Ginette Concept Store @ Beirut, Lebanon

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Situated in the heart of Gemmayzeh, a neighborhood heavily frequented for its range of bars and restaurants, “Ginette” stands as an elegant understatement. Interior architecture is kept to a subtle minimum, with the intention of supporting the concept and contents of “Ginette,” rather than overwhelming them.

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The project is motivated by the inspiration to merge all components of the space in a natural flow—including the restaurant, terrace, retail area, art gallery, and USM furniture show-space. Products on offer in the store include a refined selection of apparel, accessories, shoes, cosmetics, books, specialty candles, and a variety of small gift items.

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By creating a relatively transparent interior, the focus of “Ginette” is placed on the products and gallery space, as well as the offerings of the bistro-style restaurant and terrace. Details are kept light, functional and simple.

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For example, the glass-walled handrail of the staircase, which leads up to the gallery and USM furniture space, is directly embedded in the concrete steps. Old-fashioned reflector-plate lamps, custom made for the shop, light the interior restaurant space, while a delicately folded, white paper chandelier, designed by an origami artist, graces the entry area.

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The design for “Ginette” was realized through the use of pure, straightforward materials, including: fair-faced concrete for flooring and staircase, marble counters, simple painted white walls, and white-tiled kitchen. The façade comprises a large bay window, constructed with an industrial-era system of small glass panels set into a steel framework.

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In the retail area, three panels of metal coil-mesh are stretched over the technical area, covering air conditioning, lighting, and wiring systems. On the far back wall of the retail space, a multi-purpose exhibition unit of shelved lacquered steel holds cosmetic products. This steel wall opens on an axel hinge to reveal storage area behind, as well as a washbasin for the cosmetic shop.

Designed by Raed Abillama Architects
Photographs by: © Joe Kesrouani

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