Karen Chekerdjian, ‘Platform’, 2011, Carwan Gallery

As much sculpture as it is furniture, the differently sized volumes that make up the Platform series of tables combine to create a geometric topography reminiscent of a Cubist skyline.
Platform Rainbow was specially made for the Qubique exhibition in Berlin. Qubique is a new furniture fair designed to showcase a selection of international furniture brands and premiered in October 2011 at Berlin's decommissioned Tempelhof Airport.

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