Lebanese studio david/nicolas is presenting its inaugural solo exhibition at Carpenters Workshop Gallery, showcasing two separate bodies of work that reference Beirut as a city “that was reborn over and over again”.
The exhibition, entitled Supernova, which is divided into two distinct collections, Constellation and Monocle, are each an interpretation of a post-explosion phenomenon.
“The death of a star results in either a black hole or a supernova, here, death is only a transformation, it outshines everything else and evolves into a new life. It reminds us of Beirut, this city that was reborn over and over again, a place where time and space are different, where beauty is in the small things or even in the memories of it,” said david/nicolas.
Supernova features a collection of tables, cabinets and rugs – all built upon the designers’ fascination with time and the universe, creating a retro-futuristic ensemble that looks at the beauty of regeneration.
Using the term Supernova, both as the title of the exhibition as well as the inspiration behind the collections, the pieces “chart the transformative nature of the celestial body through materials that evoke concepts of both form and void.”
Monocle is a collection based around the “representation of large masses of dense matter”. It features materials such as wood, marble and bronze that are juxtaposed against transparent glass, referencing the equilibrium of mass and light in a star.
Constellation, on the other hand, finds inspiration in the new life of a star and the explosion phenomenon.
“The pieces revolve around the relativity of perception and how such a phenomenon can be interpreted into palpable matter,” a statement by the gallery described.
It features low tables rendered in travertine comprising clean lines and undisturbed surfaces that are “understood to represent the new beginnings of a celestial body”.
The dialogue between past and present – which is at the centre of all the design duo’s work – as well as the contrasting of materials and forms, is also a “reflection of the designer’s home, an amalgamation of influences with one foot in the Middle East and another in Europe”.