Cher­ine Ma­grabi

Cre­ative di­rec­tor, Beirut

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A cre­ative di­rec­tor at her fam­ily-run lux­ury eyewear chain and the founder of House of To­day, Le­banon’s old­est de­sign fair (which dou­bles as a men­tor­ship pro­gramme, lend­ing de­sign­ers sup­port, guid­ance and pro­mo­tion), Ma­grabi doesn’t sit still. A favourite es­cape is Cor­sica’s Do­maine de Mur­toli, but af­ter re­peat stays last year, the Bul­gari Mi­lano also won her ad­mi­ra­tion. ‘It be­comes a sec­ond home. The staff know what you want; they even gave me per­son­alised busi­ness cards.’ Such de­tails ap­peal to the busi­ness­woman in her, but the de­sign pro­moter would like to see ho­tel bou­tiques func­tion more like de­sign cen­tres: ‘Bou­tiques should sell a se­lec­tion of the best lo­cal de­sign be­cause vis­i­tors are of­ten in and out of a place too quickly to find it for them­selves.’ War­ren Singh-bartlett 75,400 miles flown per year 28 trips taken per year 16 ho­tels vis­ited per year

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