Lebanon through its artisans

In an inspired move, L’Artisan du Liban has joined forces with four local Lebanese designers to create a limited edition collection that captures the creative spirit of the nation. The four featured designers include Ramzi Abou Fadel under the Yook label and Ziad Abi Karam under the Mawsam label, both of whom created bespoke homeware items. In addition, Raymonde Rayde invented a fashion range, while Ghita Abi-Hanna launched a jewelry collection.

For the L’Artisan du Liban and Mawsam collaboration, Ziad Abi Karam worked with Minjara Editions’ Abdel Ader Abdel Wahab to execute his ideas. Under Abi Karam’s direction, the skilled Tripoli-based artisan handcrafted three unique pieces made of wood: a noble trunk inspired by those used decades ago in Lebanon to store precious possessions, a lamp modeled after the traditional Lebanese tarboush and a set of tables topped by colourful traditional Lebanese tiles produced by Shouf-based tile designer Blat el Atiq. It’s the beauty of yesteryear restyled for the present era.

Ziad Abi Karam
Ziad Abi Karam
Ziad Abi Karam
Ziad Abi Karam

Ghita Abi-Hanna, founder of Lebanese jewelry brand Margherita, created a new collection of jewelry for L’Artisan du Liban. The 11 pieces are handmade by artisan Hassan Wehbe and include necklaces, earrings, rings and one bracelet, all of them brass pieces dipped in silver, gold and rose gold, along with silver chains. Inspired by Beirut’s urban fabric and architecture, the new pieces feature the traditional Arabesque pattern used in tiles but decomposed and reborn in unexpected combinations that are both modern and innovative.

Margherita 1, Ghita Abi-Hanna
Margherita 1, Ghita Abi-Hanna
Margherita 2, Ghita Abi-Hanna
Margherita 2, Ghita Abi-Hanna

Seeking inspiration from traditional Lebanese wear, Raymonde Rayde has launched a distinctive capsule collection for L’Artisan du Liban. The dazzling fashion pieces include two dresses, two abayas and one coat with a collar that transforms into a bespoke shawl. While the spirit of the fashion items is unabashedly Levantine, the vibe remains cool and contemporary.

Under the Yook label, architect Ramzi Abou Fadel has designed the sleek Triple Arcade Bowls. Intricately styled, the bowls are handcrafted by artisans Azzam Hassoun and Omar Tartoussi, who hail from the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, and are made of brass and copper using ancient techniques. By using traditional craft methods to create objects for everyday use, L’Artisan du Liban and Yook are jointly reinventing Lebanese design.

Yook 4, Ramzi Abou Fadel
Yook 4, Ramzi Abou Fadel
Yook 3, Ramzi Abou Fadel
Yook 3, Ramzi Abou Fadel
Yook 1, Ramzi Abou Fadel
Yook 1, Ramzi Abou Fadel
Marwan Naaman

Over the course of a 20-year career, Marwan Naaman has written for the likes of Fodor’s, Modern Magazine, Monocle, Harvey Nichols and eHealth Insurance, in a variety of fields that range from travel, design and art to finance and medicine. He was editor-in-chief of A Magazine (formerly Aïshti Magazine) from 2002 until its closing in 2019. He’s currently editor of Cedar Wings, MEA’s in-flight publication.



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