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NOVEMBER 22th 2013

Carwan Gallery is proud to present its new permanent location in Beirut, Lebanon. Located in Clemenceau at Gefinor Center, the gallery was created when Pascale Wakim and Nicolas Lecompte associated their complementary cultural backgrounds to propose an extraordinary vision for contemporary design in the Middle East. The gallery’s first objective was to foster the singular relationship between designers and craftsmen through commissions. More than fifteen designers from all over the world found inspiration in Middle-Eastern crafts to reinvent traditional techniques and create unique contemporary objects.

After three years of pop-up exhibitions in international design fairs and museums, Carwan settles a gallery space that will showcase contemporary objects in limited editions, creating a permanent link with friends, collectors and partners. On Friday November 22nd 2013, Carwan celebrates the opening of this space in the presence of emerging and established names exhibiting their work, with a food-design installation by Charbel El Hachem and Carlo Massoud.

A special guest India Mahdavi, will be showing her Landscape Series exclusively designed for Carwan and signing her new publication “Home”.

commissions and works on display by

 Michael Anastassiades (UK)

Lindsey Adelman (USA)

Taher Asad-Bakhtiari (Iran)

Marc Baroud (Lebanon)

Karim Chaya/Spock Design (Lebanon)

Karen Chekerdjian (Lebanon)

Nada Debs (Lebanon)

Bernard Khoury (Lebanon)

Paul Loebach (USA)

India Mahdavi (France)

Philippe Malouin (Canada)

studio mischer’traxler (Austria)

Khalid Shafar (UAE)

Oeuffice (Canada)

Tamer Nakisci (Turkey)



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India Mahdavi


Description: The Landscapes vases are conceived in glazed ceramic with dense and vivid colours. Every element, every cell put on the ground composes the detail of an urban and graphic landscape. The scenery envisions the idea of the garden: a composition that can be self appropriated and built indoors. This effervescence of texture and color plays with the scale of the work, the objects become a part of a whole and can be envisaged alone or in series, gold or monochrome.

Biography: Since the opening of her interior design studio in Paris in 1999, India Mahdavi keeps pushing the boundaries of her creative consulting from design to architecture, as well as scenography and styling. Venturing the whole world, she developed a rigorous aesthetic and architectural vocabulary unceasingly renewed, that can be seen in every project. Among her most important projects are institutions like Claridges in London, Monte Carlo Beach in Monaco, or more intimate places where she restored a singular identity like the Hotel du Cloitre in Arles or Thoumieux house in Paris. Rich of artistic complicities, she has just signed with the M/M (Paris) le Café Français on Bastille square in Paris, and works with Joseph Dirand on L’Apogée Courchevel for the group Oetker. 

India Mahdavi


Material: Handmade ceramic mosaic and pure brass structure Dimensions: 100 x 270 x 80 h cm

Description: Landscapes tables project is an abstract color composition inspired by Iznik tiles, conceived of as a reinterpretation of the 16th century Ottoman tradition. The series’ aesthetic derived from a research into the Ottoman style of fabricating quartz tiles, as well as a new approach for the construction of monumental tables, therefore creating objects that surprise the senses with reflections and heady colors. The collaboration with the ateliers of the Iznik Foundation, based in Bursa-Turkey, famous for their creations for the most important mosques in the Middle East and Hermès stores, offered the perfect savoir-faire for this project. An exclusive range of custom-made colors has been developed to produce the unique reflective shine of the product.

Biography:Since the opening of her interior design studio in Paris in 1999, India Mahdavi keeps pushing the boundaries of her creative consulting from design to architecture, as well as scenography and styling. Venturing the whole world, she developed a rigorous aesthetic and architectural vocabulary unceasingly renewed, that can be seen in every project. Among her most important projects are institutions like Claridges in London, Monte Carlo Beach in Monaco, or more intimate places where she restored a singular identity like the Hotel du Cloitre in Arles or Thoumieux house in Paris. Rich of artistic complicities, she has just signed with the M/M (Paris) le Café Français on Bastille square in Paris, and works with Joseph Dirand on L’Apogée Courchevel for the group Oetker. Every project is a story, a first time and it is in this spirit of adventure and experiment that India approached her collaboration with Carwan Gallery. 

