House of Today invites creative minds from various disciplines to pitch in ideas, big or small. The special features collection is a result of this collaboration and consists of a variety of items that make ideal personal or corporate gift ideas that can be customized. This collection ranges from a clothing line, tableware, stationary, care and beauty, accessories, to even a gastronomy line.
The sale of these items allows HoT to stay dedicated to its mission. For more information, or for a price list, please
In addition to the exhibition, in 2016 House of Today launched The SHOP, an offering of home and office products in collaboration with WallpaperSTORE* and guest curator
This special collaboration between 3 partners outlines their joint commitment to nurture and showcase internationally the strong design talents found in Lebanon.
The exhibition shop features a combination of new commissioned objects to Lebanese designers and existing iconic WallpaperSTORE* objects from international designers.
Following the exhibition shop at LeYacht Club Beirut, the new objects will permanently be part of the WallpaperSTORE* and available for online purchase worldwide.
The sale of these items allows HoT to stay dedicated to its mission.
For more information, or for a price list, please
2012 - 2014
Their shared fascination with the city as object, an urban-scale installation, and an industrial design project led Rana Haddad & Pascal Hachem to co-found “200Grs.” in 2013. The studio’s bespoke pieces bring into play the craftsmanship and artisanal skill on offer locally in Lebanon. Their vision involves challenging constraints and adapting existing know-how as a way to positively fuel, propel, and keep alive their city, Beirut.
200 Grs. has received international acclaim and demand since early 2016, being featured across various platforms and design scenes:
- ‘200 Grs’ objects were part of SEEDS London Gallery’s first season. London UK,
- The studio was invited to take part in New York Design Week, and contributed to both Wanted Design Brooklyn, and Wanted Design Manhattan. New York USA.
- Featured in an article in Modern Magazine; “Less is always more for Beirut’s 200 Grs,” a studio tour by Shanks Moreno. Fall 2015, New York USA and in
- Living Magazine, design tour,” Beirut da scoprire” by Valentina Ciuffi, Italy.
Most recently featuring in an article for the New York Times designers-special edition; “A Creative Flowering in Beirut, Is it ‘borderline danger, borderline madness?’” by Rima Suqi. October 6, 2016, New York USA.
Azza Mahmassani is a surface designer that explores the multiple possibilities of decorative arts drawing on the different canvases of her experiences.
A graduate of Columbia University, she began her career in finance, working in New York, London and Paris for more than six years. Hungry for creativity, she decided to trigger an entirely new professional journey by embracing her artistic side and attending the Ecole d’Art Mural de Versailles in 2010.
A year later, Azza founded Bowya, a decorative arts studio based in Beirut. Combining traditional and modern mural painting techniques, her designs have dressed-up the walls of a number homes and restaurants with unique textures that often give a gently interlaced, woven fabric feel.
Dedicated to broadening the scope of her work, Azza is currently creating a collection of luxury wallpapers that capture her distinct brush stroke and handcrafted style.
A surface fabrication studio led by Huda Baroudi and Maria Hibri. The studio primarily utilizes textiles to create personable and tactile objects, from furniture items to installations. The workshop maintains the essence of storytelling through embroidery and textiles; Bokja is a pioneer in preserving local tradition while redefining it in a contemporary voice.
Bokja’s signature is a visually chaotic assembly of fabric pieces stitched together to articulate a unified message. Bokja operates from Beirut, a city that echoes this complex language of assemblage. The country itself is positioned between old and new, east and west, bringing to the surface identity and impermanence issue. Accordingly, behind Bokja’s surface fabrication is an underlying theme of identity- how it can be created and collected, how it can travel and adapt and how it can be ultimately shared and communicated.
Reared in a Lebanese environment in its creative and heterogenous backdrop we, Amanda and Jo, went from being simple, young observers of the local culture to creators.
This was not a simple task as we underwent a thorough education at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA), where we earned our Masters Degrees in Interior Architecture and specialized in Product Design.
