International Design Talent, World Premieres and Live Performances to Inspire at Design Days Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2015-02-23 -
Held in partnership with the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, and taking place at Emaar’s custom-built location at ‘The Venue, Downtown Dubai’, at the base of Burj Khalifa, Design Days Dubai is set to offer a visitor experience like no other. Internationally acclaimed designers and new local stars will descend on Downtown Dubai from 16th to 20th March, to unveil specially created works aimed to inspire and excite Middle Eastern audiences.
The diverse design fair will see an international line-up of 44 renowned exhibitors from 20 countries presenting purchasable, and highly-desirable, works of modern and contemporary design at the Middle East and South Asia’s only collectible design fair.
Such is the diversity of Design Days Dubai, awe-inspiring large-scale installations and sculptural works (some towering four metres high), and beautifully handcrafted limited edition design, will sit comfortably side-by-side as visitors experience the vast variety and creativity that marks design today.
The unveiling of a series of 10 oversized sculptural works, created exclusively for Dubai by acclaimed designer Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof (Canada) will be a significant highlight of the event’s stellar line-up. The designer is renowned for his work in the ancient carved craft of glyptics, and these breathtaking sculptures are inspired by the work of the renowned Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher.
The 2015 edition of the fair, now in its fourth year, will also see a strengthened participation from leading international design organisations, including the World Design Capital – Taipei 2016 (Taiwan) and Beijing Design Week (China), which demonstrates the growing importance of reaching a global audience through the platform of Design Days Dubai.
Designing with Light The significance of light continues to be a key theme in design for 2015, and one that is anticipated to captivate visitors’ imaginations at this year’s edition. Design Days Dubai will present the world premiere of ‘Lumiere’, by Commonplace Studio (Netherlands) and showcased by Victor Hunt Design Art Dealer (Brussels), which conveys the form and feel of a cloud through twenty-eight suspended pendant lamps, which have moving images projected on to their inner surfaces.
Adding to the wealth of pieces using light as their medium, world renowned design brands Zumtobel (Austria) will be bringing three of its key masterpieces by star designers Zaha Hadid, Hani Rashid, and Olafur Eliasson. Preciosa (Prague), will also exhibit collaborative works with the internationally renowned glass artist, René Roubíček, which utilise a blend of traditional and pioneering craftsmanship.
"The special projects and installations at Design Days Dubai open the fair to broader audience. These captivating and often large-scale works push the boundaries of design as we know it and will awe design aficionados and enthusiasts alike," said Cyril Zammit, Director, Design Days Dubai.
"Design Days Dubai represents the first time that many of these global design studios and individuals have exhibited in the Middle East, creating an exciting opportunity for regional audiences to experience their internationally-acclaimed works first-hand."
Meanwhile, Design Days Dubai will also celebrate famed Lebanese designer Nada Debs, who notably helped shape and reinvigorate the regional design scene. Nada Debs marks 10 years as a professional in 2015 and her contribution to design will be recognised at Design Days Dubai through a retrospective exhibition of her iconic creations. The designer will also unveil a new piece that demonstrates her purpose for the next decade of her work.
Live Installations and Performances
Design is as much an experiential as observational process and as such, other significant highlights of Design Days Dubai include ‘Posa Project’, a homage to the Emirati culture of falconry, brought by Carwan (Beirut/Dubai), which will showcase luxurious perches by Massimo Faion (Italy) as part of a live installation performance. Another live presentation comes in the form of the recreation of a ritual carried out during Iranian New Year, (Nowruz) of the setting of the table called ‘Sofraye Haft Sin’ by Iraqi/Dutch designer Hozan Zangana.
Design Days Dubai has the continued generous support of returning sponsors since being established in 2012, including the strategic partnership with Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, the Emirate’s dedicated Authority for culture, arts and heritage; French high-jewelry Maison Van Cleef & Arpels, who will showcase the dazzling new collection of exceptional stones entitled Pierres de Caractère; Emaar; and Audi – which will be launching the Audi Lounge new for 2015, welcoming key collectors and design enthusiasts to relax and socialise in a comfortable, design-lead environment.
For more information about Design Days Dubai, please visit the bi-lingual website, www.designdaysdubai.ae Supporters can also keep up-to-date with the fair via Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest.
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About Design Days Dubai
Now in its fourth edition, Design Days Dubai is the first design fair of its kind in the Middle East, bringing the most exclusive selection of purchasable, limited-edition design to the region. A showcase of desirable, rare and unique design creations, Design Days Dubai will be held from March 16-20, 2015, to coincide with Art Week, the city’s premier art event. Design Days Dubai will again be located at its dedicated premises; The Venue, Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai.
