designboom's guide to dubai design week 2023: from 3D printed pavilions to biomaterial installations

designboom's guide to dubai design week 2023: from 3D printed pavilions to biomaterial installations

designboom’s guide to dubai design week 2023

 

Dubai Design Week, the region’s largest design festival, will be returning from November 7-12 to Dubai Design District (d3) to host its most diverse program yet. For its ninth season, the event will convene over 500 participants from over 40 countries to celebrate the convergence of science and technology, and how at its intersection designers can reclaim materials of our past as well as reimagine new forms that foster sustainable practices. Across the six days, d3 will be enlivened with a range of pop-ups, talks, workshops, interactive experiences and activities, and over 20 outdoor installations — each immersing visitors in a vibrant exploration of form and materiality for a more hopeful future.

 

The festival’s standout event, Downtown Design, will also mark its tenth edition at d3’s Waterfront Terrace from November 8 to 11. It will showcase the latest collections and design solutions in the realm of contemporary interior, furniture, and lighting design across a curated blend of creative concepts, installations, experiences, and industry events. From the Altostrata, a 3D-printed pavilion, to Urban Hadeera, a sustainable shelter prototype — the interventions will showcase innovative utilizations of materials such as palm leaves, loofahs, sugar, and paper pulp, with 3D printed architecture at the forefront. 

 

In anticipation of Dubai Design Week, designboom presents a curated selection of must-see installations, activations, and workshops. Read on to uncover the highlights and make the most of its vibrant celebration of design and sustainability.

designboom's guide to dubai design week 2023
all images courtesy of Dubai Design Week

 

 

Pulp Fractions by TEE VEE EFF

 

TEE VEE EFF’s Pulp Fractions transforms discarded paper and cardboard into stackable structures — a response to the surge in delivery and consumption of these materials. These adaptable units, termed ‘fractions,’ feature perforations to harness wind and light, creating an illuminated spectacle at night. Beyond sustainability, the installation offers infinite configurations to be disassembled and repurposed to suit various sites and functions.

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Pulp Fractions by TEE VEE EFF

 

 

Rhythmic Resonance by Khyyam Ikram Design/Build 

 

Rhythmic Resonance by Khyyam Ikram Design/Build is an urban installation that presents a novel approach to urban design, offering multifunctional and visually captivating spaces that respond to their surroundings in real-time. The dynamic structure blends traditional majlis-style seating with Al Sadu fabric, celebrating the UAE’s heritage and engaging local artisans for sustainability and cultural engagement. Aiming to redefine public spaces, Rhythmic Resonance responds to human presence, adapting its shape as people pass underneath, creating an interactive environment that transforms urban landscapes into responsive spaces.

designboom's guide to dubai design week 2023
Rhythmic Resonance by Khyyam Ikram Design/Build

 

 

flowing threads by Areen Hassan

 

Areen Hassan’s Flowing Threads is an intricate textile installation that explores the interconnectedness of identity and cosmic connectivity through layers of thread that unravel to reshape the fabric. Handcrafted, the project symbolizes transparency and adaptability as the threads follow the flow of the wind, emphasizing material lightness and contrasting with the hues and transparency of the fabric and surroundings. As sunlight weaves through, the pavilion transforms and reflects the intertwined journey of individuals in the cosmic tapestry. The artist invites visitors to contemplate the layers of identity and the importance of transparency in life.

 

CYCLE by SIBYL Design Studio

 

CYCLE, an urban installation by SIBYL Design Studio, draws inspiration from the rapid transformation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under Vision 2030 — a symbolic representation of progress and a beacon for the future. The participatory element of the design invites visitors to contribute to the evolving artwork, as a fixed drawing handle enables each individual to leave a unique imprint on the spinning sand board, continuing lines begun by others. The result is an intricate dance of collaboration that reflects unity and the collective journey towards a promising future.

