Eight Emirati designers are set to travel to London to showcase their interpretations of UAE’s nomadic roots.
Following the success at Milan at Salone Del Mobile in April, Dubai Design District has set a new brief for the second chapter of UAE Design Stories: The Next Generation from the Emirates entitled ‘Objects of the Past: Today’.
It tasks eight selected designers to interpret pieces from the archives into modern day pieces, taking their inspirations from the UAE’s earliest residents.
Mohammad Saeed al Shehhi, CEO at d3, : “We are proud to be a part of London Design Fair again this year, and to showcase our country’s heritage through the works of our local designers.”
The designers will bring to life products and pieces using modern day design methodologies and processes, and present contemporary interpretations of items that held great value to those nomadic families for whom travelling through deserts and oceans was an integral part of life.
The selected creatives include architect Abdalla Almulla; jewellery designer Alia Bin Omair; interior designers Alia Mazrooei and Rouda Al Shamsi; multi-disiplinary designer Aljoud Lootah; sculpture and product designer Azza Al Qubaisi; interdisciplinary designer Salem Mansoor and multidisciplinary Bedouin artist Ahmad AlAreef.
His Excellency Sheikh Salem Khalid Al Qassimi, Assistant Undersecretary for Knowledge Development, said: “The Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development is keen to support initiatives such as this one that highlight the richness of the UAE’s cultural and creative landscape to a global audience.
After London, the exhibition will travel to Paris as part of the UAE-France Cultural Dialogue programme, before returning to Dubai for Dubai Design Week from 12 to 17 November.
The second chapter of UAE Design Stories: The Next Generation from the Emirates at the London Design Fair is set to run from 20 to 23 September in the Old Truman Brewery.