Top 10 At Dubai's Downtown Design 2017

Downtown Design 2017
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Preciosa: Step inside the ethereal nature-inspired Bohemian crystal garden created by the Czech lighting brand that featured this enrapturing lighting installation at the centre of its booth. The Crystal Garden featured more than 1,000 pieces of glass in five shades inspired by the Arabian Desert Rose. The skilfully designed verdant garden was a visual treat and showed the brand’s great reverence for tradition and craftsmanship. Preciosalighting.com
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Moroso: It doesn’t get bolder and brighter than Moroso. The glorious Italian furniture brand’s feisty spirit that dates back to 1952 reflects in all its designs. The brand has worked with a roster of coveted designers over the years, with the Double Zero chairs in red and tan by David Adjaye (left), and the wooden pink Silver Lake (front left) and plush Redondo armchair (centre) by Patricia Urquiola all part of its vibrant showcase at the fair. Moroso.it
Sans Souci at Downtown Design 2017
Sans Souci: Two-layered hand-blown glass by Czech brand and fair newcomer Sans Souci displayed an array of tailor-made sculptural lighting. Pictured here from the brand’s Euroluce 2017 collection is Aurora, an astounding chandelier that draws inspiration from polar lights (also called aurora), a naturally-occurring display of lights in the sky. The result is a beautiful and pristine installation that seems to create a dance of blue and violet tones. Ss-gd.com
Borzalino at Downtown Design 2017
Borzalino: Meet Diva, the plush velvet chair in the colour Vulcan grey with black leather trimming and a metal base by the family-run atelier that was established in 1976. The brand’s luscious showcase in the Italian Pavilion surpassed expectations with its diverse range of regal, tailor-made living and dining room furniture, all designed to perfection by skilled craftsmen. Borzalino.com
Klove at Downtown Design 2017
Klove: Geometric patterns and design alluding to nature shone bright at Indian novice brand Klove’s showcase. The boutique luxury studio by designers Gautam Seth and Prateek Jain offers light sculptures and installations that boast the restraint of neo-classical design with a contemporary twist. Here, this sultry wall mural featuring swirls of leaf-shaped hand-blown glass dresses the wall. Klovestudio.com
Apical Reform at Downtown Design 2017
Apical Reform: India-based collaborative design studio, founded by Amrish Patel in 2011, delighted with a thoughtful selection of bespoke furniture and art pieces in earthy tones. To the right are the celestial-inspired Terra wall lightings and the credenza named Locoma with an imprint of a valley’s terrain, pivoting attention towards the state of our ecosystem. Another striking feature of the booth was the fun yet functional boomerang bench by Anna Szonyi. Winners of the Harper’s Bazaar Interiors Awards 2017 were also revealed at the booth. Apicalreform.com
Serip at Downtown Design 2017
Serip: The Portuguese lighting brand shone bright with an array of nature-inspired designs no less than works of art. With pieces that fuse together bronze and intricate glass work, the collection lit up the space with designs both suitable for classic and modern interiors. Among the lights on view was this stunning Folio Branch chandelier (centre) featuring delicate maple leaves made in Murano glass and metal from the brand’s 2017 Folio collection. Serip.com.pt
CC-Tapis at Downtown Design 2017
CC-Tapis: The French brand that moved base to Milan in 2011 weaved magic with a show of its 2017 hand-knotted signature collection of rugs created by Tibetan artisans in Nepal. A vibrant mix of bespoke designs that were also showcased at this year’s Salone del Mobile. Pictured here (from left to right) are The One and The Other by American designer Alex Proba, Bliss rugs by Amsterdam-based Mae Engelgeer, and Visioni and Rotazioni by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola. Cc-tapis.com
Baccarat at Downtown Design 2017
Baccarat: A glimmering exhibit that offered a glimpse into the French luxury crystal maker’s over-250-year-old craftsmanship. The brand presented two of its most wondrous chandeliers, with the iconic and traditional 'Zenith chandelier (centre), and Le Roi Soleil (right), the sphere-shaped beauty that’s a contemporary twist on the former. The brand created a space that brimmed with gold tones, a clear nod to the opulent Middle Eastern design flair. Baccarat.com
The Den at Downtown Design 2017
The DEN: Known for its eclectic collection of design products and artistic collaborations curated by Belgian artist Nadia Sallustio, the creative force behind the concept store. The Den opened doors in Dubai’s City Walk last year and is the distributor of French interior design company Maison Sarah Lavoine and French brand Ressource wallpaper (pictured here), both of whom offer eclectic and imaginative accents to spruce up any interior. Thedenconcept.com
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From spurts of colour to celestial-inspired designs, showcases at this year’s design fair were filled with joie de vivre

The centrepiece of this year’s Dubai Design Week was Downtown Design, the region’s most beloved and increasingly global contemporary design fair that returned for a fifth time with its largest edition to date. “We’re very excited to be marking our fifth year in a beautiful glass-fronted venue overlooking the D3 (Dubai Design District) waterfront that houses our largest and most diverse show to date,” Fair Director Rue Kothari said in a statement.

A remarkable over-150 brands from 28 countries, both fair frequenters and first-timers, dressed the fair’s D3 space this year, bringing forth the newest, most innovative creations across 26 categories, from furniture to flooring to textiles to tableware. “The quality of our brands and sheer scope of their individual presentations will surpass all previous editions,” Kothari added.

We feasted our eyes on booths set up like living spaces, brimming with colour, materials and textures that set the tone for the season’s most spectacular design trends. There were clear nods to geometric patterns and celestial and organic design with metal accents accentuating the furnishings.

