The region’s leading fair for high-end and quality design, Downtown Design is back with an in-person showcase bringing a host of exciting features, installations and highlights from 8-12 November, 2021.

A key feature of Dubai Design Week, the fair returns to its purpose-built venue on the waterfront terrace in Dubai Design District (d3) to showcase more than 130 international and regional exhibiting brands and designers, complemented by extensive collateral activations that include an interactive talks programme featuring global industry experts, conceptual exhibitions by leading designers and interactive installations.

At the entrance to the upcoming fair, visitors will be immersed in a compelling installation designed by award-winning Dubai-based studio Niu that will bring together contemporary design and technology in a unique multisensory experience, while Dubai-based Broadway Interiors has designed The Lounge Bar for Downtown Design 2021, creating an eclectic, stimulating environment inspired by the Dubai landscape and vista.

Staged in a dynamic amphitheatre specially designed to promote interaction and engagement by ema, The Forum at Downtown Design will host a series of compelling live interviews and discussions between leading regional and international architects, interior and product designers on each afternoon of the fair.

Downtown Editions, the fair’s boutique section dedicated to limited-edition and bespoke design, will once again uncover the latest in design by individual designers, studios and creative collaborations, with a spotlight on the region. Visitors can find a range of showcases uncovering the latest in design from the region, including The Beirut Concept Store, which will feature works by 50 established designers and emerging creative talents based in Lebanon, the UAE Designer Exhibition 2.0, set to unveil works by 25 emerging and undiscovered creative talents based and producing locally and the unveiling of the works by the four designers selected by Tashkeel for the 2021 Tanween Programme.

Downtown Design will also give visitors the opportunity to comfortably network and foster contacts in the Lighthouse Café created by prominent Dubai-based practice Lulie Fisher Design Studio and inspired by Virginia Woolf and her Bloomsbury Set contemporaries. Featuring a large boldly patterned and richly coloured mosaic feature wall by Trend, the café will include a custom-built bar counter clad in matching mosaics and topped by a timber canopy that will sit beneath the tented exhibition roof.

To learn more and register for Downtown Design 2021, click here.