In Lebanon, winemaking and viticulture are practices that date back an astonishing 5,000 years, and to this very day its denizens share a knowledge and appreciation of the liquid that’s rivalled by only a few other countries across the planet. Currently on at Carwan Gallery in Beirut is a showcase that’s not only a subtle nod to this cultural heritage, but also emphasizes the country’s flourishing design scene.
Carwan Gallery has teamed up with Atibaia, a vineyard and winemaker from the northerly district of Batroun, and commissioned Beirut-based Studio 200 grs. to reinvent its latest vintage. The result is the Artifacts by 200 grs. exhibition of a seemingly endless collection of wooden sculptures that explores the functionality of the wine bottle. All crafted from sturdy oak wood, each design effortlessly changes the beholder’s perception of the bottle, lending it an architectural quality.