dubai design week 2016 showcases largest selection of regional design
 

dubai design week 2016 showcases largest selection of regional design

 

dubai design week: the 2016 dubai design week, which runs from the 24th to 29th october, is set to be the largest showcase of regional design talent in the middle east. impressively 223 designers, out of the 564 that are participating, are from 15 countries in the MENASA region (the middle east, north africa and south asia area), and an unprecedented 73 of those are UAE-based. these numbers highlight dubai’s aim of further establishing itself as a global design center, acting as a commercial gateway into the middle east and providing vast opportunities for creatives.

 

continuing designboom’s preview coverage of the 2016 dubai design week, which encompasses over 100 different events, we take a closer look at some of those that features regional design promise. as part of this, we explore; the ‘iconic city: cairo now! city incomplete’ exhibition, downtown design program, abwab, the global grad show, and seven installations that will feature across the city.

dubai-design-week-regional-design-designboom01
the NM collection’s ‘rue’ console will be presented at the downtown design event

 

 

 

‘many of this year’s events – the large number of workshops, talks, competitions – really point to a community that has an appetite for learning and is knowledge hungry,’ says rawan kashkoush, head of programming at dubai design week. ‘it’s a community developing steadily and ready to show what it’s capable of — during the 6 days of design week and beyond.’

dubai-design-week-regional-design-designboom02
the products at the ‘iconic city: cairo now! city incomplete’ reflect the powerful imagery of the city

 

 

 

following the ‘brilliant beriut’ exhibition at the 2015 dubai design week, ‘iconic city: cairo now! city incomplete’ reflects the current status quo of the egyptian capital, following the theme of incompleteness. the show, curated by mohamed elshahed, brings together the work of 65 of the country’s creatives, with many of whom debuting their designs to the public for the very first time. screening the capital’s disjointed transport system, partially restored historic buildings and half-finished satellite cities, the show aims to present the unrealized potential of the generation of designers that currently live there.

dubai-design-week-regional-design-designboom03
the ‘lighting wheel’ by mohamed nabil for the cairo exhibition

 

 

 

as a centerpiece of the dubai design week and the dubai design district (d3), the downtown design presents the work of a record 13 different regional brands. the show, which runs from the 25th to 28th october, exhibits a balanced mixture of iconic design that has been influenced with emerging ideas from best-in-class creatives. regional brands included in this year’s show include: apical reform (india), beba creations (UAE), cecilia setterdahl (UAE), etqaan (egypt), green road (UAE), hands (India), pallavi dean (UAE), NM collection (UAE), muriel kai (lebanon), klove (india), paola sakr (lebanon), samovar carpets (kuwait) and tamara barrage (lebanon).

dubai-design-week-regional-design-designboom04
the ‘takki w hakki’ by think tank co

 

 

 

the greatly anticipated return of the abwab program, named after the arabic word for doors, exclusively and devotedly explores the design scenes of countries from the MENASA region. with the theme of ‘the human senses’, it will showcase the responses of graphic designers, product designers, photographers and architects from algeria, bahrain, india, iraq, palestine and the UAE. each individual nation will present their own country-specific interpretation of the idea, hoping to create a selection of culturally diverse projects.

dubai-design-week-regional-design-designboom05
each camel saddle swing also has a matching headset that plays out traditional samry songs

 

 

 

the 2016 global grad show, as previewed here on designboom, will showcase 145 design solutions for many of the world’s most pressing issues and promotes the good for humanity. as another record feat, 11 student designers from eight universities within the MENASA region, will be participating and exhibiting their work. schools included in this group are; german university in cairo (egypt), king abdullah university of science and technology (saudi arabia), american university in dubai (UAE), VCU qatar, NYU abu dhabi (UAE), american university of sharjah (UAE), middle east technical university (turkey) and srishti institute (india).

dubai-design-week-regional-design-designboom06
the ‘hexalite’ by zeinab al hashemi for swarovski
grass hopper for swarovski

 

 

 

as an integral part of the 2016 dubai design week, several installations by regional designers will feature across the city, with one by hani abyad of studio mr white, and yusuke murakami and tangent, being a series of projections that will be beamed onto the world’s tallest tower – the burj khalifa. in similar fields, the ‘#EMO_DCI’ by maja kozel, teun verbeek and juliette wermenbol, is an installation that focuses on the experience of mixing sound, scent and imagery. in d3 as well as ‘#EMO_DCI’, talin hazbar and latifa saeed’s ‘left impression’ presents a seating environment that creates a focal point for creative communities to gather.

dubai-design-week-regional-design-designboom07
its 33 structures reveal a shimmering geometric mirage
grass hopper for swarovski

 

 

 

continuing the preview of the regionally-designed installations that will be spread out across the city of dubai, the ‘takki w hakki’ by think tank co, is an interactive piece that evokes nostalgia through swinging saddle seats.  another exhibit called ‘hexalite’ by zeinab al hashemi, which was commissioned by swarovski, creates an infinite series of kaleidoscopic views through crystals and a hexagonal mirrored steel structure.  finally, the ‘through the lens’ window installations at galeries lafayette by amer al dour, bahr bahr, anjali srinivasan, and emanuela corti & ivan parati, creates unique displays of transformations.

dubai-design-week-regional-design-designboom08
‘through the lens’ window installations at galeries lafayette

 

 

 

make sure to follow designboom’s coverage of the 2016 dubai design week, which runs from 24th to 29th october, and its many events, talks and product presentations.

dubai-design-week-regional-design-designboom09
the transforming displays present the work of interior, fashion and urban design

 

dubai-design-week-regional-design-designboom10
the ‘left impression’ exhibit by talin hazbar and latifa saeed

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    design news

    ×
    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    489,226 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample