Commissioned by the contemporary SMO Gallery and inspired by the LK SS15 Phoenix collection, this stool expresses Lebanon’s rebirth following each national crisis in its complex history. Lara Khoury’s home country has long existed under a climate of sectarian tension and conflict that woefully pushes apart its fragmented population, but Lara envisions a better future.
The stool sees Lebanon as a mythical bird with the ability to regenerate itself in a spectacular manner. It pacifies an explosively colorful mix of both fashion and furniture fabrics such as muslin, satin, gabardine, and crepe, creating both a visual and tactile impact. Yellows, blues, reds, and purples all combine in a zestful manner and sit beautifully in harmony.
The compact and dense layering, representing the phoenix’s feathers, depicts a diverse community reliant on its separate elements for stability. To form a strong bond the fabrics were first cut into ribbons and sewn together in the middle, before being sewn again whilst placed next to each other. This fortification reflects the strength Lara sees in the Lebanese unity. As an artifact, the stool serves as an aspiration for restoration of peace and unity within Lebanon.