De­signed for suc­cess

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id is proud to an­nounce the sixth edi­tion of De­sign Days Dubai – the world’s largest and most di­verse de­sign fair

As me­dia spon­sor, id is proud to an­nounce the sixth edi­tion of De­sign Days Dubai – the world’s largest and most di­verse de­sign fair.

Filled with sur­prises, the sixth edi­tion of De­sign Days Dubai at Dubai De­sign Dis­trict (d3) – its brand-new home – will fea­ture 50 ex­hibitors, the fair’s largest num­ber yet.

Tak­ing place dur­ing Art Week, an um­brella ini­tia­tive bring­ing to­gether the UAE’s arts and cul­ture-cen­tred events, De­sign Days Dubai (14-17 March) is a global plat­form for the re­gion’s emerg­ing de­sign stu­dios and solo de­sign­ers, and the world’s most es­teemed de­sign gal­leries.

In ad­di­tion to its gal­leries, the fair has cre­ated ini­tia­tives that fo­cus on a brand-new gen­er­a­tion of UAE-based de­sign­ers. Th­ese in­clude: the fifth edi­tion of Van Cleef & Ar­pel’s Mid­dle East Emer­gent De­signer Prize; Audi’s Innovation Award; the fourth sea­son of Tash­keel’s suc­cess­ful de­sign pro­gramme, Tan­ween; and Dubai Cul­ture and d3’s third Urban Com­mis­sions com­pe­ti­tion.

This is the Mid­dle East and South Asia’s only an­nual fair ded­i­cated to col­lectible mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary de­sign works, and will fea­ture a record num­ber of de­sign gal­leries and stu­dios based in the Emi­rates, GCC and wider re­gion.

This year’s first-time regional ex­hibitors are: Ayah Al Bi­tar; AYKA De­sign; Car­pets, Can­vas, Cush­ions by Ce­cilia Set­ter­dahl; Ja­far Da­jani; Michael Rice; and Nader Gam­mas (all from UAE) – Api­cal Re­form (India); Aperçu De­signs (Jor­dan); Marie Mu­nier (Le­banon); and Dahr De­sign (Saudi Ara­bia). And, for the first time, vin­tage de­sign will be pre­sented by spe­cial­ists in mid­cen­tury mod­ern, MCML Stu­dio (UAE).

Rawan Kashk­oush, Head of Pro­gram­ming, says that in ad­di­tion to the new lo­ca­tion there will be other no­tice­able changes. “The com­po­si­tion of the ex­hibitors is mov­ing away from a pure gallery line-up to al­low for more de­sign stu­dio and solo de­sign show­cases, and with that is ush­ered in some very ex­per­i­men­tal work from the likes of a hy­po­thet­i­cal of­fice and 1971 De­sign Space. We’ve di­ver­si­fied our price-points (from be­low US$500 through to up­wards of US$75,000) so that great de­sign can be­long to any­one. In sup­port of the UK-UAE Year of Creative Col­lab­o­ra­tion, we’re also thrilled to have a spe­cial fo­cus on Bri­tish con­tem­po­rary de­sign, ‘ Bri­tain Takes Shape’, [which is be­ing] hosted by Dubai Cul­ture.”

As a no­table sym­bol of the growth and ma­tu­rity of the de­sign land­scape

in the UAE and be­yond, ad­di­tional strong regional rep­re­sen­ta­tion can be seen through the high num­ber of re­turn­ing ex­hibitors, in­clud­ing Aljoud Lootah, Cities, Fa­tima Bint Mo­hamed Ini­tia­tive, MB&F M. A. D. Gallery and Nakkash Gallery (all from UAE); Nis­reen and Ner­meen Abu Dail of Naqsh Col­lec­tive (Jor­dan); Iwan Mak­tabi and Vick Van­lian (both Le­banon); Co­a­lesce (Pak­istan); and Aisha Al-Sowaidi (Qatar).

The re­gion’s top pur­vey­ors of de­sign will also be pre­sent­ing spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions and events. Cities’ much-an­tic­i­pated ex­hi­bi­tion, ‘The City on Dis­play’, will fea­ture de­signs from Ste­lios Mousar­ris and Tarek El Kas­souf, along with ex­clu­sive de­signs from Nada Debs, made spe­cially for this ex­hibit, that will be un­veiled at the De­sign Days. The de­sign­ers will share mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tions of city con­struc­tions, fo­cus­ing on geo­met­ric forms, lin­ear shapes and in­dus­trial ma­te­ri­als, giv­ing a new per­spec­tive to the con­crete cas­tles and metal­lic sky­lines that we call home.

In­ter­na­tional new­com­ers in­clude: Todd Mer­rill Stu­dio (NYC), a lead­ing voice in con­tem­po­rary col­lectible de­sign; Paris- and Los An­ge­les-based con­cept store/gallery L’Eclaireur; and Ter­ri­toire(s) (Paris) at the cross­sec­tion of art and de­sign.

India-based de­sign firm Api­cal Re­form, who is cur­rently work­ing on their de­sign-art gallery in d3 fea­tur­ing their own work as well as pieces by other renowned de­sign­ers, will be do­ing a spe­cial in­stal­la­tion, as well as a pub­lic in­stal­la­tion for Dubai.

Paris-based artist and de­signer Pierre Bon­nefille will also be pre­sent­ing a solo show with L’Eclaireur. Known for his work for top lux­ury brands Her­mès and Loro Piana, his pieces will in­clude ‘ Me­ta­mor­pho­sis’, ‘ Bronze Paint­ings’ and ‘ Furoshiki Draw­ings’. His co­coon-like ‘ Med­i­ta­tion Room’ will of­fer fair vis­i­tors respite with its light-re­flect­ing tex­tures and colours.

Kashk­oush’s ad­vice to new­com­ers: “Be cu­ri­ous… What’s unique about De­sign Days is that we have a lot of the de­sign­ers present – come armed with questions!”

by De­sign­boom Wave City Cof­fee Ta­ble

Remix by Brodie Neill

by Venzzini&Chen Close Up

Sonuslexia by Api­cal Re­form

Tur­bine Chan­de­lier by Nader Gam­mas

Mo­saico by Nikkita Bet­toni

Ni­amh Baryy Light Sculp­ture by Tod Mer­rill

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