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Carlo & Mary-Lynn Massoud
Mary-Lynn Massoud is a ceramist born in 1981. After graduating from manufacture de sevres in France, she opened her studio in Beirut. She then participated in a number of international exhibitions in Dubai (Dubai design days), London, Paris , the armory show New York, Basel Miami, guild South Africa, Nomad Monaco and Saint Moritz...
Carlo Massoud is a Lebanese product designer and interior designer born in (YEAR OF BIRTH). Having graduated from ALBA, the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts in Beirut, he went on to pursue a Master in Product Design at ECAL, the School of Art and Design in Lausanne. Massoud constantly questions the social aspects of his environment, channeling these constructs into objects that often push the viewer to investigate their knowledge of the subject. His work possesses a versatile quality, which gives rise to the open-ended function of his objects. Massoud participated in many international fairs: The Armory Show (New York), Southern Guild (Cape Town), Design Day Dubai (UAE), Maison et Objet (Paris) among many. The two siblings collaborated the first time in 2015.
Hala Matta was born in Beirut in 1970. After 20 fruitful years in the corporate world, she decides to pursue a career as a ceramicist.
Trained in the studio of master ceramicists Nathalie Khayat and Nevil Salha, Hala opens her own studio in 2015.
She attended several advanced workshops in Europe. Currently, Hala is an assistant to ceramicist Samar Mogharbel at LAU. She is a firm believer in developing local craftsmanship and vernacular artistic productions. She lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon.
Karen Chekerdjian’s trajectory into designing was unsystematic, comprised of a combination of practical experience in various creative fields and endeavours. Her practical beginnings were in advertising, working in both film and graphic design at Leo Burnett Beirut (1991), and as a co-founder of one of the first branding companies in the Middle East.
Karen moved to Milan in 1997 to pursue a master’s degree in industrial design at DOMUS academy, under the guidance of Massimo Morozzi, a founder of Archizoom. She continued to work with Morozzi at EDRA, where he was Art Director, in what effectively became a seminal and formative four-year mentorship (1997-2000). Mobil, a suspended hangar system and her first actualised work, was produced and distributed by the furniture company (1999).
Less interested in making products, Chekerdjian used her time in Italy to experiment and explore the extensions and limitations of her art. She began to question what have become somewhat rigid assumptions regarding function, form, and meaning.
Unknown to her then, Karen began developing potentials for dialogue and narrative – a language of designing – rather than focusing on creating a particular style. The ambiguity of her pieces, their ability to take on new functions in varied context and through different interpretations, in retrospect, became a continuous thread in her work.
“I always believed that a piece of furniture can be something more than furniture. Why not push the ambiguity to the point where you cannot really decide if you want to use the piece or just look at it?
It can be what you want it to be. It depends on how you want to see it, on your own story.”
Sayar & Garibeh
Stephanie Sayar & Charbel Garibeh are Lebanese-based designers that work together as a team to complete projects where each have individual opinions and personal touches combined together to create nostalgic and dreamy pieces.
Their approach to design encompasses their combined vision of naïve and experimental design with a dash of humor using new materials and forms.
The duo opened their studio Sayar & Garibeh, in Beirut, after developing their product design skills and exhibiting their work at a number of international fairs such as Miami, NYC, Milan, Paris, London, Beirut and Dubai.
Their work has been selected in 2015 and 2016 as Best of Milan Design Week and highlighted as Best of Maison et Objet Paris in 2015.
It was only three years after graduating with a Master’s degree in Interior Architecture that they realized the necessity of designing together to produce the best work.
"Working together is always fun, and while communication is one of the main elements in our method, we can't hide the fact that it sometimes gets messy, but it's all part of the ride... We tried to work separately a few times [in the beginning] but we always ended up realizing that there was something missing. »
Based in Beirut, Stéphanie Moussallem Design Studio is a multidisciplinary practice with a diverse portfolio of interior projects and furniture. Launched in 2015 by interior architect and product designer Stéphanie Moussallem to explore the evolving vision of contemporary culture, the studio is dedicated to improving the relationship between usability, ergonomics and style.
“Design is a tool to facilitate everyday life, by making the objects around us as practical and pleasant as possible.”
The studio creates one-of-a-kind as well as commissioned works of furniture design, interior concepts and architectural installations.
Stéphanie Moussallem’s works have been exhibited at various design shows including La Fiera di Milano, House of Today, Smo Gallery,
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