The Beirut Design Awards were created in three categories, on the occasion of the first edition of Beirut Design Fair (2017) and conferred this year by the 2018 Selection Committee - Aline Asmar d’Amman, Lina Ghotmeh, Marc Baroud, Karim Chaya and Mathias Ohrel, united on the occasion of the Beirut Design Fair.

Those Awards are a symbol of the effervescent energy of the design community. The Talent Award, for the designer with the most remarkable artistic journey; The Object Award, which rewards the most unique and innovative creation and The Initiative Award, which seeks to honor an entrepreneurial approach representative of the creative spirit of Beirut and the surrounding region.

VivianVanBlerk N&B

VIVIAN VAN BLERK

Talent Award

The Talent Award was inspired this year by the cultural richness generated by the special meeting of Vivian van Blerk, South African artist who lives and works in Paris, with the Lebanese ceramist Hala Matta in her workshop (Mexico Street, Clemenceau) in the heart of Beirut. Vivian was introduced to the practice of ceramics in this workshop and made these pieces during a residency in summer 2017.

The committee awarded this prize to Vivian van Blerk to salute this collaboration, and to reward the works presented, a cross between pride and miniatures endowed with technical and artistic qualities that make them poetic objects in their own right. The jury extended this prize with a special mention to Hala Matta who, through this gesture of openness, exchange, and hospitality, represents a particularly Lebanese approach that reflects the fertility of encounters between people and cultures.

The committee chose not to limit itself to the design of functional objects in the strict sense of the term, and further praised design as a practice that helps to forge links, generates transfers, and gives meaning to the creative process.

FadiSarieddine

FADI SARIEDDINE

Object Award

This was awarded to Fadi Sarieddine for his project / object "Damascus Revisited" and his "Live Design Station".
The committee was particularly seduced by the immersive, symbolic and playful qualities of Fadi's work. His idea of appropriating the creative approach and building one’s own object drawing on the glass, terrazzo and metal crafts of the region, made that the aesthetic aspect of the object be coupled with the delightful user experience of engaging in its construction and sense of ownership.

The jury found this approach right and original, going beyond the simple DIY kit. This rightness was also found in the balance between a semantic legacy of local culture and more contemporary codes, far from any cliché.

JoyMardini N&B

JOY MARDINI DESIGN GALLERY

Initiative Award

This distinction was awarded to Joy Mardini Design Gallery for believing in Lebanese designers, and contributing to the production, presentation and promotion of their work in Lebanon and internationally – in a spirit of quality, manifestly required but met with true generosity. The founder of the gallery, Joy Mardini, had also received, along with the founders of Beirut Art Residency, this same prize for the designer internship project of last year.

Joy particularly contributed, ahead of Beirut Design Fair in September of this year, to the radiance of Lebanese design, notably in Paris where, with the fair’s contribution, many of the designers she represents were hailed at the Rising Talent Awards of Maison&Objet, dedicated to young Lebanese designers.

With this award, the jury wished to salute all of Joy Mardini's investment in the service of design, the cultural influence of Lebanon, and the practice of this discipline emanating from Beirut and going beyond the national frontiers.