At the Middle East’s premier design fair’s section Downtown Editions, collectible design once again takes centre stage with a revered line-up of brands from across the globe
One aspect of design that consistently woes collectors of art, design and other luxury items, are limited-edition and bespoke pieces that are one-of-a-kind in creation, material and vision. To that end, Downtown Design, the Middle East’s leading design fair presents Downtown Editions, the fair’s boutique showcase of specially made, limited-edition pieces. As the region’s design scene continues to grow and creatives flock to Dubai from around the Middle East and beyond, This year’s Downtown Editions offers an exciting platform for brands, design galleries and collectives from the region and beyond to present their work and interact with buyers, procurement teams and the press attending the fair.
The section, staged alongside established international brands in the main fair, features a broad range of design, from high-end manufactured furniture and handmade limited-edition objects to brand launches and designer collaborations. This year includes an international spectrum of designers from the Middle East and beyond.
Individual presentations will be complemented by a range of presentations uncovering the latest in design from around the world.
These include Parisian design gallery Anne Jacquemin Sablon which will bring pieces by interior designer Tristan Auer, known for his emotional interiors that mix inspiration from the baroque and contemporary periods, among others; Lebanon’s House of Today, a non-profit dedicated to supporting Lebanese design and craft, which will be showcasing works by Lebanese creatives Stephanie Moussallem and Roula Salamoun, among others; the latest collection of Dubai-based Syrian brand ARE; Kuwaiti Studio Meshary AlNassar known for his vintage-inspired contemporary pieces; Egyptian design studio R’kan that produces high-end furniture in collaboration with designers and artists; 20C GALLERY, a design gallery from China presenting designer Jingjing Naihan Li who re-imagines furniture as not simply functional, but modular and mobile and Australian multidisciplinary designer and artist Edward Linacre.
Hailing from the African continent is a curated selection of collectible design and craft pieces in a dedicated exhibit by Uganda Crafts Council.
Once again local Dubai homegrown brands will be present and these include Klekktic, a modern customizable high-end furniture; The Line Concept, offering custom-made furniture based on the needs of clients, produced by hand in the company’s workshop and MODU Method, both playful and pragmatic label of Emirati designer Omar Al Gurg featuring an independent house of products inspired by pieces he’s collected, lived with and have been passed on to him across generations. Shedding a spotlight on some of the most renowned Jordanian designers and collectives will be The Workshop Dubai, a local multi-concept space presenting works by; Kutleh, Twelve Degrees, Karim Sawalha and Omar Sartawi, Yacob Sughair, Suliman Innab.
Downtown Editions has served as an instrumental platform for designers to gain visibility and engage with international and regional buyers and collectors. This year, the platform will feature works from around the globe —an aspect that reflects Dubai's increasingly cosmopolitan and international character.
To find out more about Downtown Editions and how to participate, click here.