Apartment in Beirut by Platau | Interiors

 

This lovely home is located in Wadi Abu Jamil in Downtown Beirut designed by Lebanese architecture firm Platau. The main feature of the apartment is the wood enveloping the house and the contrasting white featured in the walls, handrail, and other finishes. The penthouse was designed for a family of four. Doors are all built in within the wooden walls.

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Sursock Museum in Beirut to Reopen October 9, 2015

Photograph: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images- via The Guardian
Photograph: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images- via The Guardian

 

The Nicolas Sursock Museum located in Beirut, Lebanon is one of the most beautiful Lebanese mansions still standing from 1912 to date. It opened its doors as a museum in 1961, and was then closed for renovation in 2008. Seven years of renovation & $15 Million later,  Sursock Museum will reopen on October 9, 2015.

 

 

This is the new racking system we installed to store the Museum’s permanent collection. Housed in a spacious storage room beneath the Museum, the collection is kept in climate-controlled conditions optimal for its preservation. Photograph: Nabû Productions/The Sursock Museum. via The Guardian
This is the new racking system we installed to store the Museum’s permanent collection. Housed in a spacious storage room beneath the Museum, the collection is kept in climate-controlled conditions optimal for its preservation. Photograph: Nabû Productions/The Sursock Museum. via The Guardian

 

When it opened as a museum in 1961, the mansion housed exhibitions from artists in the Middle East and around the world, as well as the prestigious Salon d’Automne for local figures. It continued in this capacity through the civil war until its closure in 2007, with a brief pause for renovations in the 70s. It focused on paintings, showing the work of Lebanese artists Chafic Abboud, Paul Guiragossian, Saloua Raouda Choucair and Aref Rayess, as well as international artists. Several rooms, including an oriental-style salon, were kept as Sursock left them.

 

 

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Bokja Goods Collection and Pop-Up Cafe | Events

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If you are in Beirut, check out the lovely event hosted by Bokja in Saifi Village.

Bokja is sharing their latest project, ‘Goods’. The new collection encapsulates a series of playful objects, from dining chairs to aprons, that explore our modern-day relationship to food and consumerism.

Join them at the Bokja Space in Saifi Village Beirut, on March 13th from 4 – 9 pm to experience the Goods.

A pop-up Goods Cafe will be open from March 16 – 21 from 11 – 4 pm daily serving delicious juices, coffees, and goodies from Joanna’s Table and La Boulangere Bio.

Bokja has proudly partnered with the Lebanese Food Bank to donate a part of the proceeds from the collection and the cafe.

 

 

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About Bokja

Bokja’s mission is to find beauty and appreciation in the imperfect, to gather the unexpected and to seek out the human emotion and connect. Established in Beirut 15 years ago by designers Huda Baroudi and Maria Hibri, the uncompromising vision of the studio led it to become an originator in surface fabrication. Quickly attracting an international cult following, it has been featured in the leading galleries, exhibitions, concept stores, and permanent museum collections around the world.

More details on the event: Link

More about the Lebanese Food Bank: Link

Iwan Maktabi Beirut Flagship Store By Maria Group | Retail Interiors

 

contemporary-retail-space-design-beirut-03 As one of the leading retailers of modern and classic carpets, designing a showroom for Iwan Maktabi has many challenges. Maria Group were commissioned to create a modern space that would be powerful yet reveal the beauty of the luxurious products on display. Allowing proper visibility of the products to be appreciated, was the main concern for the designers.

The high ceiling, natural light, and beautiful open space aided the designers in coming up with ideas that would address each area perfectly.

 

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Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs Beirut by Zaha Hadid Architects | Architecture

 

 

I posted about this project back in 2011,  I remember how thrilled I was that Lebanon would have its own Zaha Hadid designed building. Finally it has come to life. Below details from her website.

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StereoKitchen by Paul Kaloustian | Restaurant Design

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Stereokitchen is a new 500 sq.m restaurant/ bar that opened in building in Pasteur st., Beirut, Lebanon. Designed by architect Paul Kaloustian, the main theme while designing was basing the layout around a perfect circle, this way the restaurant will make most of the breathtaking views surrounding the buildin, spacially that it is glass all around.

Materials used give a very neutral appearance, focusing on exposed concrete, wood, and light colored furniture, no drama was intended with this concept. Ceiling & lighting was designed by the famous Beirut based lighting company .PSLAB.

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Syri-Arts October 20-November 8, 2013 | Auction To Raise Funds For Syrian Refugee Children

Syri-Arts, organized by the NGO Kayany, a Lebanese non-profit organization, which is inviting artists to donate a work of art which will be exhibited and auctioned to raise funds for the Syrian children who are the first victims of the unbearable tragedy of the war in Syria.

The response has been great, from the Middle East and beyond. Artists and galleries have responded with great enthusiasm to Syri-Arts' invitation with an exquisite array of works.


The totality of the funds raised will go to benefit Syrian refugee children in Lebanon, securing much needed food, clothing, medication and schooling through reliable NGOs working on the ground.

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Beirut Art Fair September 19-22, 2013 | Events

 

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Building on the success of the three last editions, BEIRUT ART FAIR in Lebanon, stands out as a leading platform for the promotion of contemporary art & design of the ME.NA.SA countries (Middle East, North Africa, South Asia) as well as the Mediterranean region and beyond.

The growing participating galleries allowed collectors, international professionals & amateurs, to discover the artistic wealth of an emerging market, that hasn’t stopped growing over the last ten years.

BEIRUT ART FAIR has enlightened collectors’ appetite to all art forms: paintings, sculptures, designs, installation art, video and photography. The many sales, during the three last editions, are but a proof, of the success! On a larger scale, artists from the diversified region have found in BEIRUT ART FAIR an important platform to express themselves beyond the usual ideological barriers, which helped enhance their visibility.

Beirut, which is the historical meeting between the East and the West regions, remains a privileged destination for cultural lovers.

Scheduled from the 19th to the 22nd of September 2013, the fourth edition promises new surprises to collectors and art lovers.