As we both nurtured our talents and skills wielding and shaping various new materials, we found ourself delving deeper into the world of design, finding our way into the hearts of design lovers and earning recognition on various fronts as we brought a fresh new breath to the industry.
We then stepped up our game and ran interviews on high profile media and exhibited our products in Beirut, Salone del Mobile Milano and Design Days Dubai, hence basking in worldwide exposure.
Lebanese product and interior designer Carlo Massoud was born in Beirut in 1984. He studied at the Académie Libanaise Des Beaux Arts (ALBA) in Beirut, earning a Master’s degree in industrial design in 2008. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in luxury and craftsmanship from École cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL) in Switzerland in 2010. From 2011 to 2013, Massoud worked with Nasser Nakib architect in New York, specializing in high-end residential projects. In 2013, he established his eponymous studio in Beirut.
Massoud’s designs are consistently inspired by his political or cultural critiques, which he transforms into useful—and frequently thought-provoking—objects. Projects range from tableware and packaging to exhibition stands, bespoke furniture, and interior spaces. According to the designer, “Nowadays, to create an object of desire, you need: A) a good story B) a combination of technology and craftsmanship C) experiment and push the boundaries of materials.”
Massoud’s work has been exhibited at numerous international design and art fairs, including, but not limited to: Art Factum Gallery (Beirut, 2014), Carwan Gallery (Beirut Design Week, 2014), Southern Guild (Cape Town, 2015), The Armory Show (New York, 2015-2016), and Skoufa Gallery (Mykonos, 2015).
Georges has been working as an architect and designer for eighteen years. Through his professional experience and intensive workshops he mastered wood furniture making techniques prominent in each of his designs. His passion for design has brought him to teach in many renowned academic institutions in Europe and in the U.S. He recently set up his company “Wood&” in Paris- France working on projects for Europe and the Middle-East.
The presence of wood is always prominent in many of Georges’ designs due to its connectivity its liveliness and texture; Georges Mohasseb, through his experimentation of materials and textures tries to look for the best possible combinations. His constant search for materiality and immateriality characterizes his design approach and gives an identity for every project he develops, be it, architectural, custom, furniture and lighting design projects.
Georges’ main concerns is to create a limited number of timeless designs maintaining a high level of craftsmanship and a complex expression of materials through their colors, shape, texture and smell.
Ghaith & Jad
Ghaith & Jad is an architecture and design studio based in Beirut, Lebanon, co-founded by Ghaith Abi Ghanem and Jad Melki. Known for their distinctive process-driven approach, their work is characterized by truth to material and responsiveness to context. Their practice ranges in scales, combining architectural, interior, exhibition, installation, and product design.
Both Ghaith and Jad received their degrees in architecture from the American University of Beirut in 2012, and were each granted the Areen Award for Excellence in Architecture for their graduating projects.
Since their selection as Starch Foundation Architects in 2014, GHAITH&JAD won the iF International Award 2015 for Interior and Retail Design, and designed an experiential installation,
for the opening of the Dubai Design District d3, 2015.
In 2016, GHAITH&JAD were commissioned to design an exhibition for the 150
anniversary of the American University of Beirut. The public pavilion they created housed the exhibition
genus: nation, gender, status.
At Dubai Design Week they launched
the first piece in their line of innovative lighting, and in Beirut they unveiled a custom interior installation at
They continue their design explorations through their studio at Mansion, a reclaimed 19th century residence that houses multidisciplinary designers under one roof.
Gilles Khoury & Cynthia Merhej
Cynthia Merhej is a visual artist who explores the fine line between the real and the imaginary. Working across different disciplines and mediums, she draws from diverse historical and cultural influences to create humorous and surreal narratives. Currently based in Beirut, she graduated from Central Saint Martins and from the Royal College of Art in Visual Communication.
