Dubai Design Week, the highly anticipated Middle East design festival, reflects Dubai’s position as the design capital of the Middle East and heralds its cultural presence in the global design landscape. Organized in strategic partnership with Dubai Design District (d3), the premier design event provides a window into the region’s design evolution through exhibitions, installations, competitions, talks and workshops across all creative disciplines. Member of the TECOM PJSC group and supported by Dubai Culture, downtown design—the region’s leading design fair—returns to the bustling UAE metropolis, Dubai, from November 9 to November 12, 2022. The ninth edition of this key design week trade event, takes place at his home in Terrace by the water at d3, a regional center for art, design, fashion and architecture. “This year, we have set a precedent for Dubai’s ever-growing design and architecture community. Building on contemporary designs with international and regional industry leaders, we look forward to once again providing a platform for exceptional talent,” said Mette Degn-Christensen, Director of Downtown Design.
Downtown Design 2022 materializes as an experience that surpasses previous editions of the show, nodding to Dubai’s ever-growing economy and its influence on the region’s booming design industry. The show unfolds as a showcase of excellence, with world-renowned brands and country-specific presentations from individual manufacturers, studios and designers. Downtown Design 2022 attracts a broad segment of audiences across design communities and industries, including architects and interior designers, hotel developers and operators, collectors and design enthusiasts. “With its UNESCO Creative City of Design status, Dubai’s profile and role in the global design sector continues to grow. Highly anticipated events like Downtown Design certainly play a fundamental role in raising this profile and showcasing the wealth of creative talent in our district and the wider region,” comments Khadija Al Bastaki, Vice President of Dubai Design District ( d3).
Welcoming international brands and studios
More than 200 international brands, manufacturers and designers from more than 30 countries, including national presentations from France, Italy and Spain, are displayed in the showcases of the show. The show hosts brands such as Poliform by Obegi Home, showcasing its contemporary creations with an inimitable Italian style; Natuzzia global pioneer in upholstered leather furniture and lasvitwith bespoke pieces in collaboration with an internationally renowned duo Yabu Pushelberg; Jaipur rug, with their new range of handmade, colorful and quirky rugs; and RERa global multidisciplinary design group that partners with Cosentinoa leading architectural surfaces brand to create KASA, a boldly designed installation that alludes to the need for responsible design.
Visitors also have the opportunity to experience a range of presentations and collaborations by leading designers such as Studio Nada Debs present a showcase to celebrate the craft on the occasion of their 20th anniversary; cc-carpet by Iwan Maktabi the world premiere of Duccio Maria Gambi’s latest collection; Vitra in collaboration with British designer Tom Dixon showcasing its exemplary bathroom experiences; Ceramic RAK in partnership with Elie Saab with his latest collection; and an innovative workspace design concept under the direction of Patricia Urquiola presented by Haworthamong others.
Downtown Editions is the boutique section of the show that highlights limited edition and bespoke design, bringing together the latest in design by individual designers, studios and creative collaborations. The section emphasizes contributions from the home region and features an assortment of collective showcases, representing participants from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Uganda. Downtown Editions serves as a crucial platform for designers to gain visibility and establish their presence with international and regional buyers and collectors. Some of the main exhibitors in the section include the non-profit Gallery of Lebanon Today’s housepresenting works by Stephanie Moussallem and Roula Salamoungallery based in Dubai Collectible presenting a set of pieces of Device Studio, Private Collectionand Michel Anastassiadesand based in the United Arab Emirates Khawla Art and Culture Foundation with a selection of local artist interpretations of a functional vase.
Focusing on a series of live interviews and engaging panel discussions, The forum at Downtown Design, supported by Arico, hosts regional and international researchers, architects, interior designers and key industry profiles. Speakers share their views on exciting industry topics, with talks and panels taking center stage each afternoon. This year’s program features high profile international speakers, including renowned interior designer Kelly Hoppen ECBdesigner based in Florence Duccio Maria GambiKuwaiti architect Jassim Al Saddah and Carl Gergesin an open theater – created by Studio Collectus—composed to foster interaction and engagement.
Installations and pop-ups
Immersive installations emerge as key attractions in Downtown Design 2022. A large-scale installation titled ‘IOTA,’ handmade from rammed earth with sand from the United Arab Emirates by a duo of Lebanese designers Karim Tamerji and Elias El Hage adorns the entrance; Based in Montreal Irregular Studio unveils a large-scale installation “Control no control”, sponsored by Kohler; and designer based in Dubai Kapil Bhimekar presents his first 3D artwork entitled “I Hear You” using the elements around him to reinforce the connection between his work and the environment.
The pop-up of Sharjah Architecture Triennial double ‘Restore,’ is an opportunity to explore a selection of upcycled functional designs made by local and regional designers. FRAME Paris offers access to affordable, limited-edition works from some of the most sought-after designers such as Arthur Mamou Mani and Amanda David. Isolated Design reiterates its commitment to innovation and sustainability with an ephemeral exhibition of singular pieces that draw inspiration from architecture and craftsmanship. This year’s show draws attention to sublime experiences, from the ‘Solaire Lounge’ through Widow Clicquota lively multi-sensory pop-up concept commemorating 250 years of the Maison at ‘The Cafe’ by Lighthousea social biodome built from materials from reusable and recyclable sources, designed by a UAE-based design studio Design by Aswad.
“Through this pioneering exhibition, we provide an ideal platform to embrace the creativity of our designers, showcase their work and present it creatively to a global audience, especially as the exhibition includes a platform special shape to showcase the creative designs of Emirates and UAE. talents, which we are proud of and always committed to supporting,” said Dr. Saeed Mubarak bin Kharbash, CEO of Arts and Literature at Dubai Culture, affirming the importance of the design fair within the Dubai Design Week. Despite an undeniable international influence, Downtown Design is rooted in Middle Eastern design and creativity. This foundation is evident in the window displays of area galleries, studios and collectives that emphasize handcrafted and sustainable design. Organized under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairwoman of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and Member of the Dubai Council, Downtown Design 2022 reflects the cosmopolitan soul of Dubai, nurturing business opportunities and promoting intercultural exchanges. pollination and dialogue.
The ninth edition of Downtown Design takes place on the Dubai Design District’s Waterfront Terrace from 9 to 12 November 2022, during Dubai Design Week 2022.