Sacred Geometry – Surge 2019

5 Dec 2019, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

The Address, Dubai Marina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Event Description

This annual Design Challenge is a unique event born out of a synergy between the driven team at Surge and the A+D community’s commitment to sustainable design.

Each year, selected design firms compete to design a unique, one of a kind product made completely from sustainable materials. And this year’s theme is Sacred Geometry (download the PDF below for details).

The annual Surge Gala event acts as a competitive platform for design firms to compete and showcase their best, sustainable masterpieces. UAE’s leading design houses spend months honing bespoke creations that will be unveiled at the gala later this year.

Deadline to Register extended to June 16th, 2019
Deadline to Submit Concept Brief extended to July 07th, 2019


The word ‘Geometry’ comes from the Greek words Geos (meaning ‘Earth’) and Metron (meaning ‘to measure’). Sacred geometry ascribes symbolic and sacred meanings to certain geometric shapes and proportions, and is understood to be deeply rooted in the patterns observed in nature, from the basic cells in our bodies to the complex structures of the universe.

Nature’s Design

Many forms observed in nature can be related to geometry for practical reasons, such as resource optimisation. The stunning nautilus, for example, grows at a constant rate, with its shell forming a logarithmic spiral to accommodate that growth without changing shape. Honey bees construct perfect hexagonal cells for their honeycomb.

Human Design

In ancient civilisations, sacred geometry was often used in art and architecture – from simple spirals to more complex forms. Today sacred geometry is still used in the planning and construction of structures, such as churches, temples, mosques, and religious monuments, as well as the creation of religious art.


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Seekers Furnishing

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Arki Group Design

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Al Nabooda – Toli


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Kvadrat Maharam


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Kvadrat soft cells


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Herman Miller


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Creative Lab

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Living in such fast paced, rapidly growing, urban cities, we are often disconnected from the amazing power and beauty of nature. Designers are challenged to connect these worlds by taking inspiration from sacred geometry patterns, seen in both nature and ancient architecture, and create a functional piece of furniture or lighting. The design should also optimise resources by using recycled*, natural, or even living materials.

*Materials used should be recycled/reclaimed/upcycled and made or sourced in the UAE.

The Surge Sustainability Awards 2019

Surge for Water, understanding the importance of sustainability, seeks to shine a spotlight on the region’s most holistic projects by adding a new category to their annual event – the Surge Sustainability Awards 2019. Read all about the various categories and award criteria here

Designer Workshop at Colab

Towards the end of summer, Surge for Water invited all the participants of their Design Dine and Make a Difference Competition 2019, to Colab in d3, for a Designer Workshop. The event was geared towards exploring this year’s theme, Sacred Geometry, and aimed at helping designers expand on their ideas by providing options and alternatives.

The turnout was fantastic and the designers were rearing to get started, with Founder Shilpa Alvares giving an introduction, followed by a brief welcome from the heads of the supporting host companies, NGA and Colab. Sheetal Rajan took the reins from there, delving into her knowledge as a Sacred Geometry expert and Founder of the Sacred Being, and giving designers valuable insight into this topic.

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5 Dec 2019 - 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM


The Address, Dubai Marina





United Arab Emirates