 

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CYCLE by SIBYL Design Studio

 

 

Eco-Sustainable Voronoi Wall by the University of Sharjah

 

The Eco-Sustainable Voronoi Wall by the University of Sharjah, led by Aref Maksoud, merges nature-inspired aesthetics with eco-conscious materials to pave the way for more sustainable architecture. Its surface is marked by a Voronoi pattern, resembling nature’s own designs as seen in the branching of trees and the territorial divisions of animals. Alongside this, it enhances structural robustness, optimizing material distribution and reducing overall weight. The creation showcases a modularity which empowers scalability and the integration of functional elements like openings and green features, while incorporating biodegradable and eco-friendly PLA through 3D printing technology, minimizing waste and the carbon footprint linked to conventional construction.

designboom's guide to dubai design week 2023: from 3D printed pavilions to biomaterial installations
Eco-Sustainable Voronoi Wall by the University of Sharjah

 

 

prismatic dreamscape by vertical design 

 

Prismatic Dreamscape, a sensory art installation by Vertical Design, invites visitors into a world of duality and harmony. It comprises twin glass installations that blur boundaries and transcend the familiar, one reflecting Earth’s energy and the other the cosmos. The horizontal structure features vivid colors and intricate shapes, evoking a grounded energy, while the vertical counterpart captures the essence of boundless space with neon lights.

 

hexa deck by hsc designs

 

Hexa Deck by HSC Designs is a communal hub that caters to the exuberance of youth while offering a tranquil enclave fostering engagement in meaningful dialogue. This vibrant platform, adorned with a modest shelter, serves as a remedy — an interactive installation fostering a sanctuary from the frantic, modern-day pace of living. Embodying ecological sensitivity the deck utilizes sustainable practices, from eco-friendly wood to a tree sap-derived polish. Further, driven by computational technologies, Hexa Deck optimizes material usage, achieving exceptional results while minimizing resource consumption.

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Hexa Deck by HSC Designs

 

Arabi-AN by Mitsubishi Jisho Design Inc

 

Arabi-AN is a transformative project by Mitsubishi Jisho Design Inc, merging teahouses and furniture to unite people through tea. Celebrating the art of tea as a symbol of human connection in a world marked by divisions, Arabi-AN navigates the balance between universality and specificity, adapting to changing latitudes and utilizing locally sourced waste materials, including tea dregs and grapes, for harmony with unique surroundings. Post-exhibition, components can transform into bespoke furniture, further intertwining art, sustainability, and personalized design through NFTs and 3D printing or milling options — an invitation for individuals to contribute to this piece’s evolution.

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Arabi-AN by Mitsubishi Jisho Design Inc

 

 

Shaking Sanctuary: Urban Shade by nngg Studio

 

Shaking Sanctuary: Urban Shade by nngg Studio offers visitors a moment of respite to engage with nature, while promoting the importance of green spaces in urban design. The urban retreat integrates flexible poles that respond to human touch, creating an environment that mirrors the sway of a forest walk. Honoring the resilient species of the Arabian desert, the project transforms the urban landscape into a serene oasis, with flexible rods supporting canopies and responding to visitors’ movements. Patterned canopies inspired by UAE’s native fauna cast intricate shadows, offering an authentic forest-like encounter in the heart of the city.

 

The Future Will Be Sown by Made In Earth

 

Made In Earth’s installation, The Future Will Be Sown, urges a transformative shift in our relationship with the environment, calling for a regenerative future through sustainable materials and storytelling. The installation poses an immersive and sensorial landscape that prompts reflection on the power when sustainable materials, communities, and regional stories converge. It serves as an invitation to reconsider our impact on the world by honoring the delicate balance between nature and people, reimagining a world in symbiosis with plant fibers.

designboom's guide to dubai design week 2023: from 3D printed pavilions to biomaterial installations
The Future Will Be Sown by Made In Earth

 

 

art jameel x Frame: an immersive venue

 

In collaboration with FRAME, Art Jameel presents a curated selection of artworks, publications, and more in an immersive venue. While browsing a series of exclusive commissioned pieces by local and regional artists, limited edition artworks ceramics, children’s products, and a range of publications, visitors can enjoy specialty teas and coffees offered by FRAME which emphasize source profile, extraction, and brewing for a sensory exploration.

 

Frédéric Malle activation: Portrait of a Lady

 

Frédéric Malle presenting a pop-up concept that merges art, design, and fragrance. Middle Eastern photographers Malak Kabbani, Amina Zaher, and Hayat Osama together reinterpret the iconic Portrait of a Lady fragrance in a curated space, transforming fragrance into visual art. The activation, featuring Frédéric Malle’s brand cues, serves as a canvas for these distinct portraits.

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designboom's guide to dubai design week 2023: from 3D printed pavilions to biomaterial installations
Prismatic Dreamscape by Vertical Design

 

 

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event: Dubai Design Week 2023

duration: November 7 – November 11, 2023

location: Dubai Design District (d3)

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