Custom No.9 Launches ‘Boards For Beirut’ To Support Rebuilding Efforts in the Lebanese Capital

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Natelee Cocks

With a built up stock of leftover material and offcuts from production, Amy Mill, founder of the Dubai-based bespoke furniture brand Custom No.9 recently launched ‘Off-cut Drops’. The programme is rooted in the ethos of circular economy, upscaling and elevating production process leftovers.
Using surplus materials available from recent production runs, each month Amy develops a new product that is available for a limited time.

With its September Off Cut Drop just around the corner, Custom No.9 has launched the fundraising campaign ‘Board for Beirut’, featuring the studio’s in-demand serving boards. Initially available in their signature terrazzo, cloudy blush marble and grainy charcoal travertine, Custom No. 9 will be receiving pre-orders for the 25cm dia boards from September 9 onwards. All profits from the sales will be donated to Beb w’Shebbek (@bebwshebbek).

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What we do not accept to do ? We do not accept to change any doors or windows to anything they were not prior to the explosion. If your doors and windows were made of wood, they will come back to wood. We want to be part of saving whatever is left of our city and not changing it into something that it isn’t.

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Meaning ‘doors and windows’ in Arabic and founded by Lebanese powerhouses Mariana Wehbe and Nancy Gabriel, Beb w’Shebbek is a community driven initiative committed to rebuilding the doors & windows of the homes that were destroyed due to the Beirut Port blast. Their goal is to fix 150 homes each month until they reach their objective to rebuilding 3,000 homes – all whilst trying to preserve the architectural heritage of the city.

“Our hearts and thoughts have been with the people of Beirut, knowing that for those homes and offices that were displaced within minutes, the journey to restoration will be a very long one with ongoing help needed,” says Amy. “We wanted to scaffold our thoughts with positive action and use our platform to keep the focus on Beirut.”

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To maximise the donation potential, Boards for Beirut will be available for pre-order till 30 September. Custom No.9 will continue to add new materials in the course of the month and customers will also be able to choose the material for their limited-edition board.

If you would like to pre-register your interest in ordering the boards, drop an email to to be the first in line to purchase your limited edition piece.
You can also donate directly to Beb w’Shebbek here.

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