Global Grad Show confronts issues you didn’t know existed, says curator

This year’s Global Grad Show in Dubai illustrated how “many small actions come together to create a total picture”. Curator Eleanor Watson selects five innovative projects that make a positive global impact. The Global Grad Show takes place each year as part of Dubai Design Week. This year’s edition saw 150 projects exhibited from 120 […]

Seven designs from Dubai’s Downtown Editions fair that celebrate the Middle East

From a trio of mirrors depicting Dubai’s arid landscape to a set of sand-cast chairs by female artisans in Sharjah, Dezeen’s Natashah Hitti has picked seven designs from Downtown Editions 2019 that celebrate regional traits. Held during Dubai Design Week, Downtown Editions took place for the second time this year as part of the city’s […]

Klove’s Totems Over Time lights take the form of art deco-style talismans

This collection of illuminated “totems” designed by Indian lighting brand Klove embodies an unconventional blend of art deco and tribal references. Created by lighting designers Prateek Jain and Gautam Seth from Klove, the Totems Over Time collection comprises 10 ornate structures made from glass and metal. Each design makes reference to ancient tribal symbols that […]

T Sakhi’s Lebanon pavilion uses walls to activate social interaction

Beirut studio T Sakhi redefined the wall as a hub for social connection with its pavilion for Dubai Design Week, which comments on the “resilience” of Lebanese society in the face of current socio-political unrest. Sisters Tessa and Tara Sakhi from architecture and design studio T Sakhi were commissioned to create a pavilion for this year’s […]

MAS Architecture Studio’s wind tower keeps visitors cool without air-conditioning

MAS Architecture Studio favoured passive ventilation over high-tech solutions in this installation for Dubai Design Week, which reimagines Emirati wind towers using 480 layers of recycled cardboard. Located in Dubai’s design district, the Barjeel – or wind tower – installation adopts a more traditional approach to air-conditioning than the electrical methods used in the surrounding […]

WOHA to bring “lush tropical oasis” to the desert for Dubai Expo 2020

WOHA has revealed visuals of the self-sufficient Singapore Pavilion for the Dubai Expo 2020, which will have plant covered walls and hanging gardens. Set to be built in the expo’s sustainability district, the pavilion will be designed to reflect Singapore’s determination to alleviate global warming and become “one of the greenest places in the world”. It […]

White & The Bear children’s restaurant has white surfaces and timber furnishings

Sneha Divias Atelier has swapped stereotypical primary colours for neutral tones inside this restaurant in Dubai, which is designed specifically for children. Located in Dubai’s Jumeirah district, White & The Bear has been designed by Sneha Divias Atelier with “urbane” interiors that avoid the bright shades usually used within child-focused spaces. The restaurant and retail space […]

Opus hotel by Zaha Hadid Architects nears completion in Dubai

The Opus hotel in Dubai by Zaha Hadid Architects, formed of conjoined towers with a irregular void in the middle, is almost ready to open for guests. Set in the Burj Khalifa district, the Opus will be Dubai’s only building which has both the interior and exterior designed by the late Zaha Hadid, who founded […]

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