Evoking the sociability and convivial atmosphere of late-19th-century literary salons, the Salon Nanà collection a collaboration between French-Lebanese architect Annabel Karim Kassar and Italian company Moroso saw life creating a mood that is ever-changing.
When Annabel chose to call her new furniture collection Salon Nanà after the titular courtesan in Émile Zola’s 1880 novel, “Nana,” it was not out of admiration for the character’s practice of driving men to distraction and death.
Produced by the Italian company Moroso, Salon Nanà features a flexible modular seating system that can adapt to various situations, two different collections of side tables; a lush sofas with oversize down cushions, a chaise longue and two groups of tables, some with Moorish patterns and decorative studs. The sofas, for instance, are available in black-and-white striped fabric influenced by the djellabas worn by Arab men and women in Morocco while other fabric options run to 1960s-style floral prints and corduroy reminiscent of 1970s men’s trousers.
“Many of the pieces from the collection are made in memory of the places where I have lived or travelled – France, Morocco, Lebanon, UAE and England – and the artisans’ works that I encountered there which had a deep impact on me.”
“I was immediately drawn to Moroso’s novel approach to design,” continues the designer, “and the way in which the company unites the ideals of bespoke furniture with the requirements of industrialisation. Patrizia is a creative force who truly nurtures the designers she partners with, possessing a rare ability to spot the designer’s speciality and bring it to the fore.”Annabel Karim Kassar
“When I met Annabel I felt a strong connection. With her I know that we could explore different styles and bring together distant worlds.. We usually work with designers and I found it very stimulating that Annabel is an architect and interior designer – it is something new for us. Salon Nanà is a way of fuelling our desire for experimentation and our impulse to blend styles and atmospheres.”