Envelope for a Byzantine column barrel
Concrete blocks/ limestone
5th century AC-2021
70 x 240 cm
Christian Zahr (b. 1977) studied architecture at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts, Beirut, and in 2012, he founded Studio Christian Zahr, a processdriven studio where he developed his practice as an architect, landscape designer, object designer, and artist. Navigating various disciplines, Zahr blurs the boundaries between them with the aim of creating a new visual language. Zahr’s interest in materiality, absence, and time comes as a response to pressing social issues. In his work, he addresses people’s lived experiences via a focus on the local. His work as a designer/ sculptor has been showcased in several international exhibitions, including Salone del Mobile Milano, Italy (2021); Beirut Design Fair, Lebanon (2019); 1000 Vases, Dubai Design District, UAE (2019); La Vitrine, Beirut Art Residency, Lebanon (2019); Beirut Design Week, Beit Beirut, Lebanon (2018); and Post-it, La Galerie de L’Architecture, Paris, France (2004). His work has also been featured in various architecture and design publications including Dezeen, Wallpaper*, Interior Design, L’Officiel Homme, and Les Inrockuptibles.