Dubai Design Week 26-31 October, 2015 | Events



Dubai Design Week, held in partnership with Dubai Design District (d3) will take place from 26 – 31 October, 2015.

Held under the Patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-Chairman of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, the Design Week is also supported by both the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (DCAA), and the Dubai Design and Fashion Council (DDFC).

Creating a point of time that encourages the growth of the design industry in Dubai, Dubai Design Week will not only establish the city as the regional capital for design, but also as the global meeting point for the international design community. The 6 day event will activate more than 60 separate activities and projects, celebrating the best in design both regionally and internationally.

Dubai Design Week is owned and managed by the Art Dubai Group (ADG), a joint venture company between the Dubai International Financial Centre and Middle East Fairs Ltd.


Hopefully i will be posting more on the event, once the program has been revealed.


For more information visit the website: Dubai Design Week

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Tashkeel Supports 3 U.A.E Designers For 2015-2016 Design Days Dubai | Events



Established in 2013, Tashkeel’s Design Program is now in its third year of supporting UAE-based designers to develop a range of products which work towards defining a production process, design and aesthetic that responds to its environment, the Emirates. As part of Tashkeel’s long-term commitment to supporting locally-based designers, this programme enhances the diversity of the region’s cultural skills and resources, influenced from traditional to modern elements of the UAE. Tashkeel annually selects talented designers from an open call, providing an opportunity to create products that exemplify a design, style and production processes innate to the UAE.

This year the judging panel has selected the following designers: Amer Aldour, Zuleika Penniman,  Jumana Taha and Mentalla Said, from an overwhelming number of applications. Final products will be showcased and available under Tashkeel’s design product label ‘Tanween’ during Design Days Dubai during March 2016.

In collaboration with Small is Beautiful, a research program and annual global conference which supports and inspires creative micro businesses, providing the designers with an exclusive opportunity of sustained mentorship with established designers and curators through a series of workshops.  With continuous evaluation throughout the programme, the designers are encouraged to produce work individually and in groups, encouraging experimental and collaborative practice, while receiving constructive feedback and exploring new methods.

This year the program will be supported by the Dubai Design & Fashion Council (DDFC) that was established following a Royal decree last year by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE, to raise the profile of the Emirate as a global destination for design, and to create opportunities for emerging regional design and fashion talents. By building a framework for the industry, the DDFC aims to position Dubai as the emerging center for design and fashion.

Lateefa bint Maktoum, Founder and Director of Tashkeel says about this program: “Here at Tashkeel our aim is to ensure that artists and designers have a place to develop and refine their work, finding their voice within the medium they choose, and that they have a venue to showcase those results. Now in its third edition, our Design Programme continues to provide opportunities for emerging designers and the generous support that we are receiving this year from the Dubai Design & Fashion Council will add so much to the programme, providing access to their wide network of mentors, in addition to the specialists who will be delivering the programme of workshops. I am delighted with the success the programme has achieved to date. Through Tashkeel we aim to have a strong impact on the development of the art and design scene and to nurture the best talent we can find from designers living and working in the UAE.”

Nez Gebreel, CEO of the Dubai Design & Fashion Council, commented: “Incubating and developing talent is a key initiative of the DDFC. We are proud to be a part of this edition of the Design Programme as strong supporters of the design community in the country, especially one which is aligned closely with our mandate in supporting designers within the UAE,” There is a tremendous amount of talent in Dubai and we are pleased to support mentorship opportunities such as Tashkeel’s Design programme which continually guides and supports this talent.  We look forward to seeing the creativity that will be unveiled next year.

Architect and engineer Amer Aldour, jewellery designer Zuleika Penniman, and duo Jumana Taha and Mentalla Said, will begin work on the development of their prototypes through a series of laboratories developed in collaboration with Roanne Dods, co-producer of Small is Beautiful, as well as design collective Glithero, Fi Scott, founder of Make Works, Amanda Game, curator at the RCA London and further experts in related fields.

To view a film of last year’s edition of the Tashkeel Design Program, please click here.

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Sana Gallery Presents Chronicles with 3 Lebanese Artists | May 8- June 28, 2015


By Nayla Saroufim


In a guiltless search for happiness, “Chronicle”, a collective exhibition of three emerging artists from Lebanon, Paula Chahine, Nayla Kai Saroufim and Marcel Rached, curated by Singapore’s Sana Gallery, tells a beautiful story about dialogues;

 Between the Middle East and the rest of the world;

 Men and women;

People and the sea;

 Children and parents;

 Machines and us;

 “Chronicle” is a commentary on our day and age of silent, loud, spiritual, material, overt, covert, direct and indirect connectedness and communication. 

 The three artists use different techniques, ranging from pop art combined with mixed media, acrylic on canvas and photography.  Their fresh approaches combine lush layers of paint, ink, airbrush, watercolors, glow in the dark paint, LED lights and photography. 

For two whole months art lovers in Singapore will be able to experience different dialogues at an exhibition aptly named “Chronicle”; an intriguing dialogue between the Middle East and the rest of the world. 

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Salone Del Mobile Exhibition in Milan | April 14-19, 2015


The most anticipated Design related event of the year is definitely the Salone Del Mobile (also known as iSaloni) which takes place in Milan annually usually in April. This year there will be Euroluce as well which is specialized in everything related to lighting.

Read below to check out all the parts of the exhibition and how to make the most of your stay in Milan during this event.

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Armani Casa at the Salone Del Mobile 2015 in Milan | Exhibitions


The art of living by Giorgio Armani

During the Salone del Mobile in Milan the Armani/Teatro offers a fascinating voyage through some of the world’s most dynamic cities. It is a journey that takes in different cultures and inspires a variety of emotions, looking at ways of life and examining local sensibilities. It is a history of the introduction of innovations and a reflection of an aesthetic sense that redraws the boundaries of taste.

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The Zaha Hadid Cuff in Collaboration with AWMouzannar At Qirdala in Kuwait | Jewelry Design


Yesterday March 24, 2015 a private viewing of the ‘Silene’ Cuff by Zaha Hadid in collaboration with AWMouzannar was held at Qirdala, a jewelry shop in Tilal Complex, Shwaikh, Kuwait. The event showcased the cuff along with some of the finest pieces designed by Alia & Dori Mouzannar.


Sahar wearing Zaha Hadid Cuff

me trying it on, loved how light it is


The cuff is made of 12 pieces and is encrusted with 1048 diamonds. The prototype shown is made of brushed white gold but can be ordered in either pink or yellow gold. The price was not disclosed, but what I got to know is that only 12 pieces will be made, 2 have already been sold.

“Silene expresses the fluidity and complexity of natural forms,” said Hadid. “An intricate web gently envelops the pristine white gold cuff resulting in a delicate piece that explores the evolution of organic geometries and patterning.”

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