Design Days Dubai will return for its fourth edition, from 16 – 20 March 2015 with a number of firsts overtaking past records. This installment will see an international line-up of 44 renowned exhibitors, from 20 countries presenting purchasable and highly-desirable works of modern and contemporary design to the Middle East and South Asia’s only collectible design fair.
A recognized symbol of the growth and maturity of the design landscape in the UAE, Design Days Dubai includes 22 returning exhibitors, such as Carpenters Workshop Gallery (Paris/London), Southern Guild (Cape Town), Artfactum (Beirut), and Broached Commissions (Melbourne), alongside 11 first-time participants including the regional premiere for David Gill Galleries (London) and Gallery FUMI (London), as well as Gallery ALL (Beijing/Los Angeles), Chamber NYC (New York), Galerie Silbereis (Paris), and designer and personality Fiona Barratt-Campbell’s Privé Collection (London).
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“As the event grows year on year, Design Days Dubai continues to cultivate recognition and awareness for design in the region, serving to establish Dubai as a global cultural hub. The upcoming 2015 edition will exhibit the world’s most diverse collection of exhibitors and designers from 20 countries, and ground-breaking works for the audience to further enhance their experience around the subject of design,” said Cyril Zammit, Director, Design Days Dubai. “The fair offers design enthusiasts the opportunity to not only meet international designers, but also acquire collectible design and enhance collections for private and corporate use.”
Design Days Dubai continues to support the Middle Eastern design industry through exhibiting a record number of 16 design studios, galleries, and design professionals based in the Emirates and wider GCC. These include the first participation of 1971 (Sharjah), and 19th Century Antiques (Dubai), as well as the launch of Aljoud Lootah Design Studio (Dubai). Other highlights of the 2015 programme will include a 10th anniversary celebration of Lebanese designer Nada Debs, as well as the regional opening for a new series of vases presented by Wiener Silber Manufactur by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, who will also have distinct ‘liquid’ table works shown by David Gill Galleries (London). Additional Middle Eastern representation can be seen through the participation of Authentique Art Gallery (Dubai), Cities (Dubai & Riyadh), Naqsh Design House (Amman) and Nakkash Gallery (Dubai), together with Tashkeel (Dubai), Fatima bint Mohamed bin Zayed Initiative (Dubai & Abu Dhabi), Faddi Sarriedine (Dubai), and jewellery from Shamsa Alabbar (Dubai).
Held again at ‘The Venue’, the annual setting for the fair, idyllically located next to the iconic Burj Khalifa in Emaar’s Downtown Dubai, audiences can experience, discover and engage with the works on display, and the galleries and designers from around the world. Presenting the highest number of exhibitors at Design Days Dubai to date, participation will be seen from Australia, China, Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Netherlands, South Africa, and Taiwan, as well as Europe, and the Americas, showcasing the fair’s global reach.
Design Days Dubai has the continued generous support of returning sponsors since being established in 2012, including the strategic partnership with Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, the Emirate’s dedicated Authority for culture, arts and heritage; French high-jewelry Maison Van Cleef & Arpels, who will showcase the dazzling new collection of exceptional stones entitled Pierres de Caractère, Emaar, and Audi working in collaboration to provide visitors with an opportunity to engage with pieces from new-comers and well-established designers.