THE SECRET COLLECTION


Fabrica design a collection of limited objects inspired by a trip to Lebanon in January 2013. The collection interprets certain aspects of the Lebanese daily life, uncovering secret, undisclosed elements.

Touring the Lebanese capital for a full week, the designer absorbed the visual, technical and aesthetic details that enrich the multi-faceted Lebanese culture.

The result in not just a collection of objects, but a unique international vision and interpretation of the Lebanese way of living, mixing past and present and playing homage to the future of an ongoing country. Each designer’s works encapsulates the re-imagining of a district, time-honoured craft, where the specialized technique of the artisan has formed the basis for designer’s creations. In fact, the collection is developed following local traditional techniques and is produced by a team of expert craftsmen in Lebanon exclusively for the boutique of the National Museum of Beirut and Carwan Gallery.

Creative Director
SAM BARON

Designers
CATARINA CARREIRAS
VALENTINA CARRETTA
MARIANA FERNANDES
CHARLOTTE JUILLARD
KIRSTY MINNS
DAVID RAFFOUL
RYU YAMAMOTO
GIORGIA ZANELLATO

Pictures by MARCO ZANIN / Fabrica

The collection:

SERVANT

The rediscovery of a city when seen through fresh eyes. This console is looking at this heightened experience when you zoom on a detail. You see the picture as a whole but the exciting realm is the analysis of the detail. It represents this feeling experienced during the first visit of Beirut, the importance of paying attention to details to understand the complexity of the city and its story.

YALLA

The importance of dining in Lebanese culture is apparent. A series of containers, developed in a traditional material, refers to local food and allows a double use: on a table as containers and on a wall as a decorative piece. The engraved part is revealed only when it is removed from the wall to enjoy a convivial moment.

MUQARNAS

Turning the city inside out. A glimpse behind the facade of the city. The impressive construction of the Muqarnas, a decorative device in traditional Persian architecture, is given a new life by being exposed in the inside of this chandelier. Placed on the floor, Muqarnas offers a contemporary possibility to appreciate its secret beauty.

BLACK OUT

Fascinated by the issues of electricity, this lantern pays hommage to the frequent black-outs happening in the city. Beirut, due to this particularity, keeps a special relationship with improvised lights. This portable torch, a reinterpretation of the traditional lantern, becomes a special and precious object dedicated to these episodes.

DONNA

The strength of the family became the inspiration of this mirror, with a hidden precious detail waiting to be discovered; a celebration of the elegance and strength of the female role in this incredible country. An opulent self-standing figure represents the metaphor of the woman in the Lebanese society.

TOTEM

The reconstruction of Beirut, that has happened seven times, has become the starting point to this composition. A symbolic totem made by superimposed containers expresses the complexity of the city by overlapping different layers.The mix of materials evoques the richness and diversity of this strong culture.

TRACE

Traces of history can still be found across the wall of the city. This coat hanger made with unexpected construction materials is a nod to Lebanese architecture and its marks of the past. Rough stones mixed together with brass detailed elements create a balance which expresses the contrasts of Beirut.

MERCI

Inspired by the level of hospitality and generosity, an object that celebrates this cultural exchange of goods. Giving and receiving is part of the Lebanese behaviour and it is expressed in this generous piece associating the function of a flower vase together with a secret candy box.

MERCI

MERCI

MERCI

MERCI

TOTEM

TOTEM

TOTEM

TOTEM

DONNA

DONNA

DONNA

DONNA

DONNA

DONNA

BLACK OUT

BLACK OUT

BLACK OUT

BLACK OUT

YALLA

YALLA

YALLA

YALLA

SERVANT

SERVANT

SERVANT

SERVANT

SERVANT

SERVANT

THE SECRET COLLECTION

THE SECRET COLLECTION

THE SECRET COLLECTION

THE SECRET COLLECTION