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Design Made in Lebanon - but not only -, events - round tables, conferences and other debates -, prizes - intended to reward designers as well as gallery owners -, all inscribed in a scenography by the architect Galal Mahmoud. This was the program of the second edition of the Beirut Design Fair, organized from September 20 to 23 in order to express Lebanese know-how in the field to the whole world ...

For this second year, the founders of the event, Hala Mubarak and Guillaume Taslé d'Héliand, aimed high, hoping to attract 20 visitors within the walls of the Seaside Arena in Beirut where the event was held. A bet held, since 000 curious and passionate people (19% more than last year) came to discover the achievements and projects of 800 exhibitors, mostly from the region when a few came. from Europe and handpicked by a prestigious jury. Aline Asmar d'Amman and Lina Ghotmeh (architects), Marc Baroud and Karim Chaya (designers), and Mathias Ohrel (journalist and design consultant), thus lent their expert gaze to retain the crème de la crème of young artists .

Highlights of the event, the various awards presented by the selection committee, and which aim to crown the most beautiful and ingenious creations, but also the best initiatives of entrepreneurs specialized in the field.

Initiative Award: Joy Mardini, hailed for the work of her agency, the Joy Mardini Design Gallery which promotes Lebanese designers to the local and European public.

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Object Award: Fadi Sarriedine for his customizable collection Damascus Revisited Again, composed of various small objects - candle holders, paperweights, trays - able to be assembled to form bigger ones, like tables.

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Talent Award: Vivian van Blerk and her Memento vixisti (Literally "Remember you were alive"), funny vases, lamps and other bowls in the shape of skulls!

 

Exciting winners who make you want to be already in 2019, to discover the surprises that Hala Mubarak and Guillaume Taslé d'Héliand have in store for us for the next edition ...

To learn more, visit the website of the Beirut Design Fair

Photographs: DR



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