Design Days Dubai: Preview
Returning for its 6th edition, Design Days Dubai (14-17 March) will yet again stake its claim amongst the world’s leading art-design fairs. Presented under the Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, the event is held in partnership with the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority. An eclectic array of gallery and installation based showcases will hail from all reaches of the globe; making the event truly international. However, a strong focus on the region’s creative prowess is set to prove its worth.
Work by Lebanese, Jordanian, Saudi, Emirati and Pakistani talents has, in recent years, dispelled the stereotype of loud, excessive ostentation within design. Rather, a strong sense of identity, culture and heritage is manifested and emulated through a wide variety of application. Nowhere is this better exemplified than in work of Naqsh Collective, Nadar Gammas, Coalesce, Apercu, Territoire(s) orDesign Days Dubai veteran Aljoud Lootah. For many, this platform offers a first point of exposure. Awards like the Van Cleef & Arpel’s Middle East Emergent Designer Prize offer additional support. Beyond regional borders, this year’s fair will reveal everything from ceramics, glass works, furniture and lighting to performance.
Celebrating the UAE / UK Year of Creative Collaboration, top designers like Fredrikson Stallard, Max Lamb, and Brodie Neill will exhibit as part of the Britain Takes Shape showcase. From the same neck of the woods, Crafts Council will demonstrate its strength with work by Pia Wustenberg, Beat Woven and Juli Bolaños Durman. New York powerhouse Todd Merrill will present Irish designer Niamh Barry’s Light Sculptures, while TLmag’s favourite Eindhoven duo Os Oos will actively assemble a light installation during the event. With over 50 exhibitors, this year’s Design Days Dubai will be held in the Dubai Design District (d3).
Design Days Dubai
Dubai Design District (d3)