Design Days Dubai 2017 opens for an epic sixth edition

Natalie Hanson   |   13 - 03 - 2017

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and in partnership with the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, Design Days Dubai opens tomorrow for its sixth edition at a new venue in Dubai Design District (d3).

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Apical Reform; Sonuslexica

Design Days Dubai, which will run from 14-17 March 2017, is a fair of discovery with the world’s finest collectible, purchasable and limited edition furniture, lighting and accessories.

“We are proud to have curated the world’s most diverse collection of modern and contemporary collectible design, placing regional galleries and design studios together with leading international exhibitors – and blending innovative design techniques, practices, and skills – to create a world-quality fair. Design Days Dubai has evolved and developed in unison with the region’s increasing appetite for design, and reflects the city’s status as a hub for innovative design and arts in the region, and beyond,” said Rawan Kashkoush, Head of Programming of Design Days Dubai.

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Fredrikson Stallard; Hurricane Mirror

As a notable symbol of the growth and maturity of the design landscape in the UAE and MENASA region, the fair welcomes its largest number of exhibitors to date – 125 designers showing more than 400 works, represented by 50 exhibitors from 39 countries. Design Days Dubai remains a catalyst to the development of the UAE’s own design community and the wider region and is a well-known launch pad for emerging designers. A record 21 galleries and design studios from the UAE will exhibit their collections of furniture, lighting and decorative objects – a huge increase from one UAE design gallery in 2012’s launch edition – cementing the fair’s status as a platform for the Middle East’s rapidly evolving design culture.

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Nakkash Gallery: Wajih & Omar Nakkash; Luna Bookcase

Design Days Dubai this year takes place in a new location at Dubai Design District (d3) with a refreshed layout, including a variety of new communal areas such as a terrace with adjoining radio station pod for live interviews, and a bookstore stocking architecture and design books from the region. Also, for the first time, the fair’s public programme moves beyond its new venue at d3 with an offsite series of talks at Dubai’s new Etihad Museum, bringing design to a broader audience of design enthusiasts, the design curious and collectors alike across the wider city.

“For design enthusiasts, Design Days Dubai is an annual fixture to meet designers from all over the world and acquire collectible design not seen anywhere else. This year, visitors will be able to truly lose themselves to design,” added Kashkoush.

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Vick Vanlian; Kratos Console

Design Days Dubai is owned and managed by Art Dubai Group and is held under Art Week, an umbrella initiative bringing together the UAE’s arts and culture-centred happenings in the month of March with the aim of promoting the cultural activities of the region to both residents and visitors.

For more information about Design Days Dubai, and each participating gallery, please visit the bi-lingual website, www.designdaysdubai.ae