According to Jennifer Hattam over at TreeHugger, Baghdadi and Kradokian first tried upcycling when they were invited by gallery owner Rania Choueiri to take part in a recycled art and design exhibition earlier this summer at L’Atelier Fanfreluche in Beirut’s Mar Mikhail neighbourhood. The exhibit, “Trashy Treasures,” featured furniture, accessories, sculpture, and art works by 18 different artists.
Scouring junkyards, Baghdadi and Kradokian used old washing machine drums for the latest designs which makes the most of traditional designs and modern, upcycling principles. Together the two designers form the collective ‘Junk Munkez’ which also sells a collection of playful planters made from scrapped car parts and kitchen utensils.
Lea Kradokian in an email to Jennifer Hattam at TreeHugger said: “As a team we design with a green conscience, giving life to the lifeless heaps of Beirut’s rising metal mountains, in hopes of pushing other Lebanese designers to think green as well.”