Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Back from a successful show in Dubai

The grand entrance to Design Days, next to the Burj Khalifa, Dubai
The Crafts Council stand at Design Days Dubai.  I was amongst 8 makers selected from hundreds of applications to exhibit at the show earlier this month.  It was a real honour to be invited, and to exhibit amongst such a talented group of designer makers.
Set up was a fairly relaxed affair
Monoscope series laid out and ready to hang
5 of 'Monoscope' series on display at the show, each measuring 38cm diameter.
As exhibitors, we were treated exceptionally well by the Design Days team, and treated to two drinks receptions at exclusive locations; Here at 'The Address' hotel, I'm enjoying a glass of wine with a view of the Burj Khalifa, and the extravagant fountain display which draws attention every 30 minutes at the Dubai Mall.

Veuve Clicquot champagne party at 'Vida' hotel. 
Plenty of Lebanese food consumed during the 10 days with especially good hummous and lentil soups.
The Burj Khalifa, tallest building in the world, on our doorstep at the show.
A day out to Sharjah Art fair was a welcome break half way through the week. We lunched outside courtesy of the British Council, then visited some of the exhibitions on site at the Sharjah Art Foundation.  A calm Oasis of air conditioning in the heat!

A trip out to the preview of 'Art Dubai', which overlaps in the same week with Design Days Dubai, was another fascinating glimpse of the very glamorous Art world in the Middle East. Created by Issa Al Kindy, the winner of the 2015 Authentic Expressions Award.

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