November 16 to December 23
An annual fixture, Nancy Gabriel and Guillaume Excoffier’s Christmas pop-up returns to Beirut with a diverse selection of design pieces, sourced from all over the world. This year, the duo has chosen to set up their immersive display at Beirut Terraces, Downtown Beirut’s first vertical village, designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron.
A selection of works by more than 50 international designers is tastefully arranged in the 870-square-metre space, tied together by sensitive curation. Bespoke and vintage pieces, gathered over several years, are lit by the venue’s floor-to-ceiling windows and arranged to resemble someone’s home, albeit someone with eccentric, yet impeccable taste.
Jacques Duval-Brasseur – Coffee table (Brass, Quartz) France, 1970s Provenance: Private Collection, Paris Jacques Duval Brasseur is a key figure of the Paris 1970s arts scene, working both as a sculptor and as a furniture maker, whose designers were bought by the Shah of Iran and David Niven, among other famous clients.
Mauro Mori – « Tres » Side table (Brass) Italy, 2016 Mauro Mori is an architect and art-furniture designer based in Milan. He has exhibited in various galleries in New York, Paris, and in Milan.
George Nakashima – Sideboard (Oak, Pandanus Cloth) USA, 1961 Provenance: Collection of Antonio Granados George Nakashimawas an American architect and furniture maker who was one of the leading innovators of 20th century furniture design and a father of the American craft movement.
Os & Oos – Mirror (1 & 2) – Glass, Stone, Brass Netherlands, 2017 Special commission for Gabriel & Guillaume Os & Oos is a design studio created by Oskar Peet and Sophie Mensen in 2011, just 2 years after they graduated from the prestigious Eindhoven DesignAcademy in Netherlands. Since then, they have become the darlings of the design world, having done projects with lighting firm Fontana Arte or iconic Milan concept store Rossana Orlandi.
Wendell Castle – Sideboard (Bronze, Wood) USA, Circa 1997 Unique piece – Special commission Provenance: Private collection, California Wendell Castle is an American furniture artist and a leading figure in American craft. He is often credited with being the father of the design art movement, having starting producing his extremely sculptural pieces of furniture in the early 60s.
The focus this year is on mid-20th century modern pieces, complemented by specially commissioned contemporary works, created through unique collaborations. Iwan Maktabi has designed a bespoke rug with Colombian textile specialist Jorge Lizarazo, while other special commissions include the ‘Os & Oos’ mirror by Dutch designers Oskar Peet and Sophie Mensen, a striking asymmetrical composition of glass, stone and brass. Other highlights include a beautiful oak and cloth sideboard by American architect and furniture maker George Nakashima, dating from 1961, and a statement 1970s coffee table by French sculptor and furniture maker Jacques Duval Brasseur, made from brass and quartz. Its buyer will join a list of collectors of his work that includes David Niven and the Shah of Iran.
A version of this article appeared in print in Selections, Letters from the past#43.