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.
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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.
Born in London, Syro-Lebanese and adopted Parisian, everything arranged Alya Tannous to work in the creation or the fashion but it is of the blown glass that she made her specialty.
Fascinated by this material, she has been transforming and deforming her for over 10 years to create her collections, constantly pushing back the limits of grace and sublimating the moments of conviviality with objects conceived as works of art.
After studying theater and literature at Queens Mary University in London, Alya joined the Christian Lacroix Haute Couture House in Paris alongside Marie Martinez. Then will follow years of collaboration within teams of the public relations office Pia de Brantes.
But it is by following his mother, Lina Tannous, famous interior designer, during a trip to Egypt to create blown glasses that this passion will be imposed on her. And then, she will have only one obsession, that of expressing her idea of elegance, to sublimate a sleepy craft and especially to bring together the people she loves around tables staged as real pieces theater, reminiscent of his first vocation mingled with the art of living of his Levantine roots.
2009 will mark the big jump with her return to Beirut where she opens her shop, Interiors by Alya Tannous, dedicated to the art of the table.
Since then, she has been making us dream and her collections are now distributed in many stores in Paris, Beirut and London. She collaborates very regularly with art galleries and also organizes many events.
In 2017, one of his models is chosen by the prestigious Maison Christian Dior to complete their collection of tableware. Back to Paris. The circle is complete. From the breath and the sand, she knows how to radiate her vision of "receiving well" impressed with delicacy and modernity.
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).
Dima Haidar, born in Beirut. Dima studied graphic design at LAU Beirut, from college to the
world of Design and television, founder and leading part of the creative department,
transforming the 2D sketches to 3D living objects, practicing technology, directing, designing,
communicating, conceptualizing and creating the screen image.
From television to light design, she created a line of light in 2003, lamps achieved through
distorted shapes giving the lamp a poetic yet an industrial approach.
Furniture design. Sleek and curve defines Dima’s daring and unique style of furniture collections
and interior projects.
Perfect loss of balance combining contrasting forces infused in her pieces through
deconstructed elements all put together to form curvilinear fins cuts, well researched
patterned, mounted and animating the space with a play of light and time story.
Dima Haidar intriguing designer, uses materials and colors in ways that imbue them with a
sense of mystery. Her furniture collections are not defined by a particular type, but by the
potential to create a statements pieces with cultural resonance. Her pieces daring and abstract,
“if you like it, you have to like it forever”. Fusing the traditional with technology led to a
unique line of furniture giving each table a new personality, a structure that is usually reserved
for the architecture/outside world, she integrates the piece in our day to day life by bringing
the outside beauty in.
Combining passion for architecture and fashion, discerning environments and extraordinary
craftsmanship, her line of exclusive furniture is hand-made in Beirut for a global audience.
Elie Metni, Architect and Designer, graduated from ALBA where he is also a part time instructor.
In 2012 he joined Herzog and de Meuron, a renowned architecture firm in Switzerland where he participated in the design process of various projects.
Selected by the Starch Foundation in 2015 to design their Boutique, his project was granted the iF Design Award 2017.
He participated in several exhibitions in Beirut, Paris, London, Venice and Milano where he showcased some of his products.
In 2016 he founded his studio E L I E M E T N I in Beirut, covering Architecture, Interior and Product design.
Among his current projects are the Dent De Lait an Eco Children’s Center in Beirut, the interiors of private residences and other public projects.
Elie constantly explores the projects’ conceptualization by experimenting with materials and ergonomics. He believes that a project does not end at the completion of its construction but continues as the user starts interacting with the product.
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!
Layal Chacar is a passionate multi-disciplinary designer, a determinate
problem-solver and a curious soul with a fascination for human beings,
behaviors, environments and experiences.
Having been awarded a scholarship from House of Today, she holds
a Bachelor in Product Design and a Masters in Global Design (summa cum laude) from Académie Libanaise des Beaux Arts (ALBA).
She strongly believes in design as a co-creative human-centered tool
to better people’s lives and create sustainable positive impact.
Practically, Layal’s work experience consists of strategic design-thinking
consultancy, participatory design projects, products, interior and branding.
She has collaborated with multiple United Nations Agencies such as UNIC Beirut, UNFPA and ILO, as well as other private enterprises.
In more personal projects, she likes to bridge between design, installation and
Layal recently completed the full 42k marathon to raise awareness about
mental health and was awarded by Beirut Marathon’s 542 program
“Most Valuable Runner” of her team for October.
