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Beirut Design Week 2017

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30 May 2017

Episode 294

30 minutes

Now in its sixth year, the Lebanese fair was called ‘Is design a need?’ Far from flogging furniture, the event sought to stimulate wider social, political, environmental and technological discussions around design.

30 May 2017

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Chapter 1

Doreen Toutikian

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Toutikian is the mastermind behind Beirut Design Week and the co-founder and director of Mena (Middle East and North Africa) Design Research Center.

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Nada Debs

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Debs is credited with opening up the city to the idea of contemporary design, combining traditional craft elements with a just-so contemporary feel.

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Tatiana Toutikian

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One of the most thought-provoking showcases was an exhibition called ‘Speculative Needs’ by the Mena Design Research Centre. We sat down with the project’s curator.

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Nathalie Harb

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The only thing that competes with the sound of construction across Beirut is the noise of the traffic. In a dusty carpark the middle of a terrifying network of highways, designer and scenographer Harb has opened a striking two-storey wooden pavilion called The Silent Room; we popped in for some respite.

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