2017 Programme

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A diverse 6-day programme of keynote speeches, panel discussions, public performances and educational workshops will allow visitors – from local start-ups and entrepreneurs to international visitors, the media and families – the opportunity to discover and engage with design. The free-to-attend programme will serve as a rich introduction to the design scene in the UAE, and build on the many events and exhibitions happening throughout the week and beyond. Dubai’s design community showcases the best of the city’s creativity through an extensive programme of design-dedicated events. Various activities throughout the week hosted by local retailers, design brands, restaurants, universities and institutions, creative studios and galleries, will offer visitors the chance to attend workshops, launches and exhibitions, film screenings and more.

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Abwab

Abwab

Exhibition

14 - 18 November, 2017

10am - 10pm

Dubai Design District (d3)

This year’s Abwab pavilion is an architectural investigation of locally sourced materials designed by Dubai-based multidisciplinary architectural firm Fahed + Architects, a practice with a strong MENASA presence with partners located in India, the Middle East and West Asia.

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Downtown Design

Downtown Design

Exhibition

14 - 17 November, 2017

Multiple

Dubai Design District (d3)

Downtown Design returns this November (14 - 17) for its fifth edition as the commercial centrepiece of Dubai Design Week.

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Iconic City: Loading... Casa

Iconic City: Loading... Casa

Exhibition

14 - 18 November, 2017

10am - 10pm

Dubai Design District (d3)

This exhibition a simultaneous, non-linear experience where archival images, sound recordings, a short film, a monumental drawing and contemporary photography will collide.

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Global Grad Show

Global Grad Show

Exhibition

14 - 18 November, 2017

10am - 9.30pm

Dubai Design District (d3)

Global Grad Show is a first-of-its-kind exhibition of the most innovative projects from the world’s leading design schools.

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GraphicsRCA: Fifty Years and Beyond

GraphicsRCA: Fifty Years and Beyond

Exhibition

14 - 18 November, 2017

10am - 10pm

Dubai Design District (d3)

GraphicsRCA: Fifty Years and Beyond celebrates the milestone anniversary of a graphic design course at the RCA that marked the beginning of a break with commercial art, and heralded an era that saw graphic design emerge as a major force in business and culture

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The Apartment #3 – design from the 50s to the 70s

The Apartment #3 – design from the 50s to the 70s

Exhibition

13 - 13 March, 2018

10am - 7pm

Al Quoz 1

For a very first time, a gallery has transformed itself into a permanent apartment concept, in which objects and furniture vary and change regularly.

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Portfolio Building Workshop

Portfolio Building Workshop

Workshop

17 November, 2017

1pm - 3.30pm

Dubai Design District (d3)

Join DIDI’s Dean, Sass Brown for a workshop designed to prepare high school students with the required skills to build a strong portfolio for admission to a design programme.

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Mid-Century Modern Designers’

Mid-Century Modern Designers’

Exhibition

13 - 18 November, 2017

10.30am - 9.30pm

Dubai Design District (d3)

MCMLStudio will show pieces by French Mid-Century Modern designers and artists like Pierre Guariche, Olivier Mourgue, Alain Richard or Jacques Pouchain.

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TINCASE 01.17

TINCASE 01.17

Brand or product launch

15 - 18 November, 2017

4pm - 8.30pm

Dubai Design District (d3)

The Tinkah is a voyager in a constant state of transit, transcending spaces, terrains and cultures, who challenges the status quo and reaches for the outstanding.

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Silent Call

Silent Call

Installation

14 - 18 November, 2017

10am - 10pm

Dubai Design District (d3)

Silent Call is a chandelier inspired by the mosque, the crown of Islamic architecture, and the beauty of the call to prayer.

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Lattoo Stools

Lattoo Stools

Installation

14 - 18 November, 2017

10am - 10pm

Dubai Design District (d3)

The installation will showcase different rotating Lattoo Stools. The concept behind the designs is to create a contrast between the solid shapes and the skeletal framework, exploring structure and the point of convergence between different materials and forms.

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Serac Benches

Serac Benches

Installation

14 - 18 November, 2017

10am - 10pm

Dubai Design District (d3)

The Serac Bench was developed as an urban sculpture for seating and resting that seamlessly integrates with its context. Its striated articulations emerge from the landscape, each layer taking its own unique trajectory in reaction to latent forces that disperse - and ultimately coalesce - the many strata of the bench to generate its overall formal composition.

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Let’s Play For Change

Let’s Play For Change

Exhibition

14 - 25 November, 2017

10am - 10pm

Dubai Design District (d3)

IKEA presents Let’s Play For Change, an exhibition designed to transport you to another world filled with wonder, delight, mystical illusions, and surprises.

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Prologue

Prologue

Installation

14 - 18 November, 2017

10am - 10pm

Dubai Design District (d3)

Designed by Fredrikson Stallard, Prologue is a monumental, freestanding sculpture weighing 1.2 tons and holding over 8,000 amber-coloured Swarovski crystal droplets [...]

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Screen

Screen

Installation

14 - 18 November, 2017

10am - 10pm

Dubai Design District (d3)

Screen is a freestanding, interactive installation at the main entry point for the fair that allows for multiple entry routes and acts as a shelter for visitors.

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Once Upon DESIGN

Once Upon DESIGN

Exhibition

14 - 18 November, 2017

10am - 10pm

Dubai Design District (d3)

Once Upon Design utilises circularity and repetition in architecture to symbolise community and denote the passage of time with regards to social practices.

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