The Middle East’s biggest design trade fair Downtown Design runs from November 13 – 16 and forms part of Dubai Design Week at the Dubai Design District. We’ve rounded up five Dubai-based brands to watch.
With more than 175 exhibitors, this is the biggest Downtown Design to date. The fair which has seen a 20 per cent growth this year is exhibiting 40 regional brands which are the some of the most exciting the Middle East has to offer.
These are our picks of brands to watch:
The Foundry by Tinkah, United Arab Emirates
The Foundry is the experimental and collaborative product development and concept store extension of the multidisciplinary Dubai and London-based design agency Tinkah. It was inspiration from the shifting sand dunes that inspired their Ramel coffee cups made from sand and ceramics.
Aljoud Lootah, United Arab Emirates
Aljoud Lootah is a multidisciplinary designer based in Dubai whose work seeks to interpret the unique Emirati culture through product design and traditional craftsmanship. Her creations are composed by mixing traditional silhouettes and concepts with modern elements. Patterns, folds and geometric shapes are at the heart of her inspiration.
Fadi Sarieddine Design Studio, United Arab Emirates
Lebanese architect Fadi Sarieddine founded his Dubai-based design studio in 2013. With an experimental approach to design, the atelier explores the intersections of art, architecture, interiors and product design.
Mosaico, United Arab Emirates
Established in 2017, Mosaico is the first company within the GCC to manufacture decorative cement tiles using a traditional method employed for almost two centuries. Fully customisable and made-to-order the handcrafted tiles are also environmentally friendly.
The Line Concept, United Arab Emirates
Furniture design studio The Line Concept handcraft and manufacture pieces at their own production facilities in Dubai. Working with materials such as solid woods, marble and antiqued metals the studio is focused on clean lines, the finest materials and furniture as art.
To find out more about Downtown Design, visit the website here.