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david/nicolas : Tessa Collection

david/nicolas is a Beirut based design studio co-founded in 2011 by David Raffoul and Nicolas Moussallem. They have send me their new collection specially created for a typical Lebanese house in the heart of Beirut. Tessa is a beautiful family of objects and furniture carefully designed to ensure a relationship between a space and a character. It is composed from a dining table, stools, high backrest chairs, low tables and candleholders.

Guillotine is a limited edition of 4 reception chairs characterized by a very high backrest which gives it a strong personality and makes it unique.

Its design, sleek yet intriguing gives its user a different experience, it makes him feel secure, special and exclusive.

Even when not in use it is a sculptural object, its high backrest was designed carefully in a way that it always keeps the transparency of the space.

Guillotine is made of a black glossy metal structure with a seat and backrest in plain textile. The extremity of the legs as well as the junction detail between the structure and the backrest are made out of copper.

Dining Table – Not meant to be discrete, the dining table is made of copper tubes with details of Carrara marble, a 2cm thick glass that stabilizes the structure and a ceramic amphora that implies a historical presence.

#11 dining chair/ counter stool – it is discrete yet at a second level, it shows very elegant details and proportions which makes it perfect with the High dining table proposed.

#11 is made of a black glossy metal structure with a seat and backrest in plain textile. The extremity of the structure that holds the backrest is in copper with an inversion of screws.

Levels is a set of two low tables made of copper and Carrara marble.

3 bougies – A set of three candle holders turned in Carrara marble, these pieces are characterized by their similar identity but each piece is defined by a height and an angle.

About david/nicolas : Two designers whose experiences, both locally and from abroad, filter into their work enriching the content and ultimately the aesthetics. The philosophy of the studio is born from teamwork, which by definition implies working together, but it is often the different approaches, and diverging opinions that give the spaces and objects they work on their character, story and unique personalities.

Their work has been exhibited internationally at the Salone del Mobile/ Milan, Art Basel/ Miami, Design &Foam gallery/ Amsterdam, Paris D’ Days, IMM Cologne, Beijing design week, Salone Satellite/ Milan, Shanghai glass Museum, Hong Kong/ Mobile Museum and Espace éphémère gallery/ Beirut.

Photos © david/nicolas

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