Downtown Design 2016 : The popular Destination at Downtown Design returns this October reaffirming Downtown Design’s position as a fair of global discovery and entry point into the international design scene. Launched at Downtown Design 2015, Destination will once more showcase emerging design brands from a fresh selection of international design weeks, this year:
Addis Ababa – Barcelona – Beirut – Reykjavik – Taipei
Downtown Design is held under the Patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-Chairman of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and in partnership with Dubai Design District (d3).
Each participating city will present a co-curated collection of their leading young brands, offering them a commercial platform and a unique opportunity to present their creativity and craftsmanship to the buyers, designers and visitors attending the event.
Rue Kothari, Fair Director of Downtown Design says: “We are thrilled to bring such a diverse mix of design weeks to the fair. Each will represent the spirit of their city; showcasing lighting, furniture and textiles, expressed with indigenous materials, traditional craftsmanship and a strong contemporary aesthetic that will both broaden the diversity of the fair, and provide a breath of inspiration for all visitors.”
In Pictures : Addis Ababa Design Week Ensera Stool and End Table Design by Jomo Tariku
Design Week Addis Ababa introduces Dubai to a modernist-inspired collection of furniture, rugs and textiles handcrafted in Ethiopia from Actuel Urban Living, and contemporary takes on traditional African chairs crafted in hardwoods by Jomo Design Furniture.
In Pictures : Barcelona Design Week, Toru-CLOP, by Jordi Ribaudi
Barcelona Design Week brings sculptural design objects with a modern, industrial look that still elevate traditional, artisanal techniques. Andreu Carulla Studio will present suspended outdoor seating, a wickerwork armchair and versatile tin vessels; Apparatu will showcase three collections of quirky ceramics; and TORU a set of elegant ponyskin chairs.
In Pictures : Beirut Design Week, Muriel Kai -Fruit Leather
Beirut Design Week is represented by resin vases, vessels molded from fruit skins and foam stools by Tamara Barrage; biodegradable containers made from coffee grounds and newspaper waste from Paola Sakr; and flexible, translucent tea lights and jewellery boxes crafted by Muriel Kai from ‘fruit leather’.
In Pictures : Reykjavík Design March, North limited, FÆRID
DesignMarch Reykjavík presents high-end walnut lounge chairs and sofas, and oak bar stools and book racks by Augustav; elegant nests of tables, lava dishes and porcelain containers by North Limited; and quirky cabinets, candle-holders, lamps and mirrors by experimental Nordic design collaboration 1+1+1.
In Pictures : Taiwan Designers’ Week, META Leer LED Woooden Lamp
Taiwan Designers’ Week showcases sleek design solutions and accessories including neo-contemporary ceramics and glassware from HNH LIVING; sculptural lighting from META Design and versatile seating solutions made from recycled cardboard and wood fibre from Flexible Love.
Photo Courtesy : Downtown Design 2016