Abwab

Abwab

Abwab means ‘doors’ in Arabic; the exhibition is a highlight of Dubai Design Week and is the only initiative of its kind to offer regional design talent from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA). 

Abwab originally consisted of independent pavilions hosting six countries, in 2017 the concept evolved into a single pavilion in the heart of Dubai Design District (d3). Over 250 designers were reached through an innovative peer-selection process; ‘designer dominos’ as a pay-it-forward mechanism to strengthen a community; each designer wanting to be considered for selection had to nominate the next designer to submit. Through designer-dominos, work from 15 countries was exhibited. 

The final showcase of contemporary design works were chosen by an international editorial board for being strong representations of ideas or production techniques rooted in these regions. The Editorial Board was made up of Lateefa Bint Maktoum, Joy Mardini, Max Fraser and Rawan Kashkoush.

The 2017 Abwab pavilion was an architectural investigation of locally sourced materials designed by Dubai-based multidisciplinary architectural firm Fahed + Architects. 

The Abwab pavilion was built by Plan B and the pavilion skin of re-used materials was lent by Bee'ah

For more information contact Creative Director; Rawan Kashkoush.

Abwab Architects: Fahed + Architects

Fahed + Architects is a multidisciplinary architectural practice established in 2005, with an active involvement in various projects such as Master Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Retail and Interior Design.

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Abhishek Matta

INDIA — A collection of outdoor furniture inspired by 18th century astronomical instruments from Jaipur.

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Ali Shawwa

KUWAIT — A series of ceramic sculptures that attempt to challenge notions around the act of gossiping.

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Aman Khanna

INDIA — Part of the Claymen series, sculptures emerge from careful observations of human dilemmas and existential crises in today's world.

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Ammar Kalo

SYRIA/CANADA — Debuting at this year's Abwab. An exercise in texturing plastic, the unique thermoforming technique forms an undulating rippled surface after which the light was named.

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Anjali Srinivasan

INDIA — Malleable vessels designed to quiver and mirror movement through human interaction.

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Anthony Chahwan

LEBANON — A triangular lamp emanating light patterns through geometric slits.

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Bahraini Danish

BAHRAIN — Shelves formed by organic shapes to incite the natural world.

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Bouchra Boudoua

MOROCCO — A tableware collection made from locally sourced clay inspired by old mud houses in Berber villages.

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Coalesce Design Studio

PAKISTAN — Contemporary design of a chair inspired by traditional Pakistani textile patch work techniques through an array of coloured pieces of sheesham wood.

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Design Clinic India

INDIA — An abstraction inspired from the colourful baskets found in local Indian flower markets.

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Dima Srouji

PALESTINE — A glass collection designed with digital tools and made using the ancient craft of glass blowing produced in Jaba’, a village near Ramallah.

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Earth&Ware

UAE — A table lamp highlighting an element in the Emirati natural environment made from a blend of natural and recycled materials.

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Farah Abdelhamid

EGYPT — Part of the Tube Series, these tubular modes of entry aim to remind the wearer of their senses and their skin.

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Hicham Lahlou

MOROCCO — The floor lamp references traditional nafar trumpets used in the Gnawa music through the marriage of craftsmanship and industry.

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Hozan Zangana

IRAQ — The vase with five folds signifies the metaphysical twirl inspired by the spiritual dance of Sufis.

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Jassim Alnashmi

KUWAIT — Referencing the Silk Road, a modern-day dining chair merges eastern and western cultures.

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Joy Sour

LEBANON — Lela is a character whose inner glow radiates along roads between cities.

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Kamal Aoun

LEBANON — A steel module assembled in a variety of ways to build complex, decorative structures.

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Kawther Alsaffar

KUWAIT — Bowls highlighting beautiful imperfections produced by the process of dual metal casting developed with the Alwafi craftsmen in Kuwait using sand.

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Loci Architecture & Design

UAE — The multi-wall polycarbonate sheets contain desert sand that interplays between private and public realms in Middle Eastern society demonstrating a more secretive lifestyle.

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Lujain Abulfaraj

UAE — An homage to the Arabic alphabet, the furniture is a typographic experiment inviting visitors to play and combine different letter forms.

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Lujaine Rezk

UAE — An interpretation of traditional public benches of the Gulf to investigate and challenge notions of city placemaking.

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Mahmoud El Dallash

EGYPT — Inspired by traditional Egyptian furniture making, the comfy lounge chair was designed to appeal to the city’s urban youth culture.

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Mahmoud Gamal Abbas

EGYPT — The hand-crafted lighting collection showcases skilled craftsmanship found in traditional Egyptian workshops.

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Maya Matloub

Part of a table series that transcend reality and captures unique moments and stories through multi-directional reflections.

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Maya Merhi

LEBANON — The soundboard guides visitors through seven sections of Beirut, blending fictional and factual narratives.

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Meftah

MOROCCO — Fine metal lace cube projecting shadows that expand beyond the borders of the object.

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Mehdi Khessouane

MOROCCO — This chair symbolises the human desire to control everything while struggling to regain self-control.

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Michael Rice

UAE — A ceramic treatment that reveal an uncontrollable pattern through a distinctive process of firing and cracking of the slip’s outer shell, known as raku.

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Nada Diane Fridi

MOROCCO — A series of postcards reclaiming control of a woman's image from the days of French colonialism times by shifting one's gaze.

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Rana M. Hazim

LEBANON — A modular collection of spiral screens that form isolation booths for relaxation and privacy within urban spaces.

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Ranim Orouk

UAE — 3D-printed jellyfish designed to challenge production methods.

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Rasha Dakkak

UAE — The prayer mat uses calligraphic text as a motif to invite Muslims to pray, and inspire contemplation by shifting across semiotic registers.

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Sahar Madanat Design Studio

JORDAN — The salt & pepper shaker's unique geometry provides a one-handed operation combining the two-step process of seasoning food with just one easy flip.

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Salim Al Kadi

LEBANON — The soap consists of a male and a female module that interlock and fuse together into varied transformative states of gift-giving.

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SAM Product Design

EGYPT — Inspired by the materiality of bamboo, the wall mounted light challenges the objects functionality through mimicry.

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Sara Ouhaddou

MOROCCO — Working with craftswomen in the Tetouan region in Morocco, the wall coverings incorporate recycled rubber and traditional ‘rif’ embroidery patterns.

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Sema Orouk

UAE — A manufactured iteration of the traditional Muqarnas; an employed decorative device in traditional Islamic architecture.

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Siba Sahabi

IRAN — A series that combines ‘European’ linear perspectives with abstract Middle-Eastern patterns known as ‘arabesques’.

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Soukaina Aziz El Idrissi

MOROCCO — Up-cycled plastic designed to imitate the effects of plastic additives on skin calling for an assessment of one’s relationship with waste.

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Soukeina Hachem

MOROCCO — A light fixture inspired by unique drawings found in carpet designs and tattoos of local natives in Morocco.

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Studio A

LEBANON — The bar cabinet provides a storage method that is unconventional turning the experience of desire into an experience of discovery.

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The Hub Interiors

UAE — Rooted in traditional Islamic heritage, the coffee table re-imagines the Islamic star to create varied seating areas and versatile living spaces.

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Turbo

JORDAN — Calligraphic expressions found within the vernacular of Jordan translated into print.

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Walid Bouchouchi

ALGERIA — The typeface was designed to resemble Latin lettering systems to facilitate memorisation and image association for those who seek to learn the Arabic language.

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Yacob Sughair

JORDAN — Designed in the shape of the Marie biscuit, the table invokes nostalgia and popular childhood memories.

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