Michael Anastassiades

Mobile Chandelier 3, 2008

Description Adding intrigue and subtle animation to an interior space, Michael Anastassiades’ series of cantilevered Mobile Chandeliers incorporate a reduction of line and form, employing only the most essential elements to arrive at a final product that is highly intelligent and surprising in their sculptural elegance. While simple in appearance, Anastassiades’ work is far from ordinary; the kinetic lights enter into a dialogue with the space they occupy, gently swaying and changing into a seemingly infinite number of shapes. Comprised of linear tubes made of black patinated brass, geometric mouth blown glass light sources and counterbalancing weights, the fixtures feature highly intricate engineering which allows for the precariousness of the chandeliers. Introduced following two years of meticulous preparation, the Mobile Chandeliers combine fine detailing with an honest expression of materials and form which reinforces the elegant simplicity of the designs.

Biography:Trained in civil engineering and then industrial design, London-based artist Michael Anastassiades established his studio in 1994 and has since been producing pieces that are both technologically advanced and beautifully designed. Though at first glance they might appear merely utilitarian, his objects—many of them lit— are in fact stunningly detailed and rigorously proportioned: the glass is free blown, the metal finishes are bespoke. His work is in the permanent collections of museums such as the Museum ofModern Art in New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. 

Lindsey Adelman

Arabian Curiosity Vessels

Object: Curiosity Vessel collaboration with Nancy Callan Material: Glass bottle with solid brass stopper and horse hair Dimensions: 13 (h) x 8 (l) cm

Description: Hand blown clear glass bottles with solid brass stoppers cast from “Nature gone wrong.” Hybrid acorns, coral, porcupine quills, and human vertebrae becomecuriosities displayed outside of the vessel rather than inside of it.

Biography: Lindsey Adams Adelman was born in New York City in 1968. Her current work is the apex of a lifelong exploration in making objects. An ongoing interest in combining the handcrafted with the machine-made, the sensual with the practical, and the feminine with the masculine consistently defines her work. She has been featured in the Cooper- Hewitt Design Triennial and Design Miami. Lindsey lives in Brooklyn and works from her showroom in Manhattan. 

Taher Asad-Bakhtiari

Baz kilim

Object: series of Kilims limited edition of 8 Material: natural and vegetable died wools and polyurethane

Dimensions: 78 x 300 cm Carwan commission, produced in Iran 2012

Description: All Asad-Bakthiari’ kilims are hand-made in Iran by Turkic-speaking, semi- settled nomads using 100% natural and vegetable-died wools. Each kilim requires approximately four to five months to produce, depending on the size. The designer innovated in the fabrication process with a polyurethane weaving together with wool. The designs are limited to essential geometrical shapes, enhancing the novelty of the weave and mix of materials to speak out. Stimulated by this new approach, the weavers themselves have come to re-think their craft and re-engage with it. Thus often, the weaver’s own input will figure discretely in the carpet - whether in a smart approach to a weaving dilemma or the personal handling of a particular design.

Biography: Born in Tehran, Iran in 1982, Taher currently lives between Tehran, Dubai and New York. After Multimedia and Management studies between Canada and Switzerland and inspired by art from a young age, he opened a creative agency in Tehran, later expanding it to New York City. Juggling between various creative disciplines with particular interest in architecture, design and interiors, he started to self produce limited edition kilims. Asad Bakhtiari seeks to reintroduce the traditional Iranian crafts while imbuing it with a contemporary functionality. 

Marc Baroud

Tessera - Lounge Chair

Object: Lounge Chair limited edition of 10 + 2P Material: Walnut, Leather, and Copper Leatherwork by Johnny Farah Dimensions: 100 x 85 x 44 cm Carwan commission, produced in Lebanon 2012

Description: Tessera in Latin is the individual tile, usually formed in the shape of a cube used in creating mosaics. It is also number 4 in Greek. Tessera is a handcrafted line of products built with leather-bound walnut units of 4x4x4cm. Tessera questions rigidity, flexibility, assemblage, pattern, and modularity. Increasingly more defined, detailed, and fragile, but at the same time progressively more three-dimensional.

