An Eclectic Mix Of Installations You Won’t Want To Miss

With the spectacle the Dubai Design Week has put together for its 2017 iteration (13 – 18 November), one might be surprised to find that the festival is only in its third year. From exhibitions to workshops, competitions to film screenings, the 2017 programme promises a bold articulation of creativity and innovation within the city of Dubai.

An integral part of what makes the Dubai Design Week so unique is its assortment of installations. But navigating the lay of the land is not easy when it comes to discovering these gems, especially since there is so much to see. So, we have selected a handful of our favourites of the upcoming exhibitions.

Located at Downtown Design, Pallavi Dean has installed a stand in collaboration with carpet tile manufacturer Interface. The immersive structure is inspired by the concept of metamorphosis and stimulates all five senses of those who walk through it. And if you’re wondering how taste comes into the equation, make sure you complete your journey through the tunnel.

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Head to Dubai Design District (d3) and take a trip to the ground floor of Building 7 to find Dubai native designer Khalid Shafar’s chandelier installation Silent Call. Capturing something of the beauty of both the call to prayer and the mosque, this kinetic light installation represents iconic mosques all over the world, alluding to the transcontinental nature of beautiful mosque architecture and adding a global consciousness to the installation’s scope.

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Staying with the theme of place, two designers Boano Prišmontas and Ricardas Blazukas’s installation Aidah questions the very materiality of the city. The work reaffirms that permanent conditions are required in order to sustain the city by evoking a metaphor of the city as immaterial. The work itself, a diagrammatic illustration that blends the historical with the architectural, can be found at the Entrance waterfront of d3.

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Dotted around the Design District, you’ll find designer Zaha Hadid’s Serac Benches. The way in which the benches’ fluid dimensions suggest motion, as if light delicate objects drifting in the wind, adds an air of beauty that cannot simply by just looking at their surfaces: they must be experienced to be appreciated.

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We usually associate archaeology with the past. But Paula Zuccotti’s installation Every Thing We Touchon the ground floor of Building 6 challenges this association. Celebrating Dubai’s multiculturalism, her work tells stories through objects whilst simultaneously suggesting a future perspective.

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Not far from Paula Zuccotti’s work is Lujaine Rezk and Albert Kolambel’s Screen installation. An interactive architectural work, Screen questions our relationship with privacy by varying positioned viewpoints. As a freestanding work, the artists ask us to consider these relations as an abstraction.

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