Eight UAE de­sign­ers are bring­ing a cel­e­bra­tion of Emi­rati cul­ture to Dubai De­sign Week

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Eight Emi­rati tal­ents show­cas­ing their work at this year’s Dubai De­sign Week

“The Emi­rati de­sign scene has def­i­nitely grown over the past few years, with lo­cal de­sign­ers now show­ing glob­ally,” says Roudha Al Shamsi, one of eight cre­atives tak­ing part in the UAE De­sign Sto­ries show dur­ing Dubai De­sign Week this Novem­ber. “The em­pha­sis on emerg­ing de­sign­ers has in­tro­duced a larger va­ri­ety of ta­lent to the coun­try, which is good to see.”

Al Shamsi will be join­ing seven other lo­cal tal­ents at the ex­hi­bi­tion, in­clud­ing in­te­rior de­signer Alia Mazrooei, mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary de­sign­ers Aljoud Lootah and Salem Al Man­soori, sculp­tur­ist Azza Al Qubaisi, jew­ellery de­signer Alia bin Omair, ar­chi­tect Ab­dalla Al Mulla, and Bedouin Emi­rati artist Ah­mad Al Areef. Each of th­ese cre­atives will be pre­sent­ing orig­i­nal works from their col­lec­tions, rang­ing

from fur­ni­ture de­sign and jew­ellery to art pieces. All of them have been in­stru­men­tal in el­e­vat­ing the UAE de­sign in­dus­try on an in­ter­na­tional level, and showed their work as a col­lec­tive un­der the d3 ban­ner dur­ing Mi­lan and Lon­don de­sign weeks ear­lier this year.

Dubai-based Lootah started her jour­ney ex­plor­ing prod­uct de­sign and be­spoke cor­po­rate gifts. She then es­tab­lished her stu­dio with a keen in­ter­est in ex­plor­ing the idea of con­trasts in form and func­tion. “My creative drive comes from a pas­sion for de­tail, aes­thet­ics, and ex­per­i­men­tal ap­proaches to ma­te­ri­als and tech­niques,” she ex­plains.

Ab­dalla Al Mulla will show­case fur­ni­ture from his MULA line, while Ah­mad Al Reef, one of the artists to be fea­tured, will present his Qaser Al Haakim in­stal­la­tion, a pro­jec­tion piece that at­mo­spher­i­cally jux­ta­poses his­toric im­ages of Abu Dhabi’s Qasr Al Hosn with con­tem­po­rary footage of the emi­rate’s new pres­i­den­tial palace.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing, the jew­ellery de­signer Alia Bin Omair fo­cused on cre­at­ing a line that she de­scribes as ‘bold, or­ganic and highly cu­rated’. Her gold Ejfa head­piece is in­spired by the tra­di­tional braided Bedouin hair­style. Like many of the fea­tured tal­ents, Bin Omair is op­ti­mistic about the di­rec­tion the lo­cal de­sign scene is head­ing in: “The in­dus­try is slowly grow­ing and I am happy to see that the gov­ern­ment is cre­at­ing more op­por­tu­ni­ties for the de­sign­ers.”

Dubai De­sign Week will run from 12 – 17 Novem­ber at Dubai De­sign District (d3). dubaidesign­

Clock­wise from above: 1 A free-stand­ing coat hangerde­sign by Azza Al Qubaisi 2 Salem Al Man­soori chal­lengesthe form of the Emi­rati cof­fee cup 3 Alia Al Mazrooei presents her KAJ ta­ble de­sign at theLon­don De­sign Fair

Clock­wise from above:4 Alia bin Omair’s Ejfa head­piece is based on the tra­di­tional braided Bedouin hair­style 5 Roudha Al Shamsi's The Spin­dle pen­dent light­ing 6 Aljoud Lootah with her mod­ern Man­doos de­sign 7 Ah­mad Al Areef in front of his Qaser Al Haakimin­stal­la­tion“I am happy to see that the gov­ern­ment is cre­at­ing moreop­por­tu­ni­ties for de­sign­ers”ALIA BIN OMAIR JEW­ELLERY DE­SIGNER

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