Held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, Downtown Design returns for its seventh edition championing the growth of the region\u2019s design industry from 12-15 November 2019.\n\n\n\nDowntown Design, the region\u2019s leading design trade fair, will take place from 12-15 November, as part of Dubai Design WeekWith increased participation from international brands, this year\u2019s edition will be the most varied yet, with representation from 30 countriesIn anticipation of Expo2020, the fair will house more country pavilions than ever, including presentations from France and Spain Reflecting the diversity of the contemporary design scene, 100 new brands will be displayed alongside returning exhibitorsWith a focus on the next generation of regional talent, Downtown Editions, the fair\u2019s showcase for bespoke and limited-edition design presents designers, studios and collectivesGuest Curator of Dubai Design Week, Designer Ghassan Salameh to spotlight regional design with \u201cMADAR\u201d, presented within Downtown EditionsCatering to the needs of an ambitious design industry, Downtown Design\u2019s Trade Programme has expanded, helping members to forge relationships with brands and decision makersPublic visitors can gain complimentary access through the Dubai Design Week app\n\n\n\nBy Binchy & Binchy\n\n\n\nRecognised as the leading platform in the Middle East for original, high quality design, Downtown Design unites international brands with the regional design community, strengthening Dubai as a central meeting point for creatives. \n\n\n\nAs part of the programming of Dubai Design Week, the region\u2019s largest creative festival, and in partnership with Dubai Design District (d3), Downtown Design is housed within a bespoke structure overlooking the d3 Waterfront. \n\n\n\nThis year the fair presents a fresh selection of brands and feature areas, providing a dynamic environment where design meets opportunity.\n\n\n\nInstallations will feature throughout the fair, highlighting design creativity from around the world: \n\n\n\nPreciosa will present their large-scale interactive installation Carousel of LightTechnology artist Anthony James will bring his dynamic glass and LED sculpture Icosahedron Global architecture practice LWK+ Partners will present an interactive space that reflects both the heritage and modernity of the studio\u2019s home base in China.\n\n\n\nDowntown Design\u2019s Trade Programme continues to address the needs of the competitive design industry, helping members raise their profile and forge industry relationships. \n\n\n\nFeaturing a series of networking events and privileges, designed to help design professionals make the most of the fair\u2019s platform, it facilitates opportunities for architects and interior designers to connect with peers, brands and industry influencers. \n\n\n\nTasca 4D\n\n\n\n2019 Fair Highlights\n\n\n\nFor the 2019 showcase, Downtown Design has engaged three award-winning design teams to help to remaster the fair\u2019s layout, executing concepts that demonstrate the sophistication of regional design firms. \n\n\n\nWilson Associates, Swiss Bureau and XBD Collective have been tasked with bringing creative elements to the fair\u2019s public areas, including the bar and the caf\u00e9.\n\n\n\nKey brands return to the fair including Arper, whose ranges are inspired by\ntheir design ethos, playing with the versatility of essential forms, and Atelier Swarovski, who will present a\ncollaboration with Spanish designer Tomas Alonso. \n\n\n\nBrands showcasing their designs to the Middle East for the first time include: \n\n\n\nPedrali, who will display their colourful, contemporary design furniture from ItalyCzech luxury crystal manufacturer Moser will be engraving personalized vases at their standNorth American brand Skram will launch a contemporary chair at the fairVicalvi will display their innovative and eco-friendly range of high-end floor & wall coverings. \n\n\n\nAll forming part of a new generation of international brands looking to use Downtown Design\u2019s platform to highlight their presence in the region. \n\n\n\nIn honour of the UAE\u2019s Year of Tolerance, bespoke rug studio Hands will unveil a piece inspired by children\u2019s artworks. \n\n\n\nThe proceeds will benefit \u2018Senses\u2019, a charity of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. \n\n\n\nAn increase in international initiatives is shown through the country pavilions, which this year expand to include France, presenting brands producing luxury furniture and accessories, and Spain, who will be showcasing brands which spotlight the manufacturing strengths of the country. \n\n\n\nBrokis Lucie - Koldova Puro\n\n\n\nDowntown Editions Highlights\n\n\n\nThis year, Downtown Editions will continue to spotlight new regional initiatives, young designers and up-and-coming brands. \n\n\n\nDesigners presenting works inspired by the culture and traditions of the Middle East include: \n\n\n\nemerging designer Hajar Abdallah, whose debut installation celebrates the region\u2019s equestrian cultureSharjah-based Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council who will present an outstanding collection of objects developed in collaboration with Emirati craftswomen and leading contemporary designers. Award-winning architectural studio Binchy & Binchy will launch ten new tables inspired by architecture, challenges themselves to determine a design language that is truly Emirati.\n\n\n\nReturning\nto Downtown Editions, Aljoud Lootah, Roudha Al Shamsi, 1971\nDesign Space and Jeel will\npresent their latest limited-edition work, whilst Taskheel will unveil the\noutcome of their 2019 Tanween Design Programme\nfeaturing designers: Abdulla Al Mulla,\nLana El Samman and Yara Habib.\n\n\n\nBringing his designs to the Middle East for the first time, Brooklyn-based sculptor and designer Fernando Mastrangelo will launch a collection of mirrors inspired by the geographic features of Dubai. \n\n\n\nNew pieces will feature from collectible furniture studios Tasca 4D from Japan, who use the latest manufacturing methods in their designs, and Arijian from South Korea, specializing in handcrafted goods and regional materials.\n\n\n\nGuest Curator of Dubai Design Week, designer Ghassan Salameh will curate \u201cMADAR\u201d, supported by d3, within Downtown Editions focusing on regional design and shedding light on the current movements in the design market of the region today. \n\n\n\nGhassan\u2019s curation will highlight the latest productions and innovations of emerging regional designers. \n\n\n\nTacchini Roma - Photo by Andrea Ferrari\n\n\n\nThe Forum at Downtown Design\n\n\n\nIn a series of talks and workshops, designed to support design professionals and enthusiasts, \u2018The Forum\u2019 offers creative, commercial and strategic industry insights by global and regional design experts. \n\n\n\nThemes will range from how to build a business in design, to managing clients in design firms and design marketing.\n\n\n\nHighlights include the award-winning\nParis-based architect Lina Ghotmeh and\nIndia\u2019s leading architect and curator Ashiesh\nShah, who both feature on a panel championing the power of design, and multi-faceted\ninterior designer Greg Natale, who will\npresent a masterclass in achieving a successful design business.\n\n\n\nDenise Neri, who leads the architectural and conceptual design of Aesop stores worldwide, will lead a panel on the future of retail while Allesandro Minotti of the leading Italian furniture makers Minotti and Dara Huang, founder of multi-disciplinary studio Design Haus Liberty will speak to building design brands with staying power. \n\n\n\nMarcus Fairs, founder and editor-in-chief of Dezeen will lead a panel discussion exploring the design community\u2019s role as an agent of positive change.