Downtown Design 2016: dates and details

“The Middle East’s only quality-driven design trade fair” (it says here) is due to return to d3 for its fourth edition during an expanded Dubai Design Week this October.

Downtown Design is the brands-oriented counterpart to the purer design focus of Dubai Design Days; the event – on 25-28 October – promises over 100 brands from 25 countries, with exhibitors vetted to ensure that visitors get “high quality and innovative contemporary design from established and emerging brands” (which sounds ambitious but not impossible).

“All our exhibitors are fully invested in presenting a fresh concept for Downtown, including products which will make their world debut here in Dubai,” says Downtown Design’s fair director Rue Kothari.

First time exhibitor Los Angeles’ furniture and lighting brand Bend Goods will present a new collection of playful pieces; Sancal, from Spain, makes its first foray in the Middle East with a standout collection of eclectic furniture and upholstery; and award-winning Dubai-based interior designer Pallavi Dean debuts with her first furniture and accessories collection.

Fair director Rue Kothar at one of last year’s Downtown Design panels

Downtown Design must be doing something right – 2016 is now oversubscribed, and the organisers are already accepting applications for 2017. who joined in 2015, overseeing the fair’s exponential growth.

Coinciding with the trade fair, Dubai Design Week (25–29 October) includes the same kind of initiatives we saw last year, including Abwab (national pavilions), the Global Grad Show, and Iconic City.

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