Richard Yasmine’s Genius Khayzaran Fairuz Collection
Even though the Lebanese design culture is a melting pot of the Levant, Ottoman and Mediterranean civilisations, it still has its distinct lines, shapes and materials which are typical in its architectural compositions.
One traditional design specific to our region is the “Khayzaran” chair, a wooden structure with 4 legs linked together by wooden arcs. It has a high back, a seat made of rattan with a typical geometrical pattern. The Khayzaran chair has its own charm, which made it popular amongst all age groups and social classes.
Because every single part of it is handmade, we notice that the Khayzaran craft is fading. Nowadays, we rarely spot a khayzaran chair in some old houses or vintage-styled restaurants.
Khayzaran Fairuz Concept
Richard Yasmine’s Khayzaran Fairuz concept is meant to bring back this Lebanese design icon to life. Through reworking the structure, emphasizing and softening its lines, and giving it a fashionable twist, Yasmine intends to making it present in our new minimalistic or industrial interiors, while preserving Khayzaran chair’s main identity.
The perception is to create home furniture and accessories using diverse configurations “khayzaran” chair configuration.
For this purpose, Yasmine created the chair with lower arms, made one like a lounge chair, another like a stool, bench, central and side table, etc… Changing and playing with the volumes, between empty and plain, slim and fat, high and low, large and thin, combining different material together such as solid wood, brass, and leather, to create different shapes from the same old pattern.
The Khayzaran Fairuz collection of chairs and other home accessories can be used while sipping coffee, playing cards, or eating around a table. Richard Yasmine’s main objective is to revive a furniture design that witnessed war and peace, funerals and wedding events.
We especially love the industrial photos that were taken at the Brasserie du Levant, another forgotten space in Beirut that was brought back to life by the Kino Vendome Project we previously talked about here on Cloud of Lace.
Now let’s remove the dust, display the whole set fully dressed, and let them show off.
White-background photos | BizarreBeirut
Industrial background Photos | Ieva Saudargaite