David/Nicolas is a Beirut based design
studio co-founded by David Raffoul
and Nicolas Moussallem.
Their work could be defined as
retro-futuristic because of the way
they joggle with different periods of
design and mix them up, thus creating
pieces that do not follow trends but
rather express the dialogue between
their diverging opinions.
Chaise Maurice, courtesy of Nilufar gallery
What originally made you want
to become designers?
Our obsession with objects made us
want to create our own.
David/Nicolas by Marco Pinarelli
How would you describe your
approach to design?
A dialogue with never-ending
What inspired your recent project
at Nilufar gallery?
The souvenir of a long lost furniture
Dualita show at Nilufar gallery, photo by Ruy Teixeira
Name 5 designers you
Franco Albini, Gio Ponti,
Barber Osgerby, Marc Newson,
and Piero Fornasetti.
Wallpaper by Piero Fornasetti
What would you say is
your strongest skill?
Auto-critic. It pushes
all the boundaries.
Bar Michele, photo by Emanuele Tortora
List 3 studio items
you’d be lost without.
The coffee machine. Our stationery.
What has been your greatest
exhibition so far?
Loulou/Hoda, a visual
reconstruction of the Lebanese
grandmothers furniture. It is a narrative
about our culture and identity through
our childhood souvenirs.
Loulou/Hoda, photo by Marco Pinarelli
Loulou rocking chair, photo by Marco Pinarelli
If could still work on any of your
unrealized projects, what would it be?
A spectacles brand.
We always wanted to create a nice
collection of sunglasses.
List 3 features a young designer
should have to make it big.
Honesty. Passion. Courage.
What are you passionate
about besides your work?
David is passionate about cars.
Nicolas is passionate about tools.
A ten meters Chandelier
What is the best advice
you have received?
Choose a good starting point.
Evangelia Koutsovoulou by Adrianna Glaviano
What books are on your
nightstand right now?
Autobiography by Helmut Newton.
A brief history of time by
What are your favorite spots
Papercup bookstore and the design
shop Over The Counter.
What’s your personal motto?
The craving experience.
A car. A restaurant. A space.
A collection. A solo show.
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