The UAE Designer Exhibition returned this year with a second iteration, dedicated to a presentation of emergent and early-career designers and creatives across the UAE.

The exhibition is a continual platform for the local creative community, offering emerging talents and young practitioners the chance to enter the next stage of their practices; to launch new work, exposure from industry professionals and experts, and establish possible commercial leads and collaborations.

Taking place within Downtown Editions, the Downtown Design fair’s boutique section for limited-edition and small bespoke design, the UAE Designer Exhibition 2.0 featured a wide selection of creative subjects from different levels of expertise, including design research, students, makers, artisans and independent startup practices.

Exhibiting designers presented locally produced work varying from furniture pieces, textile design, handmade homeware accessories, traditional crafts as well as contemporary home design pieces, using 3D printing and rapid manufacturing technologies.

Over 25 exhibiting designers presented locally produced and inspired work varying from furniture pieces such as Omar Al Gurg and Farah Ahmed, textile design from Shaikha AlTeneiji and Haneen Chaarawi, homeware handmade accessories from Lena Kassicieh and Aditi Patwari, traditional crafts techniques such as Norah Mohammed and Raghad Alali as well as contemporary home design pieces using 3D printing and contemporary manufacturing technologies with the likes of Alas Shibly, Nyxo Visionary Design Studio, Sara Al Harbali amongst others.