Distortion, a Series of Minimal Benches by Najla El Zein

Najla El Zein

Images by Damien Arlettaz.

Emotional distortion leads to changes of perception, intuition as well as confusion, affecting into new proportions of realities, an alteration of the self, the being, with an inner and outer transformation.

Lebanese Artist and designer Najla El Zein created a series of collectible benches that were presented at the Salon Art + Design New York 2017. The series was designed for New York gallery Friedman Benda.

For Najla’s first exhibition in the US, she presented minimal, fiber-reinforced concrete benches that seamlessly transition from sharp edges to extremely smooth curves that form a peak, rendering a subtle shadow on the bench.

Distortion, with its series of benches, represents transformational changes of distinct spatial interactions. A sharp and bold body expands into a gentle, round and seductive form, embracing the beauty of femininity. Warm and affectionate, the object contradictorily conveys feelings of incomprehension, disconnection and isolation.

Najla El Zein’s artworks explore the relationship between form, use and space. Intrigued by their dialogue, Najla stresses the importance in the expression of an object, derived by her personal observations and experiences, influenced by themes such as the unconscious, sensuality, femininity and desire,

Najla El Zein has exhibited in various museums, galleries and fairs including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Beirut Exhibition Center, the Boghossian Foundation. She established her studio in Beirut where she has worked and lived since 2011.

About the designer:

Najla El Zein was born in Beirut in 1983, and graduated from École Camondo, Paris, France with a BA in Product Design and an MA in Interior Architecture and Spatial Design. El Zein has exhibited in various museums, galleries and fairs including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Beirut Exhibition Center, the Boghossian Foundation. She established her studio in Beirut where she has worked and lived since 2011.

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