Downtown Design 2023: ten female-empowered projects in Dubai

Ávila by Nella Figueroa - Photo courtesy of Downtown Design 2023.

At the Downtown Design 2023 fai in Dubai, we have been positively impressed by the strong presence of female designers, curators and creatives. Check some of the projects we liked the most.

BE_Design completes the Komera Leadership Center for a rural community in Rwanda

Komera Leadership Center by BE_Design, Rwanda - Photo by Bruce Engel, BE_Design.

Komera Leadership Center by BE_Design in Rwanda is a cluster of buildings connected by a dynamic and flexible roof canopy creating spaces for learning and social activities with the mission of empowering self-confident young women through education and community development.

7 LA-based female designers shaping the city’s creative scene

Portrait of Kenesha Sneed - Photo via IG by Cindy Hsu Zell, follow @tactilematter

Model-turned-designer Meyghan Hill empowered herself by picking up a welding torch after a breakup. Emiliana Gonzalez and Jessie Young of Studio Persona interweave their feminine minimalism with Uruguayan brutalism. At the same time, Another Human’s Leah Ring challenges traditional constructs of form, drawing inspiration from the Memphis Group and outer space. Discover the work and stories of 7 LA-based female designers making a difference in the City of Angels.

Elena Salmistraro: “Milan is back. This year I felt excited as if it was my first design week”

AXO IN FABULA by Elerna Salmistraro X Cappellini - Courtesy of Cappellini.

We sat down with Elena Salmistraro to talk about her projects at Milan Design Week, what the pandemic has taught us for good, women in design, and her positive attitude toward the future.

Farewell Cini Boeri. Dame of Italian architecture and design dies, aged 96

Cini Boeri 2016 portrait - Photo by Chris Moyse

Functionality and playfulness, sober minimalism and a distinct ‘pop’ attitude. Cini Boeri – one of the few female voices and minds defining Italy’s post war architecture and design – has passed away in her beloved city, Milan. In her carrier she pioneered engineering, industrial design and architecture putting people’s intimate joy at the center.

8 French craftswomen raising the design bar at Maison&Objet

Atelier Terres D'Angely @ the SO CRAFT exhibition in Paris - Photo by ©AETHION, courtesy of Maison & Objet.

Upcycled luminous creatures, delicately balanced wooden compositions and blown glass furniture with an architectural imprint… French craftswomen shine in Paris!

Best of 2019: 7 amazing stories tackling nowadays challenges

FOR FOREST by Klaus Littman - Photo by Gerhard Maurer, courtesy of ©For Forest

From pink seesaws allowing children and grown ups from both sides of the US-Mexico border to play together to multi-faith temples encouraging inter religious understanding and the Alpine forest in the stadium triggering reflection on Climate Change. The Best of 2019? Check how architects and designers can truly make a difference to shape minds and places for a better future!

‘Deeper than Text’ all-women exhibition aims “to redefine the visual message of creative professionals in design”

DEEPER THAN TEXT exhibition in New York by Female Design Council and 1stdibs - Photo by Design Council and 1stdibs.

19 international female designers present their latest works at the Deeper than Text exhibition in New York. On show a tiger-rug crafted from wool, velvety bright blue chairs, architectural furniture, and more.

8 women-empowering messages at 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale

8 women-empowering messages at 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale

Yvonne Farrell and Shelly McNamara, Odile Decq, Alison Brooks, Elisabeth Diller and more. At Venice Biennale 2018 female architects do not stay silent. We collected 8 women-empowering messages fighting gender inequality.

Designing Women II: Masters, Mavericks, Mavens: Egg Collective celebrates female designers’ creativity

Designing Women II: Masters, Mavericks, Mavens - Photo by Hannah Whitaker, courtesy of Egg Collective.

The creative power of renown and emerging female designers across the globe goes on show at the Egg Collective’s exhibition Designing Women II: Masters, Mavericks, Mavens.

Dutch Design Week 2017: design as a mind-stretching tool to innovate and improve everyday life

Dutch Design Week 2017. (W)Ego by MRDV - Photo by MRDV.

Can design save the world? A circular economy-driven pavilion, loving robots and a project sand-mapping the planet: 10 brilliant exhibitions at Dutch Design Week 2017.

Preview: 10 creative and entrepreneurial women to shine at Design Days Dubai 2017

FBMI rug design created in collaboration with Aljoud Lootah - Courtesy of Design Days Dubai.

Omani-inspired cabinets functional praying consoles and skyscraper-looking tables. Archipanic previews 10 projects and designs by innovative women at Design Days Dubai 2017.