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.
Nada Rizk is Lebanese Finnish artist based in Beirut. Graduated from the London School of Economics with a Masters degree in Political Sciences and International Relations years later she fulfills her love for art and design and graduates from the Académie Libanaise des Beau Arts (ALBA) with a degree in visual arts. Working mainly in clay, she was attracted by the similarities in organic colors and textures of the marble she chose to work with for her Neptune’s Cup series. Her pieces are inspired by legends and myths surrounding her Levantine heritage while being simple, organic and contemporary in shape bearing the influence of her Finnish connection. She is continuously investigating art and design through new forms, textures and mediums.
Paola Sakr is a Beirut-based designer with a passion for photography and art. She started her own studio after graduating with honors from l'Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts with a Product Design bachelor.
In parallel, she worked as a product designer at PsLab before deciding to focus solely on her projects.
Her work was exhibited during Beirut Design Week 2016 and 2017 as well as Beirut Design Fair’s first edition in 2017. She also exhibited in Dubai Design Week 2016, Milan Design Week 2018 and in Amsterdam in 2016. Her first Gallery show was for Joy Mardini Design Gallery, for whom she developed her first furniture collection in March 2018.
Paola was also selected by Maison&Objet for their Rising Talent Awards that will be held in September 2018.
In her own words, she likes to think of her work as “little stories from different times. I see it as a selfless, ongoing collaboration with the world as I am never the recipient of the intention in my projects.”
There’s always the purpose of bringing a little something to the world, always trying to do a little good: whether it is environmental, social or simply something for the soul.
Being very passionate about research and experimentation, she believes in constant innovation and simplicity.
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.
Salim Al Kadi
Salim Al-Kadi is an architect from Beirut. He is a graduate of the American University of Beirut (B.Eng/Arch. 2004) and Columbia University (M.Sc. 2006). Since 2011, Salim has been a senior lecturer at the American University of Beirut’s Department of Architecture and Graphic Design.
Since 2014 Salim has also been involved in SIGIL, a collective involving Khaled Malas, Alfred Tarazi and Jana Traboulsi. Together they have completed multiple projects including ‘excavating the sky: a project on Syria’ commissioned by and exhibited at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, ‘current power in Syria’ exhibited at the 2016 Marrakech Art Biennale, ‘Monuments of the Everyday’ #therevolutionisamirror at the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale and “electric resistance - monument to a destroyed windmill” exhibited at the 2017 Sharjah Biennale in the Sursock Museum in Beirut.
In 2016, he founded the Beirut Architecture Office. A practicing architect, Salim believes that the responsibility of the architect is not to build confidence in the built environment but rather disrupt the apparent stasis by introducing necessary hesitation. This motivation was recently explored in his K29 Keffiyeh 001 project, where he designed the first Keffiyeh manufactured from bullet-resistant material. In 2017, Keffiyeh 001 was followed by a Keffiyeh 002 which was exhibited in New York at the Museum of Modern Art as part of “Items: Is Fashion Modern?” exhibit.
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.
Studio Caramel is a Beirut-based interior and multi–disciplinary product design studio. Established in 2016 by designers Karl Chucri and Rami Boushdid, the studio develops furniture, objects and interior solutions for both private clients and commercial spaces.
Their products emanate a common sensibility: pieces can be best described as refined yet sturdy with memorable and imposing silhouettes.
With both designers coming from architectural backgrounds, it’s only natural that their collection has a very close relationship to interior spaces.
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.
Tara and Tessa Sakhi
Lebanese-Polish sister architects, Tessa & Tara Sakhi, were immersed into a multi-cultural environment and the world of architecture & art through their parents at an early age.
Having garnered experience in various architecture offices and through freelance projects in Beirut, New York and Paris, it is mostly through their constant travel journeys and shared enthusiasm for exploring eclectic environments that Tessa found her passion for philanthropy, social & civic collaborations, while Tara developed hers for photography, scenography and set design.
In 2016, they combined their strong duality of versatile talents & individual affinities to co-found T SAKHI under one harmonious and complementary vision: an architecture & artistic design platform that promotes innovation through multi-disciplinary collaborations.
Tessa & Tara both started their initial architecture studies at L’Académie Libanaise des Beaux Arts in Beirut.
Tessa graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree of Architecture at the American University of Beirut, winning first prize of honors & excellence in the Areen Awards for her diploma project.
Tara graduated in 2016 with a Master’s Degree from École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, earning high honors & distinction for her thesis project.
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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