Vision. We are all actors in the inspiring design movement that unfolds around us, playing diverse roles in the way we interact with and discover works by Lebanese designers. Our interactions and connections ultimately contribute to nurturing designer creativity and supporting them to grow beyond.
Special Projects. Throughout the year, House of Today ideates and curates special projects, covering a range of topics and causes. The special projects are aligned with our mission, to foster a sustainable design culture globally.
November 9-12, 2022 - Downtown Design, Dubai
Celestial spheres of sand unveiled by design duo Karim Tamerji and Elias El Hage at Downtown Design with the support of House of Today.
Making its debut at Downtown Design Dubai from November 9 to 12, 2022 is IOTA, a grand scale installation crafted by multidisciplinary Lebanese designers Karim Tamerji and Elias El Hage with the support of House of Today. The aesthetic wonder entails 150 handcrafted spheres of sand in hues of blood orange and shades of blue, sourced from the natural landscapes of the UAE. The modular installation reimagines the use of a natural and timeless material with both an artistic and sustainable edge, designed to welcome guests into the exhibition hall.
When the design duo came together to work on IOTA, they sought to explore sand sustainably, given its contextual and cultural importance in the UAE. Adopting the age-old technique of rammed earth, they created a narrative around grains of sand translated into ethereal spheres, showcasing shades of the country’s desert, sea and sky. An additional experiential layer of audio design has been added to immerse guests into sounds of the desert.
“Sand has existed timelessly and, in many ways, paints a meaningful picture of the city's history, culture and identity. Instinctively, we saw this as an opportunity worth embracing, while asking ourselves — how can we use the most abundant local material as an ecological ode to Dubai?”
Exploring The Creative Process
“When tasked with this project, we needed to study it from all angles, with sustainability at the core and addressed from a technical standpoint,” the designers comment. “Our proposal strictly preserves the ecological method of compressing earth, where sand and natural materials are hand pressed into ready-made molds; it’s important for us to remain true to the technique. By only challenging the material’s geometric quality, we have attempted to showcase an ancient and perceptibly heavy material as contemporary, soft, and weightless."
Karim and Elias will handmake each of the 150 spheres uniquely, using custom designed molds to house the earthen mix. Each sphere’s tangent surface is designed to rest safely on the ground or interconnect to their modular counterparts. During installation, the spheres will undergo a stackable assembly process, using steel rods and brackets to achieve a structural web.
The intricate color mixing process uses only natural pigmentations, to capture aesthetic shades of blood orange and hues of powder and cobalt blue. “Each earthen sphere takes on a unique color and texture, showcasing the desert sand in its natural beauty,'' they say.
November 9-12, 2022
October 20, 2022 - Paris
House of Today is proud to unveil ‘Ceramic Banquet’, the latest collection by ceramist Souraya Haddad, on the occasion of Paris + by Art Basel.
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House of Today, a non-profit organization founded in 2012 by Cherine Magrabi Tayeb, committed to fostering Lebanon’s sustainable design culture on a global scale, will unveil the awe-inspiring creations of Lebanese ceramicist Souraya Haddad, fused with the culinary works of art by Balbosté.
This unprecedented showcase, commissioned by House of Today, coincides with Paris + by Art Basel. On display will be an aesthetic, multi-sensory dialogue between eternally unique pieces, along with unparalleled culinary experiences, bringing to life bound- less creativity. The intent of ‘Ceramic Banquet’ is to fuse a flair for life and conviviality that characterize Lebanon and its people, despite all the dire circumstances that the country continues to endure.
Souraya designed a series of dishes, cups, bowls, vases and candelabras, made up of different volumes, layers and forms that will be show- cased at ‘Ceramic Banquet’. Souraya’s artistic process begins with crafting the object, followed by enameling, to introduce a shadowy glow to the base. Each piece entices every sense, from the gaze, to that of touch. Each piece within the collection serves as a powerful, yet delicate focal point, as guests explore the naturally pigmented enameled pieces in shades of grey, beige and hues of bluish pearl-grey.
April 21 - May 26, 2022 - Westbeth Gallery, 55 Bethune Street, New York
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Playfulness, lightness and humor converge in Lina Shamma’s pottery, unveiled by House of Today at Bungalow’s pop up show.
House of Today, a non-profit organization committed to cultivating a sustainable design ecosystem in Lebanon that transcends borders, is proud to unveil Lina Shamma’s latest collection entitled ‘Imprévu’, in New York, at Bungalow’s pop up show. With a solid background in architecture and design, Lina, an accomplished potter, fuses her passion for ceramics and worldly experiences into the intuitive collection of functional and aesthetic pottery.
The functional series part of the ‘Imprévu’ collection, are unconventional, pushing the envelope, reinterpreting everyday objects. Each piece is unique, some adorned with real gold, and others finished with a vintage detail. The collection ultimately presents pieces
that are vulnerable yet provocative, and in some pieces discordant imperfections are
celebrated through aesthetical fluidity.
