Mezzing In Lebanon brought a slice of Beirut street life to the centre of London, celebrating utopia through the everyday designs of the people of Lebanon. The installation brought a bustling scene of falafel and coffee stalls, a small lounge cinema, street signs, carts, and even an authentic barbershop to Somerset House. As visitors sat, ate, drank, smoked and talked, they were transported to the streets of Beirut. Architect Annabel Karim Kassar found glimpses of utopia in the bricolage of Beirut's raw, functional and authentic urban interventions, and the diverse ways in which people occupy social space.
Administering Bodies: Annabel Karim Kassar RIBA; AKK Architects Ltd; Embassy of Lebanon, London
Design Team: Annabel Karim Kassar, Rabih Zeidan, Violaine Jeantet, Maria Buontempo, Nehmat Alameh, Marie Robin, Christophe Hascoët, Isabelle Rolland, Alain Pin, Mustapha Hijazi, Maxwell Sterry
Curator: Annabel Karim Kassar RIBA
Supporting Bodies: Mourad Mazouz (Beyrouti Cafe by Momo at the Souks);AMAR Foundation for Arab Music Archiving & Research (sponsor); Makers: Georges Mohasseb, Rana Salam, Zawarib, Blatt Chaya, Henri Ghosn, Amer El Lahibi; &PR; Ich&Kar; Antonio Cesare ladarola; Francesca Cantien; Serge Akl, OT Liban (sponsor); MEA (sponsor); MCA Communication; The Ministry of Culture of Lebanon