Beirut design glory days revived by Lebanese architect

A sense of nostalgia for the time when Beirut was a design capital  is invoked by interior architect Richard Yasmine who has unveiled a collection of contemporary accessories for the Sursock Museum in the Lebanese capital.

The Ashkal – or Shapes – series consists of vanity mirrors and geometric shaped objects, which are used to evoke a sense of the past within the user, through their distinct 60’s style reference.

The designer said he aims to transport visitors to this retro era, in celebration of the museum’s first opening in the early 1960’s.

Yasmine constructed the stylised series by using a super-mirrored polished stainless steel sheets, fixed on to a golden brushed brass pedestals.

Each part uses marble, brass or metal to create the base while vanity mirrors were used to reflect different angles of the pieces.

The collection was then captured through a carefully executed still-life photo series, which presents various perspectives of the different items.

Yasmine, who is based in Beirut, said he believes design should be “simple, bold, and straight forward with a touch of fantasy, merging his experimental dimension with a professional know-how”.

He said he incorporates a fresh approach while sticking to culture and traditional aspects, using technology and methodology, perception and spaces.