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Downtown Design 2019: The Middle-East's Leading Design Fair Returns


Downtown Design 2019: The Middle-East's Leading Design Fair Returns
Image courtesy - Downtown Design 2019

Downtown Design returns for its seventh edition championing the growth of the region’s design industry from 12-15 November 2019. Recognised as the leading platform in the Middle East for original, high quality design, Downtown Design 2019 unites international brands with the regional design community, strengthening Dubai as a central meeting point for creatives. As part of the programming of Dubai Design Week 2019, the region’s largest creative festival, and in partnership with Dubai Design District (d3), Downtown Design is housed within a bespoke structure overlooking the d3 Waterfront. 

Carousel of Light (Image courtesy - Downtown Design)

With increased participation from international brands, this year’s edition will be the most varied yet, with representation from 30 countries. This year the fair presents a fresh selection of brands and feature areas, providing a dynamic environment where design meets opportunity. Downtown Design’s Trade Programme continues to address the needs of the competitive design industry, helping members raise their profile and forge industry relationships. Featuring a series of networking events and privileges, the fair facilitates opportunities for architects and interior designers to connect with peers, brands and industry influencers.

Binchy and Binchy-Table MZ (Image courtesy - Downtown Design)

Key highlights of the fair:

  • In anticipation of Expo2020, the fair will house more country pavilions than ever, including presentations from France and Spain.
  • Reflecting the diversity of the contemporary design scene, 100 new brands will be displayed alongside returning exhibitors.
  • With a focus on the next generation of regional talent, Downtown Editions, the fair’s showcase for bespoke and limited-edition design presents designers, studios, and collectives.
  • Guest Curator of Dubai Design Week, Designer Ghassan Salameh to spotlight regional design with “MADAR”, presented within Downtown Editions.
  • Catering to the needs of an ambitious design industry, Downtown Design’s Trade Programme has expanded, helping members to forge relationships with brands and decision-makers.
  • Downtown Design has engaged three award-winning design teams, Wilson Associates, Swiss Bureau, and XBD Collective to help to remaster the fair’s layout bringing creative elements to the fair’s public areas, including the bar and the café.
  • Bespoke rug studio Hands to unveil a piece inspired by children’s artworks in honour of the UAE’s Year of Tolerance. The proceeds will benefit ‘Senses’, a charity of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
  • Brands returning to the fair are Arper and Atelier Swarovski, who will present a collaboration with Spanish designer Tomas Alonso.
  • Public visitors can gain complimentary access through the Dubai Design Week app

Pedrali - Elinor Table (Image courtesy - Downtown Design)

In a series of talks and workshops, designed to support design professionals and enthusiasts, ‘The Forum at Downtown Design’ offers creative, commercial and strategic industry insights by global and regional design experts. Highlight a masterclass in achieving a successful design business by the award-winning Paris-based architect Lina Ghotmeh and India’s leading architect and curator Ashiesh Shah, and multi-faceted interior designer Greg Natale. Panels led by the likes of Denise Neri, Marcus Fairs, Allesandro Minotti, and Dara Huang will cover topics ranging from future of retail to building design brands.

Downtown Design 2019

November 12 02:00 PM - 07:00 PM (Business)
November 12 12:00 PM - 07:00 PM (General)
November 12 12:00 PM - 09:00 PM (General)
November 12 12:00 PM - 09:00 PM (General)

Dubai Design District (d3)
Downtown Design
d3 Waterfront

For the latest updates on Downtown Design 2019click here.


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