The first edition of Dubai Design Week will mark the launch of the ‘Abwab’ initiative, where emerging and established talent from participating countries will have their work showcased in individual pavilions designed by Loci Architecture and Design, a UAE-based architecture and design studio.
Made from locally sourced materials, the pavilions will be integrated into the walkways and open spaces of d3. A unifying concept will generate the design theme each year, with 2015’s theme being ‘Games: The Element of Play in Culture.’
This year’s showcase will be dedicated to designers from Jordan, Kuwait, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and the UAE.
Here we present a short background to the six curators behind Abwab:
Mobius Design Studio (UAE) is a Dubai-based trio of visual communication designers whose approach spans a wide range of design disciplines, from experimenting with kinetic typography to Design House, a curated space of non-commercial design created for Dubai’s Sikka Art Fair.
Waleed Shaalan (Kuwait) is a multidisciplinary architect, artist and storyteller, who is not only the recipient of a series of awards, but has worked with a number of design firms from Perkins and Will in Chicago to SSH Design in Kuwait and has collaborated with esteemed organisations including Atelier Jean Nouvel and Cloud 9 Barcelona.
Salman Jawed (Pakistan) melds new ideas with local materials to create a hybrid of past and present. Leading the way in industrial design in his native country, Jawed is the co-founder of Karachi-based studio, Coalesce.
Arini Creative Platforms (Jordan) is a creative platform that promotes learning in the fields of design, architecture and urbanism. Founded by a trio of architects, the programme endeavours to expand the boundaries of architecture and urbanism through projects and publications.
Basma and Noura Bouzo (Saudi Arabia) are sisters, who between them have helped grow the Saudi art and design scene with their magazine Oasis and the launch of the Saudi Design Week.
Chacha Atallah (Tunisia) showcases her scrupulous eye for detail, which is evident in her collections from ceramic stoneware to furniture build with Tunisian artisans. The founder of architectural firm, Fleury Attalah, she trained in Japan at practices including Shigeru Ban and Kengo Kuma.