collaboration Borgi Bastormagi X Jamal Korek

August 30, 2019by admin
Borgi Bastormagi

The Borgi Bastormagi collaborative came into being in 2017, when us friends Nada Borgi and Etienne Bastormagi were invited to participate in Milan’s Fuori Salone during Milan Design Week. Since then, we worked on a number of projects together and had our work featured during Beirut Design Week and Beirut Design Fair while we also developed collections for WhiteWalls Gallery and the Sursock Museum Store in Beirut. Etienne’s artistic background and Nada’s interest in designing through narratives drafted the vision of BORGI|BASTORMAGI. Both living and working in Beirut, Nada and Etienne get their inspirations from their surroundings and daily life. Pairing tradition and modernity, their designs are influenced by everyone’s attempt to find their little moments of balance and harmony amidst the chaos of the city. Their products hold an urban dimension, while having the user as the main focus. Their creations aim to question the relation of body and space, suggest different behavioral patterns and offer playful experiences that defeat gravity and equilibrium.

Their choice of material is pure, reflecting their inclination for minimalistic forms and techniques. The duo believes is highlighting the uses induced by design, and their multiple possibilities, rather than the object itself.

Jamal Korek

This is a story about heritage, perseverance and love of wood. A decade ago the great grandfather of the Korek family worked relentlessly to make a living out of what he mastered best: doing furniture. The love of wood ran in the family from one generation to another growing stronger every day.

Today the business is riding the wave of change with Ahmed Korek who inherited the family business and is planning to pass the torch to his interior designer son.
With a portfolio that includes dining rooms, living rooms, doors and home decor, Ahmed was able to export his products to several countries in the gulf especially Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Always looking to keep the business’s image modern and engaging, Korek is found active on social media pages communicating trust, high quality and professional service.


Borgi Bastormagi have created Hyphen a collection of three pieces, a step ladder, a valet and a rocking chair. Hyphen combines creativity and craftsmanship in a dialogue between the designers and the artisan. The designers focus on the simplicity and elegance of their structural pieces hyphenated by the art of wood carving, a well-known technique among Tripoli craftsmen, applying new skills and ideas to their local know how.

Rocking Chair
Materials: Beech wood – Water based paint Black colored leather
Metal joineries: Powder coated blue Steel
Dimensions: 59 x 78.5 x 88 cm
Price: $2,050

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Materials: Beech wood – Water based paint
Metal joineries: Powder coated blue Steel
Dimensions: 75.5 x 28.5 x 152 cm
Price: $924

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Multifunctional Step Ladder
Materials: Beech wood – Water based paint
Metal joineries: Powder coated blue Steel
Dimensions: 59.5 x 53.5 x 37 cm
Price: $554

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