A&E Guide: Top Five of Dubai Design Week 2017

Dana Mortada   |   15-11-2017

The 3rd edition of Dubai Design Week  has officially opened and this time around it is double the size it was last year. Here’s our ultimate guide on the best must-see installations and events running from 13 to 18 November 2017.


Swarovski ‘Prologue’ Installation 

‘Prologue’ by Fredrikson Stallard for Swarovski

Swarovski will exhibit a large sculpture designed by Fredrikson Stallard, installed in the centre of d3. ‘Prologue’ is a  circular sculpture featuring more than 8,000 topaz-coloured luminous crystals- mimicking the iconography of the sun.

This is the very first time that the ‘Prologue’ is to be exhibited in the Middle East, and its debut in Dubai marks a decade of Fredrikson Stallard and Swarovski’s collaborations. Apart from the enormous gleaming sculpture, you must stop by the newly opened Swarovski Creative Centre, to view the  Atelier’s latest home décor.


Global Grad Show 

TreeSense, designed by Qian Yedan and Xin Liu from MIT Media Lab and Umea Institute of Design

This year’s Dubai Design Week will present more than 200 projects from 43 countries. The Global Grad Show is held at d3 and is free entrance for all, displays ground-breaking projects, of innovative technologies and futuristic ideas.  This universal design exhibition is curated by the renowned author and designer Brendan McGetrick, welcomes graduates from over 90 universities to Dubai to showcase prototypes around the 3 main themes- empowerment, connection, and sustainability.


Iconic City Exhibition: Loading… Casa

Curated by Salma Lahlou and Omar Mrani

Influenced by the poetic scenery of Casablanca, the third edition of the Iconic City exhibition is curated by Salma Lahlou along with research assistance Omar Mrani; take us on a journey through a contemporary sound installation and snapshot images that tracks down the heartbeat of the North African City. Referencing the city’s displacement following it’s independence in 1956, meant for emotional recovery and resilience for the city.



Mauro Porcini

Mauro Porcini – Pepsico Chief Design Officer

Dubai Design Week will be hosting Pepsico’s Cheif Design Officer-Mauro Porcini. On the 17th November from 5pm, Porcini  will share an hour long  presentation at d3’s maingstage, about how designers are working hand-in-hand with businesses to satisfy the consumer through exciting and customised experiences. 





This year’s regional design section will presented within a unique pavilion designed by Dubai-based architectural firm Fahed + Architects. The strong and light structure is constructed from bedsprings sourced from the Sharjah-based waste company- bee’ah. Showcasing more than 40 design pieces from around 15 countries, it is a must-see exhibition that allows you to experience the best of the regions’ emerging talents design across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.


RCA: 50 Years of Graphic Design

GraphicsRCA: Fifty Years and Beyond

Royal College of Art (RCA) comes all the way to Dubai showcasing designs by recent graduates that shines the light on the growth of the graphic design field over the past 50 years at the leading graduate design college. This year, Dubai Design Week provides an expanded exhibition featuring works by over 120 designers from printed posters to books, moving visual and digital projection. This vast exhibition is curated by Teal Triggs, Richard Doust, Jeff Willis, Adrian Shaughnessy, who allows access to world-class designers and will provide a rich experience through a series of six RCA courses- focused on interior, product and information design.


For more information about the numerous events, workshops and exhibitions at Dubai Design Week 2017 click here.



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