Silver City Mar Mikhael BY Carlo Massoud
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Silver City Mar Mikhael
The piece is made of pure sterling silver - handmade in the Anaratone jewelry atelier of Valenza, Italy. Showed at Artissima in Turin in 2017. It is a jewelry display box made entirely from silver and precious stone. “I was asked to work with a Jeweler based in Valenza (Piemonte -Italy). The challenge wasn’t to design a necklace or a ring but to rethink the jewelry for when it it’s not being worn. To rethink jewelry set, to tell a story, and exhibit every beautiful crafted piece in a different setting. “Mar Mikhayel” is a small-scale imaginary mock-up that holds or hides different type of jewelry. Every item can be worn individually as a ring, brooch, necklace.”
Carlo Massoud is a Lebanese product designer and interior designer. After graduating with a Masters’ degree in product design from Alba (Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts), he pursued a Master in product design for the luxury industry at the School of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL) where he had the opportunity to work on several projects under the supervision of international designers such as Ronan Bouroullec, Barber Osgerby, Marti Guixé, Pierre Charpin, Umberto and Fernando Campana.
His designs derive from a deeply engraved social critique humorously transformed into a useful and playful “object”. His projects range from tableware products, to function driven exhibition stands, packaging, and furniture, to ultimately embrace interior spaces in a magical atmosphere. He has exhibited his work at the Beirut Art Center, and in many other design gatherings.