The seventh edition of the Dubai Design Week has kicked off on Monday 8th November. Various activities and events will be hosted at the festival’s main hub, d3 (Dubai Design District), and around the city till Saturday, November 13th.
The festival is held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Latifa bint Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority.
Downtown Design, the Middle East’s leading design fair, is taking place from November 8th to 12th. Showcasing more than 150 international and regional exhibiting brands and designers from over 20 countries, it is complemented by an extensive talks programme featuring global industry experts.
This year the fair hosts five national collective showcases from Austria, France, Hungary, Italy and Spain.
A few design studios have collaborated in the design of the pavilion: the award-winning NIU Studio, Broadway Interiors and Lulie Fisher Design Studio.
D3 Architecture Exhibition
Another highlight of this year’s edition is the 2040: d3 Architecture Exhibition, a multi-media exhibition presented by five architecture firms. The project is developed around the themes of mobility and transportation, public and recreational spaces, accessibility to infrastructure and eco-tourism and is in accordance with The Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan for a sustainable urban development.
“The exhibition will be an opportunity to see ideas and concepts on the sustainable future of our city, Dubai, from some of the brightest minds in the field…visitors can witness a “multimedia journey” of how Dubai could look in 20 years, from developments in transportation, public spaces and tourist sites”- says Khadija Al Bastaki, executive director of d3.
Dubai Design Week
A key feature of every Dubai Design Week are the installations: throughout d3 visitors can explore 15 installations and public interventions in the open-air setting.
One example is the Abwab award which has been assigned to Dubai-based architect Ahmed El-Sharabassy for his proposal ‘Nature in Motion’, an undulating design concept that reminds the Dubai desert’s constant motion and emulating the city’s continual evolution.
This year’s award theme was regenerative architecture and restorative design: the wave- looking pavilion has been made from sustainable materials such as bamboo and fabric and can serve a variety of purposes, from a public space to a shelter.
During the week and especially over the weekend visitors will enjoy workshops, demonstrations, masterclasses and live music sessions.
The Forum at Downtown Design will host a series of interviews and discussions between leading regional and international architects, interior and product designers.
There will also be a Dubai Design Week Marketplace offering original products mostly made in the UAE by over fifty artisans, entrepreneurs and small businesses.
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