Finalists have been revealed for the second edition of the Italian Way Product Design Award that tasks designers in the UAE to create a design object of any scale inspired by traditional Emirati crafts and Italian style, with this year looking at objects that can be used outdoors
The shortlisted candidates of this year's prize includes Elizabeth Volkovics, Ammar Kalo, Joud Malhas, Ruchi Joshi, and design collective Caravan, which comprises Ivan Parati, Emanuela Corti, and Fillippo Corrado.
Elizabeth Volkovics' developed an outdoor lounge called the 'Shams Lounger' that reflects the Italian attitude of effortless style mixed with regional inspiration such as fishermen’s netting and geometric patterns.
Ammar Kalo's 'Jasla' is inspired by traditional Arabic Majlis seating, imitating a similar comfort with its cushions, but its distinct design tells a story of Italian elegance.
Another piece inspired by the Majlis is Joud Malhas' 'Italian Majlis' relaxed seating design, which brings to the fore the craftsmanship, functionality, and effortless style of Italian design.
Designer Ruchi Joshi has created a piece called 'BiForm' that is inspired by conventional tents, integrating practical and flexible design principles.
The Caravan design collective created the Cavero, focusing on the idea of hospitality through things like coffee, charcoal, and a fire pit. The fire pit, which plays a role in Italian culture as well, is exhibited as the informal centrepiece, which brings together family and friends to share stories.
The designs will be judged by an international panel of industry experts including Roberto Palomba; from Palomba Serafini Associati, Andrea Sanguineti of Alias, Giulia Fiumi; from Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Andrea Sensoli; from SUPERFUTUREDESIGN*, Matteo Bernocchi; from H&H Investment Group, Alessandra Misuri; Professor Interior Design at the University of Abu Dhabi, Fadi Sarieddine; from Fadi Sarieddine Studio, and Maja Kozel; from Maja Kozel Design.
The awards event will take place during Dubai Design Week; on November 14th at Molecule in the Dubai Design District, with Alias producing a prototype of the winning design.