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Brief Published: 14 Mar 2014

Carwan Gallery at Design Days Dubai


Known for its contemporary approach to Middle-Eastern design, Beirut-based Carwan Gallery will be showing next week at Design Days Dubai (March 17-21) for the third consecutive year. Thriving since its establishment in 2010, the gallery is a platform for international designers, showcasing design that reimagines traditional craft from the region. 

The Design Days Dubai exhibition will feature 12 designers from both the Middle-East and elsewhere, with several new pieces being shown for the first time in the United Arab Emirates. 

  • The irregular shapes of French designer India Mahdavi’s Landscape Vases create an unusual composition reminiscent of geological structures. A lining of pure gold gives a luxurious finish to the coloured ceramic vessels.
  • First shown at Milan Design Week in 2013, British designer Michael Anastassiades’s Miracle Chips explore the technological boundaries of stone manufacturing. Made in collaboration with Italian marble manufacturer Henraux, the curling shapes give the appearance of a far lighter and more flexible material. For similar material innovation, see Made of Stone.
  • The monolithic forms of American designer Lindsay Adelman’s Liminal Vessels are made from fused black glass and bronze. The opposing materials reference the state between liquid and solid. For more inspiration, see the A/W 15-16 Design Direction, Unearth.

The gallery is planning to open a second permanent venue in Dubai soon. For more on the founders and the ethos behind the space, see our Carwan Gallery profile.