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Downtown Design places spotlight on regional talent and inspiration

Fair is hosting work by local and locally-inspired designers, studios and collectives.

2019 Tanween Design Programme designers: Abdulla Al Mulla, Lana El Samman and Yara Habib

This year’s edition of Downtown Design, which is running from 12 to 15 November, is continuing to place the spotlight on new regional initiatives, young designers and up-and-coming brands.

Designers presenting works inspired by the culture and traditions of the Middle East include emerging designer Hajar Abdallah, whose debut installation celebrates the region’s equestrian culture.

Sharjah-based Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council is presenting present an outstanding collection of objects developed in collaboration with Emirati craftswomen and leading contemporary designers.

Award-winning architectural studio Binchy & Binchy is launching ten new tables inspired by architecture, challenging themselves to determine a design language that is truly Emirati.

Returning to Downtown Editions, Aljoud Lootah, Roudha Al Shamsi, 1971 Design Space and Jeel are all presenting their latest limited-edition work, whilst Taskheel will unveil the outcome of the 2019 Tanween Design Programme featuring designers Abdulla Al Mulla, Lana El Samman and Yara Habib.

Bringing his designs to the Middle East for the first time, Brooklyn-based sculptor and designer Fernando Mastrangelo is launching a collection of mirrors inspired by the geographic features of Dubai.

New pieces are on display from Japanese collectible furniture studio Tasca 4D, known for using the latest manufacturing methods in its designs, and from South Korean brand Arijian, which specialises in handcrafted goods and regional materials.

Guest Curator of Dubai Design Week, designer Ghassan Salameh is curating ‘MADAR’ within Downtown Editions, focusing on regional design and shedding light on the current movements in the design market of the region today. Ghassan’s curation will also highlight the latest productions and innovations of emerging regional designers.

Public visitors to Downtown Design can gain complimentary access through the Dubai Design Week app.

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