Since 2011, the traveling gallery Gabriel & Guillaume – by the tour de force duo Nancy Gabriel and Guillaume Excoffier – has been curating pop-ups and exhibitions that explore decorative arts from old and modern world design. In April, the duo behind Collectible Design gallery are bringing historical designs that date back to the 1940’s to Lebanon’s capital for the third consecutive year.
The exhibition will run for one month inside a lavish penthouse situated in District //S, in the heart of downtown Beirut, and will celebrate over 10 designers in the form of interior spaces styled with special objects, furniture, and art collected by the dynamic two. Pieces on display include hard-to-find treasures plucked from revered museums around the world, such as New York’s The Museum of Modern Art and Paris’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs.
“This year is a must visit because a special focus will be on pieces from Neotu, the pioneer Paris Gallery that invented “Design Art” and launched a strong new aesthetic that was instrumental in establishing designers such as Martin Szekely and Garouste & Bonetti, among others who have since then become stars of the design market,” explain Gabriel and Guillaume.
Visitors will discover designs by Pierre Paulin and Gabriella Crespi, among pieces by Max Ingrand and Gino Sarfatti. The selection includes first-edition furniture and art, like a chandelier and a bookshelf by an impressive roster of designers who may or may not be still alive (Cue: Jean Royere and Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti of Garouste et Bonetti.) History buffs, you might want to ink a visit into your diary now.