Dubai’s design professionals gathered at the second edition of Urban Majlis this morning to learn and discuss details of the recently announced Dubai Design Week- an inaugural citywide celebration of design.
Conceived in collaboration with the Dubai Design and Fashion Council and with support from Dubai Design District (d3), Dubai Design Week will take place from October 26-31, under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority.
The panelists included Nez Gebreel, CEO of Dubai Design and Fashion Council, Cyril Zammit, fair director, Design Days Dubai, Lindsay Miller, managing director of Dubai Design District, Dr Noah Raford, advisor at the Prime Minister’s Office and Hamad Khoory, partner at Loci Architecture and Design, and moderated by Suzanne Trocmé, Editor at Large at Wallpaper* magazine.
Commenting on local talent, Gebreel noted that the UAE represents a dynamic pool of talent with great enthusiasm and that Dubai Design Week will be an inclusive event that will bring together both local, regional and international designers in a collaborative environment.
“We are really ready for this. We have Downtown Design, we have Design Days Dubai, we have seen the creation of Dubai Design District, and we ready to do something like this. We have regional and international support, as well. We are very lucky in terms of collaboration and innovation and wanting to move this forward very quickly.”
There are very few similar events in the MENASA region the main goal of Dubai Design Week is to establish Dubai as the regional capital for design, Zammit explained. He also noted that Dubai Design Week is open to all and invited local designers to get involved, to initiate the projects, to take part in creating additional events and installations that will be situated in iconic public locations, thus creating strong and more diverse design week.
“Communicate with us. Let’s sit down together and see how we can work together on the event, but also on installations as our goal is to extend the map of events.”
WHAT TO EXPECT AT DUBAI DESIGN WEEK:
Global Innovation Design: Dubai Design Week’s ‘Global Innovation Design’ exhibition, to be held at d3, will feature some of the most innovative projects coming from postgraduates of the world’s leading design universities.
Destination Dubai: Dubai Design Week will see the launch of ‘Destination Dubai’, an alliance with six international design weeks whereby emerging brands from the participating countries will be given exposure at Downtown Design. The design weeks include San Francisco Design Week, Abierto Mexicano de Diseño (Mexico City), Helsinki Design Week, Istanbul Design Week, Beijing Design Week and Melbourne Design Week.
Abwab: The first edition of Dubai Design Week will also 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 firm. 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.
A series of world premiere installations by renowned international, regional and local designers will be laced in landmark locations across the city. The installations will challenge convention and explore innovation, illustrating Dubai’s creative diversity, attracting the broader community these installations will engage and inspire visitors.
One of the installations will be designed by London-based designer and architect Asif Khan who was in Dubai last month as a guest of Downtown Design, which also falls under the umbrella of Dubai Design Week in 2015.
Dubai Design Week will also offer a programme of educational talks, lectures and workshops which will cover an extensive range of topics related to design that will educate, support and promote local talent to an international audience. From panel discussions on supporting design in Dubai,to workshops which will explore the fundamentals of different design disciplines, the extensive programme will encourage a greater interest in the regions design activity.
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