There is no nobler a passion than that for beauty, passed on from generation to generation. Nabil Dada and his three sons have brought together their energies and talents to create contemporary, timeless and sustainable architecture. By combining their expertise, they give new momentum to Nabil Dada Interior Architects, driven by a shared vision: a minute search for harmony at all levels. The Dadas’ ecosystem – based on generational, skill and vision meshing – goes hand in hand with family core values: cohesion, trust and the joy of sharing.
Since the beginning of his career in Beirut in the early seventies, Nabil Dada has developed all his interior design and architecture projects with deep love for this line of business and with all the pleasure that he derives from drawing – by hand – unique places. His search for beauty and balance has always been linked with his rigor and attention to detail. This precision work, nurtured with his cosmopolitan culture and spirit, led him to open a first agency in Beirut, followed by a second one in Saudi Arabia, and then another in Paris. With the Lebanese capital as an anchor point, Nabil Dada Interior Architects shines across the globe. Driven by the business know-how of his wife Ghada, who is heavily involved in the agency’s expansion, Nabil Dada has placed his exigency at the service of the most diverse typologies and contexts. Hotels, restaurants, yachts, Italian villas, Haussmanian apartments, neo-classical palaces and Ottoman mosques. From the interior design enriched with handcrafts at the Mohamed Al Amine Mosque to the high-tech design of Cinema City in Beirut, each space is designed by the agency in the spirit of sustainability and excellence.
Nabil Dada has, quite naturally, passed on to his sons Adib, Karim and Tarek his passion for art, design, knowledge and innovation. All three have become architects and engineers, and have graduated from the best schools. They all share the same artistic sense and work ethics. The eldest, Adib Dada, is an architect involved in ecological transition. He develops the agency’s architecture projects and is responsible for commissioning works of art; all this while managing his own advisory studio, TheOtherDada. Karim Dada is a mechanical engineer by training, specialized in architectural design and energy issues. He supports the family business in its technological development and integrates his scientific expertise in every project. After training in state-of-the-art architecture in Spain and the United States, Tarek Dada has joined the team as an interior architect. He is also in charge of creating bespoke furniture.
In their capacity as experts and associates at Nabil Dada Interior Architects, Adib, Karim and Tarek Dada endeavor to sustain the artistic vision defined by their father during the course of his 50-year career. Their respective skills allow them to adapt the agency’s processes to contemporary issues and to improve its creative ability. From construction to interior architecture, as well as energy optimization, selection of works of art and furniture design, Nabil Dada Interior Architects offers a portfolio of services that allow its clients to have the most integral and holistic spaces possible.
Nabil Dada has always been human-centric, with a focus on dialogue, in order to design the most relevant concepts for his clients, in terms of shape and use. Liberated from trends, the agency advocates a philosophy based on discretion, luxury and timelessness. For the Dadas, luxury lives, first and foremost, in accurate proportions, fluid circulations, subtle lighting, rare materials and the sense of well-being.
Varying between the purest form of classicism and the most forward-looking contemporary designs, Nabil Dada infallibly transverses styles and eras with elegance and poise. He grew up in Beirut within a family of fashion professionals and possesses a rare talent that enables him to merge the most diverse esthetics. Nabil is well-known for his expert eye and his unique drawing skills. He has always created projects from A to Z, paying attention to every detail and considering each of his spaces as a piece of jewelry, all drawn by hand.
With a career beginning as an interior architect in Beirut in 1970, he opened the first-ever gallery for contemporary furniture in Lebanon, before creating his first architecture agency in the Lebanese capital. Two other agencies followed – one in Saudi Arabia and one in Paris. Today, interior architecture is shining its light from Lebanon onto the entire world. Nabil Dada always offers a listening ear to his clients and, constantly in the pursuit of wellness, he prefers clear lines and correct proportions and circulations in his spaces. Loyal to his oriental roots and his attachment to all that is local, he collaborates with the finest craftsmen to create unique objects. Surrounded by his three sons who are each involved in the agency’s expansion, Nabil Dada’s lifetime ambition remains at the heart of everything he does: to create timeless architecture and design, beyond trends and styles.
The youngest of the family, after many years in Spain and the United States, Tarek Dada joined his parents in Beirut at the head of the family business where he learned and trained in state-of-the-art architecture. Alongside his father, Tarek now leads the agency’s interior architecture project division and ensures that its core values of discretion, luxury and timelessness are respected. Following his father’s example, Tarek Dada has a passion for design and collectable furniture – be it an 18th-century classic or something strikingly contemporary.
He is responsible for managing the company, as well as furnishing the projects and creating bespoke furniture. To achieve this mission, and to make each place unique, Tarek works with the finest local galleries, artists, and talented craftsmen. He carries within him a culture of styles and an innate sense of beauty in every detail. Be it in a villa in Italy on the shores of Lake Garda or in a penthouse with a sea view in Beirut, furniture, objects and works of art come together to create a subtle vibe, in harmony with the architecture and history of each space.
The eldest of the Dada brothers, Adib inherited his father’s passion for architecture, adding to it his commitment towards the environment. A US-trained architect, Adib Dada also studied living systems and biomimicry applied to design and technology. In 2010, he founded TheOtherDada in Beirut to design sustainable architecture projects with the lowest carbon footprint possible and to launch major environmental projects. He is heavily involved in Beirut’s artistic community as well as in the city’s ecological issues through the creation of urban forests.
He also works closely with Nabil Dada Interior Architects on construction projects, landscaping or commissioning works of art. The Yacht Club in Beirut is a prime example of this collaboration. In this iconic location, the interior design envisioned by the agency is complemented by modern artistic creations. Regardless of the scope or nature of a project, Adib Dada adopts a holistic approach, with a continuous dialogue between the inside and the outside and with an ambition to create ecosystems that enable sustainability.
A mechanical engineer by training and currently based in London, Karim Dada combines mathematical logic with an artistic sensibility. He shares his brother Adib’s passion for environmental issues and biomimicry applied to architecture and design as he explores the ways in which nature’s engineering can reveal different creativity routes. As an associate at Nabil Dada Interior Architects, Karim Dada brings to the family agency his full control of creative tools and numerical calculations. He designs ecosystems in which all the elements are interconnected, from architecture to energy, all while maintaining a holistic view of the projects.