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Fol­low­ing a long and steamy sum­mer we are about to be thrown into a hy­per-busy sea­son pep­pered with ex­hi­bi­tions ga­lore…

We have only just un­packed our sum­mer hol­i­day suit­cases, yet it’s al­ready time to jet off to Mai­son et Ob­jet (7-11 Septem­ber), where the ‘Young De­sign­ers’ theme is for the first time fo­cused on ris­ing tal­ent from Le­banon.

M+O al­ways rep­re­sents a great start to the sea­son, though oth­ers may in­stead be jet­ting off to Va­len­cia for the Fe­ria Hábi­tat (18-21 Septem­ber), which presents the best new de­sign ideas from Spain.

The Beirut De­sign Fair (20-23 Septem­ber) also seems to be grow­ing in stature, pro­vid­ing a de­sign hub for the Le­vant and beyond.

Hav­ing teamed up with iGuzzini, id will have a pres­ence there dur­ing the re­gional pre­miere of The Per­fect Light by Light Col­lec­tive.

Just a few days later (23-25 Septem­ber) The Per­fect Light will be a fo­cal point of the 13th edi­tion of Light Mid­dle East – the re­gion’s pre­mier show for light tech­nol­ogy. More than 70 de­sign­ers are ex­pected to at­tend the GCC in­tro­duc­tion of the doc­u­men­tary, which presents a new ap­proach to light.

Mid-month, The Ho­tel Show in Dubai (16-18 Septem­ber) is also ex­pected to of­fer some new in­sights into the chang­ing trends in hos­pi­tal­ity and the need for the in­dus­try to adapt to the de­mands of to­day’s trav­ellers. Dubai is gear­ing up for an ex­pected Expo 2020 in­flux of tourists and a num­ber of new ho­tels have opened this sum­mer, in­clud­ing three in Al Seef: Zabeel House, Zabeel House Mini and Al Seef Ho­tel (part of the Jumeirah Group). Ad­di­tion­ally, the über-chic four-star Form Ho­tel (part of De­sign Ho­tels) – close to the Ver­sace Palace in Al Jaddaf, and a stone’s throw from the Metro sta­tion – has opened. De­signed by Paris-based Ar­chi­tec­ture-Stu­dio, Form Ho­tel is one of a grow­ing num­ber of bou­tique ho­tels open­ing in the re­gion.

Franco Cap­pellini, Pres­i­dent of Ital­ian lux­ury brand Cornelio Cap­pellini, was in Dubai to over­see his new dis­play space in the In­te­ri­ors show­room – home of Cornelio Cap­pellini for many years now.

Chat­ting to id, he ex­plained that the fam­ily-owned com­pany – which is based in Bri­anza, the heart of the Ital­ian fur­ni­ture-man­u­fac­tur­ing dis­trict – is en­joy­ing phe­nom­e­nal growth in China and si­mul­ta­ne­ously adapt­ing its of­fer­ings to meet the chang­ing de­mands of con­sumers. While re­main­ing true to its core val­ues of qual­ity and Ital­ian crafts­man­ship, the com­pany is pro­duc­ing prod­ucts that com­bine sim­pler, more min­i­mal­ist lines with a cos­mopoli­tan feel.

Easa Saleh Al Gurg (ESAG) has cre­ated a new busi­ness unit, Al Gurg Life­style, that will man­age its in­te­ri­ors brands. In ad­di­tion to up­grad­ing its ex­ist­ing Karama store, the com­pany is open­ing a cus­tom-de­signed new show­room in Dubai De­sign Dis­trict (d3), ad­ding to the retail and de­sign mix.

The firm, long as­so­ci­ated with lead­ing de­sign brands, is show­cas­ing a num­ber of home and of­fice brands in the new spa­ces. Deb­bas, the re­gion’s pre­mier light­ing firm, is also due to open in d3 very shortly. Thank you to every­one who has taken the time to en­ter their lat­est projects into the 2018 id De­sign Awards pro­gramme. The en­tries are now in the hands of the in­ter­na­tional jury headed by Marco Piva, along with Roberto + Lu­dovica Palomba, Keiji Takeuchi, and Jean-Philippe Nuel. The shortlist is ex­pected to be re­leased by mid-month.

We kick off the new sea­son with the soft launch of iden­tity. ae – our new web­site, which will pro­vide more ex­cit­ing news about the lo­cal, re­gional and global de­sign scenes at the click of a but­ton. Fol­low us on­line and on so­cial me­dia for the lat­est news on the id De­sign Awards and much, much more…

PS. Please don’t for­get to fol­low us on Face­book and In­sta­gram!

Group Ed­i­tor Cather­ine Bel­bin

Martin Lup­ton and Sharon Stam­mers

Jean-Philippe Nuel

Franco Cap­pellini

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