About Design Days Dubai
Now in its third edition, Design Days Dubai is the first design fair of its kind in the Middle East, bringing the most exclusive selection of purchasable, limited-edition design to the region. A showcase of desirable, rare and unique design creations, Design Days Dubai will be held from March 17-21, 2014, to coincide with Art Week, the city’s premier art event. Design Days Dubai will again be located at its dedicated premises; The Venue, Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai.
Design Days Dubai’s Third Edition Introduces the World’s Best Collectible Design, from 17-21 March 2014
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The region’s first and leading dedicated design fair, Design Days Dubai, returns for its third edition to deliver a diverse, exhibition-quality collection of compelling, highly-collectible modern and contemporary design pieces and installations, alongside a public programme with leading design personalities and industry experts, from 17 – 21 March 2014.
Reflecting the growth of Dubai’s design landscape, Design Days Dubai has grown the number of exhibiting galleries by 20%, with 34 galleries bringing artistic and imaginative design creations to the fair – including several regional and world premieres of works. The most internationally-diverse Design Days Dubai to date, galleries from new territories such as Japan, Jordan, China, Austria, Portugal, Hungary and Pakistan, will exhibit alongside returning participants from Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia, strengthening the fair’s global credentials and appeal to a broad base of collectors.
Along with transnational talents, the fair is proud to announce a strong presence of galleries from the region, including six from Dubai, three from Lebanon, one Jordan, as well as one university from Qatar. Further emphasizing the status of Design Days Dubai as a hub for both emerging and established collectors, the fair will also see the premier of many regional galleries.
Returning to the prestigious location of The Venue, next to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, in Downtown Dubai, Design Days Dubai has the continued generous support of returning sponsors, including French high-jewelry maison Van Cleef & Arpels, Emaar, Audi, and the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority; the Emirate’s dedicated Authority for culture, arts, and heritage, working in collaboration to provide visitors with an opportunity to engage with pieces from new-comers and well-established designers.
New for 2014, Design Days Dubai will introduce an annual ‘Discover’ section; the first edition will be presented in cooperation with Institut Français in the UAE, and will be dedicated to giving four young and fresh design galleries from France an international platform to exhibit works, (Ymer&Malta; Galerie Gosserez; NextLevel Galerie and Galerie S. Bensimon).
The well-respected Galerie Yves Gastou has also joined the 2014 gallery line-up, together with returning market-leaders such as Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Southern Guild, _Croft, Industry Gallery and Victor Hunt. Design Days Dubai will again aim to produce a fair that inspires collectors, design enthusiasts, and members of the public to discover and interact with the works, and the creators behind them. The Crafts Council (UK) will return to present 10 UK-based designers, who have been selected after an open-call made especially for Design Days Dubai.
“We are proud to have curated the world’s most diverse collection of modern and contemporary design items, placing regional galleries together with international exhibitors – and blending inventive design techniques, practices, and skills into a world-quality fair. Design Days Dubai has evolved and developed in harmony with the region’s increasing appetite for design, and reflects the host city’s status as a hub for innovative design and arts in the region, and beyond,” said Cyril Zammit, director of Design Days Dubai.
For the first time, Design Days Dubai has been extended by an extra day, and will now be open to the public on the weekend. The fair will host a stimulating public programme, presented by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, which has been developed to inspire and help educate visitors about principles and innovations in design. The five-day programme will feature informative talks and workshops, as well as live performances and special design installations.
Design Days Dubai will also be taking the fair on the road, with a series of ‘Design Stories’ events, presented by the Design Days Dubai fair director, in various key host cities in the region. Launching in Bahrain on 12th December 2013, ‘Design Stories’ will give collectors and design enthusiasts around the region an opportunity to preview of the rare and limited-edition, modern and contemporary pieces to be seen at the fair, as well as the chance to participate in discussions with industry experts including designers, design galleries and academics.
For more information about Design Days Dubai, and each participating gallery, please visit the bi-lingual website, www.designdaysdubai.ae. Supporters can also keep up to date with the fair on the following social media channels;
The galleries participating in Design Days Dubai 2014 includes;
Art Factum Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Authentique Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE
Broached Commissions, Melbourne, Australia
Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London/Paris, UK/France
Carwan Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Clear Edition & Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Coalesce Design Studio, Karachi, Pakistan
+Coletivo Amor de Madre, Sao Paulo, Brazil
The Crafts Council (UK), London, UK
_Croft, Seoul, South Korea
Erastudio Apartment Gallery, Milan, Italy
FN Designs, Dubai, UAE
Galerie Judy Straten, Horst, The Netherlands
Galerie S. Bensimon, Paris, France
Galerie Gosserez, Paris, France
Galerie Yves Gastou, Paris, France
Hybridart Management, Köveskál, Hungary
Industry Gallery, Washington DC/Los Angeles, USA
J+A Gallery, Dubai, UAE
La Galerie Nationale, Dubai, UAE
Nakkash Gallery, Dubai, UAE
Naqsh Design House, Amman, Jordan
NextLevel Galerie, Paris, France
Sabrina Landini Creations, Pietrasanta, Italy
ShowMe Gallery, Braga, Portugal
SmoGallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Southern Guild, Wilderness, South Africa
Stilwerk Limited Edition Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
Tashkeel, Dubai, UAE
VCUQatar, Doha, Qatar
Victor Hunt DesignArt Dealer, Brussels, Belgium
Wiener Silber Manufactur, Vienna, Austria
Ymer&Malta, Paris, France
Wuhao, Beijing, China