In November, Beirut’s four-year-old contemporary design gallery Carwan took up residence in a 19th-century Lebanese mansion, Villa Paradiso. Under triple-arched windows and excavated frescoes, the first exhibition was 0,91 Cubic Meter, with modern wood and brass furniture designed by studio 200Grs. The contrast struck by new and old was artful. “It was not easy to find an interesting frame to contemporary design while also giving an idea of the local culture, but the villa’s restoration definitely contextualizes the exhibited objects,” says Carwan co-founder and curator Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte. Architect Vincenzo De Cotiis will let loose his Déchaînements collection at Carwan this June.