Modernized Lebanese Craftsmanship Opens To The World

Emilie Skaff | @beit_collective

With keen respect and appreciation for Lebanon’s craftsmanship, Lebanese artisans behind BEIT Collective are reviving the artistic heritage with modern technics and giving the world access to it.

Over a dozen collections have been already released since the launching of Beit Collective in 2021, and are available online for people to acquire these unique and finely crafted pieces for their homes.

This pioneering collective was founded by artist and designer Emilie Skaff, an architecture student who wanted to make high-end designer homeware to be available and accessible to anyone.

After the nationwide protests and the October 17th revolution erupted in Lebanon, Emilie wanted to support the Lebanese craftsmanship and artisanal art that is reflected in the Lebanese heritage and culture.

The Lebanese artist’s main objective was to rebuild the Lebanese artisanship, while also modernizing its techniques, thus she initiated Beit Collective to design and create beautiful Lebanese heritage-influenced, reviving and modernizing local crafts.

BEIT is now employing more than 60 artisans in Lebanon amid the severe economic crisis.

The collective has three main ambitions:

  • To modernize the Lebanese craft with the help of foreign designers teaching Lebanese artisans new techniques.
  • To create jobs for a wider impact on the Lebanese craft and economy.
  • To focus on Lebanon and rebuild the interest in the Lebanese artisanal scene while also reflecting on the Lebanese culture.

BEIT works in woodwork, metalwork (designers from Lebanon and Switzerland), caning, ceramic (designer from China), and glass.

The collective also works with local and international designers, including Adam Nathaniel Furman, Alexandra Hakim, Kelly Halabi, Thalis Nicolaou, and Isabelle Tarazi.

BEIT has released 8 collections so far, selling Lebanon-inspired homeware and furniture online, almost all inspired by the Lebanese heritage, like the Architectural Lights, Baalbek, Beiruti, and Phoenician.

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