Gilles Khoury is an author, journalist, and photographer. Originally trained as a computer and communication engineer at the American University of Beirut, he pursued his passion of writing upon graduation and never looked back. For him, the world is a giant candy store where colors, tastes and textures never seize to inspire him. Gilles is currently working as a photographer and journalist for L’Officiel Levant, NOUN and L’Orient Le Jour.
Joelle Kharrat could have been born in a haberdashery surrounded by pearls, chains, nails and charms. She loves to play around, adjust, transform to create atmospheres, moods, ambiances.
9 years ago, she made her first necklace. Success is at the corner… 4 years later, she participated in international fares and shops from the middle east and Europe pass orders.
Her hobby becomes her work! She starts a strong collaboration with Lebanese workshops, craftsmen…. All the necklaces, earrings, cuffs are molded in wax, polished, gold and silver plated…
The result is at the same time simple and rich, intriguing and classic, a woman’s final touch to her self-confidence and feminity!
Marc Baroud is a Beirut-based designer, with work spanning over various fields.
In his method the process is designed first, thus turning it into a stand-alone outcome as it takes a form of its own.
Since 2012, he also serves as the director of the design school at Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA) where he used his same design approach to shift the vision of the department with new curricula, envisioning design as broader discipline than how it is generally perceived; one for creating aesthetics.
As a product designer, his curiosity led him to experiment and challenge various materials, techniques, objects, and scales, working on a large scope of industrial and artisanal products. His works has been shown in Beirut, Milan, Dubai, Paris, London, including solo shows in Design/Miami and Design/Miami Basel.
Marc Dibeh is a Beirut based designer who opened his studio in 2009. He studied Architecture at the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Paris Val De Seine before returning to Beirut in 2006 where he received a Masters in Product Design from the Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts.
After completing his Master’s degree, he worked for designer Marc Baroud before opening his own space following Baroud’s advice. They later collaborated together on several projects. The philosophy of his studio is mainly based on collaborations, which by definition implies working with other fellow designers or non-designers.
His work revolves around the storytelling: to try and create a story behind each and every product or interior while keeping it timeless and simple. He has been selected along with Marc Baroud as part of the 5 breakout stars of the design Miami, Miami edition in 2013 by the Wall Street Journal after exhibiting the Wires series with Art Factum Gallery, and part of the 5 up and coming designers of the design Miami, Basel edition in 2015 by Artsy.
He exhibited in Milan, Miami, Basel, Dubai, Lausanne, London, Paris and Beirut where he also teaches at Académie Libanaise des Beaux Arts.
Born in 1981, Mary-Lynn Massoud studied ceramics at La manufacture de Sèvres in France. Since completing her degree, she has been working and teaching in Beirut. Her ceramic works have been part of many international exhibitions such as Armory show- USA, Southern Guild- South Africa, Design Miami, Design Days Dubai and many more.
Nada Debs, of Lebanese origin, was raised in Japan. She studied Interior Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design in the USA and started her first design company in the UK designing and producing custom furniture. After a 40 year hiatus, Nada Debs’ Levantine spirit brought her back home to Beirut where she discovered that designs for modern Middle Eastern furniture was almost non-existent. This made her determined to create the East & East concept, fusing Eastern tradition and minimalism, where her multi-cultural approach caught the appeal of the global design world. Based in Beirut, NADA DEBS designs are represented in the USA, Canada, UK, France, UAE, Saudi Arabia and recently in Tunisia.
Rabih Kayrouz is praised for his architectural cuts and exacting construction, but the designer’s approach is far from rational. Emotion is the crux of his ready-to-wear label, which launched in 2009 with the opening of Maison Rabih Kayrouz in Paris. He works instinctively to design garments that embody comfort, confidence and, most importantly, joy. Beyond pragmatism and pleasure, Kayrouz’s work reflects exceptional craftsmanship. It was this delicate balance that won over the international press and the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, who invited him to participate in the official calendar of couture fashion shows in 2009. Kayrouz had been designing dresses for private clients since 1998, but the decision to include his premier collection marked a first in couture. He later joined the ready-to-wear calendar, debuting in Paris in March 2012. Showing four collections per year, Kayrouz continues to apply rigorous haute-couture style codes to his ready-to-wear collection, and his distinctive ease to couture. While Maison Rabih Kayrouz label is exclusive to the world’s most prestigious boutiques and department stores, the designer’s collaboration with La Redoute in 2012 confirmed his widespread appeal.
