"MIDDLE EAST REVEALED" Wallpaper*
17-21 September 2014
London, UNITED KINGDOM

"Middle East Revealed" is an exhibition of multi-disciplinary design curated from seven Middle-Eastern countries in association with D3 Dubai Design District. For the occasion, Carwan Gallery's mission to expand the vocabulary of traditional Middle-Eastern crafts will be embodied by Nada Debs and Taher Asad-Bakhtiari.





"MAYA, ZEINA, RACHA AND YARA " INSTALLATION by CARLO MASSOUD
June - July 2014
Beirut, Lebanon

Carwan Gallery presents the work of Carlo Massoud, a limited edition series of four different black wooden dolls. The designer revisits the traditional Middle Eastern feminine garments adapting the concept to a new function, material and scale. Each of the four dolls are empty from the inside allowing one to hide some treasured or precious items. The designer makes a statement about the function of objects in the Middle East, their role to bring a reflection and a debate, paying tribute to the hidden beauty and inner world of the women in the region. 




PROGETTO DOMESTICO BY VINCENZO DE COTIIS
May - June  2014
Beirut, Lebanon

Carwan Gallery will be showcasing Vincenzo De Cotiis for the first time in Lebanon. A selection of items from Progetto Domestico collection.

Progetto Domestico is a path through reinterpreted everyday objects. contemporary techniques and experimental procedures shape processed materials assembled with recycled parts.
This project of an imaginary home will create possibility of perceiving the signs of everyday life through objects created according to an interpretation which trascends the limits of pure design obsessed with the line: the idea proposed instead is a vision closer to contemporary art.
Visual codes, artistic objects and prototypes characterized by materials worn and deformed by time come to life again in fresh shapes.The recycled materials are treated with experimental procedures with emphasis on industrial uniqueness in which elements conform to the concept of reuse and context replacement.
Leitmotif is the appearance of surfaces where the new treatment of textures manually achieved on different objects and materials (fiberglass, wax, leather, brass and iron) creates a new tactile and visual experience. The visual aspect merges with the material itself through unique pieces produced in strictly limited editions.




COLLECTIVE DESIGN FAIR - NEW YORK
8 - 11 May 2014
New York City,  USA 
www.collectivedesignfair.com

Carwan Gallery will be showcasing India Mahdavi for the first time in America at the Collective Design Fair. Collective Design Fair is the new collectible design fair that presents a selection of the best contemporary and 20th century design from an international range of emerging and established galleries.

Carwan Gallery is proud to present for the occasion the Landscape Series, a collection of limited edition tables and vases, each handcrafted, as the result of a journey across Beirut, Istanbul and Paris. The collaboration with the Iznik Foundation, based in Bursa-Turkey and famous for its ceramic work in major public spaces of the Middle East and Hermes boutiques, offered the perfect savoir-faire as a base for this project, a reinterpretation of the 16th century Ottoman tradition.





DESIGN DAYS DUBAI
17 - 21 March 2014
Dubai, UAE

Carwan Gallery presents new works and commissions in Dubai with a special installation from Michael Anastassiades (UK). The featured designers are Lindsey Adelman (USA), Marc Baroud (Lebanon), Karen Chekerdjian (Lebanon), Vincenzo DeCotiis (Italy), Nada Debs (Lebanon), India Mahdavi (France), Wyssem Nochi (Lebanon), Oeuffice (Canada) and Taher Asad-Bakhtiari (Iran).




FABRICA at the National Museum of Beirut
National Museum of Beirut 
MATHAF
Beirut - Lebanon
11 December 2013 - 12 January 2014

Fabrica design a collection of limited edition objects inspired by a trip to Lebanon in January 2013. The collection interprets certain aspects of the Lebanese daily life, uncovering secret, undisclosed elements. Touring the Lebanese capital for a full week, the designers absorbed the visual, technical and aesthetic details that enrich the multi-faceted Lebanese culture.

The result is not just a collection of objects, but a unique international vision and interpretation of the Lebanese way of living, mixing past and present and paying homage to the future of an ongoing country. Each designer’s work encapsulates the re-imagining of a distinct, time-honored craft, where the specialized technique of the artisan has formed the basis for the designer’s creations. In fact, the collection is developed following local traditional techniques and is produced by a team of expert craftsmen in Lebanon exclusively for the boutique of the National Museum of Beirut. The project is curated by Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte and Pascale Wakim, founders of Carwan Gallery. 

