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issue 38 - June/July 2017
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INFLUENCE AND CHANGE

Beirut Design Week 2017: Challenging Conventions and Conceptions

Beirut Design Week 2017 focused on how designers and their creations can challenge the norm, push social change and be a force for good. Going from strength to strength, Beirut Design Week continues to grow and each year it presents interesting concepts and ideas around the world of art and design. Architects, product designers, graphic designers and fashion designers all define 'design' in a different way. The mission of this year's Beirut Design Week was to encourage all designers to question and debate their craft beyond commercialization and marketing luxury goods to explore new options, to look for new collaborations, and to dare to explore work outside their comfort zone.

Design has the power to change mindsets, and human behaviors,as well as challenge the status quo. It can defeat assumptions, be critical and provocative, champion a cause, change our daily lives and support the economy, the community and the future. Beirut Design Week recently refurbished KED, a 1930s metallurgical factory, in the industrial zone of Karantina next to Beirut's port. KED has been the central hub for the fair since 2016, and on the opening night of the fair this year it hosted events over four floors throughout the event.

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