Emirati designers’ participation in world’s largest design fair is supported by UAE Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development
Dubai Design District (d3) will host UAE Design Stories: The Next Generation from The Emirates, an exhibition highlighting some of the brightest Emirati talents at this year’s Salone Del Mobile International Design Fair in Milan. Supported by the UAE Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, the exhibition, running from 17–22 April, 2018, is curated by Khalid Shafar, an accomplished Emrati product designer whose works have been widely exhibited in leading exhibitions and galleries around the world. Ten local designers, selected by him, will showcase their latest pieces, artworks and projects at the exhibition.
“It’s great to see d3 taking our designers to one of the biggest design fairs of its kind, Salone Del Mobile, and shining a spotlight on a selection of some the best Emirati creative talents,” comments Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi, UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development. “The Ministry of Culture supports initiatives like this which go a long way in promoting the rich and diverse culture of the region to international audiences and thereby strategically place Dubai as a centre for culture and creativity.”
Building on the success of the Middle East Design Now exhibition in 2017 and the Middle East Revealed exhibition held in collaboration with Wallpaper* in 2015 in Milan and London, d3’s Milan event will be the first in a series of UAE Design Stories exhibitions. The event will focus on ‘Emirati Landscape: Flora, Fauna and Soil.’ The journey will then move to the London Design Festival in September for the second exhibition entitled ‘Nomadism: Yesterday & Now’ where the same ten designers will display uniquely commissioned pieces.
“We are delighted to be a part of Salone Del Mobile this year. We are particularly proud to present the works of these Emirati designers and highlight the design talent in the UAE,” said Mohammad Saeed Al Shehhi, CEO at d3. “d3 will continue to support, promote and spotlight talent from the region at a local, regional and international level, demonstrating the evolving design scene here.”
The participating Emirati Designers and their works include:
Alia Mazrooei, an interior designer, will present Stingray, a piece of furniture inspired by the body and movement of stingrays.
Aljoud Lootah, a multi-disciplinary designer, will display the AlAreesh Stool, a piece of furniture constructed from dried palm fronds.
Roudha Alshamsi, an interior designer, will showcase two pieces: Acacia 11 and Acacia 111, designed through the study of local Emirati wildlife and landscape.
Zeinab Alhashemi, a conceptual artist and designer, will display San’am Rug, a modular rug made from double-sided authentic camel leather.
Latifa Saeed, an artist and designer, will present Kinestic Khoos – Fly, created by using traditional materials and techniques.
Azza Al Qubaisi, a sculpture and product designer, will showcase the Yareeda Bench using kurab (wide palm trees).
Alia bin Omair, a jewellery designer, will present her Leaf collection, inspired by palm tree fibre.
Salem Al-Mansoori, an interdisciplinary designer, will present 3D printed sculptures developed using an algorithmic, generative code-based process.
Abdalla AlMulla, an architect, will display two pieces: Instrinsic Flux, a wall installation and OctWov Cluster, a well-designed table.
Ahmad AlAreef, a Bedouin Emirati artist, who always seeks to explore and experiment, will display a projection focused on the formation of sand dunes
Bader Najeeb, a self taught home cook, will fuse design and food to create a truly unique culinary experience
The designers and their commissioned design pieces will return to their home town for the finale of the series of exhibitions that be held as part of Dubai Design Week from 13 – 19 November.
UAE Design Stories: The Next Generation from The Emirates
The Pool NYC, Via Santa Maria Fulcorina 20, 20123 Milan
17 – 22 April, 11am - 9pm daily