UAE Design Stories: The Next Generation from the Emirates Exhibition

Dubai Design District (d3) is set to present the first chapter in a nomadic exhibition that features 10 Emirati designers during Milan Design Week. This first show – with two further chapters planned for London in September and as part of Dubai Design Week in November – is entitled ‘Emirati Landscape: Flora, Fauna and Soil’ which will highlight current design practices and materials informed by the landscape of the Emirates.

The three-part exhibition series, curated by Emirati product designer Khalid Shafar, aims to highlight design talent from across the country, with part one showcasing current design pieces, artworks and projects, all of which for will appear in Milan for the first time.

The show is open Tuesday 17 April-Sunday 22 April as part of the sprawling programme of design activity across the city of Milan called Fuorisalone, which coincides with the world-famous Milan Furniture Fair, or Salone.

The featured designers are:

  • Alia Mazrooei, an interior designer, will present ‘Stingray’, a piece of furniture inspired by the body and movement of stingrays.
  • Aljoud Lootah, a multi-disciplinary designer, will display the ‘AlAreesh Stool’, a piece of furniture constructed from dried plain fronds of palm leaves.
  • Roudha Alshamsi, an interior designer, will showcase two pieces; Acacia 11 and Acacia 111 designed through the study of local Emirati wildlife and landscape.
  • Zeinab Alhashemi, a conceptual artist and designer, will display ’San’am Rug’, a modular rug made from double-sided authentic camel leather.
  • Latifa Saeed, an artist and designer, will present ‘Kinestic Khoos – Fly’, created by using traditional materials and techniques.
  • Azza Al Qubaisi, a sculpture and product designer, will showcase the ‘Yareeda Bench’ using kurab (wide palm trees).
  • Alia bin Omair, a jewellery designer, will present her ‘Leaf’ collection inspired by palm tree fibre.
  • Salem Al-Mansoori, an interdisciplinary designer, will present 3D printed sculptures developed using an algorithmic, generative code-based process.
  • Abdalla AlMulla, an architect, will display two pieces; Instrinsic Flux, a wall installation and OctWov Cluster, a well-designed table.
  • Ahmad AlAreef, a Bedouin Emirati artist, who always seeks to explore and experiment, will display a projection focused on the formation of sand dunes.
  • Bader Najeeb, a self-taught home cook, will fuse design and food to create a truly unique culinary experience.

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