Rising Talents - September 2018

Half-French, half-Lebanese, Carla Baz started studying at ESAG Penninghen in Paris, before she went on to earn a Master’s in Product Design for the Luxury Industry in 2010 from ECAL Lausanne, where she met many designers, including Fernando Campana and Ronan Bouroullec. In London, she completed her training by joining Zaha Hadid Architects and subsequently decided to start her solo career, an initiative that was soon rewarded by the Boghossian Foundation.

Moved by the elegant lines of her furniture – reminiscent of her stint in fashion working at Burberry and Vivienne Westwood –, the Foundation presented her with the Design Prize in 2013. Calling on the expertise of Lebanon’s most experienced artisans, her furniture reveals the beauty of fine materials, as exemplified by her Hay bench, handcrafted from solid oak and incorporating traditional cane weaving techniques. More recently, Bonadea has produced her Borgia candelabra, made from solid brass, hand-brushed and hand-polished.

“Today, highly experienced artisans have inherited this expertise passed down through generations and continue to preserve these crafts.”

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