Gabriel & Guillaume returned this fall with a brand-new show inside Downtown’s first vertical village, Beirut Terraces, designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron and developed by Benchmark.
A mix of handpicked contemporary pieces and vintage treasures in the same temporary space invites to a journey in decorative arts from the seventeenth century to modern days.
In a space that covers 870 square meters, Gabriel & Guillaume have brought together pieces from over 50 designers, successfully mixing and matching rare furniture and home accessories from around the world, with dramatic, spellbinding results. In a space flooded with light via floor-to-ceiling windows, visitors are up close and personal with bespoke pieces from Brazil, Italy, France, Denmark, the United States and other historic locales. The vintage items, from the likes of Gio Ponti, Wendell Castle, George Nakashima, Gino Sarfatti, Jorge Zalszupin, Jose Zanine Caldas, Gabriella Crespi and many others have been meticulously gathered over the course of several years. All pieces blend together and exist as they would in a personal residence, infusing the space with history, drama, luxury and an inimitable personal touch – the unmistakable flair of two people who source every single object with veritable knowledge and the utmost care.
This year, the focus of Gabriel & Guillaume’s pop-up gallery is on the 20th century, featuring mainly mid-century modern pieces, complemented with commissioned contemporary pieces. Rare Brazilian pieces, an important number of collaborations with the likes of edgy Dutch designers Os & Oos, renowned French designer Pierre Bonnefille and sophisticated Italian architect Mauro Mori…
Add to this list a meeting between Iwan Maktabi and Colombian textile specialist Jorge Lizarazoalso who joined forces to design a completely unique rug . As well as the vintage items and specially designed pieces, the entire space is enhanced with selected artworks, ensuring an immersive sensory experience in which guests can relish and understand Gabriel & Guillaume’s design ethos.
Since they first founded their pop-up initiative in 2011, Nancy Gabriel and Guillaume Excoffier have become the go-to curators for hard-to-find design treasures.
As per Beirut Terraces, it is a unique 110m waterfront residential tower, located in Beirut Central District (BCD), the most high-end residential area in Lebanon. Inspired by layers of history, Beirut Terraces shapes the city’s future by reviving the indoor outdoor living experience through the introduction of the first vertical village concept with extended terraces. The proposed building concept, structure, and appearance are conceived by both awareness and respect for the city, as well as self- confident optimism of contemporary Beirut.
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