2013. Her furniture reveals the beauty of fine materials and incorporating traditional cane weaving techniques.
Ramy Fischler: Maison et Objet 2018 Designer Of The Year September 2018
Finally, Ramy Fischler, the Designer of the Year. With every new edition, M&O Paris elects one of the most outstanding names in industrial and interior design worldwide. In this September 2018, Ramy Fischler was the talent chosen.
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