design days dubai

there’s a new design fair in dubai, coinciding with the art fair.   my picks…

chandeliers in brass and blown glass by jeff zimmerman…

and a cut crystal pendant by david wiseman.

“fragile future chandelier” made by lonneke gordijn and ralph nuata.

from a distance looks like 1960’s inspired lighting…   but made with energy efficient LEDs.  the “globes” that soften the LEDs’ light are real dandelion seeds.

tomás alonso’s “v&a series” of chairs, stools and benches are charming.    each is made from a single powder-coated metal tube that is bent around an ash structure.   the seats are made of re-purposed wood from victorian-era ceilings.

i kind of love the i-made-it-myself-for-my-tree-house feel of them.   not exactly comfortable, but not as rickety as they look…

in the same booth – victor hunt designart dealer – some stitched concrete canvas stools by florian schmid.

these, like the chairs and stools above, would be great in an minimal (as in donald judd — not john pawson) interior, but would look like junk in a cluttered space…

the appeal of them, i’m afraid, is completely lost on the emirati market.

don’t really like this bench…   but admired the craft…

nails pounded into a burnt timber, then bent and ground to a smooth finish…

most of the designers and exhibitors were european or american, but there were two booths of work by local design schools.   this foosball table was noteworthy:

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