Do­mes­tic bliss

Identity - - EDITORIAL -

All of a sud­den it seems that the elec­tric, do­mes­tic and elec­tron­ics com­pa­nies are dom­i­nat­ing the scene…

This past month saw two ma­jor launches from Korean giants Sam­sung and LG, both of whom are keen to pro­mote their de­signer lines in the UAE.

Sam­sung set the pace with the launch of the stylish Frame tele­vi­sion by US-based Swiss de­signer Yves Be­har. Sam­sung joined hands with lead­ing UAE fur­ni­ture com­pany Ma­rina Home In­te­ri­ors to present new tele­vi­sions as part of a ‘ Liv­ing with Art’ ex­hi­bi­tion at the Ma­rina Home store in Mall of the Emi­rates.

The su­per-high-tech tele­vi­sions, which blend in seam­lessly with wall art, were pre­sented along with art­work by Donell Gu­mi­ran, Jo­han Al­berts and Sag­gaf Ab­dil­lah Al­hashmi.

Wash­ing ma­chines seems to be very much in vogue com­ing out of the laun­dry closet with a new makeover that com­bines both aes­thet­i­cally ap­peal­ing looks and tech­nol­ogy. Wash­ing ma­chines from both brands fea­ture spe­cial draw­ers/com­part­ments for ac­tions like si­mul­ta­ne­ous wash­ing of del­i­cates, mak­ing them more time ef­fi­cient, eco-friendly and prac­ti­cal.

LG has un­veiled its Sig­na­ture col­lec­tion at a more for­mal din­ner at Dubai Opera, which was con­verted into a ball­room type environment for the night. The heads of LG flew in to host the din­ner launch where the new tele­vi­sions, air pu­ri­fiers and ‘white prod­ucts’ were pre­sented.

Since the open­ing of its min­i­mal­ist new bou­tique in Dubai Mall, Dyson too has been pro­mot­ing its grow­ing prod­uct range. While its nifty lit­tle hairdryer is an in­stant suc­cess, the brand is also keenly pro­mot­ing its light­ing col­lec­tions, which take the firm into a new de­sign land­scape. Their Csys task lights and sus­pended Cu-Beam up mod­els are al­ready prov­ing pop­u­lar with in­te­rior de­sign­ers.

Jalapeno, one of the UAE’s lead­ing Her­man Miller deal­ers, has trans­ferred into their swish new of­fices in Ub­ora Tower in Busi­ness Bay, with stun­ning views of Down­town and Burj Khal­ifa… Check out their new HM col­lec­tions and of­fice light­ing from Lu­ce­plan.

Emaar and Dubai Prop­er­ties, the de­vel­op­ers of the Dubai Creek Tower de­signed by Span­ishSwiss ar­chi­tect San­ti­ago Cala­trava, have re­vealed the re­cently com­ple­tion of the 72-me­tre deep foun­da­tion pile cap foun­da­tion. The world record-break­ing foun­da­tion is poised to be capped with some 45.000 cu­bic me­tres of con­crete. The tower, in­spired by a lily flower, is ex­pected to be com­pleted by 2020, and will be 928 me­tres tall.

Septem­ber turns out thought to the Mai­son & Ob­jet Au­tumn show, which is ex­pected to be as pop­u­lar as ever. Don’t for­get to save the dates - 8-12 Septem­ber - when all the lat­est ac­ces­sories and fur­ni­ture from some of the world’s lead­ing de­sign firms will be dis­played.

Closer to home we have the upcoming Work­tech 2017 one-day con­fer­ence at the new Boule­vard Ad­dress Ho­tel to look for­wards to on 26 Septem­ber, which will bring to­gether a num­ber of lead­ing au­thor­i­ties from the world of of­fice de­sign. Last year’s event was most in­sight­ful and great for net­work­ing and we are sure that this year’s will also be well worth at­tend­ing…

Back at the id HQ in Me­dia One, we are busy plan­ning the id De­sign Awards gala, sched­uled for mid-Oc­to­ber. Mean­while, the in­ter­na­tional jury - headed by Marco Piva along with Toan Nyguyen, Chi Win Lo and Richard Stevens - are busy as­sess­ing the en­tries. The short­listed pro­jects will be re­leased later this month and the fi­nal­ists only re­vealed on the gala pre­sen­ta­tion night.

Our spon­sors this year in­clude Lobo & Li­s­tone, Jalapeno, Kvadrat, Lux­ury Vi­sions and Edel­man Leather. Oth­ers will be re­vealed soon…

Mean­while, please take time to visit our id De­sign Awards web­site and down­load the Life­time Achieve­ment nom­i­na­tion form - and sug­gest can­di­dates to be con­sid­ered for this pres­ti­gious award. The win­ner will be re­vealed at the gala in Oc­to­ber…

Group Ed­i­tor Cather­ine Bel­bin

Clock­wise (from top right): San­ti­ago Calava­tra, Yves Be­har, James Dyson and Philip Ross

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