Seven months after announcing the Van Cleef & Arpels' Emergent Designer Prize 2017 semi-finalists, the French jewellery brand — in partnership with Tashkeel and Design Days Dubai — has just announced the winner of this year's Middle East Emergent Designer PrizeHamza Al Omari. The Dubai-based Jordanian designer responded to this year's theme of 'growth' by creating a Bedouin-inspired piece (pictured above) aptly titled Mahad, which comprises of wood and leather. 

Explaining the concept behind Mahad, Omari said: "Much like Dubai, Bedouins have always been on the move, rapidly adapting to their environment in search of the next opportunity to grow and prosper. The continuous state of movement has left Bedouins with a challenge that deeply influenced their design language. It all revolved around functionality and minimalism with a very tight definition of necessity. This approach to design resonates with my personal ethos, with form following function at its core."

Announced: Van Cleef & Arpels' Emergent Designer Prize 2017 winner

Announced: Van Cleef & Arpels' Emergent Designer Prize 2017 winner

Receiving a staggering Dhs30,000 in order to create the product, the designer will now experience a five-day trip to Paris' internationally renowned jewellery school, L'École Van Cleef & Arpels — which also recently opened a pop-up design campus in Dubai — and will showcase his creative piece along with the other finalist's concepts from November 7-25.

Design Days Dubai is set to run from November 14-17. Also in other Van Cleef & Arpels' news, take a look at the exclusive making of the Perlée collection