De­sign for the senses

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The adrenalin is con­tin­u­ing to rise as ev­ery­body rushes to do as much as pos­si­ble be­fore the on­set of Ra­madan…

The lav­ish dis­plays of new ho­tel, avi­a­tion and re­cre­ational projects dis­played dur­ing the Ara­bian Travel Mar­ket (ATM) is proof that the pop­u­lar­ity of Dubai and the other emi­rates is ex­pected to con­tinue grow­ing.

Left, right and cen­tre, de­vel­op­ers from Emaar to Mer­aas were proudly un­veil­ing their mod­els and plans for an ar­ray of new ho­tel and apartho­tel projects.

Emaar is con­tin­u­ing to roll out more stylish Ad­dress and Vida Ho­tels to sat­isfy the de­mand for luxury prop­er­ties.

The Dubai De­sign and Fash­ion Coun­cil (DDFC) has been the talk of the town since of­fi­cially launch­ing its mem­ber­ship pro­gramme. Aimed at bring­ing the com­mu­nity to­gether and fos­ter­ing re­la­tions, the mem­ber­ship ini­tia­tive will help fund the coun­cil’s ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­mote Dubai as a ris­ing de­sign cap­i­tal. Speak­ing at a pre­sen­ta­tion in d3, Dr. Amina Al Rus­ta­mani said that as part of this new ini­tia­tive they also hope to fos­ter in­tern­ships and the like. A unique el­e­ment of the DDFC mem­ber­ship pro­gramme is that it is open both to stu­dents and pro­fes­sion­als…

Top Ital­ian de­signer Marco Piva – head of the iden­tity De­sign Awards jury – made a brief stop in town to over­see the plans for his new project on Palm Jumeirah.

And re­cently, lead­ing US er­gonomic fur­ni­ture com­pany Hu­man­scale con­verted Purobeach Ur­ban Oa­sis at the Con­rad Ho­tel into a sort of pop-up store-cum-mini-Mi­lan Fair stand, to present its lat­est col­lec­tions – pre­vi­ously shown at Workspace (Mi­lan) and Or­gatec – as part of the brand’s an­nual road show… Tim Hutch­ings, President, Hu­man­scale In­ter­na­tional, flew in for the oc­ca­sion.

Those in search of some of the best out­door fur­ni­ture may want to head to the an­nual Desert River sale in Al Quoz later this month, where Clau­dia and her team have an em­po­rium of bar­gains wait­ing to be dis­cov­ered. The ware­house is also a great place to meet and min­gle with like-minded de­sign afi­ciona­dos. See you there!

Ci­tyscape Abu Dhabi ap­pears to have firmly put the cap­i­tal on the in­ter­na­tional prop­erty mar­ket scene. As in­vestors and buy­ers tap into the unique of­fer­ings to be found south of Dubai, ma­jor de­vel­op­ers are claim­ing that some of their new de­vel­op­ments are sold-out, de­spite the mar­ket be­ing not as buoy­ant as it once was.

Many will be head­ing to the up­com­ing IN­DEX show (22-25 May), which promises to be even more in­spi­ra­tional than usual. The or­gan­is­ers have put to­gether an in­ter­est­ing ar­ray of ex­hibitors, as well as some top speak­ers – in­clud­ing Lon­don style icon Henry Hol­land, Welsh award-win­ning de­signer Bethan Gray and lead­ing in­te­rior de­signer Jo Hamilton – who will be shar­ing their in­sights dur­ing the De­sign for the Senses talk se­ries.

Mean­while the id team is get­ting ready for the June launch of the an­nual id De­sign Awards. Please fol­low us on Face­book for more de­tails…

The gala cel­e­brat­ing the best in re­gional de­sign will be on 15 Oc­to­ber… We look for­ward to re­ceiv­ing your lat­est projects from June on­wards!

See you at IN­DEX…

Group Ed­i­tor Cather­ine Bel­bin

Clock­wise (from top right): Bethan Gray, Jo Hamilton, Tim Hutch­ings, Amina Rus­ta­mani, Henry Hol­land and Leti­tia Tay­lor

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