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