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Nada Debs

Furniture and Design

Lebanese by birth, raised in Japan, educated in the United States, and worked in the United Kingdom - Nada Debs' creations are unique as the designer herself. This global fusion of cultures influences her distinctive designs that capture attention and seductively draw one nearer for a closer view.

Debs began her journey into design in the late 1980's receiving her bachelors from the Rhode Island School of Design, USA in Interior Architecture. Upon graduation she pursued a career in interior design three years in the United States. A move to London and the birth of her first child lead her yo develop her own company called NDK Designs Ltd. which specialized in designing nurseries and children's furniture. Her revival of the ancient wood craft marquetry became the hallmark of the children's furniture collection and today this craft is still an important influence in her work.

in 1999, Debs moved back to her roots, Beirut, Lebanon and established Nada Debs Furniture & Design. Beirut was the ideal place for experimentation and inspired new designs with a modern Middle Eastern flair. Furthermore, the high level of craftsmanship in the region persuaded Debs to design more furniture.

Adhering to a philosophy of 'less is more', Debs's sophisticated pieces are tailored to the lifestyle and the personal needs of the client. 'My designs are all form and function', says Debs of her current collections and commissioned pieces, 'that's quite Japanese'. With Japanese minimalist values Debs is reinterpreting traditional decorative Middle eastern design. Debs has again transformed an ancient craft (inlaid mother of pearl) to create chic, contemporary furniture. The combination of disciplines creates pieces with clean lines while the unexpected use of a variety of mediums - mother of pearl in the East & East collection, Perspex in the Floating Stools collection - have become the epitome of her design.

Her multicultural background created inner tension and leads her to express the vast breadth of these influences through her design. Through the years of living between numerous cultures, Nada Debs has developed a diverse range of products from tables to flower pots. Evocative of eras gone by, the distinctive union of the Far East, West and Middle Eastern design influences creates a synergistic blend that is unique and modern.

 
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