Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte

Nicolas Bellavance
Lecompte
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Born in Montreal, Canada
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Université de Montréal, Canada 1999-2003
I.U.A.V. Istituto Universitario di Venezia, Italy 2002-03
KHB Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee, Germany 2003-05
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Thomas Demand Studio, Collaboration, Germany 2003-04
Samare Studio, Co-Founder, 2007-14
IC! Berlin, Consultant, 2004-07
Mykita, Consultant, 2007-14
Oeuffice Studio, Co-Founder 2011- present
Carwan Gallery, Co-Founder, 2011- present
ATRIO, Co-Founder, 2014- present
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Based between Milan, Italy and Beirut, Lebanon
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some partners
The Armory Show, Beirut National Museum, R&Company Gallery, Katara Art Center Doha, Villa Noailles, Beirut Art Center, CCMC Mexico City, Alaan Artspace Riyadh, Design Days Dubai, Design Miami, FABRICA, Phillips De Pury, Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts, Iznik Foundation and A.M. Qattan Foundation.

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nicolas@nb-lecompte.com
Portrait by Delfino Sisto Legnani - Site by Actant Visuelle w/ Andrea Guarinoni

DESIGNER

Giving form to objects.
Giving form to interiors.

PRIVATE RESIDENCE

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INTERIOR DESIGNER

Complete renovation and furnishing of a private residence in the historical center of Milan. The intervention comprises large pivot mirror doors, rare marbles from Africa and Brazil, custom made furniture and works from Oeuffice and Carwan Gallery. Featured on T Magazine, AD France and Corriere della Sera.

OEUFFICE

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CO-FOUNDER / DESIGNER

Oeuffice was founded in 2011 as a collaboration with Jakub Zak. Oeuffice is a design studio with a focus on developing innovative objects of limited edition whose work has been exhibited internationally with various galleries including Phillips de Pury in London, R20th in New York, Carwan Gallery in Beirut, Dimore Gallery in Milan and Design Exchange Museum in Toronto.

SAMARE

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CO-FOUNDER / DESIGNER

Samare is a Canadian-based studio. Samare produces its own portfolio of objects entirely handmade in Canada based on contemporary reinterpretations of indigenous crafts. Samare objects have been exhibited in many international exhibitions across Europe and North America and are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts of Montreal.

THOMAS DEMAND

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DESIGNER FOR AN ART WORK

A special collaboration with the artist Thomas Demand brought to the realization of the work "Clearing" installed at the Venice Biennale in 2003 and then acquired by MoMA New York.Thomas Demand is known for making photographs of three-dimensional models that look like real images of rooms and other spaces, often sites loaded with social and political meanings. The most of his work requires the support of specific design and display skills.

FOPPA STORE

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INTERIOR DESIGNER

Concept and realization for the interiors of the new Foppa store in Italy. Foppa is specialized in high end retail for eyewear since 1980.

ALBERTO MORETTI

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INTERIOR DESIGNER

Oeuffice has been appointed to propose a concept for interiors of the first Italian flagship store of Alberto Moretti – an Italian high-end shoe brand distributed in the most exclusive boutiques and department stores worldwide.

RESORT & HOTEL DESIGN

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INTERIOR DESIGNER

Hotel and resort proposals for new developments in the Bahamas and Trinidad have been selected among finalists for concept competitions.

SELECTED OBJECTS AND RESEARCH

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INTERIOR DESIGNER AND CRAFTS EXPERT

A unique selection and research of objects, including rugs, furnitures and architectural elements, are sourced in Italy, Middle East and Japan for specific interiors. The extensive network of specialized craftsmen allows for customization and adaptation of various objects for interiors.

BERBER TENT PROJECTS

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DESIGNER

In special collaboration with the finest quality of traditional Berber tent producers in the Atlas, projects proposals for temporary architecture were created to fit the diverse needs for outdoor hospitality and events.

CURATOR

Creating events and exhibits.
Connecting people and ideas.

CARWAN SITE SPECIFIC

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CO-FOUNDER / CURATOR, BEIRUT

Carwan Gallery started as the first contemporary gallery in Beirut with the mission of internationalizing design in the Middle East. Founded together with the architect Pascale Wakim in 2010, the gallery commissions projects and exhibits limited-edition objects. Carwan gathers designers and organizations from all over the world to realize projects in Lebanon, creating an innovative platform that goes beyond the static model of a classic gallery.

