A look inside Design Days Dubai 2015: What to expect at this year's fair
The fourth edition opens at The Venue, Downtown Dubai
Buro 24/7 Middle East brings you an exclusive first look from inside the first day of Design Days Dubai – the leading fair in the Middle East and South Asia dedicated to collectible and limited edition furniture and design objects.
Prominent international designers and galleries are being presented alongside up and coming design from across the world. This year marks the fourth edition of the increasingly popular event with an international line-up of 44 renowned exhibitors, from 20 different countries presenting highly-desirable, often limited-edition purchasable pieces from March 16–20 2015 at The Venue Downtown Dubai.
Held under the umbrella of Art Week, which also includes the Art Dubai fair among other creative initiatives, Design Days Dubai also presents a strong non-commercial programme consisting of education, workshops, installations and live performances alongside its exhibition market.
36 unique galleries are exhibiting this year, of which many are native to the UAE including; Tashkeel, Aljoud Lootah and Art by AMN to name a few. Others join from Lebanon, France, Belgium and UK. Buro 24/7 Middle East brought you a sneak preview of Aljoud Lootah's origami inspired Oru collection furniture designs back in February and now is your chance to see it in person along (pictured above) with the many other inventive and aesthetically brilliant contemporary furniture designs on display and for sale.
Also in store in the five day event are a series of talks, workshops and screenings. We've plucked a handful of highlights for you but be sure to check-in with the Dubai Design Days website to see the complete list:
Learn more about how two of the interiors world's most recognisable creations came to be, with two back-to-back 26-minute short films, each dedicated to the Barcelona Armchair and Black Lamps.
Barcelona Armchair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich. Designed in 1929 by architect Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe and Lilly Reich to furnish the German pavilion at the international exhibition in Barcelona, the Barcelona chair is immediately recognisable as one of the classic forms of design.
Black Lamps, by Serge Mouille. Inspired from the study of the body anatomy, Serge Mouille created in 1953 the famous black reflector lamps associated with an eroticism that governs his imagination. Serge Mouille lamps are impregnated with modernity and nonetheless timeless pieces. The hand-made lamps are unmatched by their design and implementation.
Both screenings take place at the Studio, 20 March between 5–6pm
Influential figures from the local and international design community come together to present a series of talks and panel discussions on the issues concerning designers in today's world, pulling focus on the Middle East and Dubai. Issues such as intellectual property and exploring urban space are among the subjects up for discussion as well as some creative focussed topics.
'Creative Developments in Arabic Typography' takes place on March 18, 7pm–8pm at the Studio
Nez Gebreel, CEO of Dubai Design and Fashion Council (DDFC), leads and moderates this discussion about preserving the use of Arabic typography in contemporary fashion and design. Innovation in Arabic typography does not always translate to viable and commercially successful product design, and the panel will look to debate what makes one great design on paper more viable in 3D than another. The expert panel includes speakers such as: Huda Smitshuijzen Abifares, founder and director, Khatt Foundation; Mimi Fraser managing director Baraboux; Rana Salam designer and founder, Mishmaoul; Nadine Kanso artist and founder, Bil Arabi and Elie Abou Jamra, co-founder, Kashida Design.
This year sees 12 varied and equally engaging workshops crammed into the inspiring five-day programme. Ranging from focussing on using bubble shapes in design to mastering a unique technique for bending and moulding wood, there is so much on offer:
'Digital as Artefact' takes place on March 17, 2pm–4pm at the Studio
Reworking digital images has become commonplace, yet not many designers explore the potential to rework the physical devices designed to mediate them. Commonplace Studio, lead by Jon Stam, present this part lecture/part hands-on experimentation to highlight the approach of treating meaningful digital content as artefacts, and digital and electronic technologies as tangible materials to hack, combine and craft.
Design Days Dubai is open now until March 20 2015 at The Venue, Downtown Dubai beneath the Burj Khalifa