IN PHOTOS: Amazing Exhibits at Dubai Design Week

Last week, we shared about WATERLICHT, a light show that offers an “underwater” experience. The unique art illustration is part of Dubai Design Week, which is the largest creative festival in the Middle East. This year’s edition is being held from November 12 to 17, 2018.

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Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, the event showcases Dubai as the “regional capital of design.” It is staged in coordination with Dubai Design District.

Amazing Exhibits at Dubai Design Week
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Dubai Design Week Features Stunning Art Pieces

Dubai Design Week is currently being held at Dubai Design District and different areas across the city. During this fourth edition of the festival, art lovers can expect to see exhibits by:

  • Downtown Design, the leading design fair in the region;
  • Downtown Editions, which features limited-edition designs;
  • Global Grad Show, which displays projects from innovative universities worldwide: and
  • Abwab, a project that showcases designs from the Middle East, North Africa, & South Asia.

What can you expect to see at Dubai Design Week? Here’s a glimpse of some amazing pieces on display:

Containing 256 aluminium spikes, Aeon is a nature-inspired sculpture by David Harber that is best viewed from a distance!


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Aeon was created by David Harber (@davidharbersculptures), an award-winning sculptor who playfully incorporates nature, reflection, light and water in his designs to create dramatic focal points. Featuring 256 aluminium spikes that were cast in bronze and finished using 1,280 sheets of 23¾ carat gold leaf. Aeon will be exhibited as part of this year’s Downtown Design fair, opening today at 2PM, located at the @d3Dubai waterfront. Don’t miss David Harber’s impressive sculpture. Download the free Dubai Design Week app to create your personalised event schedule. . . . . #DXBDW2018 #DTD2018 #Aeon #sculpture #nature #sculptureart #art #design #designgram #designthinking #designweek #designthefuture

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Imagine 169 acrylic bowls arranged on the ground, shining in different colours. AGLOW is one eye-catching installation, indeed!


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Playing with light and colour, AGLOW is a captivating and energetic art installation created by @lizweststudio in collaboration with @nemozena, which will be on display at Dubai Design Week 2018. Aglow consists of one hundred and sixty-nine hemispherical fluorescent coloured acrylic bowls arranged on the ground in a hexagon shape; the edges of these multiple unplugged fluorescent bowls will glow as if charged with electricity. Liz West is a British artist who creates vivid environments that mix luminous colour and radiant light, aiming to provoke a heightened sensory awareness in the viewer. She was named one of the UK’s most dazzling artists by @wallpapermag. Find AGLOW at the North terrace between buildings 8 and 9 within @d3dubai. . . . . #DXBDW2018 #lizwest #installation #artinstallation #light #colour #radiance #senses #artist #contemporaryart #contemporaryartist

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Who wouldn’t want to sit on one of these? Check out this colourful “chair of the future:”


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DIDI Faculty @mirkodaneluzzo and @sayjelvijaypatel’s 3D Farm prototype for KURSI in partnership with @vitra, exhibiting now at @dubaidesignweek. Come and discover what the chairs of the future will look like in DIDI Building 4 on the ground floor. #Repost #ThisIsDIDI يستضيف معرض ’كرسي‘ ضمن إطار أسبوع دبي للتصميم نموذج المزرعة الأولي ثلاثي الأبعاد من إبداع @SayjelVijayPatel عضو الهيئة التدريسية لدى #معهد_دبي_للتصميم_والابتكار بالتعاون مع @Vitra. تعرفوا على نماذج كرسي المستقبل وشكله في معهدنا بالطابق الأرضي من المبنى رقم 4. #إعادة_نشر . . . . . . #3dchair #vitra #chairdesign #dxbw2018#dubaidesignweek #dubaidesignweek2018

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Fascinated by the colours of the sea? Here is Global Grad Show’s underwaterworld-themed exhibit:

Golden leaves, gold velvet fabric… need we say more? Come and see this piece!

The great thing about some of these exhibits is that viewers can “interact” and take pictures from different angles, just like with the Trapeza and it’s question mark design:


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Trapeza is an interactive, modular installation created by Apical Reform (@apicalreform), which will be exhibited throughout Dubai Design Week 2018. Made from American tulipwood, the modular components will be laid out on the pavement and artificial grass outside the AR Gallery in Dubai Design District (@d3Dubai) in the shape of a question mark. A large, tilted, elevated mirror above will allow visitors to see and photograph Trapeza in plan. Only 5 days left until you can see the interactive installation for yourself – don’t forget to download the free Dubai Design Week app to create your personalised event schedule. Find all the links in our bio. . . . . . . #DXBDW18 #installation #interactiveinstallation #designer #designislife #modularity #contemporarydesign #dubaidesigndays #designevents #designthinking

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We’ve already shared about this in a previous post, but WATERLICHT is simply worth mentioning again. A dreamlike landscape, creating an “underwater” illusion… you’ll have to see it to believe it!

There’s still a few days to go, so be sure to come and visit Dubai Design Week. It’s FREE to attend! For more information about this event, please visit the Dubai Design Week official website.