Carwan Gallery is proud to present newly commissioned work from the Italian architect Vincenzo De Cotiis. Déchaînements is a collection of limited-edition tables, rugs and glass lighting all inspired by a trip to Beirut, Lebanon. The architect explores with his unique sensibility the perceptions of different layers of the urban space and diverse architecture translated in contemporary objects.
“I have thought very often after my return from Beirut how this trip has impressed me... I see the lines of the architecture blurred in the traces of a lost urbanism. Life is happening at night, the ‘reconstruction’ is more evident in the dark. The awakening is overwhelming, between uneasiness and amazement, an organic flow of a culture that wants to revive. The construction or rather continued reconstruction of the city isn’t expressed by any clear set of rules. It’s an architectural landscape that’s layered in different aesthetics and time periods that are vague and worn by time. All of this fascinated me.” Vincenzo De Cotiis
The collection has been created thanks to the special collaborations of Venini for the handmade Murano glass lightings and Iwan Maktabi for the oxidized rug.
Carwan started as the first contemporary design gallery in the region with the mission of internationalizing design in the Middle East. Founded in 2010 by the architects Pascale Wakim and Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte, the gallery is established in Beirut and exhibits bespoke projects and limited-edition objects focusing on special commissions to internationally renowned architects and designers.
The gallery has also curated design exhibitions in various museums and art centers and the directors place a special importance on developing strong collaborations with cultural organizations, foundations, institutions and specialized press.
Contact/ Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte & Pascale Wakim
Address/ PO-BOX 17-5035, 5545 Mar Mikhael, Beirut, Lebanon