For six days in October, the United Arab Emirates will see the international design community in town for Dubai Design Week. Filled with exhibitions, conferences and workshops from October 24 to 29, we take a look at six installations that you simply cannot miss, if you’re in town.
If the archaeological digs have been any indication, Bahrain has practiced the tradition of pottery for some time. Though the use of clay has now given way to other materials in the modern age, the art is still alive. Visitors to the Bahraini pavilion will have the chance to learn about how to manipulate “basic and necessary” shapes. The introduction into the world of pottery is the brainchild of an architect and a designer who have collaborated with the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities.
Contemporary Practices in Islamic Design
Amongst the exhibits is a discussion group that explores how Islamic design has been retained in the modern world. With experts in the fields of Islamic architecture and design on hand, the group looks at how the traditional design elements still exist.
The Super Future Design Showroom is marking the opening by featuring an ephmeral botanical installation. The installation will also play the role of setting for furniture from Italian brand Moroso’s M’Afrique collection. The African-inspired furniture line is the work of such noted designers as Tord Boontje, Patricia Urquiola and Sebastian Herkner.
Bernar Venet Solo Exhibition
This is French artist Bernar Venet’s first-ever solo exhibition in the region. It will present an introduction to his work based on “variations of the line.” The main exhibit will be a 6.5 meter high monumental sculpture, installed at the entrance to the gallery. Visitors will also have the opportunity to view new steel sculptures from the “Arc,” “Angles” and “GRIB” series, and a selection of works on paper.
20 Icons of French design
The exhibition brings together 20 highly influential pieces of French design that were produced between the 1920s till today. The designers featured in the exhibition, include Philippe Starck, Jean Prouvé, Pierre Paulin and even the Bouroullec brothers.
Tom Dixon Pop-Up
This is the first pop-up store for Tom Dixon, in the Middle East. This serves as an opportunity for visitors to experience and purchase lighting as well as selected furniture by the British designer.
For more information, visit the Dubai Design Week.