Gilbert Debs & Claudia Chahine


Reconstituted travertine
Edition of twelve
256 x 75 x 104 cm


Made with with Opus Magnum

Collaborators of twenty years Gilbert Debs and Claudia Chahine present a new work which embodies the spirit of their design process. Under Tivoli’s apparent simplicity hides years of research and creation and a complex process to attain the purest object possible. A design that defines in itself its concept, an object that clearly reveals what it is – a modelled pebble in reconstituted stone. The piece summarizes Debs’ and Chahine’s two working criteria: to honour nature through functional creations which subtly alter organic shapes; and to challenge themselves to preserve and replace natural resources as precisely as possible by inventing their own unique substitute materials. This innovative approach and passion for the environment are also featured in their previous works Agoni and Tuvalu. In exploring the crossover between the organic and the human-made, Debs and Chahine constantly push the boundaries of their practice to produce imaginative handmade pieces.


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About the Designer

Having collaborated for the past twenty years, Gilbert Debs and Claudia
Chahine share an experimental approach, a passion for the beautiful and
inventive, a desire to preserve nature and the environment – as evidenced
by past works Agoni and Tuvalu – and a commitment to the handmade.
They constantly navigate the boundaries between the brain and the body,
the possible and the impossible, pushing the limits of their craft. From their workshop, they pursue purity, undertaking all stages from the design concept through to the finished product. Whilst Debs brings ingenuity in the search for materials and the invention of new processes, Chahine shapes the spirit of their creative studio through design, rigor, and precision in her artistic choices. They have worked together on furniture, products, and art installations, and have additionally collaborated with other designers, lending their professional expertise both in executing design projects and researching materials.