Downtown Design, the headline event of Dubai Design Week, will return 8-11 November 2023 to its home at the Waterfront Terrace in Dubai Design District (d3), presenting the latest in contemporary design to the region, with an emphasis on commercial opportunity.
In its latest edition in 2022, the Middle East leading design fair featured over 250+ international and regional brands, designers and manufacturers, showcasing contemporary and high-quality design, a vibrant talks programme and immersive installations for 21,000+ visitors that attended the highlight event during Dubai Design Week 2022.
Last November, the 2023 fair will bring together a roster of some of the world's most established names such as renowned contemporary furniture brands Cassina and Kartell. After 10 years since its last participation, Kartell will be returning to Downtown Design with a standalone exhibit featuring industrial design products made from cutting edge technologies. Leading brands such as Czech lighting specialist Lasvit, luxury custom-made carpet markers Illulian, sustainable design surface manufacturer Cosentino and UAE’s homegrown, large scale manufacturer, RAK Ceramics, will mark their presence with showcases featuring their latest designs.
Baituti Home is presenting a large-scale showcase featuring B&B Italia, Louis Poulsen, Maxalto and FLOS, among others, while Obegi Home will welcome visitors to the fair with a mono brand presentation. After a successful presence last year, Huda Lighting will stage their largest multi brand presentation to date, within a dedicated zone and experiential design concept. The Bowery Company will make their debut this year with a showcase of Scandinavian designer furniture. Casa Milano will unveil a large concept displaying the results of collaborations with local design firms throughout the year, pushing the boundaries of creativity and innovation.
Downtown Editions, the fair’s dedicated section featuring limited edition and collectible design by individual designers and collectives, will spotlight high-end manufactured furniture and handmade limited-edition objects for visitors to discover and commission. Highlights include renowned Emirati talents Aljoud Lootah and Omar Al Gurg, Lebanese Beit Collective showcasing pieces by Adam Nathaniel Furman, alongside diverse international designers and brands such as New Terracotta from Portugal and showcasing for the first time, Edward Linacre from Australia, Akar de Nissim from Singapore.
The week is complemented with talks and panel discussions at The Forum which hosts a series of live talks, active discussions and industry masterclasses featuring regional and international thought-leaders, promoting interaction and dialogue. A tailored line-up of creative installations, pop-up features and bespoke concepts will be staged throughout the fair, from special commissions to cultural pop-up exhibitions or country-specific initiatives collectively promoting their local design industries in the Middle East.
Visitors will get to access a diverse and inspiring array of design from around the world from major global brands to innovative design studios and craftsmen, making their debuts in the region.
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