Dubai Design Week: Aljoud Lootah’s Yaroof

An other-worldly geometric installation on the beach that references the area’s fishing heritage

In the middle of the hot sand at Dubai’s city beach, multidisciplinary designer Aljoud Lootha’s artwork “Yaroof” somehow manages to look both alien and totally at one with its surroundings. The Emirati designer has been involved in multiple projects that interpret traditional Emirati craftsmanship, using it as an inspiration for contemporary pieces. It’s not an unusual way of working—plenty of the designs at the recent …

Dubai Design Week: Abwab

An initiative at the fair that brings together creatives from six MENASA countries

The inaugural Dubai Design Week—on this week in the ever-changing Gulf city—is proof of how important design has become in the UAE, a nation supporting and expanding its creative industries with great fervor. The ambitious event features plenty of international work from big design names, but it’s the chance to see local designers from the MENASA (Middle East, North Africa and South Asia) region that’s …

Dubai Design Week: Interview with Cyril Zammit

The inaugural UAE event aims to highlight local and global designers to become a fair of discovery

There’s not exactly a shortage of design weeks and festivals in the world, with more and more cities launching them to showcase local talent. Milan and Paris, London and New York—with their long backgrounds of innovative design—are obvious hotspots for those who want to see the latest from designers, but increasingly, it’s the newcomers we’re most excited about. The latest city to launch a design …