Rabih Hage is an architect and designer who founded his London studio in 2001. His work is a mix of beautiful interiors and visionary architecture with a cutting edge and ever-evolving creative approach.
Hage’s work is all encompassing ranging from designs for beautiful furniture for private clients to the creation of design concepts with a commercial approach for his corporate clients. He contributes frequently to various publications and his work has been recognised with numerous awards from the design industry, such as the Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year Award 2011, Homes & Gardens Award for Interior Design 2012, and consistent nomination by House and Garden and Architectural Digest (France) as one of the Top 100 leading designers since 2002.
Hage graduated from the École des Beaux Arts (Paris La-Seine) in 1991, and started his career working in various architecture practices and engineering firms, such as Arcora Group, and Viguier et Jodry, winning numerous architectural competitions individually and in association with various partners, such as the Textile Museum of Lyon in 1988. Between 1989 and 1991, Hage worked on hi-tech commercial projects including the landmark works of the TGV Train stations of Paris Montparnasse and Nantes.
In 1992, Hage established an architecture studio in partnership with multidisciplinary colleagues adding a variety of business and creative skills dealing with projects from concept to execution, including cost consulting services in collaborating with the American firm Marshall & Swift. He led the practice working on urban planning projects in Portugal as well as historical buildings and chateaux in France. His clients ranged form family estates to institutional clients such as Dresdner Kleinwort Bank, Avip Allianz Group. Focusing on heritage buildings in this period, he enjoyed “turning a ruin into something interesting”.
Since establishing his studio in London in 2001, his focus shifted to interiors, renovation and new build architecture projects. His style is a result of working on buildings “inside out,” bringing architecture to a human scale. Hage pioneered furniture “that is art” and incorporated works by young and established artists and designers in his interior schemes “melding function and aesthetics.”
In 2008 Hage designed the Rough Luxe Hotel, after creating the concept and brand, which triggered a worldwide movement in design. Since that time, along with his innovative residential projects, he has established himself as a reference in new hotel concepts and developments, working with international hoteliers and developers, to complete projects such as the restaurants, bars and front of house of the Radisson Edwardian Guildford Hotel in 2012. Throughout all his projects, Hage considers his approach as “focused on diversity; creating beautiful volumes and structures empowered by carefully designed objects and selected art. It is a continuous creative dialogue for a functional refined and living result”.
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