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FANTASMEEEM is a program initiated by the Goethe-Institut Libanon adopting a holistic approach towards fostering creative entrepreneurship as well as encouraging collaborations and knowledge sharing in the design industry in Lebanon.


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“Design and Sustainability in Lebanon” is a series of infographics initiated by FANTASMEEM as a tool for opening a discussion about the role of designers in addressing the environmental disasters the world is facing. The infographics are highlighting the importance of adopting methods that are environmentally friendly while showing how designers can come up with innovative ideas that can lead a way for a better treatment of the resources we have. The series also features examples from inspiring projects with a focus on ecologic sustainability from Lebanese designers.
The infographics are done by Salam Shokor who is a graphic designer, product maker and scribbler. They are produced by Audio-Visual arts producer and designer Ali AbuAwad and based on a text written by Maya Wakim who is the community developer for Lebanon at MakeSense.



FANTASMEEM consists of four independent qualification modules as well as several accompanying activities targeting designers, design startups/entreprises and makers. Product & furniture, graphic & type, fashion & textile, interior and landscape designers as well as animators and illustrators from Lebanon can apply to one or several qualification modules and participate in the ongoing activities.



February - March 2019
Design Residency | Hammana Artist House

FANTASMEEM Faculty is a two-week residency that enables 20 early-stage designers to develop their projects & startup ideas through a mini-curriculum around creative entrepreneurship. Throughout their participation the residents participate in workshops (e.g. Design Thinking, Storytelling and Business Planning), benefit from professional mentoring and coaching sessions and work on their prototypes.



January – March 2019
Lebanon & abroad

FANTASMEEM Factory offers job-shadowing or training opportunities, which include an approximately 1-4-week long stay in design related initiatives/startups/entreprises in Lebanon or abroad.



June 2019 – November 2020

FANTASMEEM Forward supports early-to-mid-stage designers in implementing their innovative business ideas. Besides receiving a startup grant, the participants are continually accompanied by mentors from their field, have access to a working space and benefit from input sessions which are adapted to their needs.



July & October 2019

FANTASMEEM Fair provides networking opportunities by awarding design practitioner with grants to participate in local and regional design fairs, such as Beirut Design Week or Amman Design Week .




FANTASMEEM Findings supports local experts, academics and researchers in closing gaps in the quantitative and qualitative research about the design field as part of the culture and creative industries in Lebanon (see download section).



January 2020

FANTASMEEM Finals allows designers to showcast their services and products at a joint exhibition.

Vier Panelisten

Design in Times of Crisis

“Design is the meeting point between creativity and technology. Who better than designers can transform crises?” asked Gilbert Doumit at the first session of FANTASMEEM Focus on February 5, 2019 where four panelists discussed “Design in Times of Crisis” at Antwork. Read full article.

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The research paper on "Design Economy in Lebanon" (2019) by Dima Hamadeh & Adham Selim is the first piece of research conducted in the frame of FANTASMEEM Findings to consider the opportunities and challenges facing design, as a distinct industry, across the whole of Lebanon's economy. It draws on an in-depth analysis of data gathered from government-affiliated, institutional and individual, local and international sources. It addresses the essential characteristics of the design economy in Lebanon, including the regulatory framework, funding models, supply-chains and market conditions.
The paper "Platforms Supporting Designers" (2019) by Nicole Hamouche investigates the main support initiatives for Lebanese designers, their contributions to the industry, their challenges and shortfalls. Based on the assumption that support platforms can play a pivotal role in growing not only the market but the variety and creativity behind it as well as its social impact, the author articulates recommendations for future actions.

Platforms Supporting Designers By Nicole Hamouche

The paper "Voices of Investors" (2019) by Nicole Hamouche sheds light on the design industry from the perspective of investors. At the crossroads of art and entrepreneurship, design attracts an eclectic crowd of investors and supporters. There is no structured and clear ecosystem in Lebanon that supports it as for the tech scene. By the term investors the author addresses diverse sources of financing: the financiers, venture capitalists and structured angel investors; the patrons, philanthropists and foundations, the more alternative possibilities such as crowdfunding in its diverse forms; and finally the borrowing and granting facilities available.

Voice Of Investors By Nicole Hamouche
When talking about the design sector in Lebanon, it is important to focus on the roles of different stakeholders. This text offers insights on the relation between businesses and startups in the fields of product, furniture and lighting design, and the manufacturing and real estate sectors.  It discusses opportunities and includes recommendations for designers willing to start their business in Lebanon beyond disciplinary constraints.

"Views on the Design Sector in Lebanon” by Ghassan Salameh (2019)


On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and the Goethe-Institut promote the emerging market of cultural and creative industries in Africa and in the Middle East.