Design Days Dubai @ D3 from 14-17 March 2017

Design Days Dubai @ D3 from 14-17 March 2017

Design Days Dubai @ D3 from 14-17 March 2017

Design Days Dubai 2017 opens for an epic sixth edition

 Held from 14 – 17 March, 2017 at new venue in Dubai Design District (d3)

  • 50 exhibitors representing more than 125 designers from 39 countries, the largest number to date, with record UAE participation
  • A fair of discovery with the world’s finest collectible, purchasable and limited edition furniture, lighting and accessories: more than 400 works on display
  • Range of prices to appeal to both aspiring and seasoned collectors
  • Most extensive public programme to date
  • Dubai Culture hosts British collectible design exhibition in recognition of

UK-UAE Year of Creative Collaboration

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and in partnership with the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, Design Days Dubai, the only collectible design fair in the Middle East and South Asia and one of Dubai most-loved cultural events, presents a cross-section of the world’s most exciting highly-collectible design and installations, alongside a public programme bursting with leading design personalities and industry experts.

A record number of exhibitors

As a notable symbol of the growth and maturity of the design landscape in the UAE and MENASA region, the fair welcomes the largest number of exhibitors in 2017 – 125 designers showing more than 400 works, represented by 50 exhibitors from 39 countries. Design Days Dubai remains a catalyst to the development of the UAE’s own design community and the wider region and is a well-known launch pad for emerging designers. A record 21 galleries and design studios from the UAE will exhibit their collections of furniture, lighting and decorative objects – a huge increase from one UAE design gallery in 2012’s launch edition – cementing the fair’s status as a platform for the Middle East’s rapidly evolving design culture.

Positioned as a fair of discovery, visitors will experience the vast variety and creativity that mark design today as well as having the opportunity to meet many of the designers and learn about their design process. We are proud to have curated the world’s most diverse collection of modern and contemporary collectible design, placing regional galleries and design studios together with leading international exhibitors – and blending innovative design techniques, practices, and skills – to create a world-quality fair. Design Days Dubai has evolved and developed in unison with the region’s increasing appetite for design, and reflects the city’s status as a hub for innovative design and arts in the region, and beyond,” said Rawan Kashkoush, Head of Programming of Design Days Dubai.

Design Days Dubai appeals to the aspiring and seasoned collectors alike with its eclectic global selection of design and range of price points (from under US $500 to upwards of $75,000) and is proud to retain a loyal following amongst visitors, exhibitors and the international design community. 

Design premieres

Headline-grabbing Middle Eastern premieres from best-in-class international design galleries include: ‘Metamorphosis’ bronze collection by pioneering French designer and Maître d’Art Pierre Bonnefille presented by Leclaireur (France/USA); the sparkling, over-sized ‘Flying Chair’ light installation by French sculptress Geraldine Gonzales, her most ambitious piece to date exhibited by Territoire(s) (France/UAE); and, ‘Walking’ free-standing screen-sculpture by Irish designer Niamh Barry made of solid bronze inlaid with opaque glass and LED lights on show at Todd Merrill (USA)’s booth.

There are premieres abound from the record number of design galleries and studios based in the Emirates, GCC and wider region including: Lebanese jewellery designer turned lighting designer Marie Munier’s ‘Spirale II’, a hand-crafted brass and LED lighting sculpture (edition of 10); leading Emirati designer Aljoud Lootah’s hotly-anticipated first ceramic collection which depicts intricate patterns that adorned the historic architecture of the UAE; a series of tables innovatively combining upcycled wood and resin by emerging design duo Tarek Hreish and Farah Kayyal of Aperçu Designs, Jordan; and, new organic form-inspired wall pieces by Irish-born Dubai-based designer maker, Michael Rice. And, for the first time since Design Days Dubai’s launch edition, vintage design will be presented, by specialists in mid-century modern, UAE-based MCML Studio.

Public programmme

Design Days Dubai this year takes place in a new location at Dubai Design District (d3) with a refreshed layout, including a variety of new communal areas such as a terrace with adjoining radio station pod for live interviews, and a bookstore stocking architecture and design books from the region.

Parallel to the exhibitor programme is an exciting array of special projects as well as installations. Rising Dutch design duo Os & Oos presents a live design-in-the-making performance; the American Hardwood Export Council collaborates with seven UAE-based designers on its ‘Seed to Seat’ project; Coletivo Amor de Madre from Brazil showcases a design solution to ecological issues; and Molecule Radio will curate an audio landscape. Dubai Culture presents ‘Britain Takes Shape’ exhibition featuring the work of 10 pioneers of British design, all never before seen in the UAE, in support of the UK-UAE Year of Creative Collaboration (an initiative led by the British Council).

Visionary international design luminaries Sebastian Wrong (UK), Fabio Novembre (Italy) and Marko Brajovic (Brazil/Croatia) host talks and hands-on workshops in the fair’s more extensive public programme to date. Emerging designers are championed by the fair’s faithful supporters Dubai Culture, Van Cleef & Arpels and Audi through respective initiatives: Urban Commissions, The Middle East Emergent Designer Prize and Audi Innovation Award.

For the first time, the fair’s public programme moves beyond its new venue at d3 with an offsite series of talks at Dubai’s new Etihad Museum, bringing design to a broader audience of design enthusiasts, the design curious and collectors alike across the wider city.

For design enthusiasts, Design Days Dubai is an annual fixture to meet designers from all over the world and acquire collectible design not seen anywhere else. This year, visitors will be able to truly lose themselves to design,” added Kashkoush.

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