This project is presented by Fabrica at the Nocturne, the yearly event organized by the National Heritage Fondation at the National Museum of Beirut. Along with the limited edition pieces on display, a series of objects will also be available for sale at the shop of the National Museum of Beirut. We would like to thank the Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute for their high patronage. 





CARWAN GALLERY PERMANENT SPACE OPENING
L'Ebeniste, Gefinor Center - Bloc E - Clemenceau
Beirut - Lebanon
22 November 2013  7-10 PM

In 2011, Carwan Gallery was created in Beirut when Pascale Wakim and Nicolas Lecompte associated 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. More than fifteen designers from all over the world found inspiration in Middle-Eastern crafts to reinvent traditional techniques and create unique contemporary objects.
After three years of pop-up exhibitions in international design fairs and museums, Carwan settles a gallery space that will showcase contemporary objects in limited editions, creating a permanent link with friends, collectors and partners.

On Friday November 22nd 2013, Carwan is inviting you to celebrate the opening of this space in the presence of emerging and established names exhibiting their work, with an original food-design installation. For the occasion, a special guest India Mahdavi, will be showing her Landscape Series exclusively designed for Carwan and signing her new publication Home.

commissions and works on display by:
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), Tamer Nakisci (Turkey)

with a food-design installation by Charbel El Hachem and Carlo Massoud




MULTIMEDIA INSTALLATION BY BERNARD KHOURY
IBDF - MEXICO DESIGN WEEK
22-25 OCTOBER 2013
CENTRO CULTURAL DEL MEXICO CONTEMPORANEO (CCM)
Leandro Valle #20, Interior Plaza de Sto. Domingo
Mexico D.F.

Carwan Gallery has been commissioned by the IBDF a special multimedia installation for the opening of the new design festival in Mexico City. The gallery will present an installation by Beirut-based architect Bernard Khoury titled C'etait un rendez-vous. The works presented are a series of unedited short films and photographs depicting construction sites in Beirut and the route linking them to the architect's workshop. The trajectory that links the point of departure to the point of arrival serves to weave and confirm the complex relationships linking these projects to their environment. To document his carnal relationship with his context, the architect is propelled by his high-speed motorbike, capturing the images using a wide-angle lens camera fixed onto his helmet.




LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL - THE MOSAIC ROOMS - A.M. QATTAN FOUNDATION
13-24 SEPTEMBER 2013
Private View: Thursday 12 September, 6.30-8.30pm
Exhibition Open: Tues-Sat, 11am-6pm
The Mosaic Rooms - A.M. Qattan Foundation
226 Cromwell Road, London SW5 0SW - UNITED KINGDOM

As part of the London Design Festival, The Mosaic Rooms is pleased to host an exclusive Carwan Gallery pop up exhibition, presenting visitors with the opportunity to buy unique contemporary limited-edition furniture, lighting and objects d'art by cutting-edge designers from the Middle East and beyond.

The pop up exhibition will include works by Karim Chaya, Marc Baroud, Taher Asad Bakhtiari, OEUFFICE, Philippe Malouin and Karim Bekdache vintage signs collection.

The Mosaic Rooms is a cultural space in West London showcasing the most exciting, progressive and creative voices from the Arab world. As the UK arm of the A.M. Qattan Foundation, it aims to reveal aspects of Arab society that are often not covered by the media, with the view that culture, in its widest and most generous definition, plays a vital role in facilitating cross-cultural dialogue and understanding.




Design Parade 8
From July 5 to September 29, 2013 
villa Noailles 
Hyeres, France

A selection of twelve objects from Carwan Gallery commissions will be featured at villa Noailles for the 8th Design Parade in the exhibition ''Bijoux Domestiques'' curated by India Mahdavi.

on display:
Ziggurat Containers from Oeuffice
Landscapes Tables and Vases from India Mahdavi




PANEL DISCUSSION - BEIRUT DESIGN WEEK
27 June 2013 at 7:30pm
L'Ebeniste, Gefinor center - Bloc E
Clemenceau, Beirut - Lebanon

Whereas people tend to trust their instincts when face to face with a painting or photograph, the approach to design is very different. How to appreciate design and develop the will of collecting? What is collectible design? This panel is an open discussion around the theme of collecting design where everybody is invited to participate and ask questions to specialists.

