Design Days Dubai 2014: Your Top Guide

Emirates Home picks the top exhibitions at this year's Design Days Dubai - check them out!
ByRosalind ErskineTuesday , 18 March 2014
Design Days Dubai 2014: Your Top Guide
A striking handwoven tapestry from Crafts Council's stable

Design Days Dubai is the leading fair in the Middle East and South Asia dedicated to collectible and limited edition furniture and design objects. The fair showcases design from leading international designers and galleries alongside up and coming design from around the world. The fair also represents a strong non-commercial programme consisting of education, workshops, installations and live performances. Now in its third year, it started on 17 March with the announcement of this year’s Middle East Emergent Artist Prize and will run until Friday 21 March. With such a vast array of things to see and experience, Emirates Home have chosen six of the best exhibitors to check out…

Crafts Council 
The Crafts Council was founded in 1971 and granted a Royal Charter in 1982 to promote the work of high-quality British contemporary craft nationally and internationally. British craft makers combine excellent knowledge of their material with a high level of technical skill, creativity and innovation. British craft is authentic, unique and highly collectible and the Crafts Council supports the commercial and business growth of individual makers, galleries and craft organisations. It also backs the commercial and business growth of individual makers, galleries and craft organisations. For Design Days Dubai, the Council will bring a selection of exemplary British contemporary craft, supported by the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).

Vikram Divecha
Van Cleef & Arpels, Tashkeel and Design Days Dubai announced Vikram Divecha as the winner of this year’s The Middle East Emergent Artist Prize. His compelling piece Degenerative Disarrangement is composed of pavement bricks taken from a public site and relocated to the courtyard of House 33 in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. It reflects the loss of original context and is described by the artist as a comparison to the altering and struggling found in today’s society. The theme for this year was Turning Point and Vikram’s work will be displayed at the Van Cleef & Arpels booth.

Vikram Divecha

Vikram Divecha's Degenerative Disarrangement 

Known for providing effortless style and elegance, Nakkash Gallery offers an array of collectible yet affordable limited edition art pieces, a range of fabrics, furniture and accessories suitable for all spaces combined with a variety of styles that adhere to individual taste and cater to those who appreciate impeccable quality. Founded by noted interior architect, Wajih Nakkash in 1983, Nakkash Gallery is headquartered in Dubai and services clients throughout the UAE as well as the GCC. Nakkash Gallery is at the forefront of interior design with exclusive international collaborations alongside various furniture suppliers and designers. We love their quirky Victory Chairs that depict His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s unique V for Victory sign.

Nakkash victory chairs

Authentique Art Gallery

Founded in 2013 in Dubai, the aim of Authentique Art gallery is to contribute to the cultural exchanges between the Eurasian Union and France through the exhibition of exceptional art, and to cultivate an environment for artists, and art lovers, to serenade future collaboration.  
The primary collection presents artists enhancing the noble materials: wood, stone, metal, glass and clay. The limited edition works by artists who have achieved prominence in the world of design, are numbered and signed by the artists themselves. 

Sylvie Guyomard, Slate Artwork, Confrontation from Authentique

J+A Gallery
J+A Gallery was founded 2012 in Dubai as a unique gallery space to exhibit and promote what we love: modern and contemporary art and design, as well as Bauhaus and industrial age antiques. During their second participation in DDD 2014, J+A Gallery will be exhibiting designers from Germany, US, Iran and UAE.

Safa, Chair, Wood and Mirror Work from J+A Gallery

Arne Faerber
is a German designer and engineer who created a unique and luxurious acoustic system with the most astonishing clear sound through design – the result is indescribable!

Iranian artist Shirin Ehya will be making her first appearance at an international fair with her limited-edition line of pieces of minimalist interiors combined with traditional Persian elements.

Award-winning designer Michelle Evans is exhibiting for the first time in the Gulf region and will showcase her stunning collection of hand-knotted rugs. Sentient Brooklyn’s new range of wooden furniture will be on show and, for the second time, German design association Apolda Kollektiv will bring its up-cycled industrial antiques 

Clear Edition & Gallery
A combination of contemporary design and art, Clear Edition & Gallery was founded in Tokyo in 2007. Ever since they have been exploring the boundaries between various mediums, focusing on artists and designers who have the potential of surpassing or elevating such genres. Clear Edition & Gallery’s list of exhibitions include design, paintings, photography, media art, contemporary crafts and street art-influenced talents.
Tokyo is a city with diverse cultural backgrounds, both domestic and international, and its complex aesthetic values ensure this city remains one of the most important places for emerging new cultures. With a key station in such city, Clear Edition & Gallery aims to both present and function as a hub for emerging cultures and aesthetics throughout Asia and to the world.


*Several  installation works and live performances will challenge perceptions on the understanding of design; with works by Tom Price, Michael Anastassiades, Giles Miller Studio, Benjamin Muzzin, and Elaine NG Yanling, as well as Chen Chen and Kai Williams, and gt2p (Great Things to People).  A sketching robotic arm, TheObsessiveDrafter, located at the entrance to the fair designed by Guillaume Crédoz and Nareg Karaoghlanian, is sure captivate visitors on arrival.

*FN Designs (Dubai) will be showing the works of 10 UAE-based designers, as part of a '10-100-1000' initiative: 10 designers to produce 100 wooden stools, which will then be sold for 1,000USD.

*Tashkeel (Dubai) has challenged three young Emirati designers (Latifa Saeed, Salem Al-Mansoori, and Zeinab Alhashemi) to each develop a range of products to be exhibited at Design Days Dubai.

*The Agence Algérienne pour le Rayonnement Culturel (AARC) will be at Design Days Dubai for the first time; showcasing works from nine young Algerian designers with a fresh take on contemporary design, using leather, wood and copper as materials.

*Design Days Dubai will offer a schedule of compelling sessions with some of design’s most influential figures, produced in partnership with the fair’s strategic partner, the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, and with the support of d3 Dubai Design District. A key attraction of the 2014 line-up, the public programme of talks, workshops, and panels provides an opportunity to engage with world-renowned designers, including India Mahdavi, Rick Owens, Giles Miller, Andy Martin, among others. With an increased number of daily sessions open to the public, the 2014 programme offers design experts, enthusiasts, and newcomers a chance to step into the realm of pioneering design.

*For the first time, returning Design Days Dubai sponsor, the French high-jewelry maison, Van Cleef & Arpels, will be inviting visitors to register for a workshop to experience the art of mock-up making – giving insight into the rich history of the maison’s jewelry métiers. In addition, returning sponsor Audi will also have an enhanced booth at this year’s fair, showcasing the best of German engineering and design.  

*The programme also includes workshops by Dutch designer Rolf Bruggink, using traditional saucers; Casting Planters by New-York based Chen Chen and Kai Williams, an introduction to Paracrafting design by Chilean gt2p, contemporary carpet making by German Silvia Knüppel as well as film screenings of works from ten contemporary British craft businesses, brought by the Crafts Council; and a hands-on 3D modelling workshop lead by Emirati designer Aljoud Lootah.

INFO: Design Days Dubai, Tickets Dhs50 (General Admission), 17 March to 21 March 2014, Downtown Dubai, Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard (former Emaar Boulevard, next to Burj Khalifa),

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