Photographs by Mike Malajalian
We bring you three different works from Richard Yasmine, two from 2015, Bleeding Soul and Glory Holes, and Calibre 32 from last year. Richard Yasmine is an interior architect born and raised in Beirute, Lebanon. After finishing graduation, in 2003, from the Lebanese university with an honorable fine art master degree, he began his work as a conceptual designer. He underlines that “design should be simple, bold, and straight forward with a touch of fantasy, merging his experimental dimension with a professional know-how.” The essence of his design and working processes mingles culture and traditional aspects, making use of technology and methodology regarding as well perception and spaces. He mention Le Corbusier, Tadao Ando, Anish Kappor, Yayoi Kusama, Rei Kawakubo or Yohji Yamamoto as sources for his motivation and inspiration. Richard is member of the syndicate of professional artists, former teacher and lecturer in schools of arts teaching technology of materials and design structure. Over the last 12 years he participated in dif42
ferent international competitions in which his works were distinguished with prizes and awards. He also keeps the curiosity of learning and seeking for new things by attending workshops and international events. He’s keen on installations, furniture and conceptual design. Most recently he’s focused on the purpose of integrating Middle Eastern spirit in his product design. He mentions collaboration with craftsmen and aiming to unite tradition and trend. Richard Yasmine is using traditional carving and marquetry on rough material like wood, metals and stones. We sense an elaborated work through these three works, products with considerable dimensions in which the smaller elements are contributing fully to the expression of a spirit than to straight decorative intentions.