The event will take place at Gefinor Center, where Carwan Gallery will set base at the end of the summer, after three years as the first Middle-Eastern pop-up design gallery and various international exhibitions such as Design Miami and Design Days Dubai.

speakers
Karim Bekdache - Architect and Collector, Souheil Hanna - XX Siecle Gallery Owner, Joy Mardini - Art Factum Gallery Owner, Cyril Zammit - Design Days Dubai Director, and more.





DESIGN MIAMI/BASEL 2013

LANDSCAPES SERIES by India Mahdavi

Design Miami - Hall 1 Sud - Messe Basel - Switzerland

11-16 June 2013



Carwan Gallery is proud to introduce its newest collaboration featuring the architect and designer India Mahdavi. The project Landscapes is a collection of limited edition tables and vases, each handcrafted, as the result of a journey across Beirut, Istanbul, and Paris. 


Landscapes Series is an abstract color composition inspired by Iznik tiles, conceived of as a reinterpretation of the 16th century Ottoman tradition.  Carwan Gallery has commissioned the project and will be the first Middle Eastern gallery selected to take part to Design Miami, the main global collectible design fair.




ALAAN ARTSPACE
25 May - 31 July 2013
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Carwan Gallery will be exhibiting at Alaan Artspace, a multi-functional contemporary gallery located in the heart of Riyadh. For the occasion, Carwan Gallery's mission to expand the vocabulary of traditional Middle-Eastern crafts will be embodied by a collection of limited-edition objects by international designers.




MIART - THE INTERNATIONAL FAIR OF MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART
5 - 7 April 2013
Opening night: Thursday, 4 April 2013
Milan, Italy

Carwan Gallery will take part at the first edition of "Object", the Design Gallery Section of MIART, Milan's prestigious Contemporary and Modern Art Fair. For the occasion, Carwan Gallery will present the limited edition works of Oeuffice (Canada), Taher Asad-Bakhtiari (Iran), Marc Baroud (Lebanon) and India Mahdavi (France). 





DESIGN DAYS DUBAI
18 - 21 March 2013
Dubai, UAE

Carwan Gallery presents new commissions in Dubai with a special live performance from craftsmen. The featured designers are India Mahdavi (France), Marc Baroud (Lebanon), Karen Chekerdjian (Lebanon), Khalid Shafar (UAE), Oeuffice (Canada), Paul Loebach (USA) and Taher Asad-Bakhtiari (Iran).




FABRICA GOES LEBANESE
Presentation at ALBA (Academie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts)
Beirut, Lebanon
31 January 2013

Carwan Gallery and ALBA (Academie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts) invited the creative laboratory FABRICA with its international designers to create a series of new, limited-edition objects in partnership with local artisans in the Middle East. With a concept that seeks to expand the vocabulary of traditional crafts, the collaboration is part of Carwan's project "Contemporary Perspectives in Middle Eastern Crafts" exploring new avenues in design. Each designer's work encapsulates the re-imagining of a distinct, time-honoured craft, where the specialized technique of the artisan has formed the basis for the designer's creations. For the occasion, a workshop with ALBA will launch the project.




KATARA ART CENTER
20 February - 30 March 2013
Doha, Qatar

Carwan Gallery presents the exhibition ''Contemporary Perspectives in Middle Eastern Craft'' exploring new avenues in design. With a concept that seeks to expand the vocabulary of traditional crafts, Carwan has commissioned a selection of international designers to create a series of new, limited-edition objects in partnership with local artisans in the Middle East. Each designer's project encapsulates the re-imagining of a distinct, time-honored craft, where the specialized technique of each artisan has formed the basis for the creation of a new object by the designer. For the occasion new objects and designers will be unveiled.




CARWAN & R20th CENTURY
17 November 2012 - 12 January 2013
R 20th Century
82 Franklin Street
New York N.Y. 10013

Oeuffice and Carwan Gallery present a new collaboration with R 20th Century Gallery. For the occasion a new series of Ziggurat containers has been developed, pushing further the borders of a contemporary inter-cultural inspiration.




BEIRUT ART CENTER
10 October - 3 November 2012
BAC Design & Fondation Ousseimi - Geneve, CH

Carwan Gallery presents a new groundbreaking exhibition exploring new avenues in design. With a concept that seeks to expand the vocabulary of traditional crafts, Carwan has commissioned a selection of international designers to create a series of new, limited-edition objects in partnership with local artisans in the Middle East. Each designer s project encapsulates the re-imagining of a distinct, time-honored craft, where the specialized technique of each artisan has formed the basis for the creation of a new object by the designer. The designers are Karen Chekerdjian (Lebanon), Khalid Shafar (UAE), Lindsey Adelman (USA), Marc Baroud (Lebanon), Studio mischer'traxler (Austria), Nada Debs (Lebanon), Oeuffice (Canada), Paul Loebach (USA), Philippe Malouin (Canada) and Tamer Nakisci (Turkey).




