Beirut – The cedar of Lebanon is outstandingly durable and surprisingly immune to most insect pests. Its wood, highly fragrant and beautifully bisque, is greatly prized. After the conflicts of the recent past, one can say the legendary Beirut nightlife oddly resembles the dazzling and resilient national emblem: just consider the fact that one of the most popular clubs in the city is built inside a former bomb bunker. Beirut truly rises at sundown, as locals will leave the struggles of the day on the dancefloor. When you combine that drive with one of the Middle East’s most forward cultures and the sheer flow of Lebanese pounds on conspicuous display, you end up with one of the most competitive nightlife scenes in the region – it’s a club-eat-club world out there.
‘The average turnover rate for some clubs is two seasons – that’s how crazy it is here,’ explains interior designer Gregory Gatserelia. The only way to stand out is to shine through the crowd… and Gatserelia has managed to do just that with his newest project, Spine.