Eleven high-profile UAE-based designers revealed their bespoke lighting creations at Surge for Water’s annual gala last month.
Surge for Water, a global non-profit organisation working for access to clean water across 11 countries, challenged the designers to create sustainable lighting installations to raise awareness of the global water crisis and to incorporate sustainability in the entire design process.
The fourth edition of the Design, Dine and Make a Difference gala took place on December 6 at The Address – Dubai Marina.
Dubai-based designers Maja Kozel and Hernan Hoentsch were judged Overall Competition Winner for Tubo, their design focused on drainage. All the products in the design are made from recycled materials. Geberit donated the drainage system and the connectors joining the elements together were 3D-printed from vegetable waste. “Working on this year’s project we wanted to integrate the drainage component, which makes our lives comfortable without even realising the complicated systems that hide behind walls,” said the designers.
Mariska Nell took home the prize for Most Sustainable piece with ‘Every Drop Counts’ –a design that represents the journey water takes to reach a home. Nell said: “Water is a valuable resource that too many people take for granted every day. For a lot of us getting access to water is as easy as opening one of the many faucets in our home. However, for around 600 million people it is not that easy and they have to travel long distances to get access to water.”
The Sustainable City (TSC), Dubai, offered Surge Dhs100,000 for all 11 pieces to be displayed at TSC, to showcase design creativity related to water and lighting and underscore TSC’s commitment to mindful water consumption. The participating designers included CH-Interiors, Design by Mariska, Design Worldwide Partnership (DWP), Earth & Ware, Gensler, HOK, Maja Kozel Design, Pallavi Dean Interiors, Perkins + Will, Sneha Divias Atelier and Wilson Associates.
Organiser Marita Peters said: “Design, Dine and Make a Difference is the culmination of a six month competition that starts with a sustainable design workshop in order to expose designers to the full scope of sustainability and take into account the water content of products they specify.
Surge was founded in 2008 by John Hopkins University graduate Shilpa Alva. The organisation also runs programmes such as “Water: The Global Passport” in Dubai schools which aims to decrease water usage regionally by educating young people on responsible consumption.