BEIRUT ART FAIR
5-8 July 2012
Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure Center (BIEL)
Lebanon

Presented designers: Karen Chekerdjian (Lebanon), Lindsey Adelman (USA), Studio mischer'traxler (Austria), Nada Debs (Lebanon), Oeuffice (Canada) and Philippe Malouin (Canada).




RUGS PARADE - Carwan Gallery rugs lent to Design Parade organization for the 7th edition
29 june - 30 september 2012
Villa Noailles - Hyeres - France
Carwan Gallery rugs lent to Design Parade organization for the 7th edition.

The rug and the cavern

What is the nature of rugs? Some objects function like obvious facts for a civilisation, consequently they are embodied within the guise of myths and prime objects. Thus, the natural origin of things is often related through archetypal narratives. Let us start with caves, which one may think of as having been the ideal location for the first established homes. Therefore, is it not possible that the inhabitants of these caves, having decided to settle and with their own comfort in mind, may well have furnished the cold, damp floor upon which they slept with rugs. A different narrative leads us to consider the origin of an architecture which adopts the natural roof of the forest, under the trees, as is depicted on the frontispiece of the Essay of Marc-Antoine Laugier on Architecture. Here, the pattern of a carpet of leaves may well be the source for the motifs which cover these comfortable surfaces.
From the origins of architecture, in caves, rugs feature as prime objects. And from the origins of architecture within forests, the patterns of the forest feature within rugs. If one takes the presence of rugs within our interiors seriously, then what are their values? From a modern comfort, to a rationale of horizontality which represents a platform for community, the questions which rugs provide are open, permanent, and profoundly human.
Mathieu Buard, design and fashion critic.
Scenography by Constance Guisset, designer.




"CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES IN MIDDLE EASTERN CRAFTS"
Dubai - Milan - Beirut 

Carwan Gallery presents a new groundbreaking exhibition exploring new avenues in design. With a concept that seeks to expand the vocabulary of traditional crafts, Carwan has commissioned a selection of international designers to create a series of new, limited-edition objects in partnership with local artisans in the Middle East. Each designer's project encapsulates the re-imagining of a distinct, time-honored craft, where the specialized technique of each artisan has formed the basis for the creation of a new object by the designer. The designers are Karen Chekerdjian (Lebanon), Khalid Shafar (UAE), Lindsey Adelman (USA), Studio mischer'traxler (Austria), Nada Debs (Lebanon), Oeuffice (Canada), Paul Loebach (USA), Philippe Malouin (Canada) and Tamer Nakisci (Turkey).




"ONE HAND CANNOT CLAP"
Qubique Tradeshow, Berlin 

For the occasion of Berlin's brand new design fair "Qubique",  last October 2011, Carwan Gallery was part of an exclusive selection of eight international design galleries gathered at Tempelhof Airport. The exhibition "One hand cannot clap" was inspired by an Arabic proverb meaning people should cooperate to get things done, highlighting the journey behind the realization of every object growing along with the relation between designers and craftsmen. The gallery showcased a selection of unique objects designed by Karen Chekerdjian (Lebanon), Khalid Shafar (UAE), Oeuffice (Italy), Paul Loebach (USA) and Philippe Malouin (Canada), all exploring the perception of geometry in the space and the relation to its scale.




"MILAN DOES BEIRUT"
Milan Design Week, Ventura/Lambrate - Beirut 

'Milan does Beirut' was Carwan Gallery's first exhibition and was launched consecutively in Milan, during the Design Week, and in Beirut on May 2011. The exhibition featured the work of seven international cutting-edge designers sharing a common approach to design using unique crafts techniques: Lindsey Adelman (USA), Paul Loebach (USA), Philippe Malouin (Canada), Samare (Canada), Oeuffice (Italy), Kwangho Lee (Korea) and My Bauhaus Is Better Than Yours (Germany). During the last Wallpaper Design Awards Ceremony, held in London in January 2012, Carwan has won the award for its collaboration with Philippe Malouin for the Yachiyo rug.