House of Today is a non-profit organization, committed to cultivating a sustainable design ecosystem in Lebanon, that transcends international borders. For over a decade, the organization’s overarching aim is to strengthen dialogues in the design world, expanding the reach of contemporary Lebanese designers and their creative processes, through mentoring and educating, curating collections and nurturing connections.
Fairs. Bringing together key actors from the inspiring design world, our designers often take part in regional and global fairs, to showcase their collections to curators and collectors and bridge connections with those active in the design ecosystem.
9-12 November, 2022 - Dubai
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Alfred | david/nicolas
Dancing Vases | Mary-Lynn Massoud and Rasha Nawam
Totem collection | Mary-Lynn Massoud and Rasha Nawam
Lou | Nadine Hajjar
Strata | Roula Salamoun
Second Skins Vases | Tamara Barrage
Bla bla land | Sayar & Garibeh
Primavera | Stephanie Moussallem
Granita Di Limone | Stephanie Moussallem
Campania | Stephanie Moussallem
Nopal Therapist Sofa | Atelier L'inconnu
Nopal Stool | Atelier L'Inconnu
UFO-01 | Youssef Bassil
Rastapopoulos | Stephanie Moussallem
House of Today, a non-profit organization committed to fostering Lebanon’s sustainable design culture on a global scale, will showcase the works of established and up and coming Lebanese designers, at Downtown Design in Dubai, from November 9 to 12, 2022.
The awe-inspiring range of commissioned pieces by Lebanese designers will make their debut in an indoor collective exhibition, under the title of ‘Moments of Strength’. This serves as one part of the dual showcase at Downtown Design, complemented by the ‘IOTA’ outdoor installation at the entrance of the Pavilion, by multidisciplinary Lebanese designers Karim Tamerji and Elias El Hage.
‘Moments of Strength’, curated and organized by House of Today, represents the growing need to narrate the creative and diversity that exist within Lebanon’s contemporary design scene. Accordingly, as part of House of Today’s role to nurture and showcase the works of Lebanese talent on a global scale, Downtown Design serves as an integral platform to interact with diverse audiences. House of Today’s return to Dubai, an emerging regional design capital, reaffirms the organization’s commitment to expand the reach of Lebanese creative forces, to new territories.
Atelier L’inconnu by Fadi Yachoui
Sayar & Garibeh
Mary-Lynn Massoud & Rasha Nawam
Karim + Elias
Dubai Design District
Design Miami/ "New Nature" by Khaled El Mays
1-5 December, 2021 - Miami
Khaled El-Mays collaborates with Mexican artisans to make "New Nature"
House of Today returns to Design Miami/ Curio with New Nature by Khaled El Mays
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New Nature captures the blurred lines of emergence, a moving state where volumes shift, interact and weave together before taking solid shape. The organic movement and juxtapositions of color and form, that in some moments blend and in others contrast, reflect this kinetic motion.
The five-piece series is an ensemble of various high crafts particular to Mexico City, where the collection was produced. El-Mays uses leather, wood, raffia, wicker and, for the first time, ceramics, which brings a hint of surrealism to a collection very much inspired by the lines of Art Nouveau.
As part of an ongoing mentorship that began in 2016, House of Today’s founder, Cherine Magrabi Tayeb, recommended that Khaled explore artisanal ceramic workshops while visiting the Mexican capital, in order to expand his own material knowledge and develop his practice. House of Today is intent on strategizing new ways to nurture Lebanese design culture and support its designers by continuing to actively promote Lebanese contemporary design internationally.
Tuesday, November 30 Members Preview, 11am–12pm Collectors Preview, 12–7pm Press Brunch, 11am–12:30pm Wednesday, December 1 VIP Preview, 11am–1pm Public Hours Wednesday, December 1 / 1–8pm Thursday, December 2 / 11am–8pm Friday, December 3 / 12–8pm Saturday, December 4 / 12–8pm Sunday, December 5 / 12–6pm
29-31 October, 2021 - Naples
Lebanese design platform, House of Today, in collaboration with EDIT Napoli and Fondazione Made in Cloister, supported designer Stephanie Moussallem’s August 2021 residency in Naples, during which she discovered traditional Neapolitan crafts.
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“Beyond the Mediterranean, the impassioned people, love of family and strong presence of faith in everyday life, the built-up urban disorder juxtaposed with a natural serenity generate an especially strong pulsating energy that can only exist in such chaos and contradiction. With Shades of Napoli, I attempt to bring a kind of horizon and order to this frenzied dialogue and familiar chaos.”
HOUSE OF TODAY in partnership with EDIT Napoli and Fondazione Made in Cloister
Lebanese design platform, HOUSE OF TODAY, in collaboration with EDIT NAPOLI and FONDAZIONE MADE IN CLOISTER, supported designer Stephanie Moussallem’s August 2021 residency in Naples, during which she discovered traditional Neapolitan crafts. Shades of Napoli was inspired by this immersive research and produced as part of an exchange between Mediterranean traditions and contemporary savoir faire.
May, 2021 - Brussels
“Ceramics from Lebanon” is a collective exhibition dedicated to promoting the cultural significance of hand-built ceramics, generating a sense of pride among artisans, artists and people living in Lebanon.
Roula Salamoun and Iwan Maktabi at Art Dubai
22 March - 5 April, 2021 - Dubai
Design Miami/ Podium
December, 2020 - Miami
R & Company curated a selection of works by Lebanese designers for House of Today, to present alongside their own commissions at Design Miami/ Podium.
Roula Salamoun Beirut Design Fair
September, 2019 - Beirut
Lebanese architect and designer Roula Salamoun produces limited-edition pieces for Anatomy, her collection in collaboration with House of Today that explores the relationship between human bodies and the space they occupy. Appearing as anthropomorphic landscapes in interior living spaces, the console and mirror originate from casts created from different body parts and give new meaning to high-performance concrete.
Design Miami/ Curio
December, 2017 - Miami
Designers Sayar & Garibeh, Khaled El Mays and Rumi Dalle have been chosen by Cherine Magrabi Tayeb to showcase their work at Design Miami/ Design Curio 2017. The pieces are incredibly telling of their own unique, unparalleled universes and design aesthetics, yet speak a language of modern universality. The variety of styles and aesthetics all come together to tell one story, the story of who "we" are as people.
Design Days Dubai
2015 - Dubai
House of Today showcases works from "Naked, Beyond the Social Mask" as part of Design Days Dubai. An intriguing mix of known Arabic forms, shapes and materials, converse with contemporary, international influences to appeal to an international audience. Design Days Dubai is generously supported by The Art of Living and is presented in collaboration with Elle Deco. The booth is designed by Maria Group.