March mad­ness

Identity - - EDITORIAL -

Once again, our de­sign cal­en­dar is over­flow­ing with ac­tiv­i­ties and events as we en­ter the an­nual art and de­sign month.

In March, all roads lead to ei­ther Art Dubai or De­sign Days Dubai, with a healthy smat­ter­ing of art and de­sign ac­tiv­i­ties on the side­lines as well…

Art Dubai (15-18 March), with whom id is a me­dia part­ner for the first time, is now in its 11th year, and a well-es­tab­lished art event on the global di­ary. This year some 93 gal­leries from 43 countries will be pre­sent­ing their works. Don’t for­get to col­lect your copy of iden­tity from Foyer 1, out­side the Con­tem­po­rary halls… Over at d3, this year’s edi­tion of De­sign Days Dubai (14-17 March) will present yet an­other ex­cel­lent col­lec­tion of col­lectible fur­ni­ture, sculp­ture, etc., most of which was cu­rated by Cyril Zam­mit, the launch di­rec­tor of the highly suc­cess­ful De­sign Days Dubai con­cept.

Mean­while, Wil­liam Knight, for­merly of Lon­don’s 100% De­sign, has joined the team at Art Dubai Group as man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and head of de­sign, and is set to take their ini­tia­tives up a notch or two…

There has also been a flurry of real es­tate an­nounce­ments, in­clud­ing the launch of KOA’s Can­vas, a new res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment in the Al Barari neigh­bour­hood that’s be­ing de­vel­oped by Emi­rati de­vel­oper Mohammed Zaal in col­lab­o­ra­tion with ar­chi­tect Tarik Za­harna of T. ZED Ar­chi­tects. The duo has re­pur­posed a for­mer of­fice build­ing into a sleek new res­i­den­tial of­fer­ing, which is sur­rounded by a land­scape rich in in­dige­nous plants, cre­ated by his award-win­ning sis­ter Kamelia Bin Zaal. The de­vel­op­ment is ex­pect­ing com­ple­tion by 2018.

Emaar, mean­while, has just launched its new Har­bour project on the banks of the Dubai Creek, close to the flamin­gos and the up­com­ing Cala­trava-de­signed The Tower.

The new art-filled Ad­dress Boule­vard Ho­tel is also ex­pected to make its im­pact on the lo­cal scene, with the ho­tel’s cus­tom-de­signed art­work and light­ing in­stal­la­tions set to be­come a ma­jor draw.

The Bul­gari re­sort, with ho­tel and res­i­dences de­signed by An­to­nio Cit­te­rio, is back in the news fol­low­ing the open­ing of the first show apart­ment – pro­vid­ing a tempt­ing im­pres­sion of the look and feel of this lux­ury re­sort is­land, which is due for com­ple­tion within the next cou­ple of years.

Lead­ing award-win­ning Bri­tish light­ing de­signer Sally Storey, de­sign di­rec­tor of John Cullen Light­ing, flew into town re­cently to talk about her work as part of the com­pany’s launch cel­e­bra­tions in Dubai.

Founder of Span­ish firm Ate­lierMEL, ar­chi­tect Maria Ruiz Pardo, was also in town re­cently, pre­sent­ing her unique glass­work that blends ar­ti­sanal and dig­i­tal de­sign tech­niques, as she gears up to raise her pro­file here with a string of ex­cit­ing new projects… watch this space…!

This month the Pu­rity team is plan­ning to cel­e­brate the open­ing of their stun­ning new space in d3, with a visit by sev­eral lead­ing lights from the de­sign world – in­clud­ing Anna Lenti of Paola Lenti, Roberto Gavazzi of Boffi and Daniela Fan­tini of Fan­tini Ru­bi­netti, to name but a few…

Also in d3, Zaro Ar­chi­tects are mak­ing them­selves at home fol­low­ing their pop­u­lar open­day re­cep­tion where guests en­joyed in­ter­ac­tive tours of the Zaro ar­chi­tec­tural creative process, ser­vices and projects…

Later this month, lead­ing Bri­tish high-street brand John Lewis is set make its Gulf de­but, in part­ner­ship with the first Robin­sons multi-level re­tail store in Dubai Fes­ti­val City. Some of the best of Bri­tish home ware will be car­ried ex­clu­sively at the chic new store, which has ded­i­cated an en­tire floor to John Lewis home prod­ucts.

We’re look­ing for­wards to see­ing you at Art Dubai and De­sign Days Dubai – don’t for­get to col­lect the lat­est copy of id there…!

P.S. For your chance to win Dhs20,000 worth of er­gonomic home of­fice fur­ni­ture by Hu­man­scale in as­so­ci­a­tion with iden­tity, visit our Face­book page and en­ter now!

Group Edi­tor Cather­ine Bel­bin

Clock­wise (from top right): Sally Storey, Paola Lenti, Wil­liam Knight, and Maria Ruiz Pardo

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