Dubai Design Week 2017: The Reasons to Not Miss This Event

Dubai Design Week is one of the world’s newest and most ambitious international design events, conceived to shine a spotlight on Dubai as a leading design hub, and share the UAE’s thriving design scene with the world at large.

Dubai Design Week 2017: The Reasons to Not Miss This Event

A pavilion crafted from discarded mattress springs; trainers made from algae; a talk by one of the world’s most influential architects; and a snapshot of Casablanca through various design mediums. The programme for this year’s Dubai Design Week has been unveiled – and will consist of more than 200 events and activities across the city.

Dubai Design Week 2017: The Reasons to Not Miss This Event

Dubai Design Week 2017: The Reasons to Not Miss This Event

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Taking place from November 13 to 18DXBDW will be anchored by Downtown Design, a trade show featuring products by 150 brands, while a glimpse into the future will be supplied by the Global Grad Show, which will present works from leading design schools around the globe.

Dubai Design Week 2017: The Reasons to Not Miss This Event

The range will be immense and include football boots made from recycled plastic bottles, prefabricated homes fashioned from discarded building materials, a travel jacket with an inbuilt pillow, a walking stick that turns into a tent, and a solar-powered toy that doubles as a nightlight.

Dubai Design Week 2017: The Reasons to Not Miss This Event

Instead of the old model of having six countries represented in six separate pavilions, Abwab will this year be housed in a single pavilion, with a rather singular design. Fahed & Architects was invited to partner with Bee’ah, Sharjah’s environmental and waste-management company, to create a pavilion from materials that would otherwise be discarded as waste.

Dubai Design Week 2017: The Reasons to Not Miss This Event

Fahed & Architects discovered that Bee’ah receives about 100 mattresses a day, so it decided to use the coils from those mattresses to create a structure of unexpected delicacy.

Dubai Design Week 2017: The Reasons to Not Miss This Event

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Dubai Design Week 2017: The Reasons to Not Miss This Event

In terms of high-profile speakers, this year’s big hitter is architect and designer David Adjaye, who will be engaging in a public talk with Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi on November 13.

Dubai Design Week 2017: The Reasons to Not Miss This Event

All the current evidence suggests that this year’s DXBDW will feature all the old favorites, but polished and repackaged in increasingly sophisticated ways. “By their nature, design weeks need to reflect the infrastructure and community that exists around them,” says William Knight, DDW’s head of design.

Dubai Design Week 2017: The Reasons to Not Miss This Event

“In Dubai, the design culture, community, and industry is growing hugely and changing very rapidly. What I’m interested in, I suppose, is quality as well as quantity. As much as anything, I think there’s a big job to do in terms of reinforcing that quality. And we must also give confidence to young designers, and open their eyes to fresh thinking.

Dubai Design Week 2017: The Reasons to Not Miss This Event

“A lot of that is about space, so creating spaces such as D3 and being able to make them as accessible as possible – that’s a big part of what we do during a design week,” Knight adds. “It’s also about providing platforms to absorb design from outside and offer access to the local design community.”

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