The ‘Imprévu’ collection by Lina will be showcased at Bungalow’s pop up show, from April 21 - May 26, 2022, at the Westbeth Gallery (55 Bethune Street, New York, NY 10014). Bungalow is a roving and multidisciplinary gallery, founded in 2021, bringing together artists working across a range of creative modes, encouraging new and unexpected dialogues between their practices.
Super Salone Open Talks
2021 - Milan
Cherine Magrabi is invited to participate in Supersalone Open Talks curated by Maria Cristina Didero as part of Milan Design Week 2021. She will share the stage with Parley for the Oceans founder, Cyrill Gutsch, chair of the Swarowski Foundation and Waterschool, Nadja Swarovski, and design historian. The panel explores how the creative industries can redefine philanthropy and what collaborations with charitable foundations can achieve.
1-5 December, 2021 - Beirut
Cult-D is a once-a-month pop-up event that gathers Beirut premiere luminaries for a unique dining experience and an intimate conversation with curated speakers from various backgrounds.
Najla El Zein, David/nicolas, Carlo Massoud and Cherine Magrabi were the speakers. Chef: Recipes of Cherine..
Beirut Blast Grant Program
August 4, 2020 - Beirut
House of Today established the Beirut Blast Grant Program to help reconstruct 12 designer studios with the greater aim of helping restore the city’s design sector in addition to the hopes and dreams of its talented creatives.
2020 - Monaco
Cherine Magrabi Tayeb, founder of House of Today, is invited to be an Honorary Juror at Nomad Circle in Monaco.
The Soap Project
2020 - Beirut
Le French Design 100
2019 - Paris
House of Today founder and curator, Cherine Magrabi Tayib, is part of this year Le FD100 Awards, under the High Patronage of Emmanuel MACRON, President of the French Republic. Le FRENCH DESIGN 100 is a worldwide award whose mission is to select the 100 object & interior design projects that make French design shine internationally.
Salon Art + Design
2019 - New York
Cherine Magrabi Tayeb, founder of House of Today, is invited to be an Honorary Committee Member of Salon Art+Design, New York.
Rumi Dalle Hermès Workshop
2019 - Paris and Beirut
Rumi Dalle, who has been designing all off Hermès Beirut's windows since 2013, is invited to Paris to present her work and share her process with the Hermès creative team. "
Khalil Khoury Showcase
December 12 to 28, 2018 - Sursock museum, Beirut
The performance and installation by Bernard Khoury recounts the fabulous story of an impossible modernity. Described as a modernist and brutalist, Khalil Khoury was one of the first artisans of exposed concrete, leading the Modern Movement in Lebanon.
Not a retrospective, nor an objective account of the modern history of our territory, this is Bernard's story of his father and architect of the modern movement, Khalil Khoury, and his passion for aeronautic engineering, panting, hunting, politics, industrial design, architecture, and above all, the female figure.
2018 - Beirut
2018 - Paris
Roula Salamoun Iwan Maktabi
2018 - Nepal
House of Today collaborates with renowned carpet manufacturer Iwan Maktabi on a trip to Nepal. Designer Roula Salamoun is selected to join the Iwan Maktabi group in order to discover Nepal and its craftsmanship.
Product Design In Lebanon Podcast
2018 - Beirut
Suzanne Anhoury STEM
2017 - Beirut
Tamara Barrage Monsters
2016 - Beirut
Najla el Zein Seal
2015 - New York
ABC Men's Launch
2015 - Beirut
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An intriguing collection of contemporary design pieces for men were designed by talented Lebanese designers: Karim Chaya, Rumi Dalle, david/nicolas, Nada Debs, Celine Stephan, Johnny Farah, Rabih Kayrouz, Cyrille Najjar, Rouba Mourtada, Alia Mouzannar and Dori Mouzannar.
Putting Materials To Good Use Starch Foundation
2015 - Beirut
Summer Season by Rumi Dalle for Hermès
2015 - Beirut
Hermès window installation for the Summer Season by Rumi Dalle. The scenography displays a parallel between two worlds; the underwater world and that of a modern city. Both metropolises render a context under which the act of strolling is fulfilled. This is the second window scenography that Rumi creates for Hermès... more to come.
Carlo Massoud x The Armory Show
2015 - New York
Rumi Dalle Hermès
2014 - Beirut
Hermes Lebanon came to House of Today looking for a designer whose meticulous work is driven by a remarkable attention to details. Rumi Dalle was the perfect choice. Rumi designed Hermès’ window display under the theme of reincarnation, giving life to the mannequins by crowning them with wreaths made of real exotic butterfly wings.
Pin for Lebanese Autism Society
2014 - Beirut
Rumi Dalle The Counter
2012 - MENA