Lebanese product and interior designer Carlo Massoud was born in Beirut in 1984. He studied at the Académie Libanaise Des Beaux Arts (ALBA) in Beirut, earning a Master’s degree in industrial design in 2008. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in luxury and craftsmanship from École cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL) in Switzerland in 2010. From 2011 to 2013, Massoud worked with Nasser Nakib architect in New York, specializing in high-end residential projects. In 2013, he established his eponymous studio in Beirut.
Massoud’s designs are consistently inspired by his political or cultural critiques, which he transforms into useful—and frequently thought-provoking—objects. Projects range from tableware and packaging to exhibition stands, bespoke furniture, and interior spaces. According to the designer, “Nowadays, to create an object of desire, you need: A) a good story B) a combination of technology and craftsmanship C) experiment and push the boundaries of materials.”
Massoud’s work has been exhibited at numerous international design and art fairs, including, but not limited to: Art Factum Gallery (Beirut, 2014), Carwan Gallery (Beirut Design Week, 2014), Southern Guild (Cape Town, 2015), The Armory Show (New York, 2015-2016), and Skoufa Gallery (Mykonos, 2015).