Drop by drop
Painted stainless steel and LED lights
100 x 100 x 240 cm
Gaïa Fodoulian (b. 1991 – d. 2020) was a Lebanese designer and art gallerist. She completed her undergraduate studies in product design at Atlier Hermès, Geneva, Switzerland in 2013; and in 2015 graduated from Istituto Marangoni’s master’s program in Italian luxury products, Milan, Italy. Returning to her native Lebanon following her studies, Fodoulian collaborated with a Salzburg-based design firm on the upholstering and refurbishment of 1940s furniture, giving new life to forgotten objects. From 2017 to 2019, she was the gallery manager and assistant director of Letitia Gallery in Beirut, working closely on all aspects of the exhibition-making process, from communications and production to installation and exhibition design. In her own design practice, Fodoulian was a strong proponent of using fair trade products; she favored the making of unique pieces over editioned work, and was bold in her use and mixing of different materials in the objects she created. Her passion for design was fueled by the local and international designers she deeply admired, including Zaha Hadid, and Giulio Cappellini. She also liked the work of David/Nicolas, Karen Chekerdjian, and Philippe Stark. AD Leb was Fodoulian’s pilot project, which was violently interrupted following her death in the Beirut port explosion of August 4th. Today, her mother, Annie Vartivarian, is realizing her vision as a tribute to her daughter.