Charles Kalpakian was born in Beirut in 1982. After collaborating with prestigious agencies including Christophe Pillet in 2011, he launched his design studio and has since then been developing his own projects and quickly collaborated with numerous French and Italian manufacturers.
The influences of his work take shape through the reinterpretation of motifs derived from the decorative arts. Charles’ line of work is always sharp yet flexible almost like the strokes created by a calligraphy brush. Ranging from product to interior design, his ventures always highlight the richness of his origins combined with the elements of Western modernity.
In 2012 his first solo show at Galerie BSL with « Cinetisme » wall cabinet collection allow him to make him known. He is represented by Galerie BSL in Paris and Joy Mardini design gallery in Beirut. Since then, he has also been working with many international brands, galleries and private clients and it develops and design with talented craftsmen, from objects, furniture and sculpture for projects across the world.
Later this year he designs the Paris & Milan showroom of italian lighting company Nemo. During the Salone del Mobile 2018 he collaborated with Gebruder Thonet Vienna at Wallpaper Handmade. He will give also design workshop with NGO’s across the world. A several pieces and collaborations are in progress in particular a large sculpture for hotel projects.