1.The final battle between two nemeses, in which there can be but one victor.
2.The final round in a poker match, where the all remaining players’ cards have to be put down on the table and shown.
Can business relations be honest and uncensored? Can one be “naked” in the professional world?
The designed object intends to challenge that concept by recreating the surface that witnesses transactions, negotiations and power struggles: a meeting table.
The proposed table goes beyond courtesies or diplomacies that belie hidden agendas.
The table top is in steel with gunmetal finish brushed concentrically. Cast in resin, a set of weapons articulates the underside of the table, within reach from each of the seated guests.
The legs are an extension of the underside: also made of resin, the profile of the legs recalls the trajectory of bullets.
Choose your weapon and keep calm.
Size: 140cm(w) x 75cm(h) Date: 2014 Type: Competition/Exhibition Client: House of Today
MG Partners: Michèle Chaya, Georges Maria MG Team: William Wehbé, Ismail Bdeiry Photography: Marco Pinarelli
IWAN MAKTABI CARPET
An old house, a wooden window frame, light projecting through.
Weaving past and present, in tones of grey and white, the carpet captures this fleeting moment, and preserves its memory in a physical object, in space.
ART OF DINING
We approached the “The Art of Dining” as a spatial and visual act that engages all the senses. Rather than focusing solely on the table, as the single setting to dining, we have created a complete environment, focusing on the dialogue between the central table, on the horizontal plane of the ground, and an equally singular lighting element, animating the ceiling plane. An organic wooden table is covered in a thin layer of white plaster, a molded tailored “tablecloth” that subverts its usual texture to an earthy material one. Molded white candle holders rise from the surface of the plaster plane, further accentuating the abstraction of the elements involved in dining, acting as a single cast model of a dining table. Above, a light suspension formed of three circular colored light filters and a mirror absorb and reflect back the light from the candles, the white surface of the table, and the space around. This play in visual optics is simultaneously enhanced and further highlights the abstraction of the white table, drawing colors and shadows across its surface. Rattan chairs surround the abstract plane of the table, and shape the spatial enclosure of “dining” through their high backs, within which each guest sits as on a throne, sheltered and centered around the dining space. Thus a complete infrastructure of dining is created: An abstract horizontal plane, a topography of hosted elements, an interactive ceiling, all activated by the guests, anchored in their high chairs around the space.
Dimensions: 4.20 x 1.50 m Materials: Table: Oak, Plaster, Black Painted Steel legs | Chairs: Rattan, Velvet cushions | Light Fixture: Black Painted Steel disks, Colored filters. Date: 2017 Location: Beirut, Lebanon
MG Partners: Michèle Chaya, Georges Maria MG Team: William Wehbé, Ismail Bdeiry Lighting Design: Maurice Asso / Hilights Wood table: YEW Distinct Wood Floral Design: The Flowerist