Programme announced for Dubai Design Week 2016

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The second edition of Dubai Design Week will be launching this year in October, following up on last year’s citywide event concept, bringing together various creative fields and disciplines.

With over 100 events taking place over six days in Dubai Design District (d3) as well as other parts of the city, the event will be bringing back its previous initiatives as well as a list of new installations, talks and events.

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Returning this year Dubai Design Week’s commercial centrepiece Downtown Design, taking place from 25 to 28 October  and showcasing over 100 brands from 25 countries, both regional and international. The trade show will feature furniture, lighting, bathroom design, kitchens, textiles and accessories.

Destination at Downtown Design will also be making a comeback, an alliance between Downtown Design and international design weeks. This year will see emerging brands from cities including Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Barcelona (Spain), Beirut (Lebanon), Reykjavik (Iceland) and Taipei (Taiwan).

The Global Grad Show will also be present at the second edition of Dubai Design Week, a global exhibition of innovation, invention and technology that is set to transform our future, showcased by students from 51 leading universities across 30 countries on six continents. The exhibition will showcase a total of 135 projects.

Alongside international design, regional creativity will also be celebrated with the Abwab initiative (meaning ‘doors’ in Arabic), dedicated to exploring design narratives of countries in the MENASA region.

This year will see work by emerging and established graphic designers, product designers, photographers and architects from Algeria, Bahrain, India, Iraq, Palestine and the UAE. The designers will respond to the theme of  ‘The Human Senses’. Abwab’s temporary pavilions will be designed by UAE-based practice Hypothetical Office. Last year, Dubai-based LOCI design + architecture designed sand-inspired temporary pavilions for the project.

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Following last year’s Brilliant Beirut city focus, this year’s Iconic  City project is Cairo with an exhibition entitled Cairo Now! City Incomplete, taking inspiration from the Egyptian capital’s host of red brick buildings in varying stages of completion and aiming to gauge the current mood of the city’s creative scene.

Editor in chief of the Cairobserver, Mohamed Elshahed, will be curating the multidisciplinary presentation conducted by young entrepreneurs, aspiring artists and graphic designers, alongside veteran design practitioners.

©Dubai Design Week Archway by Anjali Srinivasan (12)

Archway by Anjali Srinivasan. ©Dubai Design Week

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 Installations will also take centre stage this year with a series of 15 site specific installations by renown international, regional and local designers will be on show throughout the city.

The event will also host free-to-attend workshops and talks.

Dubai Design Week will take place from 25 to 29 October.


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