Biography: Architecture and product design practitioner, Marc Baroud has been teaching Product Design at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA) since 2004. He has been appointed head of the design school in 2012. He graduated from ALBA with a double major in Interior Architecture and Furniture Design and holds a DSAA in Industrial Design from ENSAAMA-Olivier de Serres (Paris).He worked in Paris in the fields of luxury product design and commercial architecture. In 2004 he established MÛdesign Global, a brand development company based in Beirut. In 2008 he extended his activities to architecture and co-founded RGMB-ad (Rabih Geha Marc Baroud Architecture Design) and has been developing and building various projects (individual houses, housing projects, offices, retail, and corporate). 

Karim Chaya

Slingshots 2013

Object and Description :1. U shaped brass with wood handle 2. Polished Aluminum 3. Brushed Stainless 4. Mirror Stainless steel, handle of Palissandre wood 5. Plywood 6. Crystal clear glass 7. Solid Wood 8. Gold plated

Biography: Karim Chaya, graduated in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. He co-founded Abillama Chaya Industrial Design ‘ACID’ in 1997. ‘ACID’, which specializes in design manufacturing and installation of architectural detailing, currently employs 150 craftsmen, architects and administrators and handles projects across the globe. In 2001, Chaya started SpockDesign, a company devoted to furniture and product design. Chaya teaches fifth year industrial design at the Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts (ALBA). He has been invited to showcase in many exhibitions such as: 100% Design (London) and Maison et Objet (Paris) where his furniture as well as art installations have been presented. His work has been published in the local and international press including Le Figaro, Officiel Design, Monocle, Interior Design and Interni. 

Karen Chekerdjian

Ikebana I, II, III

Object: Ikebana - limited edition - Vanity Mirror Material: statuario marble, rose wood, brushed copper, formica and mirror Dimensions: 58 (l) x 9 (w) x 34.5 (h) cm Carwan commission, produced in Lebanon 2013

Description: The harmonies of linear construction, of rhythm and colour that emanate from this collection of dressing mirrors take their inspiration from the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement. The structure of each mirror is based on the three main elements of Ikebana: asymmetry, space and depth. The juxtaposition of these three different filters ineluctably creates landscapes of shapes and substances.

Biography: Karen Chekerdjian was born in Beirut; she lives and works in Milan where she received her master’s degree from Domus Academy. Her works have been selected for numerous international exhibitions including Utopi/Copenhagen, Beyond the Myth/ Europe, Promosedia 2007/Milan, Northern Lights/Tokyo, and ECHO/Beirut. She has been featured at the Sfeir-Semmler Gallery in Beirut as well as the Nilufar Gallery in Milan. In 2007, she opened a retail space for design in Beirut and founded Karen Chekerdjian Studio and Consultancy. She is currently producing her own furniture and design products in Lebanon, incorporating the expertise of local artisans. 

Nada Debs

The Fragmented Clock

Object: The Fragmented Clock limited edition of 10 + 2 P

Material: Hand carved maple wood and mother of pearl inlay Dimensions: 60w x 60d x 190h cm Carwan commission, produced in Lebanon

Description: Using her recently established East & East workshop which focuses on modernizing traditional craft, Nada Debs has created the Fragmented Clock: a contemporary take on the grandfather clock, which is reminiscent of the past and captures the significance of heritage. The clock is carved from solid maple wood, an unusual material in the region, and incorporates mother of pearl inlay. The diamonds form an intricate pattern from the top, becoming distorted and more fragmented as they reach the base, until there is no more carving, reflecting a purity of design. The mother of pearl inlay is also scattered, showing the dying craft as time passes, requiring meticulous workmanship for each diamond shape to be carved into its 4 facets. The clock itself is fragmented into 4 pieces as if time were broken into units. The secret doors hold memories collected over time. The Fragmented Clock requires 4 hand carvers and 6 craftsmen specialized in mother of pearl inlay, 500 hours of work, and 30 kilos of mother of pearl to create the final object.

Biography:Nada Debs, of Lebanese origin, was brought up in Japan, and studied at the Rhode Island School of Design in the United States, soon after starting East & East, her own custom furniture design company in the UK. In addition to two spaces in Beirut- the Nada Debs Gallery and Nada Debs Boutique, her products are represented in New York, London, Rome and Dubai. Her work has been featured in various international publications such as Wallpaper and Monocle, and she is presently working on several interior design projects in the Middle East and the USA. 

