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designMENA Summit 2018: Architects and designers are redefining the region's urban environment with a human-centric focus, say david/nicolas

designMENA Summit 2018: Architects and designers are redefining the region's urban environment with a human-centric focus, say david/nicolas

David Raffaoul and Nicolas Moussallem from Beirut, who were one of the keynote speakers at the designMENA Summit 2018, share their perspectives on urban planning topics discussed during the annual conference

From left: Nicolas Moussallem and David Raffaoul, co-founders, david/nicolas; 
Photo: Marco Pinarelli
From left: Nicolas Moussallem and David Raffaoul, co-founders, david/nicolas; Photo: Marco Pinarelli

Back in 2006, after meeting at the Academie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts university in Beirut, where both David Raffaoul and Nicolas Moussallem were studying architecture, they both went on to study product design and interior architecture at the Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan. While Raffaoul went on to gain work experience at such well-known firms as Nendo in Tokyo and Fabrica by Benetton in Italy, Moussalem continued to work on freelance projects in Beirut. 

Both designers, 30, eventually came together to start their own eponymous firm, david/nicolas studio based out of Beirut. Their boutique firm, with a staff strength of just four, has collaborates with sought after international galleries and companies such as Nilufar Galley in Milan, Joy Mardini Gallery as well as Portuguese fine porcelain manufacturer, Vista Alegre. At this year's designMENA Summit, Raffaoul and Moussallem spoke predominantly about the topic of identity in design, the challenges of creating one's own's design identity that is contextual, yet distinct, and how to keep this identity timeless and relevant throughout their projects and products. 

In this video interview, Raffaoul and Moussallem present their point of view on why events such as designMENA Summit are important to discuss the challenges and opportunities for designers in metropolises such as Dubai, and architecture that takes into account scale and proportions for inhabitants on both a micro and macro level.  

Read the full interview with Raffaoul and Moussallem in the January issue of Commercial Interior Design.

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