Art Dubai Group has appointed William Knight as managing director and head of design of the company.
Knight will lead and develop the company’s design portfolio, currently including the region’s largest design event, Dubai Design Week, trade show Downtown Design as well as Dubai Design Days, a fair that focuses on collectible design.
Knight has 17 years of design and commercial experience, starting his career in 1999 with the UK Design Council. He later went on to become the deputy director of the London Design Festival where he worked from 2004 to 2012, leading the event since its inception and playing a critical role in establishing it as one of the world’s foremost design events.
Since 2012, Knight has been show director at Design Trade Events at Media 10 Ltd where he lead two of the London’s key annual design events: 100% Design and Clerkenwell Design Week.
“It’s an exceptional time to be working at the forefront of design promotion in Dubai; the city is already the region’s design hub and is primed to become one of the world’s key design destinations,” Knight said.
“I’m hugely excited by the opportunity to develop a unique, sustainable and globally relevant series of events and to contribute to the swiftly evolving design culture in Dubai.”
He will be officially taking up his position from March 1, and currently retains a consultative role with Media 10 Ltd for the forthcoming edition of Clerkenwell Design Week.