Bernard Khoury

CATHERINE WANTS TO KNOW - 2009 Light Box 110x200 cm edition of 8 +2AP

Catherine Wants To Know is an assemblage of visual works that were produced by celebrated Arab contemporary artists whose works have been acquired by major museums and collections across the Western world. These images were initially “stolen” and used without the consent of their respective authors. The selected artists include: Akram Zaatari. Walid Raad, Rabih Mroue, Khalil Joreige & Johanna Hadjitomas, Jalal Toufic, Fouad Khoury and Bernard Khoury. The title Catherine Wants To Know makes reference to the well-renowned French curator Catherine David who became, over the last ten years, a reference and an authority in researching and promoting contemporary Arab art. The resulting composition depicts a captivating picture that it also surprisingly too familiar. By conforming to the expectations raised by Western art institutions over contemporary Arab culture, the authors of these works have become imprisoned in a territory and a history defined by others.

Biography: Bernard Khoury studied architecture at the Rhode Island school of Design (B.F.A 1990 / B.Arch 1991). He received a Masters in Architectural studies from Harvard University (M.Arch 1993). In 2001, he was awarded by the municipality of Rome the honorable mention of the Borromini prize given to architects under 40 years of age. In 2004, he was awarded the Architecture + Award. Bernard Khoury was invited to teach design studios in several Architecture schools, including L’Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, L’Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris and the American University of Beirut; he has lectured and exhibited his work in prestigious academic institutions in Europe and the U.S including a solo show of his work given by the International Forum for Contemporary Architecture at the Aedes gallery in Berlin (2003) and numerous group shows including YOUprison at the Fondazione Sandretto in Torino (2008) and SPACE at the opening show of the MAXXI museum in Rome (2010). His work has been extensively published by the professional press. Khoury started an independent practice in 1993. Over the past 15 years, his office has developed an international reputation and a significant diverse portfolio of projects both locally and abroad. 

Paul Loebach

Wall of Light

Object: Wall of Light limited edition of 8 + 2 P

Material: lathed polish brass and brass structure Dimensions: 160 cm x 20 cm x 240cm (h) Carwan commission, produced in Lebanon

Biography:Paul Loebach ́s project is based on the idea of a ‘vertical chandelier’, inspired by a voyage to the Middle East where he found the traditional oil lamp manifested in countless unique shapes and extraordinary configurations. The project is a collaboration with a local Beirut metal atelier that was able to use antique casting molds to recreate the old, metal lamp forms. These were assembled together with structural tubes and light fixtures to create a floating, illuminated installation. Paul Loebach was raised amid the industrial landscape of the American Midwest in Cincinatti, Ohio, and studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating in 2002. Descended from a long line of German woodworkers, Paul sees his projects as an idealistic fusion of his family’s distant and more recent history. He is now based in New York City where he has established a design studio and currently works as a consultant, specializing in wood furniture and emerging manufacturing technologies. 

Philippe Malouin

Extrusion bowls, stool, high tray and table

Object: Extrusion bowls, stool, high tray, and table 5 various objects in a limited edition of 12 + 2 P Material: Hand crafted maple and oak Dimensions: high bowl 45cm (d) x 10cm (h) low bowl 30cm (d) x 8cm (h)stool 30cm (d) x 44cm (h) side table 40cm (d) x 30cm (h) high tray 25 cm (d) x 90 cm (h) Carwan commission, produced in Lebanon

Description: Philippe Malouin explores with Lebanese artisans the assembling system of combined intarsia and lathe technique. Both intarsia and lathe are ancient crafts that originated in the Middle East around 1200 BC. The objects are composed of hundreds of single crossing pieces assembled together to create the pattern according to the intarsia process. The bold objects are then turned on the lathe to confer a precise and unique shape. Malouin design brings with this project an innovative simplification and experimentation in the building process of Middle Eastern woodworking while exposing this ancient process to the viewer.

Biography:Philippe Malouin was born in 1982 in Canada. After studying in Montreal, at ENSCI in Paris, and at Eindhoven Academy in The Netherlands, he is currently based in London, where he collaborates with the Tom Dixon Studio and develops his own objects through an experimental approach. He has worked on projects for droog design, Lobmeyr, and the Victoria & Albert Museum, among others. His work has been featured in numerous galleries including Fumi Gallery in London, Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan, and NextLevel Galerie in Paris. 

