The A + Award, the first concrete and successful private initiative meant to give Lebanese students
|THE JURY and the mentors CONFERRED THE 2018 A+ AWARD
(Interior Architecture, Design...) an opportunity, was awarded on Friday 21st September.
Beirut Design Fair wishes to particularly thank its Jury and Mentors
for enthusiasm, the rigor of their analysis, the warmth and humanity of
their advice and, to be honest, their essential contributions to the
success of this first A + Award.
The 2018 theme was «Know your roots. Start mining your nostalgic
Memories! ». The Jury and the mentors had selected 7 projects from
which they chose to reward Maya Abi Safi for her particularly
ingenious, beautiful and practical oil spoon (Elias).
This creation will be developed in collaboration with WxHxD and with
its support, and it will be exposed in the SpotOn! space of Beirut
Design Fair 2019.
Safi is a young ALBA (Académie Libanaise des Beaux Arts) graduate,
passionate about her field of study along with cooking and all its
|A+ Award: Maya Safi
Maya told the jury that the syllabus of the project immediately
delighted her when she understood that "roots" must be related to an
object of childhood, a connection to the past, an evocation of lost
roots, found, forgotten, buried!
" At that moment, I saw the distant
yet so close image of my dear grandfather ‘Elias’, in the middle of his
planted olive trees in Amioun, an image that overwhelmed me with hope
and joy. Hence the wooden spoon I’ve greedily been using!
These memories gave birth
to Elias, a wooden spoon, carved into the mass of a block of olive
wood! The spoon dipped in the jar with olives, a ritual dear to my
Elias should have two or three adjustments at most and should also be
accompanied by an olive jar, a wooden spoon rest, and a container to
serve the olives. Thus, it should be presented as a kit, which you
should discover next year at Beirut Design Fair in the SpotOn! section.
Nadine Touma (founder of Dar Onboz),
Giulio Vinaccia (Italian
Industrial designer, advisor for Unido),
Jean-Marc Rif (Managing
director of Boisseliers du Rif)
Marie-Lyne Samaha (designer, MAD Architecture),
Etienne Bastormagi (designer, Borgi/Bastormagi).
The seven selected students were:
Myriam Najjarian, Maya Abi Safi, Majd Fawaz,
Jacques Elias Kosseifi, AbdelNour Akuz, Sasha Mattar, Annabelle Chebat.
A+ Award is in partnership with WxHxD sal, a bespoke manufacturing
company. Their handcrafted furniture is manufactured to bring you the
best in industry.
They offer their clients unique pieces satisfying their needs, with a focus on high quality and technique.