De­sign Days Dubai

De­sign Days Dubai, the re­gion’s lead­ing lim­ited-edi­tion and col­lectible de­sign fair, at­tracts global at­ten­tion and ac­co­lades

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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.

Lo­cal flavour

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)

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