Dedicated this year to the Middle East, the ‘Transversality’ exhibition is showing works edited by Galerie BSL alongside pieces by invited designers and producers. A way for Béatrice Saint-Laurent ‘to offer a cross-talk with other players on the design scene, by presenting an exhibition made of multiple voices, but thought as one world.’
– The new TESSERA SERIES by Marc Baroud for Carwan gallery (Lebanon)
– The new AUCTION table and the PALM line by Emirati Khalid Shafar (Dubai)
– Aluminium lighting pieces by Cyrille Najjar (Lebanon)
– Luxury vessel collections by interior accessory brand Gaia&Gino (Turkey) designed notably by David Adjaye, ‘Designer of the Year 2011’ in Design Miami.
– The precious Loupe collection by Lebanese architect Dina Kamal.
New Galerie BSL editions to discover: the iconic CINETISME I corian wall cabinet by French-Lebanese Charles Kalpakian in a new color close to the ‘Klein’ blue, and the three CHAKRA single stem vases in ceramic and glass by visual artist Charlotte Cornaton.
‘Tessera Series’ By Marc Baroud For Carwan Gallery – Lebanon
‘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 4x4x4 cm. Each object questions rigidity, flexibility, assemblage, pattern, modularity, in a play between the flat and the three-dimensional volumes.
‘Star’ Collection, Set Of Three Vessels By David Adjaye For Gaia&Gino – Turkey
The STAR COLLECTION is the first industrial design project of British architect David Adjaye, one of the world’s leading architects of his generation and ‘Designer of the Year’ at Design Miami 2011. Adjaye was chosen to design the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture that will open in Washington in 2015.
A stunning piece of art, the STAR COLLECTION is entirely handmade in copper by Turkish artisans, the interior being completely covered with Swarovski Elements black crystals. True micro-architectures, these three vessels offer various plays on light and geometry representative of Adjaye’s vision and sensibility.
The ‘Auction’ Table By Khalid Shafar – Dubai, UAE
“The inspiration for this coffee table comes from a very old story of my childhood. I grew up seeing men roaming the neighborhood carrying sacks filled with merchandise that they sold to housewives. They announced their presence using the word ‘Lelam’, a Malayalam word meaning ‘Auction’ that referred to the type of transaction these men made with the housewives. From this sack image and the way it was used back in those days, the AUCTION coffee table was born. Below the tabletop is a storage compartment that is wrapped with fabric and knotted on the top to cover and hide possessions.”
“The PALM LINE is a tribute to the palm tree, a sacred species for us in the UAE and an integral part of our heritage and culture. It is the tree that I have lived with for most of my life. The tabletops of the PALM tables are handmade colourful ‘Sarrood’ mats woven from dyed palm leaves that were used in the past to serve food on the floor and hung up afterwards to keep them flat. Ayesha Eid, a craftswoman at the Heritage Village in Dubai, created these mats. I consider this line as a tribute to her, to the many Emirati craftswomen and their bespoke dying-craft.”
‘Fractal Light’ By Cyrille Najjar – Lebanon
FRACTAL LIGHT is a line of lighting fixtures made out of pure aluminium. The cut out pattern design in the sheets evokes typical Oriental patterns such as the ones found in Muqarnas and Moucharaby. Each piece is unique and custom made.
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