beirut: house of today

© house of today

opening today [6pm] at villa zein in downtown beirut is the first of a series of showcases by house of today, an innovative platform led by retail entrepreneur and design aficionado chérine magrabi. the idea is to bring together a network of traditional lebanese craftsmen with local designers and visual artists in order to creatively explore the combination between art, craft and design. the house of today platform operates through two distinct groups of collaborators: selected emerging talents that work on different product lines in close collaboration with magrabi, and so-called house guests – a group of established and often renowned lebanese artists and designers - that  craft their own artworks, in support of the initiative. this is a collective effort that not only aims to boost a creative cross-pollination but also to support a range of dwindling and precious traditional artisanal practices.

house of today's first showcase is themed confessions, inspiring and allowing participating creatives to dig deep into themselves and reveal an internal or intimate disclosure they wouldn’t normally carry out in the open. the showcase will be on view for a whole month, and aims to travel and participate in exhibitions and contexts that pertain to this creative exploration. participating residents include a slew of lebanese creative luminaries, such as architect bernard khoury, furniture designer nada debs, architect raëd abillama and furniture design duo hoda baroudi + maria hibri. the group of residents includes product designer carlo massoud, graphic designer aline sikias and illustrator marc baroud. location: rue omar daouk [central beirut].

 

© house of today