The Carwan Gallery debuts in Beirut
A permanent home for the creative hub
In joining their cultural backgrounds, The Carwan Gallery's Pascale Wakim and Nicolas Lecompte have a shared vision for contemporary design in the Middle East – with an objective to foster the relationship between designers and craftsmen, through commissions.
The results are a total of 15 designers from all over the world finding inspiration in the region to reinvent traditional Arabian techniques and create unique, contemporary objects.
After three years of temporary pop-up exhibits at international design fairs and museums, Carwan has settled in Beirut as a permanent home, to represent names such as Khalid Shafar, Michael Anastassiades, Lindsey Adelman, Taher Asad-Bakhtiari, Marc Baroud and many more.
Special guest India Mahdavi also joined the launch event to show her Landscape series – exclusively designed for Cawan – and sign copies of her new book, Home.
Mahdavi's landscape series is a limited edition set of vases and tables, each handcrafted and inspired by journeys across Beirut, Istanbul and Paris. The Carwan Gallery actually commissioned the project as the first ever Middle Eastern gallery to take part in Design Miami last June.
Landscape is on display at The Carwan Gallery until February 2014.