FROM MILANO TO BEIRUT
In case you haven’t met them already, we’re delighted to introduce you to Nayla and Marya Ghazzaoui.
These two charismatic sisters have nothing but love for furniture and design, and they decided to share their passion with us in Lebanon. CorrettoLu is their new baby, bringing rare Italian furniture, mostly out of production, and selling it at a temporary showroom in Ashrafieh. The first one, which ended a little over a week ago, showcased some brilliant pieces that caught the attention of many and became the talk of the town.
We sat down with these two lovely women to ask them about their brilliant start.
- How did you get the idea (and courage) to start this project?
I was always attracted to particular and rare things. My love for furniture definitely grew since I’ve been living in Milan. I started hunting for some pieces for my sister, my mother and myself. I mainly looked for some signed, out-of-production pieces that are now hard to find. One thing led to another, and this is how the idea arrived!
The courage? It came from my loved ones, my family and my boyfriend Luca. We all believed in this project and in how to create this bridge between our two countries: Italy and Lebanon. I therefore quit my marketing job, did the feasibility study, got the investment I needed and there I was, on the road, driving around Italy picking up beauties!
- In which areas in Italy do you get your products?
Being based in Milan, it’s mainly in the north of Italy, Tuscany, Veneto, Piedmont… Luca and I have dedicated almost all of our weekends for road trips! With a different ride every time, we start driving from city to city discovering these places and meeting people. We literally handpick and pick-up every piece, and each one has its own story.
- How was the response of people who visited CorrettoLu?
I didn’t know what to expect. It’s the first time I do this… and the response was good! People of different ages and profiles came, some very interested, some just curious. I think that Beirut is an emerging city for design; people are getting more and more sensitive to beauty, more sophisticated in their choices, and search for particular and unique pieces that have a personality. I think that the visitors of Correttolu appreciated it!
- Who’s your favorite designer (fashion and interior)?
I don’t have a favorite. Never had. I’m pretty versatile and can fall in love with extremes. There’s this phrase that Achille Castiglioni, a design master, once said: “If objects in a room are valid, they can coexist without the need for a style that matches them.” This sentence pretty much sums up how I feel about and see things, whether it’s about fashion or design. The ones that came to Correttolu might have seen this concept in the different proposed pieces, all different, yet in harmony.
My scope is to propose eclectic, atypical, unusual, out-of-production pieces that make a difference.
- What’s the next step?
The next step is the second pop-up gallery in Beirut. However, I’d like to develop the business by receiving requests and commissions from people that need or look for something in particular; I’d research it for them and would take care of the shipping to Lebanon.