Design Days Dubai, held in connection to Art Dubai 2012, has the claim of being the Middle East and South Asia’s first fair dedicated to collectible and limited edition furniture and design objects. In its first edition it says it recorded a turnout of 8,500 visitors.
Design Days Dubai offered designers, visitors, and students the opportunity to visit stands with objects and furniture from over 20 design galleries from all over the world. The organization states it wants to introduce to Dubai an overdue glimpse of contemporary trends and the design industry’s growth potential.
Design Days Dubai also put the spotlight on Emirati design and craftsmanship and gives potential new talent the opportunity to interact through a series of seminars, talks, workshops, panel discussions, live performances and interactive sessions.
It was being held in Downtown Dubai, located underneath the Burj Khalifa.
The Netherlands can be proud of presenting one of the most admired stands of the fair, the one by Dutch studio Drift Design, with lamps falling down like flytraps from the ceiling. Other strong presence came from Brazil, South-Africa, Switzerland, Lebanon and Korea.
Other Dutch related stands were the one by the Khatt Foundation, the graphic design studio run by Huda Smitshuijzen-Abifares, the stand of Pink Tank with which Rem Koolhaas’ OMA cooperates, and the Priveekollektie studio.
Dutch trend forecaster Li or Lidewij Edelkoort held a widely sought after public seminar: “What Design can do for the Future?” and the Khatt Foundation had a workshop on Arabic lettering design.
The second edition of Design Days Dubai takes place March 18-21, 2013.
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- Some of the first favourites at Art Dubai.
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- First edition of the Gulf Music Festival at the Archive, Dubai
- And an interesting question mark from Isabelle van den Eynde