05 Mar Marquetry Mania by Nada Debs
Nada Debs is a Lebanese designer living and working in Beirut. Her work spans scale and discipline: from product and furniture design to one-off commissions across craft, art, fashion and interiors. What ties her work together is her ability to distill culture and craftsmanship to create pieces of emotional resonance. In essence, she captures the power of the human hand to tell stories that touch the heart. She calls her approach: handmade and heartmade.
What connects her world is a belief in the power of design to cross time and border and touch us on a primal level. She believes not just in form and function, but in feeling too.
Nada believes in the importance of human stories. She places value on connection – to places, to others and to our own identity within the wider world. She is fascinated by the role of the human hand to tell stories and evoke a sense of belonging. She describes her belief in craft as a feeling that goes beyond geography, language and culture.
Geometry is an important tool for Nada, representing complex philosophies with intricate, simple beauty.
She uses materials to tell tactile stories, sometimes in pure and surprising forms, and sometimes with intriguing combinations and juxtapositions.
Nada brings her philosophy to life in a number of ways. Her experience as a designer gives her the language to understand how things are made and how they can be made special. Her mission is more than simply the nostalgic preservation of time-honored traditions, it is to translate the traditional into something energetic and alive.