Architectural Digest Portfolio: Bohemian Rhapsody

INTERIORS. Beirut fashion photographer Tarek Moukaddem’s converted shoe factory blends old world flavour with warehouse edge.

“Both my work and my home are organized chaos, but there is harmony hidden within,” says, Tarek Moukaddem. In much the same way that the boundary pushing fashion photographer, draws out the sculptural beauty of unconventional faces from behind the lens, he was able to recognize the potential for an old shoe factory unexpectedly devastated by a fire to be transformed into a place to call home.

The 500-square meter warehouse is set in Karantina, the new Meatpacking District of Beirut, where an experimental arts and culture scene is on the rise. When a realtor first showed it to him more than four years ago, the walls were charred black, the flooring was mismatched, and a series of non-load-bearing walls fully blocked out the vivacious city’s light. Moukaddem quickly converted the space into an open, loft-style expanse—with only his office, bedroom and an intimate living room for entertaining close friends positioned behind private doors.

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