The new space caters to the coming together of guests and participants, enhancing dialogue and creative thinking.
Downtown Design offers a platform for dialogue, debate and cross-cultural exchange, all of which can be found again this year at The Forum, supported by Aritco, at the fair, which hosts an annual series of live interviews and discussions between regional and international architectures, interior and product designers taking place each afternoon of the fair.
Equally important is the design concept of this year’s space which has been designed by Dubai-based Collectus Studio. It features a new adaptation of a discussion-based congregation space where speakers, visitors, and industry experts can exchange ideas and topics and have open discussions.
Reflective of Downtown Design’s emphasis on sustainability, The Forum's spatial confines will be defined by a sustainable and acoustic textile by Kvadrat. The textile's nature helps create a quiet environment inside the space. The concept for the design was to create an area where the adaptability of the movable textile is utilized to create an intimate environment where keynotes and discussions are held without the distraction and noise from the rest of the fair.
Within the same area, when more general discussions occur, the textile can be readapted to create an open space with a different seating layout due to the modular seating system provided by Cosentino and Normann Copenhagen.
What informs the overall drive for The Forum is to foster a zen-like and harmonious space where attendees can immerse themselves within a contemplative environment due to the calmness provided by the acoustic textile and lighting by FLOS. Not only does The Forum provide a place for the discussion of key themes surrounding architecture and design, but through its structural build and design, it exemplifies the need to build serene and sustainable spaces within our everyday surroundings.