elie metni creates modular centerpiece for starch boutique elie metni creates modular centerpiece for starch boutique
jul 26, 2015

elie metni creates modular centerpiece for starch boutique

elie metni creates modular centerpiece for starch boutique
all images courtesy of charbel saade




starch is a lebanese non-profit founded in 2008 by rabih kayrouz and tala hajjar in collaboration with solidere. created to help emerging lebanese designers; the annual program hand-selects participants and provides assistance in development, marketing, branding, and press of their debut works, as well as guarantees a year long exhibition at the starch boutique.

elie metni EMMA modular centerpiece starch boutique designboom
installation detail 




during the year, the designers also have the opportunity to participate in related workshops, seminars, and collaborations as organized by starch. to exhibit the works of 2015 participants joe arida, nour najem, sako dersahagian, and yasmine jaber — lebanese architect/designer elie metni created ‘EMMA’. a singular, modular stool element, the stool can be used individually as well as combined to create any form or, in this case, display. 70 are fitted together in the starch shop, which occupies the center of the space under a floating neon light. the ‘EMMA’ installation will be present through the duration of the year at starch’s home in saifi village, downtown beirut


video courtesy of elie metni

copper accent wall 

elie metni EMMA modular centerpiece starch boutique designboom
modular construction 

close-up of stacking details

boutique façade with central piece

‘EMMA’ installation 

elie metni EMMA modular centerpiece starch boutique designboom
each unit functions by itself as well as in the group 

interior of the installation looking out 

spatial organization 

the Stool (the module)

elie metni EMMA modular centerpiece starch boutique designboom
concept sketch



designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.


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