Lebanon-born Nabil Issa launches a retro-style furniture line this fall
“Ithink people who appreciate design and art look for things that are different and unique,” says the designer Nabil Issa, who has created just that. With a new furniture line launching this autumn, he is bringing retro-luxe furniture to the fore. The sculptural storage, seating, dining tables and bed frames are fashioned from noble materials (brass, copper, marble, wood) in strong silhouettes. Every piece makes a bold impact.
“The market is full of the same designs and a lot of copies, and I think a lot of people play it safe in terms of the styles and models that they produce,” he says of his inspiration for the collection. “I wanted to do something out of the box and daring.”
Born to a Lebanese father, Issa spent part of his childhood in Lebanon before moving to Miami at the age of 14. Describing himself as a ‘global citizen’, Issa studied Architectural Engineering and Entertainment Business in Florida, and has lived in some of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, including New York, Milan, London and Dubai – experiences which have shaped his design aesthetic. He also worked in a variety of fields (advertising, film and interior design among them)
Lebanon-born designer Nabil Issa’s luxurious debut furniture line gives
retro style a 21st Century spin
before pursuing furniture design full time.
“The inspiration for my designs comes from a combination of different things but mainly my personal stories,” Issa explains. “Before getting back into design, I worked as a film producer for many years, which helped me develop as a story-teller. I try to tell a lot of stories through my pieces, inspired mainly by memories.”
He is an admirer of mid-century Californian design, particularly the work of the late architect Richard Neutra, considered to be among the most important modernist architects. Neutra’s intersecting sharp lines and spheres are echoed in Issa’s work, which manages to be both minimal and decorative at the same time.
“In the era when modernism was in its heyday, they were able to innovate and bring forward the styles that have lived on since,” he says, “Those designs have become modern classics. I try to take the spirit of that design era and apply it to the 21st century.” Mission accomplished. nabilissa.com
“I think a lot of people play it safe. I wanted to do somethingout of the box and daring”
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: A dymanic Ski Chair; Issa with his Iconic Chair; the Ovus Wall Unit OPPOSITE FROM TOP: Issa's O Table, and Tub Chairs; the X Chair displays the designer's inclnation for strong shapes