The launch of Downtown Design wrapped up an important month for Dubai’s design sector, with events such as Fashion Dubai Vogue Experience and Fashion Forward (FFWD) contributing to the vision of Dubai as a global hub for design.
Downtown Design is a design trade fair organized by the team behind Art Dubai and Design Days Dubai that launched October 29. The fair attracted a number of firsts, such as The Contemporary Museum for New Design; the Nouvelle Vague Volume II exhibition, featuring five emerging designers including Emirati furniture and objects designer Khalid Shafar; and Craftsmanship at The Workshop (below), where visitors could watch two Danish master craftsmen create Arne Jacobsen’s Egg Chair and Hans Wegner’s Wishbone Chair live.
As a design consultant I was particularly excited to see how the brands were integrated into the fabric of the fair, enabling visitors to see the products in action. Serralunga provided the outdoor furniture on the terrace; USM provided the units for the Media Corner and entrance desk; and Bolon provided the flooring for the The Platform.
Another important and exciting undertaking of the fair was the diverse program of talks and panel discussions by design industry leaders such as Ora Ito, designers Pauline Deltour and Giulio Cappellini, Daniel Najjar, and Robert Booth and Ben Evans (the business of design), giving a 360-degree vision to the design industry.
Photos: Courtesy of Downtown Design