Rising Talents - September 2018

After he graduated from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts and ECAL Lausanne, Carlo Massoud moved to New York to learn the ropes. He joined Nasser Nakib Architect to oversee bespoke furniture design for the firm’s high-end residential projects. His solo career began in 2014, when he showed his Dolls project at the Carwan Gallery, a thinly veiled allusion to the frictions over the chador.

An artistic approach characteristic of his work, with projects that fluctuate between functional design and art installation, usually incorporating a social and political comment. For instance, African fertility dolls inspired his Autopsy project, a collection of stools he designed with his sister Mary-Lynn Massoud, the Otto du Plessis foundry and the South African Imiso ceramicist Andile Dyalvane. Other creations, such as Boule and Capture, have also led him to explore new manufacturing processes for brass pieces.

“In a country like ours, where there is virtually no industry, design lives by virtue of local craftsmen making small-batch productions, sold in galleries or by word of mouth.”

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