Lebanon-born designer Rana Salam has created exceptional designs and projects, both in Beirut and London, merging cultures and retro arts in an eclectic mix of pop and op-art influences.
Influenced by the London art scene and inspired by the Lebanese and Middle Eastern pop culture, the Lebanese graphic designer has made a name for herself in Lebanon and abroad.
She takes snippets from billboards, vintage film posters, and signs and transforms them into large visual and retro art pieces, using the latest design technology to showcase her own pop culture to the world.
Rana seems to have inherited her creativity from her father, the Lebanese architect Assem Salam.
Her inspiration for vintage art first started after her father gifted her a Vespa (an Italian brand scooter) when she was 15-year old. It inspired her to explore Beirut through all its arts-filled streets.
Rana went to England to pursue a BA in Graphic Design at Central St. Martins. She then enrolled at the Royal College of Art, earning a Master’s Degree in Visual Communication and Art Direction in 1992.
It was at that time that she discovered all the creativity available in her home country and her passion for pop arts and for recreating them in the newness.
The Lebanese designer is also an entrepreneur who seems to have the world as her oyster, creating projects and designs not only in Lebanon but also in Miami, London, Dubai, Istanbul, and Milano, among other world cities.
She collaborated with Sauce Dubai in the recreation of a design by Ferruccio Laviani: the classic Bourgie Lamp of Kartell.
She is the designer that was commissioned to develop a new design for the iconic Converse in the Made By You (2015) project. She also worked on a pop-up installation at the Istanbul Design Biennale (2017).