The second edition of Beirut Design Fair is gathering under one roof not only Lebanese and International design creators and design lovers but the BDF team have prepared very interesting conferences happening in the heart of the fair and here’s the talks daily details:
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM : Oscar Niemeyer – An inspiration for the Tripoli Furniture Cluster
Speaker: Wissam Naghi, President of the Architects Branch at the Order of Engineers and Architects in Tripoli.
A lecture about Tripoli’s Rashid Karame International Fair, a futuristic project by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in 1963. While remaining unfinished, the fair grounds are giving birth to a new project aimed at securing the future of the furniture industry in Tripoli and restoring the faith in its artisans. One of Niemeyer’s buildings is renovated to introduce an integrated platform for Tripoli’s carpenters and a collective tool for product development. This project is funded by the EU in Lebanon and implemented by Expertise France.
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Niemeyer building housing MINJARA: Tripoli’s Furniture Cluster Initiative Revealed
Once at the heart of the woodcraft sector in Lebanon, the formerly prosperous furniture production industry in Tripoli is under the threat of economic, social and political challenges. The Private Sector Development (PSD) Program, funded by the EU and implemented by Expertise France, has identified the necessity for the market access and promotion of Tripoli’s wood makers, providing an opportunity for this industry’s revival. MINJARA, a brand gathering the essence and spirit of Tripoli’s furniture manufacturing sector was born to gather the makers under one label and provide a solution to the modern problems.5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: A world in full color (CC Tapis X Iwan Maktabi)
Speaker: Bethan Laura Wood (Designer and Artist)
Bethan enjoys exploring the relationships we make with objects in our everyday lives, and questions how they can become cultural conduits. She is interested in critical approaches to achieving sustainability in a mass consumption, production-driven context.
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM: ” Design like a development tool “
Speaker: Giulio Vinaccia
Design can be used as an active tool to fight poverty and generate income and resilience in countries of the Global South through new types of creative economies. We are talking about a global methodology, who can be applied also to help the producers of the western countries like Italy, which are in trouble because of the crisis. The designer’s role is an acting element inside the collective system of creation and not an external protagonist of a process. Of course, what I do is just a drop in the sea of problems, but I believe in small revolutions!3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Seamless cultural expression: towards a constructive partnership between Lebanese trade and Design.
How Kore views design and is building its strategy around the partnership with the local community. Is it really east meets west? How will we express our identity in objects? How Kore views design and is building its strategy around a partnership with the local design community? Introducing the Kore- Stouf cooperation!
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM : “From the Bauhaus inspired lines to the sensual curves of Oscar Niemeyer– The uniqueness of Brazilian Furniture Design
Speaker: Lissa Carmona Tozzi (ETEL Design)
More than 50 years have gone by since the creative and commercial apogee of modern furniture in Brazil. After that, this magnificent production has been veiled for some decades. Today it has caught the attention of specialists from around the world. Together with the founding desire of our modernism of establishing our own legitimate representations for the Brazilian culture, there has always been the direct influence of the international pioneers, under which it has developed within this “anthropophagic” logic. Initially produced by artists and architects, furniture design of this period has its origins in the multidisciplinary thinking that is common to modernists, inspired by making the adaptions needed to a new architecture, and even more so to a new world vision!
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: The Perfect Light
Speakers: The Light Collective
What’s your Perfect Light? It is said that all good documentaries start with a question. iGuzzini is proud to bring the Perfect Light project to the region for the very first time and is inviting the designers and architects’ community to embark on this fascinating journey. The documentary by Light Collective is a thought provoking and fun travel around the globe, giving voice to over 20 top leading lighting designers with the mission of further questioning the development of light and exploring the definition of the Perfect Light. The documentary, supported by Citizen, has been so far screened in London, Berlin, Milan, New York, Paris, Milan, Sao Paolo, Reykjavik and Zurich.