Karen Chekerdjian is an object and product designer of Lebanese-Armenian origin.
Her route to industrial design has not been direct. Film, advertising and graphic design have each helped shape her vision. She graduated from Domus Academy, Milan, in 1997 with a Masters in Product Design and Design Direction, under the supervision of Massimo Morozzi, a founding member of Archizoom and Art Director at EDRA. After graduation, Karen worked in Milan for a number of years. During this period, one of her first designs – a suspended hanger system entitled Mobil was produced by EDRA. In 2001, she returned to Beirut and opened Karen Chekerdjian Studio. Beginning as more of a conceptual think-tank, dedicated to exploring new ideas in design, the Studio has gradually become more focused on production; furniture and everyday objects in small series, limited editions and made-to-order commissions. Karen regularly participates in some of the biggest annual design fairs, including New York’s ICFF, Milan’s Salone del Mobile, Cologne’s Mobelmesse, Paris’ Furniture Fair and Design Days Dubai. Her work has also been displayed at a number of international exhibitions, amongst them Utopi (Copenhagen), Beyond the Myth (a pan-European show), Promosedia 2007 (Milan), Northern Lights (Tokyo) and ECHO (Beirut), Haus der Kunst (Munich) and Foundation Boghossian, Villa Empain (Brussel), and at galleries ranging from Spazio Orlandi Gallery, Gallery Nilufar (Milan), Sfeir-Semler Gallery (Beirut) and Carwan Gallery.