Downtown Design, a contemporary design event, will double in size this year as it presents a huge range of carefully selected best-in-class brands from all over the world in Dubai in November.
Taking place from November 14 to 17 in partnership with the Dubai Design District (d3)+ Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (DCAA), the show is set to enhance its position as the Middle East's essential contemporary design event, providing industry and the public with new product, trends and inspiration, said a statement.
The fifth edition of the annual exhibition, held for the third time at Dubai Design District (d3), will provide the architecture and design industry with a unique blend of exhibitors, live events, and installations all within a purpose-built venue.
More than 150 brands from 25 countries, featuring 70 new high-end international and regional brands, will take part in the event.
Downtown Design will present talent across 26 product categories – including furniture and lighting, textiles and accessories, and the latest in kitchen and bathroom technology. The show will feature world-famous brand names and showcase eight emerging regional design brands for the first time.
Rue Kothari, show director of Downtown Design, said: “We’re delighted to be marking five years of Downtown Design with a show double the size of previous editions. Not only does this reflect the strength of the exhibition and its reputation but also the growth in high-demand sectors of lighting, furniture and textiles.
"The show continues its rise, while focusing on connecting exhibitors to the region’s leading architects and interior designers. Helping brands and buyers to unlock the potential of the Middle East design market is at the heart of Downtown Design,” said Kothari.
Mohammad Saeed Al Shehhi, chief operating officer of Dubai Design District, said: "We’re delighted to welcome Downtown Design again to d3 as part of this year’s Dubai Design Week. The success of the show is proof the design industry in Dubai and across the region is growing. Downtown Design, alongside d3, during Dubai Design Week is a powerful combination, underpinning Dubai’s position as an essential and dynamic market for local, regional and international brands."
Downtown Design maintains its approach to detail, quality and relevance in selecting brands to exhibit. The 2017 edition sees an increase in the number of brands across all categories, with an outstanding 90 per cent retention of key brands, each of which is returning with fresh concepts for the market. This includes sought-after furniture brands Kettal, Minotti, Moroso and Sancal, who between them collaborate with world renowned designers Patricia Urquiola, Sebastian Herkner, Jasper Morrison and the Bouroullec Brothers. Newcomers to the exhibitor line-up include iconic furniture, textile and lighting brands including B&B Italia, Designer’s Guild, MDF Italia, Meridiani, Marset, Sans Souci, Santa Cole and Vondom.
The popular Italian pavilion will feature for the third year running. It will be joined this year for the first time by a Portuguese pavilion that will present the country's most innovative industrial design brands.
Each year Downtown Design delivers a carefully considered visitor experience, from the design of the communal areas to the forum space, which will host a full programme of industry talks.