Keeping with the current theme of Paris Design week I thought I would take the opportunity to discuss the six up-and-coming Lebanese designers who have been chosen as the winners of the 2018 Rising Talents Awards at the Maison&Objet.

Carla Baz, a French Lebanese designer with a Master’s degree in production design was chosen as one of this year Winners. Having trained under Zaha Hadid architects and then moving onto her own solo career, Baz has earnt a name for herself with her handcrafted furniture revealing the beauty of fine materials and elegant lines. In 2018 at the Beirut annual design week, she unveiled her collection of marble furniture and lighting including tables filled with pools of resin. 

Marc Dibeh. A Beirut based designer opened his studio in 2009, after completing his Masters degree in product design at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts in 2006. Working with designer Marc Baroud, Dibeh was able to gain plenty of experience. The Philosophy of Marc Dibeh’s studio is based on collaborations, working with designers or non-designers. Storytelling plays a large role in his designers with each product or interior telling a timeless but simple story.

Carlo Massoud graduated from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts, and afterwards moved to New York to further explore his own craft. Having worked along side Nasser Nabik Architect, he supervised bespoke furniture designs for high end residential products. Massoud began his solo career in 2014 when he exhibited his Dolls project at the Carwan Gallery. Massoud’s work incorporates both social and political context, allowing for a deeper story to be told as he floats between both installation and functional design.

Coming from a multicultural background, Anastasia Nysten is a 30-year-old designer specialising in industrial design. Having worked with designer Michael Anastassiades in London for three years, Nysten then opened her own studio in 2015, based in both Dubai and Beirut, specialising in both interiors and furniture. Using her nomadic life as inspiration for design, has lead to an inquisitive and opened nature feel about her designs. One of her trademark styles is Scandinavian comfort and bold aesthetic. 

Paola Sakr is also a graduate from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts in production design. However, Sakr is a talented multidisciplinary designer encompassing fields such as photography and art. Through having passions in many creative fields, it has allowed Paola to satisfy her taste for innovation and curiosity. In her own words, Paola has established a “collaboration with the world”.

Finally, Studio Caramel was established in 2016 by Karl Chucri and Rami Boushdid who both met at the Academy of Fine Arts in Beirut. After both having gaining personal experience in architecture firms, this has become an influence on their approach to furniture design. One of the studios stand out designs in their ‘Baron Cart’ designed for the Beirut restaurant by the same name. This bar cart reflects mid-century nature, whilst retaining an elegant and refrained style. Designing for both form and function, the cart has been able to remain beautiful whilst still practical.