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From Aeron Hockey to high-gloss art­work, the sea­son is well and truly in full swing…

If you thought that Oc­to­ber was a hec­tic month then brace your­self for Novem­ber! The days ahead are ful­lly packed, with art and cul­ture events ga­lore.

The ac­tiv­i­ties will start with the for­mal open­ing of the much-awaited Jameel Arts Cen­tre in Dubai Cul­tural Dis­trict, in the pres­ence of ar­chi­tect Christo­pher Lee.

Gor­don Camp­bell Gray – the vi­sion­ary and creative force be­hind Beirut’s Le Gray Ho­tel and the soon-to-open Mer­chant House in Bahrain – will also be in Dubai to present his plans for new ho­tels with a strong de­sign com­po­nent…

Lo­cal and re­gional de­sign­ers are putting the fi­nal touches to their ex­cit­ing new cre­ations that are due to be re­vealed dur­ing Dubai De­sign Week (12-17 Novem­ber).

More and more top-notch in­ter­na­tional de­sign­ers and prod­uct man­agers, as well as some 40 lo­cal and re­gional de­sign­ers, will be join­ing the de­sign extravaganza that will see some 175 brands re­veal their new­est de­signs dur­ing Down­town De­sign.

Dubai De­sign Week 2018 will also host an ex­ten­sive range of talks within d3, in­clud­ing those from in­ter­na­tional in­no­va­tor Daan Roosegaarde and glob­ally renowned Ital­ian de­signer Paola Navone.

Mean­while, Baku-born, Moscow-based in­te­rior de­signer and au­thor Leyla Uluhanli will be in Dubai dur­ing De­sign Week to present her new fur­ni­ture col­lec­tion and launch her gor­geous cof­fee ta­ble book: Mosques: Splen­dors of Is­lam.

Pub­lished by Riz­zoli, the book has a chap­ter ded­i­cated to con­tem­po­rary mosques, in­clud­ing the UAE’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

In Alserkal Av­enue the Rug Com­pany is hold­ing a spe­cial de­sign day at The Odd Piece, where the guest speaker is Mar­tyn Lawrence Bullard, in­te­rior de­signer to A-class celebri­ties such as El­ton John. He will be talk­ing about his new col­lec­tion for the lead­ing Bri­tish firm.

Jalapeno Trad­ing, one of the UAE’s lead­ing Her­man Miller deal­ers, will mark the close of De­sign Week 2018 with an Aeron Hockey tour­na­ment at Sky­dive Dubai.

Or­gan­ised by Man­ag­ing Part­ner Thierry Van Durme, the event will see some 64 de­sign­ers and in­dus­try pro­fes­sional tak­ing part in hockey matches played while sit­ting in iconic Her­man Miller Aeron chairs!

Con­grat­u­la­tions to In­digo Liv­ing: the Hong Kong-based firm that has been fur­nish­ing homes in Asia and the Mid­dle East for more than 40 years has re­cently opened its new flag­ship store in Dubai.

Lo­cated on Al Wasl Road, the sleek new store is stocked with so­phis­ti­cated new col­lec­tions, in­clud­ing Kelly Hop­pen’s new­est line that is cer­tainly worth ex­plor­ing.

Miele also re­cently opened its new Ex­pe­ri­ence Cen­tre on Sheikh Zayed Road, where the com­pany’s lat­est prod­ucts are on show.

Sim­i­larly, Quooker has opened its first stand-alone store as de­mand for lux­ury kitchen ap­pli­ances, ac­ces­sories and units con­tinue to grow.

And huge con­grat­u­la­tions to all the tal­ented de­sign­ers whose projects made it to the fi­nal round of this year’s iden­tity De­sign Awards. For an in-depth look at the awards, see the postevent wrap-up in this is­sue and on­line at iden­tity. ae

Next year, for the fifth an­nual edi­tion of id De­sign Awards, we will be open­ing the en­try process much sooner, so that de­sign teams can en­ter their projects as they are com­plet­ing them, rather than hav­ing to wait un­til com­ple­tion. For more on the ‘en­ter as you go’ pro­ce­dure, please fol­low us on iden­tity. ae And we will soon be re­leas­ing even more ex­cit­ing new el­e­ments to the awards pro­gramme. We are also very keen to high­light your projects in the mag­a­zine through­out the year – so please con­tact us and share ideas with us, so that we can give you all more ex­po­sure, both on­line and in the mag­a­zine. As we all know, get­ting per­mis­sion to fea­ture res­i­den­tial projects can be tricky, but we are re­ally keen to show­case such projects, so please try and share th­ese with us.

Happy Dubai De­sign Week! PS. Please don’t for­get to fol­low us on Face­book and In­sta­gram and to visit our new web­site: iden­tity. ae.

Group Edi­tor Cather­ine Bel­bin

Christo­pher Lee

Leyla Uluhanli

Gor­don Camp­bell Gray

Paola Navone

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