Design Days Dubai 2017: What to do, see, experience
The region's premiere design fair, Design Days Dubai, opens this week and the sixth edition returns with more exhibitors as well as a new home at d3. From debutants to iconic personalities, the event once more gathers the design fraternity in a stunning showcase of ingenuity, creativity and technical mastery across a gamut of disciplines.
"Reflecting Dubai's unique position as a global meeting point, Design Days Dubai showcases design from around the world and we keep design diversity as one of our main features this year," said Rawan Kashkoush, Head of Programming for Design Days Dubai. "There is exciting, and often experimental, work being produced by designers who aren't necessarily represented by galleries and the fair offers an opportunity for solo designers and independent studios to exhibit at an international level. For design enthusiasts, Design Days Dubai is an annual fixture to meet designers from all over the world and acquire collectible design not seen anywhere else."
Who to see?
Wander around the pop-up galleries by prominent and emerging designers from across the globe. Event mainstays such as Aljoud Lootah and the MB&F M.A.D. Gallery will display exquisite creations next to first-timers including UAE-based debutants Ayah Al Bitar and Jafar Dajani. The events programme will also see the announcement of the semi-finalists of the prestigious Van Cleef & Arpels' Middle East Emergent Designer Prize 2017, which this year centres around the theme of 'growth'.
What to do?
Design Days Dubai 2017 will include a comprehensive, and inclusive, public programme that has been curated for designers, art aficionadoss and collector enthusiasts. The not-to-be-missed highlights include the panel discussion titled "This Is My Job", which discusses the production and commercialisation of ideas, a workshop on experimental techniques organised by the Crafts Council and British Council as well as a session on Arabic typography and its broad typeface possibilities.
What to experience?
Immerse in a daily on-site design performance as Dutch-based duo Sophie Mensen and Oskar Peet of Os & Oos use styrofoam to explore the notion of light. Also, watch master craftsmen from Van Cleef & Arpels demonstrate the maison's savoir faire within the intricate Art of Crafts exhibition.
Design Days Dubai 2017 runs from March 14-17 at Dubai Design District (d3). For more information, visit designdaysdubai.ae. Also, don't miss the Middle East's events to experience in March.