Karen Chekerdjian, ‘Ikebana II – Wall Mirror’, 2013, Carwan Gallery

The harmonies of linear construction, of rhythm and colour that emanate from this collection of dressing mirrors take their inspiration from the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement. The structure of each mirror is based on the three main elements of Ikebana: asymmetry, space and depth. The juxtaposition of these three different filters ineluctably creates landscapes of shapes and substances.

Carwan commission, produced in Lebanon 2013

About Karen Chekerdjian

Beirut-based designer Karen Chekerdjian creates “industrial handicrafts,” objects that marry contemporary pattern and design with traditional workmanship. The Lebanese-Armenian designer got her masters from the Domus Academy in Milan, where she studied under Massimo Morozzi, a member of Italy’s 1960s Archizoom group. She returned to Beirut to open her own studio in 2001; a store followed in 2010. When she couldn’t find factories like those she had worked with in Italy, Chekerdjian shifted her focus to handmade works made in collaboration with local artisans—carvers, brassmakers, embroiderers, and glassblowers. Along with furniture and objects, she has had several high-profile interior design commissions, including the Beirut flagship of Lebanese couturier Maison Rabih Kayrouz.

Lebanese-Armenian, Beirut, Lebanon, based in Beirut, Lebanon