Milan 2021 – Richard Yasmine virtually joins Milan Design Week from his home in Beirut. In the 5Vie design district in the heart of Milan, the Lebanese architect and designer streams a video on his daily routines and presents the digital social/urban project IL VISO DEL MONDO –The face of the world in English. A series of giant, reflective and faceless sculptures with colourful synthetic fibers wigs invite people to reflect on themselves to regenerate self-confidence.
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The sculptures interpret different races through women’s faces, symbolising sensitivity, emotions, supportiveness, warmth, empathy, affection, tenderness, devotion, and understanding. “A Woman in her Essence is a gift to the world and a symbol of strength and freedom.” Says Richard Yasmine. “Pop culture aesthetics inspire the whole installation with its famous icons and vivid colors.”
Since if he couldn’t make it to Milan, Yasmine brainstormed with 5vie organizers to join the event and leave a positive message. “We’ve been passing through a lot of difficulties in Lebanon since the revolution in October 2019, adding the massive Beirut blast and the huge economic crisis, yet our savings are kind of blocked at the banks, not to mention covid and its consequences.”
“From the pandemic, I learned to appreciate every single moment in life and be always grateful, love more hate less, even never hate anyone, be less violent with others, treat each other equally, contemplate more what’s around us, explore nature, be modest but existing, dream of the capacity for resilience.”
“We keep on learning on a daily basis from every simple task or thing in our lives. This is what we are here for; with knowledge and experiences, we create our path. In this project, the big faces represent the existence of each single human being.”
IL VISO DEL MONDO is on show at the SIAM palace in Via Santa Marta 18 until September 10. Early this year, the designer teamed up with 5Vie to present Flowing Fragments, an architectural furniture collection raising awareness on antiques trafficking.
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All images: courtesy of Richard Yasmine.