Plan BEY Kicks Off a Creative Empire in Beirut

One team builds a cluster of imaginative new establishments in a rising neighborhood

by Caroline Kinneberg Beirut is a city defined by its contrasts and constant evolution. One neighborhood where this becomes most apparent is Mar Mikhael. Previously a jumble of car repair shops, the area now overflows with trendy restaurants and bars. In December 2010 local entrepreneur Tony Sfeir opened something different. Plan BEY—referencing the three-letter code for Beirut’s international airport—sells paper goods produced in the store’s …

Nashville’s Holler Design

How one designer began making furniture with wood sourced from his family farm

by Chérmelle Edwards Matt Alexander grew up on a farm just outside of Nashville, Tennessee. After stints in Knoxville and Detroit, he found himself in Brooklyn, daydreaming about returning to his roots. His reverie eventually drew him back to his hometown, where he founded Holler Design—a furniture company that uses wood from fallen trees and designs from a workshop that once served as a general …

Earthy Yak Wool Products by Norlha

With traditional methods and local resources, beautiful textiles are made and a community supported

In the Tibetan language, “norlha” means “wealth of the Gods,” and is used by many local nomads in reference to their yaks, which are among the most important resources of the Tibetan Plateau. Referencing this, Norlha is a textile brand that aims to help preserve local tradition and connect it to a greater global market. Founded by US-born and France-raised Kim Yeshi and her daughter …