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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
Gordon Campbell Gray