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Brief Published: 15 Dec 2010

Ginette: Creative Beirut


Beirut, the Lebanese capital, is fast emerging as one of the most exciting design destinations in the world – reflected in the super-stylish new hybrid store/space, Ginette.

Located in the downtown area of Gemmayzeh, which is well known for its lively nightlife, Ginette is an oasis of sophistication. It's in the mould of those designer boutiques worldwide that provide elegant respite from the busy streets of less upmarket neighbourhoods (LN-CC in London’s Dalston, for example).

Designed by Raëd Abillama Architects, the store interior has an industrial aesthetic with a base palette of grey and black broken up with brightly coloured furniture. The space is divided into a restaurant with outdoor terrace, an art space hosting exhibitions in collaboration with Japanese gallery Nanzuka Underground and (last but not least) a shop, which sells menswear and male grooming products.