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DESIGN DAYS DUBAI IS PRESENTED WITH THE FOLLOWING PARTNERS: Dubai Culture & Arts Authority
Launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), drives the growth of the city’s artistic and cultural landscape under the leadership of His Excellency Abdul Rahman Al Owais, Minister of Health and Chairman of the Board of Directors and Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of the Board. Over the years, Dubai Culture has played a significant role in reinforcing the city’s position as a vibrant, Arabian metropolis that fosters culture and arts in the region. Through its holistic outlook, Dubai Culture provides support to all artforms including visual arts, performing arts, film and literature.
The various initiatives of Dubai Culture promote intercultural understanding and exchange while building on the Emirate’s rich Arabian cultural ethos and preserving its national heritage. These projects focus on building a strong creative environment, nurturing and developing talent and strengthening overall artistic community engagement. Our strategic partnership with Design Days Dubai highlights our commitment to promoting design, which is fundamental to all art forms, and how it can be further nurtured to add to the city’s multi-faceted identity. Dubai provides a dynamic environment for design talent to thrive. The initiative serves as a platform to express their creativity and lends momentum to reiterating the city’s credentials as a fast-growing global hub for the design sector. About Van Cleef & Arpels
Founded in 1906 in Paris’ Place Vendôme, Van Cleef & Arpels came into being following Alfred Van Cleef’s marriage to Estelle Arpels in 1895. Always striving for excellence, the Maison has become a worldwide reference through its unique designs, its choice of exceptional stones and its virtuoso craftsmanship, offering jewels and timepieces that tell stories and bring enchantment to life.
Over the years, the Maison has remained faithful to this highly distinctive style characterized by creativity, refinement and poetry. Whether inspired by nature, couture or works of the imagination, its collections evoke a timeless world of beauty and harmony. www.vancleefarpels.com
About Emaar Properties PJSC Emaar Properties PJSC, listed on the Dubai Financial Market, is a global property developer and provider of premium lifestyles, with a significant presence in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. One of the world’s largest real estate companies, Emaar has total assets of nearly US$19 billion and a land bank of more than 226 million sq m in key international markets.
With a proven track-record in delivery, Emaar has handed over 37,500 residential units in Dubai and other global markets since 2001. Emaar has over 690,000 sq m of recurring revenue generating assets, and 12 hotels and resorts, with over 1,900 rooms. Today, over 60 per cent of the company’s revenues come from its shopping malls & retail and hospitality & leisure subsidiaries and international operations. Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, and The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination, are among Emaar’s trophy developments. www.emaar.com About Audi
The Audi Group delivered approximately 1,575,500 cars of the Audi brand to customers in 2013. As one of the most successful models, the Audi A3 has been awarded the title of "World Car of the Year 2014" by an international jury of journalists (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.1 – 3.2; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 165 – 85). In 2013, the company reported revenue of €49.9 billion and an operating profit of €5.03 billion.
The company operates globally in more than 100 markets and has production facilities in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm (Germany), Győr (Hungary), Brussels (Belgium), Bratislava (Slovakia), Martorell (Spain), Kaluga (Russia), Aurangabad (India), Changchun (China) and Jakarta (Indonesia). Since the end of 2013, the brand with the Four Rings has also been producing cars in Foshan (China). In 2015, Audi will start production in São José dos Pinhais (Brazil), followed by San José Chiapa (Mexico) in 2016. Wholly owned subsidiaries of AUDI AG include quattro GmbH (Neckarsulm), Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. (Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy) and Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. (Bologna, Italy), the sports motorcycle manufacturer. The company currently employs more than 73,500 people worldwide, of which more than 52,500 in Germany. Total investment of around €22 billion is planned from 2014 to 2018 – primarily in new products and sustainable technologies. Audi is committed to its corporate responsibility and has anchored the principle of sustainability for its products and processes in its strategy. The long-term goal is CO2-neutral mobility.
AUDI AG’s commitment to the region was confirmed through the foundation of its fully owned subsidiary in 2005. The current Middle East model range comprises the Audi A1, A3 and S3 Sedan, A4 and RS 4 Avant, the A5 Coupe, Sportback, Cabriolet and RS 5, the A6, S6 & RS 6 Avant, A7, S7 & RS 7, A8 L & S8, the Audi Q3, Q5 and Q7, the Audi TT Coupe/Roadster and TT RS Coupe, the Audi R8 Coupe and R8 Spyder as well as R8 V10 plus. About Art Week
With the aim of promoting the cultural activities of the region to both residents and visitors, Art Week is an umbrella initiative bringing together the UAE’s arts and culture-centred happenings in the month of March. From fairs Art Dubai, Design Days Dubai and SIKKA to exhibitions and pop-up museums around the country, Art Week involves cultural programmes from across the UAE, highlighting galleries, institutions and artists. As a focal point of the region’s cultural calendar, Art Week attracts many tourists and residents, thus helping to sustain and develop the region’s arts industry by actively building audiences and patrons.