Regional design guru Nadine Kanso’s brand new office in d3 feels like a treasure chest waiting to be explored. On one hand, her incredibly beautiful Bil Arabi jewelry pieces are meticulously displayed in the showroom, almost as if they were on exhibit at an art gallery. On the other, you have the office and design spaces where Kanso works on multiple projects, perfectly reflecting her truly unique and beloved design vision.
Every room in her headquarters feels both professional and personable. Objets d’art gathered during Kanso’s travels, her own designs, and items close to her heart come together to create a beautifully balanced mix that is inviting and anecdotal. Kanso has seemingly endless stories for each and every single treasure in the space, making you want to sit in her office and listen to her talk for hours on end.
Browse through Savoir Flair’s gallery below for an exclusive look inside the stylish world of Bil Arabi.
“Khalid means ‘eternal’ in Arabic. It was also the name of my late uncle who loved life, music, parties, and food. At one point in his life, he owned a nightclub/restaurant that had all these vinyl records, which I’ve turned into a wall piece as a tribute to him.”
“I designed the carpet of the main showroom; it says ‘Ya Ein’ for the evil eye. It also means ‘how beautiful’, an expression that is often used in the lyrics of Arabic songs. The desk and chairs are antiques from my house.”
“I love mixing things up – some of the items are from my house, while others are bits collected from all over the world during my travels. The typewriter is from Prague and belonged to my husband’s grandfather.”
“This gold truck is by Lebanese designer Carlos Massoud, and the yellow carafe is from Prague.”
“The couch in the waiting area is from Molteni, while the glass table is from Nakkash Gallery. I love these cushions with my initials from The Odd Piece. As for the vase, I hand-carried it from Italy after attending Milan Design Week, and the painting is by Driss Ouadahi at Lawrie Shabibi – I enjoy the contrast it offers against the wallpaper. Just like the one in my office, this carpet is also my design.”
“These black-and-white images are part of my work titled ‘What If’ and refer to the notion of the war not happening in Beirut.”