Dubai Design Week 2017 takes over the city showcasing the best design with a focus on the MENASA region – a.k.a. Middle East, North Africa and Southern Asia. Until November 18, the event spreads across the metropolis with over 200 events while 150 internationals leading brands go on show at the Downtown Design fair. Check our top5 exhibitions and installations under the Burj Khalifa!
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The Global Grad Show
A video project turning the Burj Khalifa into the planet’s tallest sundial arm, autonomous electric prams and a music responsive lamp and speaker with thunder and lightning performances… The Global Grad Show is the world’s largest and most diverse meeting of design and innovation graduates from 92 leading universities. Explore the best in progressive thinking on the future of design, science and innovation.
Located in the heart of Dubai Design District – D3, ABWAB – door in Arabic – host 45 regional designs from 15 MENASA countries. The exhibition is encapsulated in a dramatic structure design by Fahed + Architects which is made from repurposed bed springs sourced from a local waste management company.
Iconic City: “Loading… Casa”
The creative imprint of Casablanca goes on show at the exhibition curated by Salma Lahlou, who has commissioned new works from a sound artist, graphic designer, photographer and interior architect to portray the city she lives and breathes. “Loading… Casa” provides an insight into the Moroccan city offering visitors a chance to experience the city’s “design scene inspired by the collision of the past and present”.
Silent Call by Khalid Shafar and Lasvit
Dubai-based designer Khalid Shafar and lighting brand, Lasvit unveil Silent Call, an installation which translates the Muslim call to prayer into light. The domes of 5 iconic mosques across the world are reinterpreted as a pulsating glass constellation: the moving chandelier synchronizes with the five daily prayer calls according to the timezone of each mosque.
The Ripe Design Market
The Ripe Design Market brings the region’s finest local start-ups, small businesses comprising of designers, trend-setters, taste-makers and culinary artisans together to the premises of Dubai Design District (d3) to showcase their work.