Six stunning pieces at Dubai Design Week

Dubai Design Week is underway, with installations, exhibits and immersive experiences that highlight innovation, in the region and beyond. We present some of the most striking objects on display at the event, including Downtown Design, a show dedicated to contemporary, original and high-quality design.

forever couch

The Forever sofa from the Egyptian design company R'kan.  Photo: Rkan

Egyptian design firm R’kan has curated a collection of objects in collaboration with artists and artisans. This includes decorative glassware, a colorful mirror, and sculptural furniture, like this 60-kilogram Forever sofa, which is made of polyester to convey to a man and woman that they are bound together forever.

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peanut bank

The Peanut bench from Doodle and the Gang.  Photo: Doodle and the gang

Doodle and the Gang’s Peanut Bench conveys the design duo’s commitment to exploring traditional crafts and giving them modern manifestations. Founded this year by sisters Mentalla and Asmaa Said, the design studio is presenting Volume I at Dubai Design Week, featuring furniture pieces hand-built by local artisans, as well as ceramics produced by the sisters themselves.

$10,000

Moser vase

A multicolored Moser vase.  Photo: Moser

Moser specializes in lead-free crystal products created entirely by hand. The company was founded in 1857 by Ludwig Moser, who opened a glassmaking workshop in the spa town of Karlovy Vary and quickly gained a reputation for his exquisite skills and timeless design. That legacy continues in pieces like this multicolored vase, which gently fades from orange to yellow to green, and comes in two sizes.

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$13,810

made from jordan

Made From Jordan by Twelve Degrees is a durable and versatile material that is 100% biodegradable.  Photo: Twelve Degrees

Twelve Degrees, a multidisciplinary team of designers and engineers, has developed Made From Jordan, a durable and versatile material that is 100% biodegradable, transforming locally sourced agricultural waste into sustainable and functional products. At the end of their life, objects like this sculptural bench can be melted down and recast, or left to biodegrade on their own.

$16,000

mocar vase

The Muqar vase by French architect Arthur Mamou-Mani.  Photo: Trame Paris

Combining traditional craftsmanship with digital technologies, French homeware brand Trame Paris will be present at Downtown Design showcasing a line of rugs and accessories inspired by the region of Fez-Meknes in Morocco, Calabria in Italy and Andalusia in Spain. These include the Muqar vase by French architect Arthur Mamou-Mani.

$1,465

organic console

Organic Console by Nada Debs.  Photo: Nada Debs

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the launch of its eponymous brand, Nada Debs has continued to blend ancient craft traditions with a neo-Arab identity. From his studio in Gemmayzeh, Beirut, he works with a team of 20 people to create annual collections, one-off commissions, creative collaborations and collectibles like this Organic Console.

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Updated: November 09, 2022, 14:21