Industrial designer and artist Charles Kalpakian is best known for his imaginative variations on classical patterns of cabinet design and lighting, using techniques pulled from Minimalism and conceptual sculpture.
Charles Kalpakian was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1982. After collaborating with prestigious agencies including the Ora Ito and Christophe Pillet in 2011, he launched his design studio and has since then been developing his own projects. He draws his inspiration from his roots in France and Lebanon, as well as street-art culture. These influences take shape through the reinterpretation of motifs derived from the decorative arts that were in turn inherited from the history and geography of Lebanon. Charles' line of work is always sharp yet flexible; almost like the strokes created by a calligraphy brush.
His works include LED lamps embedded in three-dimensional panels, creating areas of sharp light and deep shadow, and pieces in which panels emerge from the wall at various angles such that a shift in the observer’s point of view can completely alter the visible form of the object. Ranging from product to interior design, his ventures always highlight the richness of his origins combined with the elements of Western modernity.
He has also been working with companies and brands such as DCW, Habitat, Haymann Edition, Nemo lighting, Dupont Corian, Lelievre, PUIG, Fondation Luciano Benetton, JM design gallery in Beirut and also designs private commissions.