Design Days Dubai
Design Days Dubai, the region’s leading limited-edition and collectible design fair, attracts global attention and accolades
The region’s leading design fair is back and seriously set to inspire.
With 125 designers represented by 50 exhibitors and more than 350 works from 39 countries, alongside innovative premieres and special projects, this year’s Design Days Dubai is a must-see for interiors enthusiasts. Set in Dubai Design District (d3), the fair unites some of the design world’s most seasoned names, such as Todd Merrill in New York and Leclaireur in Paris, and some of the region’s established and emerging galleries and design studios. With many of the designers on site, visitors have the opportunity to learn about each piece and their design process. A highlight of this year is Britain Takes Shape, an exhibition of British contemporary design hosted by Dubai Culture in support of the UK-UAE Year of Creative Collaboration. Curated by Suzanne Trocmé, award-winning designer/author/curator, the exhibition features the work of 10 pioneers of British design. A series of talks and workshops will also give UAE audiences unparalleled access to the design world. Some headline-grabbing Middle Eastern premieres include the Metamorphosis bronze collection by pioneering French designer Pierre Bonnefille (Maître d’Art); the sparkling, oversized Flying Chair light installation by French sculptress Geraldine Gonzales, her most ambitious piece to date; and, Walking, the unique freestanding screen-sculpture by Irish designer Niamh Barry, made of solid bronze inlaid with opaque glass and LED lights.
From the region, premieres include Lebanese jewellery designer-turned-lighting designer Marie Munier’s Spirale II, a handcrafted brass and LED lighting sculpture (edition of 10); leading Emirati designer Aljoud Lootah’s hotly anticipated first ceramic collection; a series of tables innovatively combining wood and resin by emerging design duo Tarek Hreish and Farah Kayyal of Aperçu Designs, Jordan; and new organic form-inspired wall pieces by Irish-born Dubaibased designer maker, Michael Rice (see also page 98). Parallel to the exhibitor programme is an exciting array of special projects as well as installations and live design-in-the-making performances. ‘Design Days Dubai this year is about losing yourself to design,’ says the event’s head of programming, Rawan Kashkoush. ‘The beauty of the fair is in its global selection of design and its range of price points. There really is something for everyone.’
Clockwise from top left Newton Bucket Bowls, Silo Studio (UK); Afghan tapestry from FBMI and Aljoud Lootah (UAE); Remix, an organically shaped low chaise lounge carved from reclaimed materials by Brodie Neill (UK); Tower Lamp, Nader Gammas Lighting (UAE); Nizwa Cabinet, featuring marquetry on dyed Italian maple veneer by Bethan Gray (UK); Sky drops, upcycled wood pendants by Aperçu Designs (Jordan)