Behind the design: Design Days Dubai fun facts

Visitors to the fifth edition of Design Days Dubai had the opportunity to experience beautiful and, in some cases, daring pieces of international design with some fascinating stories behind the inspiration of the pieces, their creative process, and materials used.

Design Days Dubai share some of the stories and interesting facts behind the work on display:

“Rijks Masters of a Golden Age” by Marcel Wanders

All of the materials used to produce this magnificent piece are custom- and hand-made (even the paper is specially crafted). A limited edition of just 2,500; the text inside is hand-written in a beautiful calligraphy and can be written in any language. The ultimate bespoke book on the Dutch masters.

“Ronce” by Binome (France)

When Frederic Pain, co-director of Binome, was taking a hike through a Burgundy, France forest 3 years ago, he found a little piece of wood that he was so struck on that he kept and some years later has now used as the inspiration for a beautiful piece of furniture: “Ronce” bench. This bench grew to be made out of resin, fibre-glass and oak wood, proving that inspiration can literally come from anywhere.

“Stratum” by Kalo (UAE)

Ammar Kalo makes his own furniture whenever he is in need something in his home. He designs, sketches, models and produce each one of his pieces. It is truly a one-man show. That’s why when visitors come to his booth at Design Days Dubai, they will find a recreation of his living room. A home from home, literally brought from his house, which showcases Stratum, the series created by layers and layers of laminated birch wood and almost mathematically put together in order to have the natural ripples of wood, each piece taking over one week to make.

“Daa’ wa Dawaa’” by Abdulla Al Awadi, Samovar (Kuwait)

A beautiful piece with ‘hidden’ messages in its weave. Kuwaiti carpet purveyors Samovar, use the ancient art of calligraphy and bring a modern touch by creating conceptual pieces like “Daa’ wa Dawaa’” which translates as “Illness and cure” playing with geometrical patterns and framing it with a poem that speaks about love.

“Golden Daze” by BeatWoven, Crafts Council (UK)

Pythagoras proved thousands of years ago that music is math. Nadia of BeatWoven brings that idea firmly into the modern era incorporating technology into music. In these pieces, she can translate any into a computer generated pattern of pixels and recreate the song’s frequencies into silk and golden thread.

“Apesanteur” by Quentin Carnaille, M.A.D. Gallery (UAE)

With only 48 pieces produced, the “Apesanteur” series brings together over 20,000 discarded mechanical watch parts and other devices to create a fun and hypnotic piece that almost magically levitates and

rotates. The designer glues every single piece to the body of the design work and in a way breathes life back into these formerly redundant and useless mechanical devices.

“Iceberg” by Alexandre Echesseriau, Wiener Silber Manufactur (Austria)

This particular beverage cooler made out of 3.5 kilograms of solid silver resembles the peaks of a mountain. When ice is put in the middle of the piece functional, its peaks appear to be frozen; when the ice starts to melt a small lake is formed. A spectacular effect that will be the talk and toast of any party.