Studio Mischer‘Traxler

Gradient Mashrabiya Sideboard

Object: Gradient Mashrabiya Sideboard limited edition of 10 + 2 P

Material: Hand crafted oak Dimensions: 146 cm x 37cm x 89cm (h) Carwan commission, produced in Lebanon

Description: Studio mischer‘traxler teamed up with an expert woodworker in Lebanon to redefine the constructive system of the traditional mashrabiyas: delicate wooden window screens often found in Middle Eastern architecture. Inspired by the process of lathing the small wooden parts for mashrabiyas, mischer’traxler focused on exposing the many steps of production, to make the craftsmen’s work visible and understandable to the observer. The result – a sideboard – is composed of a network of more than 650 distinct pieces of manually carved wood. From rectangular slats to refined decorative elements, all stages are visible within the one object, which becomes increasingly more defined, detailed, and fragile, but at the same time progressively more three-dimensional.

Biography: Studio mischer‘traxler was founded in 2009 by Katharina Mischer (1982) and Thomas Traxler (1981) after graduating from the Design Academy Eindhoven and several years of collaboration. Their projects have been exhibited at the Art Institute Chicago, the Design Museum London and the MAK Vienna, and the studio was honored with the Designer of the Future Award at Design Miami/Basel in 2011. Based in Vienna, the studio creates furniture, installations and more, with a process that experiments with context and conceptual thinking. Balancing craft with technology, they envision whole systems, processes, and new production methods that deal with contemporary themes, indicating sustainability and the relevance of nature. Their results make use of unexpected materials and interactions, involving the condition of the weather, an existing environment, or the viewer. 


Ziggurat Containers

Object: Ziggurat Containers limited edition of 12 + 2 P Material: Wood box inlaid with acrylic Dimensions: 25 cm x 25cm x 55cm (h) Carwan commission, produced in Lebanon

Description: Oeuffice explores the world of Middle Eastern architecture and ornamental structures. Collaborating with a Lebanese craftsman specialized in wood inlay, Oeuffice has created a system of independent boxes that stack together forming a monumental tower fitted for the domestic landscape. The form evokes a simplification of traditional Muquarnas found in Middle Eastern architecture, and the inlaid ornamentation renders a new study of scale and an unexpected shift in direction of traditional pattern standards.

Biography: Oeuffice was founded in 2011 as a collaboration between Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte and Jakub Zak. After many years of a parallel life between Canada, Berlin and Milan, they united to form Oeuffice, a new research laboratory with a focus on developing innovative objects in limited editions. Their work reflects a common ideal of creating objects inspired by visions of a contemporary utopia. Oeuffice recently exhibited with Carwan Gallery in Milan, Beirut and Berlin, and is currently showing as part of an exclusive selection at Philips De Pury’s pop-up shop in London. Oeuffice is currently based in Milan, Italy. 

Tamer Nakışçı

Shade Kilim

Object: “Shade” Kilim limited edition of 1 P

Material: Hand crafted wool & silk Dimensions: 150x400 Carwan commission, produced in Turkey

Description: Inspired by the sunny Middle East and its unique floors & ceilings, “Shade” stands at the intersection of illusion and reality, light and matter, geometry and transparency. Hand-made in Turkey, the rug is composed of (185 pieces) 400 meters of carefully crafted wool strips that are hand-stitched to each other in 4 layers and axis using silk threads. The intersecting strips reveal unique graphics deconstructed from the Middle Eastern patterns, resembling the light rays inside the shadow. Going beyond the traditional techniques, Tamer Nakisci explores the possibilities into the rug (Kilim) making; tying the future to the past.

Biography: Tamer Nakışçı explores physical and emotional interactions between human, spaces, and objects; playing with ideas and forms, technologies, emotions and materials in surprising and innovative ways. Graduated from the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, he started his career at the Fiat Advanced Design Concept Lab, received the Nokia Design Award in 2005, and was named one of “Europe’s 100 Young Creative Talents” in 2009. His Istanbul-based Studio/Nakisci works on product and interior design projects. His designs have been awarded the prestigious Red Dot and iF Product Design Award, among others, and have been published and exhibited around the globe. 


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