Not just a shop.
Exil Collective was created as an invitation to change the way design is perceived in Lebanon and the Middle East.
In order to reach this goal, we put forward a set of guidelines meant to optimise creation, production, and distribution of design objects imagined by local talents and produced by local artisans. These guidelines are meant to direct the designers' thinking towards local feasibility, waste reduction, ethical production: context as a guide for creation tailored to local manufacturing.
Additionally, we have created a rulebook limiting dimensions and weight for objects formatted for worldwide shipping.
Good design, in a circular economy.
All Exil products are made in Lebanon.
We work with skilled manufacturers and artisans in multiple fields, making use of their ability in new and different ways to create objects meant to be produced and reproduced many times. Exposing crafting talents to new opportunities.
And by designers, we mean all designers.
Exil’s inclusive approach allows for projects to be selected regardless of who designed them.
For our launching collection, we have gathered over twenty designers from all walks of life, age groups, and renown. This means that at Exil, design students all the way to staples of the Lebanese design scene are presented side by side to elevate local creation.
Exil seeks to become more than just a shop, creating a space for exchanges with endless possibilities.
An open source production library linking designers to manufacturers, prototyping facilities open to all, a space hosting workshops for designers and artisans alike... those are some of the things to keep an eye out for.