Taking place from March 14-17, the sixth edition of Design Days Dubai welcomes its largest number of exhibitors to date with the strongest representation of design in the region, including a record 20 designers from the UAE. All will debut never-before-seen limited edition series furniture, lighting and decorative accessories.
This year’s first-time exhibitors from Dubai are: Ayah Al Bitar, AYKA Design, CarpetsCC by Cecilia Setterdahl, Jafar Dajani, MCML Studio, Michael Rice and Nader Gammas.
At the fair’s inaugural edition in 2012, Nakkash Gallery was the only locally-based exhibitor and has returned every year since with collections from international designers.
This year, the father-and-son founders Wajih and Omar Nakkash present their own-designed first collection. It includes a circular, iron-framed, Luna Bookcase which balances space for books and decorative items with natural textures; The Orbit Table Series with delicate, brushed-iron tops supported by dark marble pedestals with built-in plant pots; and the limited-edition, bronze and Murano glass 7 Salutes sculptural installation, a tribute to the national symbol of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s three-finger salute – win, victory, love.
Multi-disciplinary Emirati designer Aljoud Lootah presents her new Tebr collection of porcelain vases, tableware and table lamps adorned with decorative motifs in 14-karat gold which are inspired by patterns carved on an old wooden door from the Palace of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the former UAE President and Founder of the Nation.
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1971 Design Space will showcase new work, the Loop chair series, from UAE-based designer Rand Abdul Jabbar, and innovative social enterprise Fatima bint Mohamed bin Zayed Initiative (FBMI) will launch its rebranded retail arm Zuleya, displaying some of the finest handicrafts made in Afghanistan and hosting a live weaving workshop.
Joining the record number of design galleries and studios from across the region are: returning exhibitors Nisreen and Nermaan Abu Dail of Naqsh Collective (Jordan), Iwan Maktabi and Vick Vanlian (both Lebanon), Coalesce (Pakistan); and Aisha Al-Sowaidi (Qatar).
The fair also welcomes newcomers Apical Reform (India), Aperçu Designs (Jordan), Marie Munier (Lebanon), Dahr (Saudi Arabia) and Ahmad Angawi, represented by King Abdullaziz Center for World Culture (Saudi Arabia).
Design Days Dubai’s new location at d3 has offered the opportunity to revisit and refresh its layout, introducing a variety of communal areas such as a terrace with adjoining radio station pod for live interviews, and a bookstore with café stocking architecture and design books from the region.