Brilliant Beirut- Comissioned by Art Dubai and designed and curated for Dubai Design Week 2015 at D3.
Brilliant Beirut is the first narrative to record the development of design in the Lebanese capital since the nation’s independence seven decades ago. It documents and illustrates how the city, with its blend of diverse cultures, produced world acclaimed designers and reflects on the reasons it remains at the forefront of design in the region.
Beirut-born and based designer Salam said “There is a need to change the world’s perception of the Middle East, and to reflect it in a fresh and engagingly positive light. What better medium to use than the power of design”. The cosmopolitan mix and creativity of Beirut is often overlooked amidst its ongoing political crises. Salam brought the city’s architecture and design to international attention through the Brilliant Beirut exhibition at the inaugural Dubai Design Week .
Brilliant Beirut showcases the development of design from the 1950s up to the present day, It will pinpoint key moments and pivotal designers that had an influence on the city’s reputation and design development. It looks at architecture and interior design as well as product and graphic design, continuing through to design education and the process of creating cultural trends in the region. The exhibition also highlight today’s key players; those who maintain Beirut’s status on the international design scene.”