Design Days Dubai, the City first collectible Design Fair

Announcing Downtown Editions:

Held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, Downtown Editions will take place on the 13 – 16 November 2018.

Dubai, UAE – After six successful years of showcasing collectible design, Design Days Dubai will be reformed and moved to November to evolve into a key element within the Downtown Design trade fair, uniting the region’s two leading design exhibitions, as an integral part of Dubai Design Week, the region’s largest creative festival.

Downtown Editions, held in partnership with Dubai Design District (d3) will build on the legacy of the city’s first collectible design fair, to be a curated exhibition of bespoke design, capsule collections, individual studios and designer collaborations. By joining forces with the commercial design and furniture showcase of Downtown Design, it will emphasize Dubai’s position as a thriving design destination and offer an enhanced platform for introducing the international industry to opportunities in the region, whilst presenting local and regional designers to the global scene.

“Our design fairs are where commerce and creativity come together and uniting the two successful exhibitions into one event is a natural progression and will provide an enhanced platform for exhibitors as well as visitors and further broaden the programme of Dubai Design Week, which in just three years has become the largest creative festival in the region “, says Benedict Floyd, CEO and Co-Founder of the Art Dubai Group that owns and manages Dubai’s leading arts and design events.

Aljoud Lootah, Founder and Designer of Aljoud Lootah Studio and exhibitor at Design Days Dubai 2017 says: “Design Days Dubai was the platform that supported the launch of my career as a designer and being showcased amongst the best design galleries in the world helped me to better understand how to develop my craft. Exposure to the international industry is crucial for the Aljoud Lootah brand and the unifying of the region’s two main design fairs will provide greater opportunity for the commercial success of local designers”.

Visitors of the event will be able to experience a broad spectrum of design, from high-end manufactured furniture to handmade limited-edition objects. Curated to ensure quality, originality and relevance, both trade professionals and consumers can discover the latest trends from around the world and connect with the regional creative community to buy, commission and engage with contemporary design.

Rue Kothari, Fair Director of Downtown Design, says: “We are excited to announce this new phase in the development of Downtown Design. On the foundation of the fair’s growth in size and reputation, this new element will expand our footprint again to incorporate limited edition design in a dedicated section.
Living alongside Downtown Design, Downtown Editions will present diverse design talent from around the world, with a spotlight on the region. Uniting commerce and creativity, this new platform will connect brands and designers from around the world to the buyers of the Middle East, and help educate a new generation locally about the creative and commercial potential of design.”

Downtown Design and Editions in 2018 will once again take place at its custom-built venue at the unique d3 waterfront under the lead support of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and sponsorship of Audi Middle East.

About Downtown Design
Downtown Design is the leading platform in the Middle East for the region’s trade professionals to discover original, high-quality design from all over the world. Held in partnership with Dubai Design District and supported by Audi, for its sixth edition, the fair will present a carefully edited roster of brands across a range of product categories; including furniture, lighting, bathrooms, kitchens, textiles and accessories. Fostering greater interaction, connectivity and commercial opportunity, Downtown Design is dedicated to providing a dynamic environment for architects and interior designers to network and interact easily and efficiently with local and international brands. Alongside the exhibition, the fair presents a wide programme at ‘The Forum’ including a series of industry talks, panel discussions and workshops, allowing visitors to gain valuable insight into the region’s rapidly evolving design industry, innovation in design and market changes.

Downtown Design is owned and managed by The Art Dubai Group.

About Dubai Design Week
Dubai Design Week is the region’s largest creative festival, reflecting Dubai’s position as design capital of the Middle East. The six-day programme is made up of over 200 events covering design across a range of disciplines including architecture, product, furniture, interior and graphic design.

An accessible meeting point for the global design community, Dubai Design Week, staged in partnership with Dubai Design District (d3), is a platform for regional design as well as a catalyst for the growth of the creative scene in Dubai. In 2017, the annual event attracted 60,000 visitors to Dubai Design District alone who attended and engaged with the varied programme of design-related events, exhibitions, performances, awards, talks and workshops and experiences.

The fourth edition of Dubai Design Week takes place 12-17 November 2018. Key events include the region’s leading design fair, Downtown Design; the Global Grad Show that brings together works from 100 of the most innovative universities across the world; and Abwab, the curated and interactive project containing original design from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.