Born in Beirut in 1977, Christian Nasr’s career in architecture and design witnessed a phenomenal change of scale and pace when he decided to turn his creativity into designing exquisite personal adornments, expressing himself in a more intimate medium than landmarks puncturing the skyline: jewelry. It should come as no surprise; after all, both architecture and jewelry are three-dimensional disciplines that reference classical shapes and motifs.
‘Art and luxury – mostly jewelry, have always fascinated me. Since I was a child, I was spellbound by travel and cross cultures, and had a peculiar taste for the unique.
When I turned 40, I became quite obsessed with jewelry design and had the overwhelming desire to pursue this as my full time profession, under my own terms and conditions and where I could create my own utopia.’
Attracted by elegant lifestyles, luxury and glamour, Christian’s professional career rotated around architecture and design, real estate and construction both in Lebanon and abroad, until it took a real twist.
“One day in 2011 when I was designing a building in Congo and thinking of a jewelry gift to my wife, I transformed the architectural sketch into a piece of jewelry that I produced. The rest is history.”
Venturing away from architecture was also about finding another forum to communicate, to express myself through my creations, and to create different scales of human interaction. I am driven by a genuine desire to challenge the conventional, stir away from the ordinary, connect with other people by creating bespoke, noble and original designs that transcend time; pivoting from architecture to jewelry design was about making this possible. Jewelry unlike architecture tends not to be location specific, I wanted my work to be connected to a person rather than place. Where the person wearing my pieces will be taking part in a massive art-de-vivre.