I love Dubai, in fact, who doesn’t… Around this days the city will be place for Downtown Design, an international design fair that you will be able to visit from 29 October to 1 November 2013.
Downtown Design is the first international design trade event in the region exhibiting quality brands from around the world in a truly unique setting. The show will be held at the custom-built location, ‘The Venue’, Downtown Dubai, billed as ‘The Centre of Now’ – located on Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard.
Downtown Design will, for the first time in the Middle East, bring together a selection of international design brands renowned for their quality products and focus on manufacturing craftsmanship. The event is geared specifically towards industry professionals including architects, real estate developers, interior designers and professional specifiers from across the Middle East and North Africa.
Featuring the very best in furniture, lighting, accessories, flooring, textiles and new technologies, Downtown Design is set to become one of the region’s premier design events. Emphasising quality, innovation and research, the show will seek to highlight contemporary – yet timeless – values in a creative atmosphere to an audience keen to understand design. Only a limited number of brands have been admitted as exhibitors and will showcase their collections.
Confirmed exhibitors include some of Italy’s leading furniture makers Poltrona Frau, Cassina and Cappellini as well as the timeless US chair manufacturers Emeco and contemporary Turkish design brand Gaia & Gino. The Temporary Museum of Milan, one of the cornerstones of Milan’s famous furniture fair Salone del Mobile, will present a special exhibition curated by the Creative Director and CEO of the Superstudio Group, Gisella Borioli, and Giulio Capellini. In addition to the wide range of international designers, some of the region’s most exclusive design companies will also use the show as an opportunity to showcase their products alongside their international peers.
In addition to the trade fair, Downtown Design will also feature an extensive programme of inspirational seminars, face-to-face meetings and special events, to bring together the design brands participating and key regional decision-makers to offer greater insight into market trends in the MENA region and ways to drive business. Guest speakers will include Italian designers Palomba and Serafini.
The four-day event, which will be free for trade visitors and industry professionals between 12pm and 6pm daily, will also be open to members of the public from 6pm to 8pm on 29-31st October and 12pm-6pm on Friday 1st November. So don’t miss your chance!
By: Juliana Guiomar