a rainy november day in junieh with david and hussein

hussein (left) and david look through my journal

hussein (left) and david look through my journal before we head out for a quick tour and lunch

This is long overdue. I have been meaning to write a post about my visit to my new friends David Habchy and Hussein Nakhal’s Junieh studio since November. I ‘met’ David via Instagram (you must check out his gallery here) and flew to Beirut in October mainly to meet him. I wanted to explore his Beirut, his Lebanon. And he didn’t disappoint. My only grievance is that I only spent one day with him and his Waraq co-founder Hussein (the other two co-founders of this collective are Joan Baz and Ashley Choukeir, who I would like to meet someday). Check out Hussein’s Instagram gallery here.

just outside the men's studio is a building with this balcony. i crave this sort of architecture. it reminds me of some of kuwait's old colonial homes like the ones which make up the behbehani complex in watiyah

just outside the men’s studio is a building with this balcony. i crave this sort of architecture. it reminds me of some of kuwait’s old colonial homes like the ones which make up the behbehani complex in watiyah

david wants to show me his favorite spot on their street. he treats it like a big secret and it just might be

david wants to show me his favorite spot on their street. he treats it like a big secret and it just might be

and here it is. i made david sit on this damp chair. but not before i sat on it first

and here it is. i made david sit on this damp chair. but not before i sat on it first

i love deserted spaces and this is one of them. unfortunately we couldn't find a way inside and i wasn't willing to climb through jagged window panes

i love deserted spaces and this is one of them. unfortunately we couldn’t find a way inside and i wasn’t willing to climb through jagged shards of glass

this is the outside. imagine the surprise after stepping out of those french windows

this is the outside. imagine the surprise after stepping out of those french windows

a selfie in front of a really cool curtain

a selfie in front of a really cool curtain

a peach pit

a peach pit

we leave david's little secret by the sea

we leave david’s little secret by the sea

back at david and hussein's we're greeted by hoss

back at david and hussein’s we’re greeted by hoss

who is curious about my bag

who is curious about my bag

chopicom is curious too

chopicom is curious too

chopicom, hoss and a tiny alien

chopicom, hoss and a tiny alien

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a small um kulthum, a tiny um kulthum, and their band

a small um kulthum, a tiny um kulthum, and their band

hoss

hoss

and hoss

and hoss

this is how they roll. cigarettes and tea

this is how they roll. cigarettes and tea

the boys playing with eve

the boys play with eve

hussein and david show me some of their illustrations

hussein and david show me some of their illustrations

i love this

i love this

you can't but explore endlessly. their place is a visual feast

you can’t but explore endlessly. their place is a visual feast

hussein called us from the balcony to look at this sunset. it really was magnificent

hussein called us from the balcony to look at this sunset. it really was magnificent

eve does some exploration

eve does some exploration of her own

later on at biel, nadine touma reads from dar omboz's newly published book 'la souris', or 'the mouse'. the book is a fable in french and arabic by the late chafik abboud

later on at biel, nadine touma reads from dar onboz’s newly published book ‘la souris’, or ‘the mouse’. the book is a fable in french and arabic by the late chafik abboud

the ever animated nadine captivates her audience

the ever animated nadine captivates her audience

dar onboz used abboud's prints to illustrate his book

dar onboz used abboud’s prints to illustrate his book

a cd of qanoun music by imane homsy on the inside of the back cover is a nice extra. i bought two copies of the book, one for me and one for my little nephew khaldoun

a cd of qanoun music by imane homsy on the inside of the back cover is a nice extra. i bought two copies of the book, one for me and one for my little nephew khaldoun

I’ve always loved Dar Onboz‘s books, particularly because they are primarily in Arabic, and it’s so hard to find well-written, beautifully-illustrated, good quality Arabic books. When I visited them, David and Hussein showed me some of the illustrations they were creating for their now-published Dar Onboz book Hkeye w Athar. You can check out this and other D.O. books on their Facebook page here.

I do hope/plan to visit the boys again, sooner rather than later. I can just see a collaboration forming. Fingers crossed!

oh and before i forget, the boys gave me these postcards with their works on them. i love these so much that i had left them in tact until now

oh and before i forget, the boys gave me these postcards with their works on them. i love these so much that i had left them in tact until now

eve decided to play with four of hussein's postcards...

eve decides to play with four of hussein’s postcards…

...and four of david's

…and four of david’s

3 Comments on “a rainy november day in junieh with david and hussein

    • I know! Everything about these guys oozed design. This is their life and this is how i hope to live one day. Oh and I want to share YOU with my world too! I’ll be in London Jan 17-25. I want to pick your brain and explore your world. Don’t worry I’ll just take up a day max :). Or a few hours…

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