Dubai Design District came alive. The familiar white tent was abuzz with design enthusiasts from all walks of life. So naturally we were upfront and center stage, in the thick of it. Come discover our explorations at Downtown Design 2019!
Nestled under the larger event – Dubai Design Week, Downtown Design 2019 was all about the showcasing your best. From manufacturers all the way to designers, the week was filled innovative and inspiring design from all across the world. For those striving to learn from the pros, the fair had specific workshops on topics that ranged from career growth to establishing your own business.
Walking around under the pristine tent, it was hard to not notice one particular prevalent trend. This year’s exhibitors clearly drew inspiration from Mother Nature, signaling not only a shift in focus and commitment towards sustainability and sustenance, but also green aesthetics. With simple patterns of leaves, to beautiful ornate jungles, brands showcased a distinct affinity for the au naturel.
As we walked through the various spaces, certain key trends and brands caught our attention. So let’s dive in…
Simplicity and Colour
Some of the participants opted to showcase their products in a minimal setting, redefining luxe with simpler elements, and creating nuances. These products spoke about design and the perception of luxury through their use of materials and positioning.
From left: Camira, Arper, Kettal, Devon & Devon, Pedrali, Armare Ropes
Design With Twist
Some design inspirations came from unconventional sources. Tables that looked like playgrounds stacked up, a vintage jukebox, and ornate crystal candle holders are some of the quirkier celebrations of design we discovered.
Clockwise from top left: Cappellini, Design Kart, Kalo, Nani Marquina, Morici and Marconi, Maugein, Swarovski
Patterns from Nature
As we mentioned, there was a clear leaning towards celebrating the greener side of life, and bravo, we say! But certain brands went a step further. From chandeliers hanging amidst overarching trees to mosaic leaf plates, why shouldn’t there be glamour amidst greenery.
Clockwise from top left: St Louis, Interspace, Bernhardt, Obegi, Devon & Devon, Vetrofuso Di Daniela Poletti, Serip, BrandKonnect
Driven by Culture
A number of talented designers from the MENA region portrayed the juxtaposition of design and local culture, with a strong influence of tradition. They dug deeper to bring about a holistic understanding of the region’s history, showcasing more than just everyday images. From palm leaf boxes to horse skin inspired cushions, these designers gave us an insight into the depth and beauty in the culture of this region.
From left: Hajer Design, Fernando Mastrangelo, Studio Meshary, Tanween Collection, Aljoud Lootah Design, Jawaher Alkhayyal
Renowned designer Nicholas Haslam says, ‘Interior design partly thrives on being social’. Our modern day design is inspired by the social interactions that we have in our everyday life.
Clockwise from top left: Bagno Design, Wajih+Omar Nakkash, Nolte, Roudha Alshamsi, Grohe, Al Shaya Interiors, Maisons Du Monde, Minotti
Stands That Stood Out
As we walked through the fair, certain stands caught our attention and commanded a deeper peruse. Such as an upside down living room! Besides posing for a photo, you double back for more info. In a similar fashion, these are the stands that definitely brought out our playful side.
Stay tuned as we bring more insights and highlights from the event !