David Rafoul and Nicolas Moussallem, founders of the Beirut based design studio david/nicolas, met while studying architecture at Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts in Beirut. In 2010 they both embarked upon a masters in product design at Milan’s Scuola Politecnica di Design before joining forces to set up an eponymous studio in 2011. Describing their aesthetic as ‘retrofuturistic’ – a mash-up of infuences from diferent periods in design history – the duo create timeless objects that are at once totally new yet reassuringly familiar.They like to think their divergent opinions are what give their designs a unique character - Moussallem is a detail obsessive while Rafoul is more of a freethinker. ‘We have a diferent approach when starting to design, one is very narrative while the other starts sketching ‘chunks’ of objects, it just adds up to every product we ever created.’
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