Sursock 14ème apartment

Sursock 14ème apartment

Architect
Karim Nader Studio
Plaats
Beirut, Lebanon | View Map
Bouwjaar
2022
Categorie
Appartementen
Walid Rashid
Product specificatie overzicht

ElementBedrijf Product Name
Floor lamp, ChandelierCATELLANI & SMITH
Couch, BenchLiving Divani
Rod, Neowall, Track
Lounge chair, Couch, Dining chairs, Coffee table, ArmchairCassina Custom Interiors
Utrecht by Cassina, Rio by Cassina, Cab chair by Cassina, Sengu Sofa by Cassina
CarpetL’Artisan du Tapis
Modern Erasure, Modern Texture
Coffee TableCattelan Italia spa
Grid
Dining tableKarina Sukar
Mark01

Product specificatie overzicht
Couch, Bench
Rod, Neowall, Track by Living Divani
Lounge chair, Couch, Dining chairs, Coffee table, Armchair
Utrecht by Cassina, Rio by Cassina, Cab chair by Cassina, Sengu Sofa by Cassina by Cassina Custom Interiors
Carpet
Modern Erasure, Modern Texture by L’Artisan du Tapis
Coffee Table
Dining table
Mark01 by Karina Sukar

Sursock 14ème apartment

Karim Nader Studio als Architecten

In January 2022, on the 14th floor of the “Domes de Sursock” tower, a vast and welllit apartment looks vividly towards the port of Beirut for a second time. Moving in with a paraphernalia of artworks and artifacts of a certain antiquity, emotional value and narrative complexity, a Beiruti family wishes to explore the contrast between the collection and a decisive sense of contemporary minimalism. This will also be however an opportunity to reflect on this ‘looking back’ at the port that is still the apartment’s main view, despite its state of notable ruin.

photo_credit Walid Rashid
Walid Rashid

The collection is vast and a careful selection will be necessary to properly appreciate a selected object, but most importantly and in line with the client’s desire, to breathe through a certain white emptiness in every corner.

photo_credit Walid Rashid
Walid Rashid

We select:
• 6 Utamaru prints
• 9 Paintings of 20th century Lebanese masters
• 1 Chinese buffet
• Jean Jansem’s “Three Women Looking”
• 2 large scale Aubusson tapestries in a delicate state
• 2 Chinese screens, 6 panels each, floral front, village life back
• 4 Salvador Dali serigraphs of the 4 seasons
• 3 golden trundle tables of the early 20th century
• A small circular Chinese coffee table with mother of pearl inlay
• 2 blue and white small sized Chinese carpets
• A Lalique vase with dancing bacchantes in amber color
• A white marble sculpture of a group of dancing angels, medium sized
• A metal sculpture of Don Quixote with his spear, medium size 

photo_credit Walid Rashid
Walid Rashid

And a few various smaller objects and paintings. 

The exercise is a play of composition and balance around three poles: Lebanese designer items, contemporary European minimal furniture pieces and an object or two from the collection.

photo_credit Walid Rashid
Walid Rashid

In the entrance, the dining room, the fireplace area, the library, the bar, the family room, the massage room, everyone of the sleeping rooms, an object will radiate its aura resting upon the white walls, ceilings and floors of the vast apartment lightly enhanced by the presence of the contemporary furniture and the soulful Lebanese designer items. Karina Sukar, Ounovis, Thomas Trad, Karim Nader, L’Inconnu, will start to dialogue with Catellani & Smith, Living Divani, Cassina, Poltrona Frau, Natuzzi in a delicate balance with the delicacy of an Utamaru print, now framed in graphite gunmetal, two Aubusson Tapestries in a large overscaled hanging system, the dancing angels statue on a white cylindrical base with a golden light stick from Catellani & Smith and a Lalique vase on a concrete table, to name a few of those unexpected couplings.

photo_credit Walid Rashid
Walid Rashid

When gold leaf of a trundle coffee table is juxtaposed on a leather armchair with glossy gunmetal legs, a new type of emotion is now possible. It is this intent at making the object reappear within the emptiness that will make the apartment breathe a new life. And if the three women in the Jansem painting seem to be looking towards the port in their desolate faces through the now repaired large glass window, the bar of a Thomas Trad will remain a convivial invitation to the joys of the present time.

Team:
Project design team: Karim Nader and Lama Rafeh
Contractor: Gamme Hawat

photo_credit Walid Rashid
Walid Rashid
photo_credit Walid Rashid
Walid Rashid
photo_credit Walid Rashid
Walid Rashid
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