Last January I attended HOMI Milano for the first time. I was familiar with the exhibition but didn’t quite know exactly the type of products and services showcased.
I got the invite to check it out, and so I flew in to Milan.
It is held at Fiera Rho, where iSaloni usually takes place.
I was impressed with the level of organization and the number of exhibitors.We even got to be a part of their new announcements for 2019, which was nice. HOMI Milano focuses mainly on homeware including cutlery, tableware, home accessories, special decorative pieces, in addition to everything related to fashion.
My main focus was on the halls that were related to interior design. I got to meet several exhibitors and learned about their products. Many of them I already knew but was happy to receive their latest updates.
Last month I had the privilege of visiting Dubai Design Week 2018. The experience was phenomenal. It is the first time I visit although they have been organizing it for years now. There is a very professional and dedicated team behind it, I couldn’t but admire their attention to detail and the amount of events taking place during that week.
My main interest was Downtown Dubai, which is in a way similar to the furniture fairs in Europe but on a more comoact scale suitable for the region. Downtown Design was in a separate area and showcased international and local brands and designers. Brands such as Cassina, Poltrona Frau, Baxter, Saint Louis, Lasvit, Swarovski, THG, Moroso, Villeroy & Boch, Roca, among many others, were present in a very well presented manner.
There was also a large booth which represented an array of Italian brands such as Antonio Lupi among others.
A few minutes walking away from Downtown Design, beautiful and very well designed installations were at every corner. All of them encouraged interaction with passers by, everyone was taking photos and being part of the experience.
This November, the region’s most anticipated Design Week will take place.
Dubai Design Week continues to grow, cementing Dubai as the design capital of the Middle East
* The region’s largest creative festival returns this year from 12-17 November 2018
* The free-to-attend program will comprise more than 230 events throughout Dubai Design District (d3) and across the city
* With +120 institutions participating, the 2018 edition will see a 20% growth since last year’s event
Taking place at locations across the city, this year’s program will be the most comprehensive to date, with more than 120 companies participating and 230 events taking place, encompassing exhibitions, commissioned installations, awards and competitions, talks and workshops, tours and experiences for design enthusiasts and public visitors alike.
Dubai Design Week will this year launch its first app, allowing visitors to create personalised schedules on the go based on preferences and interests and to be the first to get notified of must-attend launches and events.
Coinciding with the event, this November will see the official opening of the Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai’s first contemporary arts museum, the inaugural Fikra Graphic Design Biennial in Sharjah, the first of its kind in the region, and a range of activities staged at Alserkal Avenue, reinforcing November as the annual focal point for design and creativity in Dubai.
Highlights of Dubai Design Week 2018 at d3
Exhibitions and Pop-ups
For the first time, this year Dubai Design Week partners with social networking giant Facebook through a real-world activation set in within the heart of Dubai Design District (d3). Customized workshops and knowledge sharing activities have been specially devised to celebrate the Arab creative community. Facebook’s 6-day physical presence will showcase how people can use the platform to connect and build communities in memorable, creative and responsible ways.
An exhibition highlighting eight of the brightest Emirati talents from across the country, UAE Design Stories: The Next Generation from The Emirates is a vehicle for generating awareness on the emerging creative profiles from the UAE.
Enabling UAE design since 2008, design-incubator Tashkeel will present ‘Design+Making UAE’; a destination for those curious about the local design ecosystem, exploring design practice in the UAE from concept to completion.
The roadshow exhibition ‘Original Comes from Vitra’ consists of series of booths, each dedicated to telling the story of a Vitra original. Each booth will narrate the history of the product with drawings, sketches and photographs of prototypes. Examples include some of world’s most iconic pieces of furniture; the Panton chair, the Standard chair by Jean Prouve and the Lounge Chair by Charles & Ray Eames.
DRAK, the design collective based in Dubai’s Ras Al Khor community will be conducting a community initiative titled ‘From RAK to DRAK’ where three designers, Amal Haliq, Faissal El-Malak and Khalid Mezaina, will focus on three commercial outlets from the neighbourhood.
ProtoPieces is an exhibition of furniture work designed by 12 students of the College of Architecture Art and Design (CAAD) at the American University of Sharjah.
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Last June during the Swedish furniture giant’s “Democratic Design Days” event, a collaboration between Off-White™ and IKEA was announced, At the same time Virgil Abloh, founder of OFF-WHITE, unveiled a redesigned IKEA FRAKTA bag with “Sculpture” on the side. After that a printed rug with ‘KEEP OFF” was also revealed.
After the tremendous success Gucci has been having since Alessandro Michele took over as the main designer, now they are opening a new concept store in Florence which will also be serving pasta among other delicacies by non other than Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura of the Modena-based Osteria Francescana. The place is known as Gucci Osteria and located on the ground floor at the Gucci Museo , which opened in 2011 at the ancient Palazzo della Mercanzia. The Osteria will serve iconic Italian dishes as well as contemporary twists on classics for all-day dining.
I am not sure of their choice any why they went for such a loud green but because it’s Gucci, everything is allowed 😉 The design is very basic but nonetheless cozy and charming.
Gucci Garden; Piazza della Signoria, 10, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy; +39 055 7592 7010.
Dubai Design Week has become the number one design event in the Middle East and is growing more and more annually. This year the program is more diverse than all previous years. I strongly advise you to make use of the large number of interesting talks and workshops. If you can, try to visit the Louvre in Abu Dhabi which will be officially opening November 11, 2017.
As for Dubai Design Week, it is a diverse 6-day program of exhibitions, installations, talks, educational workshops and more which will allow visitors the opportunity to discover and engage with design. The free-to-attend program will serve as a rich introduction to the design scene in the UAE, and build on the many events and exhibitions happening throughout the week and beyond.
I will list below some of my favourite programs, to check out the rest of the list go to Dubai Design Week website.
November 14 – 17 2017
Dubai Design District (d3)
In its fifth edition, the Fair will take place at the Dubai Design District and present a carefully edited roster of established and emerging brands across a range of product categories; including furniture, lighting, bathrooms, kitchens, textiles and accessories. This is a great time to check out the latest collections for most brands.
After several requests, I thought I would share with you the latest images from Fendi Casa for their 2017 collection as presented in Milan last April. As it is obvious, velvet is still the major element prevailing this years fashion whether in home collections or ready to wear.