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David Raffoul and Nicolas Moussallem have established a global presence since they set upthe studio, David / Nicolas, in Beirut in 2011. Their innovative approach to contrasting materials, along with their unique way of blending retro, contemporary and futuristic elements, aesthetic that translates to a wide range of projects, from furniture design to high-end bespoke interiors.
David and Nicolas met at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts, where they both studied for a Bachelor's degree in Interior Design, going on to undertake Masters degrees at the ScuolaPolitecnica Di Design in Milan. After graduating, both undertook internships with international design studios, Nicolas going on freelance for a year in Beirut while David worked as a designer at Fabrica, in Treviso, Italy.
Since 2011, david / nicolas has staged several exhibitions and collaborated with established international brands. The duo's "retro-futuristic" aesthetic is rooted in a wide range of influences, from Oriental geometry, to antique furniture, to robots, space travel and the music of Daft Punk. The partnership is built on mutual criticism, as much as encouragement.
david / nicolas work on multiple types of projects, from collaborations with considerable international brands, to the design of their own pieces, like the "Paume" collection, exhibited at Nilufar Gallery in 2015. Since 2016 they are represented by Carpenters Workshop Gallery, which exhibits their limited edition pieces such as the "Monocle" cabinet. They also work with individual clients on projects that capture their imaginations, whether that means refurbishing a classic car or designing a custom interior for a high-end restaurant. Their near obsessive attention to detail means that they leave nothing to chance - every last aspect of the interior is designed and produced by the studio.
AVENUE ROAD carries a curated assortment of David Nicolas pieces.