STARCH FOUNDATION: ARE YOU NEXT?
Hear ye, hear ye: Starch Foundation is on the lookout for Lebanese designers and is calling for entries for its 2017/18 edition.
As every year since 2008, Starch helps launch Lebanese four to six emerging designers by promoting, guiding and boosting them. Founded by Rabih Kayrouz, Tala Hajjar and in collaboration with Solidere, Starch showcases its chosen-ones in the Starch boutique in Saifi Village, Downtown Beirut. The collections are presented at Fashion Forward Dubai.
Before discovering the future prospects in a few months, let’s do a quick recap of the latest editions’ designers.
Vladimir Kurumulian, Interior Architect
Vladimir is a multidisciplinary artist, joggling between music, visuals, video projections, installations, photography and interior design. He was selected as the latest starchitect to redesign the 2016/17 boutique. Driven by his love story with Beirut, the young designer created Tiers V 2.0, multifunctional storage units inspired by Beirut’s cityscape.
Sana Asseh, Brand designer and Photographer
For Sana, the means are more interesting than the ends. She guides the viewer and client through her whole thought process and evolution and involves them as much as possible. Her first collection, entitled 1/18, examines two everyday objects: the notebook and the picture frame. 18 different notepads, 18 different frames to test how things are used and perceived.
Lobnan Mahfouz, Fashion Designer
With his fashion brand “Perverse Label”, Lobnan drifts away from every, well, label. His collection is unisex and can’t be categorized into a specific season. He was inspired by the melting pot that we live in, whether it’s about gender, ethnicity or personalities. He shed the light on his idea by boldly mixing and matching different fabrics and creating distinguished pieces. His latest collection is entitled “The Superovas”.
Sayar & Garibeh, Product Designers
Stephanie and Charbel are a young couple design team that considers working together as freedom and not the chaos that most people would think about. They’re interior, industrial and set designers that always strive to test new tools and forms. They created a sculptural floor lamp and a Lebanese kibbeh plate exclusively for Starch.
Salim Azzam, Storyteller
Salim is a community based storyteller and illustrator from a small village in Lebanon. He studied visual communication design in Canada but did not stop at that. He started using his skills to recreate spoken traditional stories and local customs, and uses his designs as a way of helping the special individuals that take their time to create beautiful embroideries on high quality cotton shirts. He shot his latest collection “Winter Tales” in his hometown up in the mountains.
We wonder who’s going to be next. So much talent leaves us craving for more.
How to apply: send your portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is December 26, 2016.