Downtown Design, which runs 14-17 November at the Dubai Design District, has become the region’s top specialist B2B interior design exhibition – with the emphasis on design. There are many lighting suppliers taking part, including some of the big names from Europe and North America; in some cases this will be their debut visit to Downtown Dubai, an impressive validation of the show’s growing importance. We trawled the exhibitor list to pick out these ten must-visit stands …
Marsat stand B23
Marset’s lamps are refined and contemporary, technically adept (“through technical precision and creativity we aim to discover new functions and applications”) and decorative yet restrained. The new Pu-erh collection here uses ceramics for a lamp with a delicate, fabric-like effect; designer and ceramist Xavier Mañosa has created a texture, evoking pleated silk, which is then applied to a conical shade, casting a wide and beautiful ray of illumination.
Romi stand C10
This is Aspen from the City Lights range of the hip Amsterdam-based maker Romi. The lampshade is made of the bark of birch trees, and bark is renewable – ecological awareness is a feature of Romi’s work. Studio 971 will be carrying some of Romi’s catalogue.
I Light You stand A05
Olivier Moyen’s specialised lighting design resources includes more than 30,000 references from some of the world’s best known brands, among them Flos, Louis Poulsen, Muuto and Serralunga and Artemide (Pirce suspension light, right.) This is a must-visit stand.
Serip stand B09
Serip does spectacular chandeliers, wall lights and lamps, usually with a fluid, organic form. This is from the Liquid collection.
Studio Italia stand B27
Studio Italia’s custom-made creations blend the traditions of Murano glass craftwork with state-of-the-art technology. Shown here is the A-Tube Nano, a modular range that allows you to create beautiful clusters.
NEO stand E07
The German-Portuguese studio returns to Downtown Design 2017 with an exquisite new range of suspension lamps and more, maintaining its tradition of producing everyday products with a strong character, functionality fused with aesthetics. This is The Lovers collection, a set of three individual designs that hang “like 3D pictograms or icons that were brought to life in order to portray a love triangle or a love affair”.
Santa & Cole stand B15
New to Downtown Dubai, the Spanish brand specialises in objects with a diverse range of origins and applications that all share the same way of understanding design as a looking glass for a specific lifestyle – lamps that embody for comfort rather than impact, that interact with their surroundings, whether in the home or in communal areas. This is quite characteristic, a new cordless and rechargeable version of the iconic Cesta lamp originally designed by Miguel Milá in 1962. Cestita has a subtle wood structure that holds the opal-shaped glass.
Bomma stand B19
Another first-time exhibitor that again combines cutting edge technology with traditional craftsmanship, this time from the Czech Republic, the Bomma company is bringing an inspiring collection to the fair. Its background is in building machines for glass cutting and other glassmaking technologies, and over the years it has developed Europe’s most modern glass production facility with precise cutting techniques and exceptionally clear crystal as well as mouth-blown glass that retains the highest quality even when oversized. Here is Bomma’s Shibari collection by Kateřina Handlová, available as one, three or five pieces.
VISO stand B04
The well-known Canadian brand comes to Dubai with a line of contemporary decorative light fixtures for projects from hotels to restaurants, offices, homes and retail or public spaces. Working closely with the design and architecture industry VISO both offers custom lighting solutions as well as its regular collections, like this Chestnut decorative metal plate light fixture in an organic shape with a hand brushed champagne finish.
KLOVE stand B21
The luxury Indian boutique lighting studio creates sculptures, installations, chandeliers, pendant lamps, floor lamps, ceiling lights, table lamps, and accessories. New for Downtown Dubai is the Nordic collection of chandeliers; “as a tribute to the [Nordic] landscape, Klove seeks to capture the different mood and ever changing sky …” This one is called Odin.