Preview: Amman Design Week 2016
The very first Amman Design Week is set to debut in the capital of Jordan this September. Under the patronage of Queen Rania Al Abdullah, the event is designed as a platform to boost both the local design industry as well as the city's reputation as a design hub. The nine-day design extravaganza will include three main exhibition spaces – The Hangar, The Makerspace and The Crafts District – as well as a host of other activities such as workshops, speaker sessions and open studios.
"The designers participating in this exhibition have been conditioned into a unique approach to design, given prevailing limitations in resources, opportunities, and access to technologies," said Sahel al Hiyari, one of Amman's most celebrated architects and curator of The Hangar. "This results in a great assembly of diverse works; on the one hand driven by an insistence on refinement as a human need, and on the other by a deep investment in re-inscribing and redefining our idea of standards, material, and technique. Ironically, under such parameters, designers have found a certain freedom that grants them distance from what is au courant or what aspires to be 'cutting-edge', towards externalising a certain innate poetry – or soul."
Meanwhile, The Crafts District pays homage to the craftsmen and artisans from ceramics to pottery, including Farah Asmar, Racha Tarazi and Hussein Alazaat. Over at The Makerspace, the spotlight is thrown on modern design, with visitors having the opportunity to explore ground-breaking techniques that push the realms of design further. As well, a host of other spaces will offer their own individual participation throughout the design week, providing a comprehensive experience not just in terms of designs and installations but also food and culture.
Amman Design Week will run from September 1-9. For more design insights, read about what's in store during the fourth edition of Downtown Design.