It’s crystal clear which trend was an exhibitor favourite. The fair glistened with lighting that ranged from oversized statement crystal chandeliers from Baccarat and Serip to nature-inspired installations by Preciosa and Klove. Furniture brand Moroso didn’t shy away from colour with its 2017 collection boasting warm tones of red and brown to cool blue and green hues. Many went bold with gold, such as lighting brand and fair newcomer Sans Souci, evidently whetting the region’s appetite for opulent interiors.

Scroll to view the brands that made it to our top 10 list at this year’s Downtown Design  and see you next year!


Downtown Design ran from 13-16 November during Dubai Design Week in D3.

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Downtown Design 2017
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Sans Souci at Downtown Design 2017
Borzalino at Downtown Design 2017
Klove at Downtown Design 2017
Apical Reform at Downtown Design 2017
Serip at Downtown Design 2017
CC-Tapis at Downtown Design 2017
Baccarat at Downtown Design 2017
The Den at Downtown Design 2017
Downtown Design 2017
An exterior view of Downtown Design 2017
Downtown Design, Downtown Design 2017, Dubai Design Week 2017, Top Interior Design Brands, Harper's Bazaar Interiors Awards 2017, Ayesha Shaikh
Preciosa: Step inside the ethereal nature-inspired Bohemian crystal garden created by the Czech lighting brand that featured this enrapturing lighting installation at the centre of its booth. The Crystal Garden featured more than 1,000 pieces of glass in five shades inspired by the Arabian Desert Rose. The skilfully designed verdant garden was a visual treat and showed the brand’s great reverence for tradition and craftsmanship. Preciosalighting.com
Downtown Design, Downtown Design 2017, Dubai Design Week 2017, Top Interior Design Brands, Harper's Bazaar Interiors Awards 2017, Ayesha Shaikh
Moroso: It doesn’t get bolder and brighter than Moroso. The glorious Italian furniture brand’s feisty spirit that dates back to 1952 reflects in all its designs. The brand has worked with a roster of coveted designers over the years, with the Double Zero chairs in red and tan by David Adjaye (left), and the wooden pink Silver Lake (front left) and plush Redondo armchair (centre) by Patricia Urquiola all part of its vibrant showcase at the fair. Moroso.it
Sans Souci at Downtown Design 2017
Sans Souci: Two-layered hand-blown glass by Czech brand and fair newcomer Sans Souci displayed an array of tailor-made sculptural lighting. Pictured here from the brand’s Euroluce 2017 collection is Aurora, an astounding chandelier that draws inspiration from polar lights (also called aurora), a naturally-occurring display of lights in the sky. The result is a beautiful and pristine installation that seems to create a dance of blue and violet tones. Ss-gd.com
Borzalino at Downtown Design 2017
Borzalino: Meet Diva, the plush velvet chair in the colour Vulcan grey with black leather trimming and a metal base by the family-run atelier that was established in 1976. The brand’s luscious showcase in the Italian Pavilion surpassed expectations with its diverse range of regal, tailor-made living and dining room furniture, all designed to perfection by skilled craftsmen. Borzalino.com
Klove at Downtown Design 2017
Klove: Geometric patterns and design alluding to nature shone bright at Indian novice brand Klove’s showcase. The boutique luxury studio by designers Gautam Seth and Prateek Jain offers light sculptures and installations that boast the restraint of neo-classical design with a contemporary twist. Here, this sultry wall mural featuring swirls of leaf-shaped hand-blown glass dresses the wall. Klovestudio.com
Apical Reform at Downtown Design 2017
Apical Reform: India-based collaborative design studio, founded by Amrish Patel in 2011, delighted with a thoughtful selection of bespoke furniture and art pieces in earthy tones. To the right are the celestial-inspired Terra wall lightings and the credenza named Locoma with an imprint of a valley’s terrain, pivoting attention towards the state of our ecosystem. Another striking feature of the booth was the fun yet functional boomerang bench by Anna Szonyi. Winners of the Harper’s Bazaar Interiors Awards 2017 were also revealed at the booth. Apicalreform.com
Serip at Downtown Design 2017
Serip: The Portuguese lighting brand shone bright with an array of nature-inspired designs no less than works of art. With pieces that fuse together bronze and intricate glass work, the collection lit up the space with designs both suitable for classic and modern interiors. Among the lights on view was this stunning Folio Branch chandelier (centre) featuring delicate maple leaves made in Murano glass and metal from the brand’s 2017 Folio collection. Serip.com.pt
CC-Tapis at Downtown Design 2017
CC-Tapis: The French brand that moved base to Milan in 2011 weaved magic with a show of its 2017 hand-knotted signature collection of rugs created by Tibetan artisans in Nepal. A vibrant mix of bespoke designs that were also showcased at this year’s Salone del Mobile. Pictured here (from left to right) are The One and The Other by American designer Alex Proba, Bliss rugs by Amsterdam-based Mae Engelgeer, and Visioni and Rotazioni by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola. Cc-tapis.com
Baccarat at Downtown Design 2017
Baccarat: A glimmering exhibit that offered a glimpse into the French luxury crystal maker’s over-250-year-old craftsmanship. The brand presented two of its most wondrous chandeliers, with the iconic and traditional 'Zenith chandelier (centre), and Le Roi Soleil (right), the sphere-shaped beauty that’s a contemporary twist on the former. The brand created a space that brimmed with gold tones, a clear nod to the opulent Middle Eastern design flair. Baccarat.com
The Den at Downtown Design 2017
The DEN: Known for its eclectic collection of design products and artistic collaborations curated by Belgian artist Nadia Sallustio, the creative force behind the concept store. The Den opened doors in Dubai’s City Walk last year and is the distributor of French interior design company Maison Sarah Lavoine and French brand Ressource wallpaper (pictured here), both of whom offer eclectic and imaginative accents to spruce up any interior. Thedenconcept.com