Mongrels In Dubai-------
For Berlin-based design team Mongrels in Common, Dubai is the unexpected inspiration for their Fall ’09 collection. Lucky for the designers, Art Dubai starts today, and despite the global financial meltdown, it’s still a hot international fair. Multimedia artist Susan Hefuna’s sculptural take on traditional Islamic architectural design is a nice partner piece to Mapping Palestine, a carefully curated show featuring 12 artists inspired by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. And on the other end of the Dubai spectrum, Van Cleef & Arpels’ The Art of Magical Jewels at the Madinat Jumeirah Convention continues to pay homage to an unconditional love of luxury. “We always play with contradictory elements,” said Mongrels in Common designer Livia Ximenez-Carrillo, who designs with partner Christine Pluess, in explaining their pull to Dubai. To wit, the collection’s voluptuous draped proportions, sequin accents, and shimmering metallic palette add up to a perfectly proportioned balance between Dubai’s stunning statement architecture and Berlin’s casual chic. The art world should plan to pack a few of the lighter Mongrels in Common pieces for next year’s Art Dubai fair.