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Gabriel and Guillaume

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.

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.

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India Stoughton graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MA in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies. During her course she spent a semester studying in Damascus, where she developed a deep interest in Syrian, Lebanese and Iraqi art and culture. Having traveled extensively in the Middle East, spending time in Morocco, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Qatar, as well as Syria, she is currently based in Lebanon, where she works as an art and culture reporter.

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