The Saudi Arabian creative hub Alula has announced the 10 finalists for the AlUla Design Award. Each of the finalists designed their concept around the theme of the heritage, landscape and artistic legacies of AlUla. Head to aeworld.com to read more. Link in our bio.
Twenty designers were originally shortlisted and prototypes of their designs were evaluated by a Jury of recognised leaders from the design world.
The finalists will be exhibited at Paris Design Week where 5 winners will be announced on 7 September 2023, and the exhibit open to attendees from 8th to 16th September at Galerie MR21 in the French capital. The exhibition space is expected to be a unique experience too, having been designed by acclaimed creative Hervé Sauvage.
The 2023 edition marks the award’s second year, with winning designs having the opportunity to potentially be commissioned and promoted through AlUla’s high-profile network.
Discussing the finalists, Jury member, Cyril Zammit said, “The designers have captivated the jury with their innovative concepts, artistic excellence, and imaginative interpretations of AlUla’s rich cultural heritage. The quality and innovation have proven exceptional. There were more international entries than the first edition and I was pleased to discover a stronger voice from the Middle-East with emerging new talents. All the finalists have managed to truly capture the essence of AlUla and transform it into tangible retail designs.”
The 10 finalists are:
Tawa by Shaddah Studio (Saudi, based in Saudi Arabia)
Naba Tea Tiffin by Ikkis, Gunjan Gupta (Indian, based in India)
AlUla Terrains: Dates Serving Set by Teeb (Lebanese & Saudi, based in Saudi Arabia)
Incense Heritage Collection by Sarra Hafaiedh (Tunisian, based in Tunisia)
Ohjea by Thaqeb Studio (Saudi, based in Saudi Arabia)
Oil Lantern by Imane Mellah (French, based in Paris)
Book Lithic by Ahmed AlMannai, Rashed AlAraifi and Hamad AlMannai, and Abdulla Binhindi (Bahraini, based in Bahrain)
Arabian Leopard Sculpture Set by Abdulla Binhindi (Bahraini, based in Bahrain)
Steps Clasp by Sara Kanoo (Bahraini, based in Bahrain)
Sand Garden by Tajalla Studio (Saudi, based in Saudi Arabia)