Feature// Carwan Gallery
Herskhazeen followed Carwan Gallery popup galleries across the region and Europe since the beginning. We are pleased to announce that they established a new permanent location in Beirut, Lebanon. Located in Clemenceau at Gefinor Center, the gallery was created when Pascale Wakim and Nicolas Lecompte joined their complementary cultural backgrounds to propose an extraordinary vision for contemporary design in the Middle East. The gallery’s first objective was to foster the singular relationship between designers and craftsmen through commissions. As a result, more than fifteen designers from all over the world found inspiration in Middle-‐ Eastern crafts to reinvent traditional techniques and create unique contemporary objects.
Carwan Gallery shared with us photos from their opening night and the gallery space.
After three years of pop-up exhibitions in international design fairs and museums, Carwan settles in a space that will showcase contemporary objects in limited editions, creating a permanent link with friends, collectors and partners. On Friday November 22nd 2013, Carwan celebrated the opening of its new home in the presence of emerging and established names exhibiting their work, with a food-‐design installation by Charbel El Hachem and Carlo Massoud.
During the opening celebration, guests were wowed by the food-design installation ”EAT THEM” created by chef Charbel El Hachem and designer Carlo Massoud, which consisted of a spectacular chocolate fondue (a 55-kilogram chocolate cube slowly melting on a heated marble table) and a display of 123 bent spoons attached on the window behind it, each spoon holding a savory treat.
A special guest India Mahdavi, was also present at the opening, to showcase her ”Landscape” series of limited-edition tables and vases (commissioned by Carwan) and to sign her new publication in collaboration with Soline Delos entitled ”Home.”
The gallery represents the following designers: Michael Anastassiades (UK), Lindsey Adelman (USA), Taher Asad-Bakhtiari (Iran), Marc Baroud (Lebanon), Karim Chaya/Spock Design (Lebanon), Karen Chekerdjian (Lebanon), Nada Debs (Lebanon), Bernard Khoury (Lebanon), Paul Loebach (USA), India Mahdavi (France), Philippe Malouin (Canada), studio mischer’traxler (Austria), Khalid Shafar (UAE), Oeuffice (Canada), and Tamer Nakisci (Turkey).