Images (clockwise from left): Design Talk – The 8 Point Bench; Ayah AlBitar’s “WISADA”; Anna Szonyi – IDO – Winner of Urban Commissions 1.0; Rand Abdul Jabbar – Forma One/ Photo credit: Design Talk; Ayah AlBitar; Anna Szonyi; Ekta Saran
Design Days Dubai, the only collectible design fair in the Middle East and South Asia, returns to The Venue in Downtown Dubai for its fifth edition with an exciting roster of new and returning exhibitors, alongside a popular public programme of special projects, talks, workshops and guided tours allowing visitors to discover and engage with design.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and in partnership with Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, Design Days Dubai brings together over 45 exhibitors from 20 countries as well as over 750 works from over 180 designers. World-leading design galleries include Carpenters Workshop Gallery (UK/France/USA), Victor Hunt designArt Dealers (Belgium), Art Factum (Lebanon) and Gallery S. Bensimon (France) and newcomers J.C.T Haute Couture Interiors (France), Camp Design Gallery (Italy), Barcelona Design Gallery (Spain) and Dutch Creative Industry (The Netherlands).
A record number of regional exhibitors will showcase their design pieces this year. These include the first participation of Monogram and M.A.D Gallery (both Dubai), Samovar and Loulwa Al-Radwan (both Kuwait), Vick Vanlian and Georges Amatoury Studio (both Lebanon), Kalo (UAE) and Aisha Al-Sowaidi (Qatar). And, returning exhibitors: 1971 Design Space, Aljoud Lootah, Cities, Fatima bint Mohamed bin Zayed Initiative, Fadi Sarriedine, Nakkash Gallery, Shamsa Alabbar and Tashkeel, all based in the Emirates, along with Coalesce (Pakistan), Naqsh Collective (Jordan) and Squad Design (Lebanon).
“Reflecting Dubai’s unique position as a global meeting point, Design Days Dubai showcases design from around the world, in addition to design from the region. We have a unique format which positions young emerging galleries alongside the renowned, providing a first-time opportunity to exhibit at an international level; and for design enthusiasts, the opportunity to meet designers from all over the world and acquire collectible design not seen anywhere else.” said Cyril Zammit, Director of Design Days Dubai.
WASL: Nurturing local and regional talent
As a celebration of the fair’s five years and it’s legacy and commitment to supporting and nurturing local and regional design talent; Design Days Dubai presents ‘WASL’, supported by Dubai Design District (d3) and Dubai Culture, the largest retrospective of design from the UAE to date bringing together 25 of the UAE’s emerging and established designers and makers. All pieces on display have been designed or produced in the UAE over the past 5 years or so; since the launch of Design Days Dubai in 2012, marking a very positive milestone in the nascent UAE design scene and Design Days Dubai’s role as a catalyst to the development of Emirati design talent. Works on show vary from furniture objects to lighting, floor and wall to graphic prints showing the diversity of local talent.
Said Zammit, “Design Days Dubai has been a great push for the regional appreciation of design. We opened the door to high design, the very specific art of producing exquisite pieces in limited edition or even to commission an object just for you. In the 5 years since the fair’s launch in 2012, the design scene has matured and fostered a new generation of designers. As a tribute to them we present ‘WASL’”.