ÉTAT DE SIÈGE AT GALERIE TANIT
200Grs. Rana Haddad . Pascal Hachem Starting from our fascination with the city as a melting pot of cultures, we, Rana Haddad and Pascal Hachem, co-founded design studio 200Grs. in 2013 with the vision of a practice that positively fuels and maintains alive our city, Beirut. Our work learns from the region’s geographic richness and artisanal know-how for the production of bespoke pieces that challenge spatial constraints and address social trends through the ingenuity of design. Each of our artistic yet functional items are authentic, a unique manifestation of the concepts of materiality, elasticity, tension and balance. We bring into play Lebanese local craftmanship and artisanal skill that stem from a mix of the region’s different histories and that are at a risk of disappearing. We believe our practice distinguishes itself in our very hands-on process of collaboration with local makers and artisans, in an attempt to revive their craft and to push their skill into a more contemporary framework. It is through this process of experimentation with new crafts that our designs find no limitation in terms of choice of material, form and function. Growing up in a city that taught us to live one day at a time, we create items that perform in the same manner, objects that generate an emotional and ergonomic relationship with the end-user. Our work falls within a discourse of thought that requestions art and design as a practice and positions it as a tool with a potential for social impact and change. Recently the Victoria and Albert Museum, V&A in London, UK; acquired pieces from 200Grs.
Photo Credit Elige Abou YounessSource: Galerie Tanit