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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.



The ArD TechLab, the Digital Fabrication Unit at AUB (Department of Architecture and Design, MSFEA), and FANTASMEEM, the design-related project of the Goethe-Institut Libanon are launching the collaboration TECH-TASMEEM in order to support the design community in Lebanon. In times of high uncertainty and volatility, the collaboration aims at supporting designers to thrive in Lebanon on two levels:

  • providing access to the ArD TechLab to designers who are part of the FANTASMEEM network for them to prototype their products and enhance their digital fabrication skills;
  • offering specialized workshops on-site at ArD TechLab for the FANTASMEEM network or with FANTASMEEM designers for AUB students to share knowledge and expertise.
By joining forces through the joint collaboration TECH-TASMEEM, ArD TechLab and FANTASMEEM are contributing to strengthening the support structures for the design scene in Lebanon, and are providing means for designers to keep on thriving and enhancing their skills.



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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.


Since the launch of FANTASMEEM, a special focus has been given to producing research pieces through the project component that we call FANTASMEEM Findings. Until now two in-depth research papers have been produced focusing on design economics, as well as the legal frameworks relevant to design enterprises. Both papers where produced by Adham Selim and Dima Hamadeh. A shorter paper was produced by Ghassan Salameh giving a general view on the design sector in Lebanon. Additionally, the researcher Nicole Hamouche produced a mapping of platforms supporting designers as well as a mapping of investors supporting design initiatives.
You can read the abstracts of the papers below, by passing on their cover image. If you are interested in reading the full research papers you may contact us at: fantasmeem-beirut@goethe.de.

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. © Goethe-Institut Libanon

This paper looks at design in Lebanon as an income-generating, job-creating, and taxable activity. In attempt to draw a comprehensive picture of the Lebanese legal framework both enabling and obstructing the growth of the design industry in Lebanon, this paper sheds light on the essential laws and legal practices governing the establishment, finance, taxation, conflict resolution and labour conditions governing design-related businesses in the Lebanese market. It comes as a part of a systematic effort to scan and analyse the design ecosystem in Lebanon. It is thus intended as an exploratory analysis that can guide further action for developing the industry. © Goethe-Institut Libanon

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. © Goethe-Institut Libanon

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. Goethe-Institut Libanon

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. © Goethe-Institut Libanon

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.

Laure-Maïssa Fargelat

Laure-Maïssa Fargelat © Laure-Maïssa Fargelat Projektkoordinatorin
Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft / FANTASMEEM

Imke Grimmer

Imke Grimmer © Imke Grimmer Projektleitung
Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft / FANTASMEEM

Hala Barakat

Hala Barakat © Hala Barakat Projektassistentin
Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft / FANTASMEEM


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.