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Camera Chiara / Annabel Karim Kassar

Camera Chiara / Annabel Karim Kassar

© Nicoló Lanfranchi© Nicoló Lanfranchi© Interni© Interni+ 22

  • Produced By:HSC
  • Contributors:Amar Foundation, Kamal Kassar Caï light Golran 1898 Imola Legno S.p.A. Francoise Subes Sylumis
  • Dedicated Artisans:Francois Le Roch painter and patinas, Joel Robitaillie painter and patinas, Benoit d’Hauterives mural art, Fury and Romain Jeantet screen printing, Tassin S.A. embossed leather, Maison Prelle silk textiles on couch, Amer Lhaibeh Tripoli mattresses, Saint-Just blow and bubble glassmaking
  • Width:6.80 m
  • Depth:7.50 m
  • Height:2.75 m to 5.40 m
  • Architects And Interiors:Annabel Karim Kassar architect, creative director/ Rabih Zeidan architect, project manager / Violaine Jeantet interior architect / 
Christophe Hascoet lighting designer / Caï light lighting designer / Alain Pin lighting designer terra cruda
  • Project:Sergio Sabbadini architect
  • Architects:Rabih Zeidan architect, Violaine Jeantet interior architect, Christophe Hascoet lighting designer, Caï light lighting designer, Alain Pin lighting designer terra cruda, Annabel Karim Kassar architect
  • Interiors:Annabel Karim Kassar architect, Rabih Zeidan architect, Violaine Jeantet interior architect, Christophe Hascoet lighting designer, Caï light lighting designer, Alain Pin lighting designer terra cruda
  • City:Milan
  • Country:Italy
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Text description provided by the architects. Invited to the Energy For Creativity exhibition organized by the Italian magazine Interni, Annabel Karim Kassar Architects chose to display a monumental architectural structure in the Cortile 700 and a vision of everyday life in a Lebanese room.

© Nicoló Lanfranchi
© Nicoló Lanfranchi

Through the bellows of old cameras, Kassar symbolizes stills of Lebanese lifestyles brought to life here by the actor-spectators entering, wandering through, contemplating and leaving the space.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

Two telescopic structures, named Liwan and Obscura respectively, made of raw metal and burnt dark and rough wooden planks face one another not far from Kengo Kuma’s paper structure and Alessandro Medini’s giant red lips. Annabel Karim Kassar not only highlights savoir-faire but also French and Lebanese savoir-vivre. Attracted by the diffuse light from Saint-Gobain’s hand-blown glass, one is in for a rare experience – a piece of interior and a kind of cinema installation.

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© Interni

Why this idea of the Liwan ? It is a tradition passed down from Ottoman constructions.
The great Roman and prehistoric excavations – as well as the bombings – have left the city
of Beirut pockmarked, exposing its insides. Many people live precariously here on mounds
of soil with a bit of flooring.
I decided to carry with me a “chunk” with its thickness and layers of ground to try to show
the complexity of the city.

© Nicoló Lanfranchi
© Nicoló Lanfranchi

What will the visitor find there ?

The visitor will find a cosy place. The wood floor was hand painted by craftspeople in the same patterns found on Lebanese ceramics.
A sofa and vintage armchairs invite the visitor to sit. A vintage damask silk fabric covers the main couch. It’s also a noisy place...
Lebanon is quite noisy. The noise from outside always comes inside. To show this, I wanted to play
a recording of the hubbub of the city mixed with the traditional
Arab music playing on a vintage gramophone and the singing of
a bird comfortably perched on
its cage. This place is like my place. There’s a selection of objects
I chose or designed. And there
will be a toilet in the shape of a phosphorescent throne.

© Nicoló Lanfranchi
© Nicoló Lanfranchi

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Address:Milan, Italy

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Cite: "Camera Chiara / Annabel Karim Kassar" 05 May 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/625224/camera-chiara-annabel-karim-kassar> ISSN 0719-8884
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