Khaled El Mays was born in Lebanon, earned a degree in architecture from the American University of Beirut and an MFA in digital arts from the Pratt Institute in New York. His work tackles multiplicity and repetition, it is always process-based iterations, and the outcome is always an instance of purity and balance extracted from pools of visual data. The designer started working on furniture series in 2012 and launched it during Design Week in Beirut in 2013. The Rhizomes Series was a single-material-based investigation that was successfully received in Lebanon and in the following year in several cities in the Arab world. Since then, his work has been exhibited and published in many influential cities around the world.
The collaboration with House Of Today provided Khaled a strong push toward collectible design; as HoT provided him with help in several areas of the design world that has its own rules of creation, production, and marketing. Almost by default, his career became more focused in this direction and has been collaborating with the organization since their last Biennale in 2016.
I am thankful to be part of the House Of Today family doing this experience for the first time, as it is truly one of the very few Lebanese organizations that are supporting and pushing Lebanese design and designers on the local and international scale.
The Lebanese culture is always infused into Khaled’s work. He has lived in Lebanon for the majority of his life and gets most of his visual influences from his surroundings. There is a raw aspect to his designs that is a direct reflection of a city in constant growth trying to define its identity in a zone of constant conflicts.
Design Miami/ and Art Basel were always a dream for me, being part of the coming edition will certainly impact my life and my practice for the better.
When speaking about the upcoming exhibition, Khaled mentions a full range of emotions from happiness and pride to nervousness and excitement. As he will be showing a body of work almost a year in the making, he is keen to always have depth and meaning to the pieces as well as to the production process. Each pair of hands that the pieces pass through, give a new piece of soul to the series.
As this will be the designer’s first time visiting South Florida, he is most excited to be seeing the city, not only as a tourist but as an honorary participant of these world-famous shows. He hopes to experience the colorful culture of Miami and South Beach as well as see how modern life has reshaped people’s behavior and reflections toward their most genuine cultural heritage.
Design Miami/ is the global forum for design. Each fair brings together the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world in celebration of design culture and commerce. Don’t forget to check out Khaled El Mays’ exhibition this week. For more info click here.
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