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15 Novembre 2019



Curated by Lebanon’s Ghassan Salameh, the former creative director of Beirut Design Week, the MADAR section focuses on non-commercial research-based projects from 42 exhibitors from nine MENA countries, divided into 12 categories. In this second iteration of MADAR, nine of the projects showcased come from Lebanon.“‘Madar’ means ‘orbit’ and the show is really showcasing the cities in the region that are orbiting around design and the creative industries,” Salameh told The Daily Star. “It means that we’re presenting work that designers are doing not by discipline, like lighting or furniture, but by focusing on thematics that are discussing traditional crafts, design for social impact, innovation, manufacturing etc.The projects were chosen by Salameh, who selected designers who were doing work on responsible, sustainable design - such as waste management, combating pollution and spotlighting startups offering practical solutions to longstanding problems.One such participant is L’Artisan du Liban, an initiative founded in 1979 that helped revamp traditional crafts in Lebanon. At MADAR, they’ve displayed a smooth copper and wood bowl with Arabic lettering designed into the rim.“L’Artisan du Liban is a social enterprise from Lebanon and works with 1000 local craftspeople and artisans,” Salameh said. “The whole goal on this organization, which started during the Civil War, was to work with artisans from rural areas, commission work, and sell it in Beirut to help sustain this sector. It eventually grew and kind of defined what we consider the aesthetic of Lebanese craft.“Other projects are recycling waste, to create new materials, like Block Sfinj from Lebanon,” he added. “Founder Chrystele Karam’s father owns a foam factory and she took all the waste and made it into this new recycled material that can be used to create architectural objects in interior spaces, like walls, or used for tables.”Nathalie Harb’s “The Silent Room,” which made an appearance this year in Beirut, was also shown. The installation involves a soundproof room placed on a sidewalk, where people can go in and take shelter from noise pollution and recharge with some quiet time. At MADAR, a small model of the concept was displayed.The section also has many projects related to fabrication and generative design, with a lot of material experiments that designers are doing, to be able to come up with new materials and production processes.“Another company based in Lebanon called Cedar Environmental, which is a waste management company, created these eco-boards which are construction materials and can be used to build houses,” Salameh said. “It’s a mix of plastic, tin, aluminum, everything basically and is already being used in construction.” These boards can turn 3700 plastic bags into 22 kilograms of eco-board material.While creating innovative designs is often considered a step forward, Salameh sees this as half the effort in making change on a wider scale, something he sees as especially relevant in the case of Lebanese design. (ICE BEIRUT)

Fonte notizia: The Daily Star