Design articles

ACID pushes forward in a stumbling market

ACID pushes forward in a stumbling market

If wayfinding alone were any indication of architectural and industrial design prowess, then Karim Chaya would definitely top the list of Lebanon’s finest. Navigating Lebanon’s chaotic thoroughfares often requires steely resolve, and the signs guiding hapless drivers to Chaya’s Debayeh factory do more than just provide direction. They offer a first clue to his design

Amatoury’s Design for the Future

Zig zagging through the gentrified neighborhood of Furn el Hayek under a glaring Beirut sun,  Executive found itself on a quest for furniture design nirvana, and maybe a cold glass of water. Searching out the gallery of Georges Amatoury was the mission of the day and, after sneaking a peek at his collection of furniture

Turning a passion into a business

Beirutis often think that Gemmayze is solely a place to relax or catch a late night drink after a long day at the office. But if revellers walked around this affluent Achrafieh residential district during daylight hours, they would find one of Lebanon’s finest custom furniture designers tucked away in the back streets of the

The Jewelry design for the 21st century

Tucked away in one of the many narrow alleyways in Bourj Hammoud is Ralph Rizk’s jewelry prototype 3D printing store. While the 3D Matrix and Diamond office space appears small and unimpressive, the technological work that gets done there cuts the jewelry manufacturing time by more than half and increases the precision in the end

Family heirlooms

Jewelry making has long been an artisanal tradition in Beirut’s working class suburb of Bourj Hammoud. Clustered together near the Beirut River, many of these businesses stretch back generations. After mingling with gallerists and shopkeepers dotted around the bustling Armenian neighbourhood of Bourj Hammoud – and taking a quick detour for a shawarma sujuk, a

Saving money one sunbeam at a time

The problem could not have been more standard: how can ABC’s department store in Ashrafieh reduce overhead to maximize profits? In 2012, the company began doing some research on electricity consumption with an energy audit. A solution soon followed: use that glowing orb which gives us life. In June, the department store went solar –

Design of the times

When you walk into a communications agency in Beirut, you know it. Dark wood paneling and bookshelves lined up with tomes in historic succession, a vault with a time lock on every floor, picture after picture of lovely high rises, or a garage-door-sized executive desk in mahogany. Think law office, bank headquarters, property developer, or

Sharing Lebanon’s artisanal treasures with the world

Challenging economic times have left Lebanon’s smaller manufacturers in a precarious situation, with few potential customers in the local market and a lack of government support beyond a few free zones and tax breaks for exports, meaning foreign markets are difficult to reach. Enter UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization), which has launched a pilot