CARWAN GALLERY

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CO-FOUNDER / CURATOR, INTERNATIONAL COORDINATION

Carwan Gallery curates international design exhibitions in various museums and art centers. The gallery counts as partners: The Armory Show, Beirut National Museum, the Katara Art Center in Doha, Villa Noailles in France, Beirut Art Center, Alaan Artspace Riyadh, Design Days Dubai, Design Miami/ and the A.M. Qattan Foundation in London.

ROTOR

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CURATOR

Purple, turquoise, pink (brown along the edges) was the first curated exhibition in a private gallery of the Belgian collective Rotor. The exhibition at Carwan Gallery consisted of a collection of most unexpected specimens from industrial production to architectural materials passing by delicate political situations. A thoughtful and unique vision on various processes part of our everyday life, conceptual design works becoming discussion pieces.

BROWNBOOK MAGAZINE

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GUEST DESIGN EDITOR

Brownbook is the leading urban lifestyle magazine based in Dubai focusing on design, culture and travel across the Middle East and North Africa. The collaboration consisted in two special publications as a guest editor: the "Mashrabiya issue" and the "Design Journal" - published during Design Days and Art Dubai in 2013

QUEBEC DESIGN EXHIBITIONS

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CURATOR

Curator and coordinator of various design events and exhibitions on behalf of the province of Quebec during Milan Design Week between 2007 and 2013, such as the exhibition "Tre generazioni, tre designer del Quebec a Milano" at Palazzo Morando in Milan, displayed from October to December 2013.

INDIA MAHDAVI & IZNIK FOUNDATION

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COMMISSIONING CURATOR

Commission by Carwan Gallery of the 'Landscape Series' by designer India Mahdavi, with production sponsored by the Iznik Foundation. The series’ aesthetic derived from the designer’s personal investigation on color and abstract landscapes combined with the 16th century Ottoman tradition of fabricating quartz tiles. The project received wide international press coverage and has been exhibited in the art and design fairs in Basel, Hyères, Beirut, Dubai and New York.

BERNARD KHOURY "C'était un Rendez-vous" installation

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CURATOR

Curated exhibition for the Mexico City Design Festival and Carwan Gallery of a special multimedia installation by Beirut-based architect Bernard Khoury entitled "C'était un rendez-vous", showcased in October 2013. The works presented in the multi-sensorial installation were a series of unedited short films depicting construction sites in Beirut and the route linking them to the architect's workshop.

MISCHER'TRAXLER "Gradient Mashrabiya" installation

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COMMISSIONING CURATOR

"Gradient Mashrabiya" is an installation curated under the umbrella of Carwan Gallery. The duo of Austrian designers Mischer'Traxler was commissioned to collaborate with an expert woodworker in Lebanon to redefine the construction of traditional mashrabiyas. The result 'a sideboard' is composed of a network of more than 650 distinct pieces of manually carved wood. The project has been displayed in a live performance and installation during Design Days Dubai and Milan Design Week in 2012.

DESIGN MIAMI / Carwan Gallery Exhibitions

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Bespoke exhibition projects on behalf of Carwan Gallery showcased at Design Miami, the global forum for design that brings together the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world in celebration of design culture and commerce. In particular, the solo exhibitions of India Mahdavi at the 2013 Basel edition and Vincenzo De Cotiis at the 2014 Miami edition.

FABRICA "Fabrica Goes Lebanese"

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CURATOR

Curatorial project for FABRICA, the communication research center that is part of the Benetton Group. Carwan Gallery’s project involved international designers and Lebanese craftsmen in a cross-cultural initiative to realize a collection of objects developed in different phases, including a research week in Lebanon with 13 designers, a conference at the Academy of Fine Arts of Lebanon, workshops, the development of the project, and the exhibition at the National Museum of Beirut in December 2013.

CONSULTANT

Seeing and analyzing.
Understanding and direction.
Strategies for innovation and image.

À-TRIO

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CO-FOUNDER / CONSULTANT

À-trio is an innovative platform that creates bespoke design formats and events with the aim of promoting, in an inventive approach, a company’s history and its products while supporting charity organizations. The project has been co-founded with Karine Warda.

MYKITA

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CONSULTANT

Providing services since 2007 to the Berlin-based leading eyewear brand Mykita as a strategy consultant and member of the international advisory board, while also overseeing sales management for the Italian market and organizing fairs and special events in Italy, France, and Germany.

IC! Berlin

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CONSULTANT

Free-lance sales consultant between 2004 and 2007 for the innovative eyewear brand IC! Berlin, for the global and Italian market. Organizing fairs in Italy, France and Germany as well as special events and business research trips to Europe and North America for IC! Berlin.