Standing out from the crowd

02. 12. 2011

Having been behind the posters of the Beirut International Arab Book Fair for more than 15 years we have been staple participants in this marker event as a design house.

This year, however, marks our first participation as a publishing house in our own right, which gave us greater relevance than ever; taking the word ‘Beirut’ as our springing point, we created a sculpture whereby the word is treated through right angles that serve as shelves for our book collection. The effect was instant, for our stand captured the attention of the event’s visitors, many people stopping initially to have their pictures taken with the live sculpture, and lingering thereof to have a look at our growing book collection.

The Book Fair took place in BIEL, from 2 till 15 December.


Message of the day

Kameel Hawa: Shape of the Word – Arabic Typographic Sculpture for Public Spaces  here.


Beirut sculpture takes center stage and opens the Beirut Art Week in front of Le Grey Hotel in the presence of the artist Kameel Hawa, the Lebanese minister of culture and the the director of the Beirut Art Fair Laure D'Hauteville among others.


On April 13, 2013, Al Mohtaraf Beirut studio will be hosting the launch of the book 'Arabic Type Design for Beginners' from the Khatt foundation. Book your copy:  

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Arabic Calligraphy in Modern art; a case by Kameel Hawa

Mohtaraf will be at the annual 56th Beirut Arab Book Fair with its newest book collection, Stand C28

ISTD awards AlMohtaraf two Certificates of Excellence for the design of the books: