Review: Examining the Quiet Architecture of Rabih Hage

posted on Friday, 19th October 2018 by Chris Jenkins

Architecture  Renovation  Review  Book 

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‘Quiet Architecture’ is a philosophy focusing on the creative re-use and adaptation of existing buildings, and high priest of the movement is Rabih Hage, a Beirut-born, Paris-educated, London-based RIBA chartered architect and interior designer who divides his time between London, New York and the South of France.
 
Now Hage’s striking work is being celebrated in a book, Quiet Architecture, written by Dominic Bradbury. 

"Hage draws on a rich range of architectural influences, from classicism to modernism"

Ranging from London townhouses to escapist farmhouses, this book provides a comprehensive survey of Rabih Hage’s work. It’s illustrated throughout with photographs, drawings and sketches, and Hage discusses his process and the development of each project with author Dominic Bradbury (who has previously written more than a dozen books on design, architecture and interiors).
 
Hage’s work recognises the importance of both sustainability and character, and his thoughtful and considered approach has brought a wide range of period houses and structures into the 21st century, carefully adapting them for modern living, as well as drawing deeply on the surrounding context for new-build projects.
 
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The homes and spaces that Hage and his design team create, whether in town or country, are defined by luxurious finishes, materiality and amenities.
 
Hage draws on a rich range of architectural influences, from classicism to modernism, drawing out the individuality and personality of each and every space. Key to the success of Hage’s houses, apartments and hotels is the way his atelier combines architecture, interiors and furniture design within one holistic approach.
 
The eye of a curator - informed by a rich personal heritage in the Lebanon, France and England - adds additional layers, with original and bespoke elements such as furniture, furnishings and art designed specifically and specially for the project in hand.
 
The book, a 270 x 228mm hardback with 160 pages and 200 colour illustrations, is available now at £40 from Lund Humphies (www.lundhumphries.com). US publication is in January 2019.

Chris Jenkins

Inside ID contributor Chris Jenkins is a freelance technology and industry journalist working for a wide range of consumer and B2B magazines and websites

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