Mette Dane-Christensen, Director of Design Week in Dubai, said: “The comments and feedback we have received from visitors, exhibitors and partners have been overwhelming. From interactive exhibits that revitalized public spaces and encouraged visitors to engage in new discussions, to creating business opportunities for designers and design brands at Downtown Design, we are pleased to see how the audience has reacted tremendously to major programs. festivals. “Here, we can only look forward to seeing the impact the festival will have and the countless ideas that will be explored over the next year, before our next edition opens in November 2022.”
Following its online edition last year, Downtown Design, the region’s leading exhibition of original and high-quality designs, reopened its doors to visitors this year in person, with more than 150 stylists and design brands.
Amedeo Scarpa, Italian Trade Commissioner in the UAE, said: “Downtown Design has once again proven to be an excellent platform for networking and business in the interior design industry. The 47 companies selected to be part of the Italian representation this year, by the Italian Trade Agency, the Italian Embassy and the Consulate General of Italy, had the opportunity to display their creative and artisanal collection in the Gulf region that continues to underline their continuity . interest in Italian furniture.
Downtown Editions, the space dedicated to showcasing limited edition designs and custom innovations, has returned to highlight the unique creations of stylists and design studios from the region.
Lisa Pallitschgar, Deputy Director of Tashkeel, said: “For us, Design Week in Dubai is where we start innovative new work, in the spotlight of promising designers, as we engage in meaningful conversations with our design colleagues in the UAE. United Arab Emirates and beyond. . Our participation this year provided an opportunity to collaborate with design enthusiasts, sector workers and students to explore the future of sustainable design and launch four innovative works in the way they handle materials; It reflects the wealth of natural resources in the UAE and its design and production talents. ”
The festival also hosted the “Beirut Specialty Store” curated by Mariana Wehbe, which has presented work to over 50 renowned stylists and young creative talents in Lebanon. The event also witnessed the establishment of the second edition of the “Exhibition of Designers Living in the Emirates”; The work of 31 UAE-based stylists was unveiled.
As part of its parent platform, the Global Alumni Exhibition, the second edition of the Alumni Exhibition in the Middle East and North Africa highlighted more than 60 innovative projects from 78 students from 29 universities in 10 countries in the Middle East and Africa region of the North.
In parallel with the Alumni Exhibition in the Middle East and North Africa, the Global Alumni Exhibition in its online edition unveiled 150 outstanding projects from 114 universities in 50 countries.
During the festival, 15 installation works were distributed in the outdoor spaces of Dubai Design District, including: the winning work commissioned by “Abwab” this year, entitled “Nature in Motion” by architect Ahmed Al-Sarabasi, which simulates the Desert of Dubai and its rise towards becoming a pioneering city in development and progress. Continues.
And “Civil Works”, the annual initiative created with the support of ARM Holding, the discovery of the winning proposal in its 2021 edition entitled “Yawla” for the architecture company “Bits to Atoms” in Beirut. The work is a transgenic public space, the beams of which were created using 3D printing technology, aiming at the safe return of social relations to their pre-pandemic era.
Guillaume Credos, CEO and Founder of Pets to Atoms, said: “The public call for this year’s Urban Works initiative revolved around the idea of repairing the damage caused by the Corona pandemic to social relationships through the concept of the game. We developed the Yola work, with the goal of redefining our use of public spaces by inviting communities to interact again.
AlUla, one of the world’s most prominent heritage and geological destinations, also presented an exhibition inspired by extraordinary rock formations in the desert, designed by Geo Forma and Black Engineering. The exhibition highlighted the projects that define the features of the developing design city in the northwest of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and presented a series of daily dialogues entitled “Al-Ula Design Conversations”, which hosted many prominent names.
Design Week in Dubai witnessed the unveiling of a creative concept titled “Safifa”, a collaboration between Bentley Motors and stylist Hessa Al Suwaidi, which combines a contemporary approach to the UAE’s traditional weaving pattern of the same name, with Bentley’s design philosophy and craftsmanship.
In addition to the installation work, the exterior spaces of the Dubai Design District hosted a series of exhibitions, including: “Dubai Design District Architecture: 2040”, which deals with the vision of five architectural companies of what Dubai will become in the next twenty years. The second edition of Dubai Design Week Market, with the support of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, hosted more than 50 new entrants, in addition to a selection of food and ceramic shops, down to the tinted glass and design of handmade. cup.
Throughout the week, the “Innovation Space” hosted a program with more than 80 workshops for visitors of different ages and experiences, under the slogan “Paper and plastic + toys”, in addition to a wide range of seminars for children over the weekend. Design Week in Dubai also witnessed the launch of a series of informal interactive dialogues between creative talents in the Emirates, as part of the new talk show “Meet the Creators of the Emirates”.
Fatima Al Mahmoud, guest curator at Dubai Design Week, said: “There was an urgent need to create a platform to organize creative meetings in the UAE; To discuss topics related to what the design sector is experiencing.