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Design Destinations & Creative Collaborations To Watch Out For

Cities Boutique has crafted an in-store exhibition for Dubai Design Week that is filled with inspiration and ideas to add personality and charm to your décor to result in a space that is cohesive and holds lasting appeal.The Cities’ exhibit shares a curated selection of art and design, all of which was chosen to show the versatile and extensive options that are available to personalize your space, while offering suggestions for how to incorporate such items into an existing décor style.

Grafitti apple by Bull and Stein, presented by Cities at the Galleria MallWith a focus on sculptural styles, highlights of the display include artworks from the Gardeco New Design collection which share creations from a number of European artists, all of which focus on the human form, and the Animal Chairs from Spanish designer and artist Maximo Riera which combine function and form with their highly detailed depictions of creatures from the animal world. The innovative in sore exhibit will let you step into the world of Cities, exploring the human form through an artistic lens and highlighting the true creative core of the brand.

Nadine_Kanso_Shoot0061Flourishing through a decade of unparalleled creativity, Nadine Kanso has been a key pillar in the regional art & design scene since she began her journey in 2006, pushing creative boundaries through her renowned brand, BilArabi.

Just in time for the upcoming Dubai Design Week, Nadine Kanso will be unveiling an unique exhibition curated by esteemed product designer Samer Al Ameen, taking place at Dubai Design District, to mark this important milestone of her brand.  The upcoming exhibition is set to take guests on a sequential journey through the last decade of BilArabi, showcasing some of Kanso’s most significant achievements over the years.

DRAK (Design Ras Al Khor), a collective initiative established by four UAE-based designers, returns once again following the success of its first edition. Through the Co-founders, product designer Khalid Shafar, fashion designer Khulood Thani, jewellery designer Nadine Kanso and architect Tarik Al Zaharna, DRAK aims to draw attention to Ras Al Khor Industrial Area and the creative district’s potential and strives to become a progressive design movement that encourages research, innovation, and material exploration.

surfaces_sonores_04©damien_arlettazThe week long exhibition explores the design topic of ‘Celebrating Wood’ and presents four main design projects by upcoming International and locally-based designers in coordination with DRAK 2016’s Official Partners. This year’s designers are: Tulip Hazbar, Hind Bin Demaithan (Commissioned by 1971 Design Space), HalaKaiksow and Lina Younes.

DRAK16 is also collaborating with Ghaf Kitchen, their official F&B partner for this year, to offer 6 unique pop-up culinary experiences for a limited number of guests. Additionally, the DRAK16 Talks’ Host Partner, Intersect by Lexus, in association with Eye on Talents, will present a talk and panel discussion by a group of international speakers and designers speaking about industry design topics and trends.


Dubai Design Week is one of the world’s youngest and most ambitious international design weeks, created to shine a spotlight on Dubai as a leading design hub, and share the UAE’s thriving design scene with the world at large.

Dubai Design Week was established in 2015 by Art Dubai Group in partnership with Dubai Design District (d3), and is held under the dedicated patronage of Her Highness SheikhaLatifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority. Dubai Design Week is also supported by Dubai Design and Fashion Council and Dubai Culture & Arts Authority.

In Dubai’s collaborative spirit, and as a reflection of the city’s global outlook, its design week is both regional and international in scope, encompasses public and private spheres, culture, education and entertainment, and spans multiple disciplines, ranging from graphic and product design to architecture and industrial design. Panels, keynote speeches, panel discussions, public performances and educational workshops all contribute to the greater discussion of what design means for the region and the world.

In 2015, 23,000 visitors from around the world flocked to the city to discover the work and ideas of over 150 designers drawn from around the region and internationally. The success of the inaugural edition cemented the future of Dubai Design Week as an annual event.

Coinciding with Downtown Design, the region’s leading, quality-driven design trade fair, Dubai Design Week also includes a number of unique headline initiatives, such as Abwab, the Global Grad Show, Destination and Iconic City.

From 24 to 29 October 2016, the citywide celebration of design enthrals Dubai with design, engaging the local community and visitors alike.