Since its launch in 2013, the Tanween design programme at Tashkeel has contributed to the growth of the UAE design sector by investing in 26 UAE-based emerging designers from 11 countries to design and produce 35 limited edition pieces from concept to completion.

Established in Dubai in 2008 by Lateefa bint Maktoum, Tashkeel provides a nurturing environment for art and design practice rooted in the UAE. With studios, workspaces and galleries located in both Nad Al Sheba and Al Fahidi, its annual programme includes professional development programmes, residencies, workshops, talks, lectures and exhibitions to enable creative practice, experimentation and dialogue among practitioners and the community. Tashkeel’s specialist design initiatives include the Tanween design programme, Make Works UAE, the Tanween Collection, Designer-in-Residence programme and the Van Cleef & Arpels Middle East Emergent Designer Prize.

Tanween by Tashkeel nurtures the UAE design aesthetic with a unique presentation of commercially available, limited edition pieces inspired by, designed and manufactured in the UAE that integrate traditional crafts and contemporary design.

This year’s exhibition includes premieres by Nada Abu Shaqra , Lina Ghalib and Neda Salmanpur marking the culmination of the seventh Tanween design programme.

Neda Salmanpur’s ceiling light draws on muqarnas and calligraphy to create a non-traditional form using 3D printing.

Nada Abu Shaqra’s high back Hisn chair is inspired by the UAE vernacular architecture integrating locally sourced terracotta with modern manufacturing techniques.

Inspired by heritage and sustainability, Lina Ghalib’s Yereed bench-seat features a new and innovative application of arish offering new design possibilities for this local material.