Richard Yasmine, a Lebanese interior architect and product designer, presents his new furniture collection After Ago. The collection is designed for the Milano Design City 2020, a festival with 350 design related events in the centre of Milan. With these pieces Richard Yasmine explores the duality of life and his hometown Beirut.
With these pieces Richard Yasmine explores the duality of life.
The starting point of the collection was an arch. By twisting this shape, sliding it in and out of each other and experimenting with it, Yasmine acquired a unique formality. The collection was inspired by a multitude of styles: ‘It’s a hybrid collection inspired from the metaphorical Postmodernism/Memphis movement with a twist of graceful Art Deco lines assorted to monolithic Brutalism sobriety,’ says Richard Yasmine. The black and white colour of the furniture represents a duality. Black stands for mystery, while white means serenity and innocence. By juxtaposing these opposite colours, Yasmine wants to depict internal and spatial chaos. All the furniture is painted by hand and handmade in a variety of materials such as foam, lightweight concrete plaster, acrylic and clay. Yasmine challenges the classic formality of a piece of furniture by creating sculptural, playful pieces without a clear indication of its function. At the same time he reveals the duality of human emotions and fantasy. After Ago was created by means of a single bow and the rich imagination of this passionate designer.
Images courtesy of Richard Yasmine