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Nada Debs wins Prix du Design de l'Institut du Monde Arabe's Grand Prize of Honour
Beirut-based product designer Nada Debs
Image: Courtesy of Studio Nada Debs

Nada Debs wins Prix du Design de l'Institut du Monde Arabe's Grand Prize of Honour

The Arab World Institute bestowed the Lebanese designer the award in honour of her contribution to the world of art and design emphasising Arabic culture and crafts. 

by Nada Debs
Published on : Oct 10, 2023

The first edition of the Arab World Institute’s Design Prize was presented with the intention to support a young designer's initiative and the work of a design firm from the Arab League, or whose products are made in an Arab League nation (having been created between September 1, 2021 - August 31, 2023). It was conceived as a way to honour a recognised Arab designer or firm.

The 'Design Prize of the Institute of the Arab World’ recognises Arab design in the emerging talent and entrepreneurial talent categories with the help of a prestigious jury chaired by architect, designer, and scenographer India Mahdavi, and comprising experts including design consultant François Leblanc di Cicilia, Mette Degn-Christensen, director of Downtown Design, and Isis-Colombe Combréas, founder and editor of MilK magazine. The winners received their awards during a ceremony at the Institute of the Arab World, as part of Paris Design Week 2023.

Lebanese designer Nada Debs, founder of Studio Nada Debs based in Beirut, Lebanon, creates works that span scale and discipline—from product and furniture design to one-off commissions in crafts, art, fashion and interiors. The product designer won one of the categories of the Prix du Design de l’Institut du Monde Arabe at a ceremony held on September 6, 2023. This prestigious 'Grand Prize of Honour' celebrates Deb’s contributions to the world of art and design, particularly her ability to distil culture and craftsmanship in the Arab world, to create pieces of 'emotional resonance'. 

“My work is driven by a belief in the power of design to cross time and borders, and touch us on a primal level,” shares Debs. 

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