Karen Chekerdjian, ‘Trans-B’, 2014, Carwan Gallery

Trans|Form invokes liminality, a fluid and malleable situation that throws everything into question, perpetuating change and constant mutation. A dining table becomes a rock formation; a vase becomes a sheet of metal; a platform becomes a lamp.
A plurality of different material and functional beginnings metamorphose into different states, changed conditions and varied modalities. The standing objects are in uninterrupted dialogue with their environs, drawing meaning from their surroundings while simultaneously altering their very parameters.

Each individual piece, restructured and reformed by hand, bears the imprint of a multitude of gestures, lived experiences and narratives, evoked with every interaction and following transformation.

Series: Limited Edition of 10 + 1P + 2AP

Image rights: Marco Pinarelli

Manufacturer: Karen Chekerdjian

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