What does Fabraca mean?
Fabraca is a slang word for workshop in Arabic. They use it to refer to fabrakit khashab (wood work-shop) or fabrakit hadeed (iron workshop).
It’s basically fabrication, but conjugated in Arabic ‘street-language’.
We wanted a name that a craftsman from the industrial city and a designer from the Middle East can relate to.
Of all places, why are you located in the industrial city?
It’s obvious for a product designer to set up shop where products are made.
However, as it stands, we’re the first and only studio to set up in the area. What this district contains is a big deal, and the best relationship to have with it is a symbiotic one, where we need each other to survive. We aim to rely on this community.
Are all the products original?
All our products are designed and fabricated in our studio. Depending on the client’s budget, we either choose to place some of our previously designed lighting products or create a site-specific custom-made product.
Why did you choose to create custom-made lighting solutions?
Our approach is, most of the time, site specific. If we come up with a solution that doesn’t previously exist, it can’t be dated. Tailored solutions don’t have that built-in expiry date that retail objects have. Custom is timeless.
How long does prototyping take?
Once we have a clear vision of the product’s look and feel, it usually takes between two weeks to a month to see a prototype. It’s the story of every single surprise that shows up as disaster that we have to turn into a lesson. It’s the best part of the process.
How is the company structured? Do you do everything in-house?
Being in the industrial city means we don’t have the overhead that most companies maintain.
We supervise and work alongside the craftsmen in their own workshops.
The prototypes are done in-house and then later on production takes place in these ‘satellites’ we have all around our studio. This way we maintain quality and lower our cost of operation.
How would you describe the quality of your products?
We only offer high end products with the utmost attention to quality and detail.
Are you guys only into lighting design?
We’re flexible depending on the project that’s being proposed to us. Our studio has been slowly working on unique home accessories that we will soon hopefully launch.
How big is your team?
Fabraca Studios is a team of 10 people, excluding the services we are provided with from the craftsman the industrial area.
Do you ship worldwide?
Most of our projects are based outside of Beirut and are shipped abroad.
What's your mission?
If we get to preserve and revive the crafts that were forged over generations in this area and provide a new perspective on how to utilize them, it would show people that these skills have a place in the world that we live in. Eventually you end up with a continuity of knowledge in craftsmanship which has been depreciated over time due to mass production.