Abwab

Abwab

A major initiative of Dubai Design Week, Abwab is a series of six pavilions built to celebrate and showcase the work of the most exciting designers, studios and curators from six different countries in the MENASA region. 

Abwab, meaning ‘doors’ in Arabic, acts as a direct portal to the region’s local design talent. Curators and designers from each participating country generate never-before-seen design content under one unifying theme, this year's being The Human Senses.

For 2016, Algeria, Bahrain, India, Iraq, Palestine and the UAE were invited to present the best of their country's design. Integrated into the walkways and open areas of Dubai Design District (d3), the Abwab pavilions were designed by Dubai-based architecture and design studio a hypothetical office.

Algeria

The interactive experience of the Algerian pavilion consisted of graphic surfaces displaying representations of sounds created through an arrangement of uniquely designed percussion instruments that compose a vibrant audio landscape.

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Bahrain

An investigative collaboration between designers Maitham Al-Mubarak and Othman Khunji, and the team at Bahrain Authority for Culture & Antiquities, the process of renewing the dormant craft of pottery was presented as the generating of a customisation process and interactive exhibition.

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India

The exhibition invited visitors to make a personal memory tile, assembled into a library of memories. The interactive work was a witty exploration of whether it is possible to form tangible memory, and preserve an emotion forever.

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Iraq

The Iraq pavilion showcased an exploration of the multi-layered histories embedded within this shared geography – uncovering, drawing inspiration from, and reinterpreting its artefacts.

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Palestine

The Palestinian pavilion explored monitoring and reproducing olive wood master carvers’ hand-made imperfections, creating a low-cost mass customisation fabrication environment backed by a constantly upgraded design replication technique.

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United Arab Emirates

The UAE Pavilion draws inspiration from the cafeteria in an attempt to highlight the many layers of this cultural phenomenon.

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a hypothetical office

In 2016, the Abwab Pavilions are clustered together and joined by a surface the 6 Abwab exhibits to form a neighborhood within the urban enclosure of Dubai Design District (d3).

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