SHOP CLASS, BEIRUT STYLE
Make or buy one-of-a-kind furniture at Brut L’Atelier in Mar Mikhael, where work is shaped by “stories, passion and personality.” They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and in the midst of Beirut’s recurring garbage crises, Brut L’Atelier is working to bring upcycling to the city.
“It all starts with an interesting found object,” the design space told us of their process of making new home designs from previously discarded items. “Objects can appeal to us for many different reasons. It can be something about the form, the color, the age or all of those things at once. So we mostly go with what the found objects demand and we try to restore them and work with and around them, as we don’t like to re-write over a pieces but complement it; bringing it to life while preserving its identity.”
The Mar Mikhael studio has been open since late 2014; it’s a haven for people who wish to roll up their sleeves and make their own pieces with woods and metal. A staff of craftspeople is on-hand to help out as well. But if working with your hands isn’t your thing, the place offers a few ready-made pieces for sale. “We craft our pieces from scratch and restore neglected objects, all with a focus on harnessing our raw materials to uniquely express our designs,” the studio told us. “The result is an original and diverse collection of home furniture and accessories.”
Additionally, the space plays hosts to a number of cultural events in the community — including a DVD signing for “Mercedes” by Hady Zaccak, an experimental gig by Youmna Saba and photography exhibition by Ghinwa Daher.