Interview with Mimi
Growing up between Paris and Beirut, Mimi has settled in the sun of Newport Beach where she opened Aleph Gallery. Here she curates timeless and unique pieces from artisans from around the world. Her selection of colourful handcrafted objects reflects her warm personality. As beautiful inside as on the outside, Mimi touches you instantly with her generous and wise attitude to life… We admire her gorgeous sense of style too! Discover Mimi’s curation fuelled by her gentle sophistication.
Tell us about a woman who you find beautiful and inspiring? My daughter, Yasmina. Watching her grow, I could see all beginnings in her. She is kind, intelligent, and beautiful.
Which accessory do you like to wear to complete your silhouette? Lately, I’ve been into the beautiful pinky rings of Dina Kamal. Pinky rings were in vogue in the 1920s and Dina Kamal helped bring them back to the fore. I love their subtlety and how much, through that subtlety, they can convey about someone’s sense of fashion.
What do you collect? Sculptures of hands. I am enthralled by the hand. To me, the hand, or “the tool of tools,” as Aristotle defines it, is a creator, a protector, and, above all, a giver. What better subject of artistic creation than that which helps one create.
What object do you cherish most? An antique hand shaped door knob made of bronze that was on my grandmother’s door.
If you were a colour, what colour would you be? Yellow — for clarity, warmth, and gentleness.
What’s your favourite smell? Gardenia. The smell of gardenias takes me back to my childhood. Back then, they were planted all over my neighborhood and were the first harbingers of summer.
What’s your favourite dish? Stuffed grape leaves that my mom cooks to perfection.
Recommend us a book that changed your life? The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I first read the book when I was ten and still find myself leafing through it every now and then. I always find something new in it.
Recommend us a film that has stayed with you? City Lights by Charlie Chaplin.
What piece of music defines you? Big log by Robert Plant
Tell us about the most amazing place you have travelled to? Beirut. I grew up in Beirut and still visit whenever I get the chance. The city and its people are a manifestation of resilience and adaptability. Although it’s been beautifully rebuilt, remnants of the war are still found everywhere. It is in these remnants that Beirut seems to constantly remind us of what is really important; peace, the ocean, the mountains, people’s laughter, friends, family, and all the simple things. Traveling there always puts things in perspective for me.