What we're looking forward to at Dubai Design Week 2020

Published: 30 September 2020 - 8:42 a.m.
By: Jane O'Neill
Turning the spotlight on regional design, Dubai Design Week returns to d3 for its sixth edition.

In an outdoor setting and under the theme of redefining and reimagining the way we will live in the near and distant future, the ongoing world pandemic is still infusing the creative process.

Downtown Design’s exhibition ‘The Shape of things to come’ will present interior design and architecture concepts of the future.

A world-first exhibition of the best social impact innovation projects from the region, the inaugural MENA Grad Show, will present university projects that make the world a better place, showcasing 200 submissions from 35+ universities based in the Middle East and North Africa.

Iraqi designer Hozan Zangana has been awarded this year’s Abwab commission for his proposal ‘Fata Morgana’, a conceptual framework in an open-plan arrangement featuring focal pillars representing each of the seven Emirates. < https://www.commercialinteriordesign.com/insight/48398-iraqi-designer-hozan-zangana-is-awarded-the-abwab-commission-for-dubai-design-week-2020 >

The winning concept for Urban Commissions 2020, supported by R.M. Holding, has been awarded to Emirati and Saudi architects Reema Almheiri and Lujain Alatiq, for their design of an innovative outdoor retail experience.

A new UAE Designer Exhibition will act as a platform to highlight 20 local and UAE-based creatives during the fair, which takes place from November 9-14.

The popular event hasn't lost its international flavour - engaging experiences and initiatives will be staged by country-specific organisations, including the Embassy of Switzerland, with ‘BYOM (Bring Your Own Mask)’, showcasing a series of 3D-printed works and studies of young Swiss designers rethinking the hygienic mask.

There'll also be the usual diverse programme of events and activities including exhibitions, installations and pop-ups at its main hub in Dubai Design District (d3), alongside new online elements, such as a digital fair for design brands and a series of virtual talks programmes.

Multi-disciplinary Kuwait-based Studio Meshary AlNassar has joined forces with global surface brand Cosentino to present a contemporary take on the ancient Persian paradise garden, an antidote for enclosed spaces.

And at the Marketplace, more than 60 vendors will present a curated selection of the best of Dubai’s artisans, creatives, entrepreneurs, small businesses and food scene.

Khadija Al Bastaki, executive director of d3, says: “2020 has presented us with a rare moment to pause and reflect on the role of design. Dubai Design Week will establish a dialogue around these critical social, cultural and economic issues. It will offer new opportunities for the Middle East by providing a platform for local and regional talent.

"We look forward to deepening our support for the industry and have high hopes for the inaugural d3 Architecture Festival in partnership with RIBA Gulf Chapter, which will provide an important reflection point for Dubai, the UAE and the regional creative ecosystem.”

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