Today, Rami Dalle has interest in compiling, gleaning, and collecting found objects. In his work, reference to the old is sometimes signaled through subject, medium and technique. He runs a workshop where his daily research on Victorian crafts and folk practices mirrors his skills and curiosities in often-intricate handworks. Usually experimental, his work connects with the audience as a stimulant to relocate forgotten objects and resuscitate numb senses.
A graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York, Rouba spent a number of years in the city honing her design skills and gaining experience throughout the many facets of the creative industry. Passionate about paper and an entrepreneur at heart, she decided to head to Beirut in 2010 to set up Choux à la Crème – her boutique design, stationery and paper goods studio. A true labor of love, her signature letterpress pieces and whimsical designs soon gained a cult following and can now be found all over the globe. What began as a capsule stationery collection has grown into a cohesive brand with a recognizable aesthetic, always pushing the limits of paper as a medium.
Sayar & Garibeh
We are Sayar (Stephanie) and Garibeh (Charbel) a young Lebanese design duo.
We met in our first college year, and got into the design world ever since.
The aim of our studio is to create simple yet experimental and fresh designs, with a dash of humor, using new materials and forms.
It sounds like the most chaotic and crazy thing, when two people are involved, but we call it FREEDOM.
Based in Beirut, Stéphanie Moussallem Design Studio is a multidisciplinary practice with a diverse portfolio of interior projects, products and furniture. Launched in 2015 by interior architect and product designer Stéphanie Moussallem, the studio is dedicated to improving the relationship between usability, ergonomics and style.
“Design is a tool to facilitate everyday life, by making the objects around us as practical and pleasant as possible.”
The studio creates one-of-a-kind as well as commissioned works of products, furniture design, interior concepts and architectural installations for public projects and private residences.
Stéphanie Moussallem’s works have been exhibited at various design shows including Milan Design Week Salone Satellite, House of Today, Smo Gallery, Stockholm Design Week and Varenna-Poliform Milano -Salone del mobile.
Tala Hajjar, completed her Fashion Design and Marketing studies between London, Paris and Beirut. She then worked as PR and Marketing Manager in various fashion and jewelry houses. In 2008, Tala co-founded with designer Rabih Kayrouz, 'STARCH foundation', a non-profit organization that helps launch Lebanese emerging designers.
Thomas Trad is a product designer from Beirut.
An alumnus of London's prestigious Central Saint Martins, he worked with world renowned studios Fredrikson Stallard and Michael Anastassiades before returning to Beirut in 2016 to launch his own design studio. His design aesthetics comes from a fascination of manufacturing processes, craftsmanship and the beauty of materials.
Wyssem Nochi is a graduate of the Architectural Association in London and Parsons the New School for Design in New York. He has taught architecture and design at the American University in Beirut, and the Lebanese American University. He earned numerous awards and has shown work internationally, his work is widely published. In 2005 he founded ON/OFF a design consultancy in Beirut.
Underlying the aesthetics of his work, is a design solvent art expression, a function provide of the essential, reinterpreting experience in genuine materials.
In between covering Middle Eastern refugee crises and social injustices, Lebanese journalist and documentary filmmaker Zeina Aboul-Hosn found herself behind a pottery wheel. She was attracted to the colour and feeling of Lebanese red clay, and particularly to the shape of bottles. She has been making bottles in Beirut for the last 3 years. The ‘Moonshine’ bottle is named after her houseboat in London, where she lived for almost a decade, and so joins her two homes in a special way. It is her first foray into the world of design. When not behind the wheel, she still covers refugee crises and social injustices for international organisations and broadcasters. She is based in Beirut.
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