Myriad BY Ghaith & Jad
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Ghaith Abi Ghanem & Jad Melki trained at Raëd Abillama Architects (Lebanon) and at Herzog and de Meuron (Switzerland), before setting up their collective. Their practice allows experimentation to freely sculpt their designs and focuses on being true to material and responsive to context. Developed for Wehe, from a slender metallic capsule emerges rug, recliner, bench and banner: an object with multiple lives and myriad forms. Myriad was inspired by the resilience and ritual of traditional life, the raw texture of undyed wool can be spread out as carpet, or suspended from the wall. When wrapped around its canister, the fabric gains volume and weight and takes on a contemporary form, becoming a seat or headrest, responding to the body at ease. Felted, quilted, cut, cast and polished, the piece’s materiality reflects centuries of local craftsmanship. Ghaith&Jad’s object marries the mysterious with the utilitarian, inviting an encounter both visual and tactile. A union of historic craftsmanship and contemporary design, this object defies single definition: at once architectural and ambiguous, hard and supple, protective and inviting, a body of both bone and fat.
Hand Felted Wool Rug with 64 Cast Aluminum Canisters
Rug:360 x 150 cm; Canisters: 45 x 8 cm ; Quantity: 64 pieces
Ghaith & Jad
Ghaith Abi Ghanem & Jad Melki received their Bachelor of Architecture degree from the American University of Beirut in 2012, and were granted the Areen Award for Excellence in Architecture for both their final year projects. They have interned at Raëd Abillama Architects in Lebanon and at Herzog and de Meuron in Switzerland, which gave them insight into the professional world of architecture.
Their work gives particular importance to the design process and allows the experimentation to freely sculpt their designs. They focus on being true to material and responsive to context, and that is core to any of their projects.
Ghaith & Jad continue their design explorations through their studio at Mansion, a reclaimed 19th century residence that houses multidisciplinary designers under one roof.