The second annual Design Days Dubai delivered the world’s most diverse collection of galleries, exclusively showcasing modern and contemporary, investment-quality works.
One of the most globally diversified fairs in the world, Design Days Dubai is the first fair in the Middle East and South Asia dedicated to collectible and limited edition furniture and design objects.
Six continents, 29 galleries and works from over 135 artists from around the world were on display. The diverse collection of modern and contemporary designs were all on sale, making it a collector’s paradise. The price of the exhibited artwork ranged from $5,000- $500,000.
We present to you some of the amazing talent and artwork displayed at the Design Days Days Dubai 2013.
A Million Times by Humans since 1982 – Victor Hunt Gallery
A million times is a new installation which creates a giant display visually expressing the time digitally.
The installation is based on almost 300 interconnected analogue clocks. Each clock contains 2 motors to drive the minute and hour-hand independently, creating a choreography on one giant display, showcasing customizable texts, patterns and graphics.
Here’s the amazing A Million Times by Humans since 1982 video:
To see more of Victor Hunt Galleries, check out Humans since 1982 website.
based upon – “If I had known then, what I know now”. Designer– Ian Abell
“If I had known then, what I know now, I would never have come to know it at all” depicts a map of the UAE. The form is created by tearing figurative outlines of the country from paper and then crumpling that paper as if moving on to the next idea. It looks at the frustration of the artistic process, as so many ideas and attempts are cast aside when trying to create a great work. The resulting work is born out of the act of surrender, giving up the control of the form and submitting it to the will of God. One of those rejected ideas is unfolded to reveal a topographical landscape, unforeseen by the artist. The chosen form is then cast in bronze.
To see more of Ian Abell’s amazing work, check out based upon website.
Helidon Xhixha is Albanian-born Fine Arts sculptor based in Dubai.
His creations included works in Murano glass and sculptures in stainless steel using innovative and specialized techniques.
Steel is the base of all of Xhixha’s work and creations. He discovered how to unite the power of light with this material by confining it, transforming it by using “special effects” ultimately setting it free. The hardness and resistance of the steel are uniquely molded by folding, and turning it inside out. His desire is to capture and sculpt light through intervening methods by using the material to make his creations embrace the surrounding environment reflecting colors, shapes, opaqueness and brightness.
Among his many achievements, Xhixha is well known for the 5-meter high stainless steel sculpture of the “Prancing Horse” placed in front of the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy, a monument dedicated to the victory of the Ferrari’s F1 World Cup in 2003.
In 2001 Xhixha took his first trip to Dubai and fell in love with the city. He was amazed by its rapid transformation into a metropolitan city enriched by amazing architecture and a culturally diverse demographic.
Porky Hefer-Audrey Esca – Hanging Nest
Porky Hefer focuses on conceptual precepts that manifest in three-dimensional forms, in a variety of executions from public sculptures and installations to product and furniture design. Fascinated by the reactions and energy a piece can generate in a space, he embraces Africa and the skills and processes that are readily available indigenously, rather than trying to emulate foreign processes. Hefer strives to produce work that elicits a smile and stays in your head.
Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Porky Hefer has created an incredible series of cozy nests for humans that can be perched high up in the trees! The amazing woven nests are handmade from natural materials and are inspired examples of bio-mimicry that emulate the building techniques of weaver birds.
To know more about Porky Hefer’s work, check out Southern Guild‘s website
Shredded Ware. Designer-Jens Praet
Jens Praet is Italy-based Belgian designer. Praet has a strong passion for everyday objects, honest materials, finding inspiration in unexpected details and daily issues which often become the starting point in developing a new concept.
Studio Jens Praet works from a conceptual and artistic angle on various topics of contemporary culture, with an intensive approach towards traditional handcrafting in combination with avant-garde techniques.
Shredded Ware Table – Non-useful documents and discarded leftover magazines are transformed into valuable and useful objects.
Check out Jens amazing projects on his website.
Here’s a Slide Show of some of the amazing modern and contemporary works on display from Design Days Dubai 2013
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