Design Days Dubai in collaboration with designMENA is hosting an industry-dedicated cocktail and preview of Design Days Dubai at it’s new location in d3, today (14 March) at 6pm.
The preview gives designers and architects and other industry professionals to meet the newly appointed managing director and head of design at Art Dubai Group, William Knight.
Guests are also invited to attend a panel discussion by Britain Takes Shape, an exhibition presented by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and the British Council that showcases 10 UK-based pioneer designers including Brodie Neill, Kim Thome, Michael Wolfson and Sebastian Wong.
The talk, entitled ‘This is my Job’, debates the question, ‘should designers look after production themselves or sell their ideas?’. The talk is moderated by writer and curator Suzanne Trocme.
This year’s fair has the largest representation from the Middle East , with over 20 designers and galleries. hailing from the UAE.
Lebanese jewelry designer turned lighting designer Marie Munier’s ‘Spirale II’ is on show this year -a hand-crafted brass and LED lighting sculpture (edition of 10).
This year, returning Emirati designer Aljoud Lootah also launches her first ceramic collection and a series of tables combining wood and resin by emerging design duo Tarek Hreish and Farah Kayyal of Aperçu Designs from Jordan is also on show.
Last year’s runner up for the Van Cleef award, Irish-born Dubai-based designer maker, Michael Rice. is exhibiting for the first time at the fair his new organic form-inspired wall pieces.
International galleries and designers include : the ‘Metamorphosis’ bronze collection by pioneering French designer and Maître d’Art Pierre Bonnefille (Maître d’Art); the sparkling, over-sized ‘Flying Chair’ light installation by French sculptress Geraldine Gonzales, as well as ‘Walking’, a free-standing screen-sculpture by Irish designer Niamh Barry made of solid bronze inlaid with opaque glass and LED lights.