alula design award crowns five winners at paris design week 2023

alula design award crowns five winners at paris design week 2023

arts alula at paris design week 2023

 

The rugged, awe-inspiring landscape of AlUla, Saudi Arabia, has been a muse for artists for generations. This legacy continues as Arts AlUla aims to preserve the heritage of traditional artisans in this region while also promoting designers to respectfully push boundaries and innovate. Coinciding with Paris Design Week 2023, three initiatives aim to conserve this future: the winners of AlUla Design Award 2023, the Madrasat Addeera Editions exhibition, and the inaugural Design Residency in AlUla.

alula design award crowns five winners at paris design week 2023
ALWADIYA_ The Living Pots, by TECHNOCrafts, Madrasat Addeera Editions (main image also)

 

 

The winners of the AlUla Design Award have brilliantly interpreted the landscape and heritage of AlUla through their designs. We are excited that the Award sits alongside several AlUla design initiatives including the trailblazing Madrasat Addeera Editions, also exhibiting in Paris; the first Design Residency which begins in October in AlUla; and the Design Space AlUla which opens in early 2024. These initiatives exemplify AlUla’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of design in dynamic and innovative ways whilst fostering creativity and cross-cultural connections. We look forward to nurturing these ambitious initiatives which are making AlUla a design hub in the region, engaging local and international design communities alike,‘ said Nora Aldabal, Executive Director of Arts and Creative Industries Royal Commission for AlUla.

alula design award crowns five winners at paris design week 2023
ALWAHA, The Room Divider, by Cristian Mohaded, Madrasat Addeera Editions 2023

 

 

alula design award 2023 winners

 

As the first of three initiatives of Arts AlUla at Paris Design Week 2023, the winners of the AlUla Design Award were announced in a dedicated exhibition in the city. Including established as well as emerging designers, the awards sought entries that conceptualized and developed high-end retail items across six categories. Submissions were then deliberated down to 10 finalists by an international jury of renowned leaders in the design industry.

 

Conceived by designer Hervé Sauvage, the AlUla Design Award exhibition revealed the work of all 10 finalists. Each design references the heritage, landscape, and artistic legacies of the region in Saudi Arabia. The five winners ranged from the contemplative Tawa chair by Shaddah Studio and ritualistic AlUla Terrains: Dates Serving Sets by Teeb to the mosaic-patterned Incense Heritage Collection by Sarra Hafaiedh, Oil Lantern by Imane Mellah, and Naba Tea Tiffin by Ikkis, Gunjan Gupta. The award-winning items will be commissioned, with laureates provided assistance during the production process, and promoted regionally and internationally through exhibitions as seen in Paris.

alula design award crowns five winners at paris design week 2023
ALGHARAMEEL The Magical Pillars, by Dr. Zahrah Alghamdi, Madrasat Addeera Editions 2023

 

 

madraset addeera editions exhibition

 

Held concurrently with an exhibition during Paris Design Week 2023, Madraset Addeera Editions showcases a curation of limited edition statement designs from AlUla. The initiative is dedicated to developing artisanal skills and crafts for locals, with the aim of growing a sustainable, vibrant, and authentically creative design industry in the region.

 

The showcase displays four pieces designed and produced by established Saudi and international designers from more than eight other countries. Each design blends local heritage with contemporary style, techniques, and innovation with the aim of highlighting the potential of artisanal crafts in today’s creative scene. With limited edition statement pieces by Dr. Zahrah Alghamdi, Cristian Mohaded, TAKK (Mireia Luzarraga and Alejandro Muino), and GTECNOCrafts, the designs pair tradition with modern innovations and sustainable materials.

alula design award crowns five winners at paris design week 2023
DUNA, The Seating Dune, by TAKK, Madrasat Addeera Editions 2023

 

 

inaugural design residency in alula

 

Arts AlUla’s inaugural Design Residency encourages more ambitious experimentation of design in the region. It builds upon the success of the AlUla Artist Residency, launched in 2021 by the Royal Commission for AlUla and French Agency for AlUla Development. Taking place for three months, the residency invites creatives to AlUla to forge new examinations and explorations of designs that preserve heritage while pushing boundaries. The goal is to create a thriving, inspiring hub for artistic and design excellence in the historic location.

 

The inaugural Design Residency beings in October 2023, inviting six designers for three months, before exhibiting their work in February 2024 during the AlUla Arts Festival.

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AlUla Design Award winner: Ikkis, Naba Tea Tiffin, Arts AlUla, 2023

alula design award crowns five winners at paris design week 2023
AlUla Design Award winner: Shaddah Studio, Tawa, Arts AlUla, 2023

alula design award crowns five winners at paris design week 2023
AlUla Design Award winner: Imane Mellah, Oil Lantern, Arts AlUla, 2023

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AlUla Design Award winner: Teeb, AlUla Terrains_ Dates Serving Set, Arts AlUla, 2023

alula design award crowns five winners at paris design week 2023
AlUla Design Award winner: Sarra Hafaiedh, Incense Heritage Collection, Arts AlUla, 2023

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Award winners include Shaddah Studio, Teeb, Sarra Hafaiedh, Imane Mellah, and Ikkis, Gunjan Gupta

alula design award crowns five winners at paris design week 2023
Arts AlUla announces the winners of AlUla Design Award during Paris Design Week 2023

 

 

award info:

 

organizer: Arts AlUla

award: AlUla Design Award

winners: Shaddah Studio, Teeb, Sarra Hafaiedh, Imane Mellah, and Ikkis, Gunjan Gupta

exhibition address: 21, Rue De Turenne, 75 004 Paris, France

exhibition dates: 8 to 16 September 2023, 10am to 7pm

 

 

editions info:

 

exhibition title: Madraset Addeera Editions

designers: Dr. Zahrah Alghamdi, Cristian Mohaded, TAKK (Mireia Luzarraga and Alejandro Muino), and GTECNOCrafts

exhibition address: Galerie Joseph, 66 Rue Charlot Paris, France

exhibition dates: 8 to 16 September 2023, 10am to 6pm

 

 

residency info:

 

title: Design Residency

location: AlUla, Saudi Arabia

duration: three months

start date: October 2023

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