Held under the Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Design Days Dubai 2014, back for its third year, is set to further enhance Dubai's reputation as a design hub. Buro 24/7 Middle East recently brought you insider knowledge of what to expect in an exclusive interview with Fair Director Cyril Zammit – and to boost the experience, we've rounded up a list of 10 things to look forward to...


TheObsessiveDrafter

On entry to the fair, visitors will be greeted by 'TheObsessiveDrafter' – a unique tech-art installation that is bound to please. The large robotic arm designed by Guillaume Crédoz and Nareg Karaoghlanian, has the ability to draw murals and portraits on walls, and can even sketch a portrait of a person standing in front of it – which it will be doing in between sketches of its own work, daily from 4pm–10pm.

10 things to look forward to a Design Days Dubai


Designer Talk with India Mahdavi

As part of the fair's 'Public Programme', Paris-based designer India Mahdavi will participate in a design talk, presented by Rue Kothari. During the fair, the renowned designer's work will also be exhibited at Comptoir 102 and Carwan Gallery. The talk will take place on March 17 between 8pm–9pm.

 

Crafts Council: Ten British Makers

The Crafts Council is set to display a show reel offering an insight into ten British makers presenting work to inspire commission at Design Days Dubai. The screening takes place daily from 6.45–7pm, except for March 21, when it will be screened at 6.30pm.

 

Tashkeel designers

Explore the works by talented Emirati designers Latifa Saeed, Salem Al-Mansoori and Zeinab Alhashemi. As earlier reported on Buro 24/7 Middle East, with Tashkeel's support, each designer will be exhibiting bespoke and purchasable works of art at the fair.

 

Carpet Stories

Led by Silvia Knüppel, this workshop offers attendees the opportunity to explore the experimental alternatives of the traditional habits of using carpets. The workshop takes place on March 20 from 11am–1pm.

10 things to look forward to a Design Days Dubai

 

Full Turn

Benjamin Muzzin's work 'Full Turn', presented by ECAL, explores different devices for displaying images, with a focus on offering animations a sense of volume in space. Two screens placed back to back will display shapes that appear like kinetic light sculptures, appearing to seemingly float in the air. 'Full Turn' runs daily from March 17 between 4pm–10pm.

10 things to look forward to a Design Days Dubai

Full Turn ECAL/Benjamin Muzzin from ECAL on Vimeo.

 

Transformations

Netherlands-based architect Rolf Bruggink  is set to offer an on-site performance in which he will transform a saucer into a seat. This bizarre concept embodies the theme of symbiosis – which is significant to the designer's work. Rolf will use a mixture of sand and local ceramics to create his contemporary pieces. Visitors will be able to observe the different stages of the project daily from 4pm–10pm throughout the fair.

10 things to look forward to a Design Days Dubai

10 things to look forward to a Design Days Dubai


Explore the exhibitors

With over 33 galleries from across 20 countries, make sure you set enough time aside to explore the array of exhibitors that will be showcasing limited edition furniture and design objects. Amongst the noteworthy galleries are Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Galerie Yves Gastou, as well as designers Michael Anastassiades and Rick Owens.



Visit the new 'Discover' section

New to the fair this year, the 'Discover' section presented in cooperation with Institut Français in the UAE, will host four up-and-coming design talents from France, including Ymer&Malta, Galerie Gosserez, NextLevel Galerie and Galerie S. Bensimon.


Guided Tours

While it's fun to explore the fair by your own accord, it's definitely worthwhile to heed the experienced knowledge of the Design Days Dubai guides, who will be on hand to offer tours daily between 5pm–7pm, subject to availability.

 

Design Days Dubai runs from March 17-21 at The Venue, Downtown Dubai. For more information visit the official website here.