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For a number of architects working in Lebanon, the smaller scale of furniture design is offering them the opportunity to experiment with balancing local craftsmanship and international influences. 1% Architecture, a small firm based in Beirut's Mar Mikhael neighborhood, is exhibiting its new range of furniture at Beirut Design Fair this week at the Seaside Arena. While many of the company's products, and indeed many of the buildings it has designed, have a more recognizably Lebanese form, the use of international design cues is deliberate.Studio-A is another Beirut-based practice with an international perspective.Like many at Beirut Design Fair, he believes in the importance of learning from previous generations.
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