In 2012 Lara Khoury was commissioned by Beirut’s Society wine lounge to build a large interiors installation to adorn its sprawling ceiling. The establishment is an upscale destination for socializing in a stylish and atmospheric environment. Leading Lebanese architect Gregory Gatserelia constructed the starting point of staggered layers of cream-coloured clouds, to which Lara added a decadent sea of blown glass grapes on its meandering periphery.
The monumental one-off design uses an extravagant 50,000 glass balls sourced in Syria and hand-shaped by skilled women in southern Lebanon. Absorbing inspiration from her roots, Lara used the idea of outdoor vines found in gardens of old traditional houses, to plant the concept of self-growing art in a modern location. The ambient lighting warmly glows in the lounge’s open space with the teal and moss green grapes adding to the dream-like atmosphere while enhancing the venue’s artful elegance.
Photography by: Anthony Saroufim