This year's edition of DOWNTOWN DESIGN lays down the blueprint for the future of design fairs.

International exhibitors like Danish design company Normann Copenhagen (pictured above) will be present at this year's Downtown Design fair alongside brands from the region

A new design experience: Downtown Design | News

International exhibitors like Danish design company Normann Copenhagen (pictured above) will be present at this year's Downtown Design fair alongside brands from the region

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Downtown Design is a key event at Dubai Design Week and a leading platform in the Middle East where trade professionals and design enthusiasts can discover contemporary design by global and regional brands. Taking place this year from 13 to 16 November in Dubai Design District, it will showcase products by over 175 brands, including 40 regional designers.

A new fair section, Downtown Editions is dedicated to bespoke and limited-edition design for industry and public visitors to discover and commission. The fair will also bring together other regional design weeks including Amman, Beirut and Casablanca.

Collectives from South Africa and Palestine will present alongside established regional brands including UAE design studio Tinkah, Aljoud Lootah, Designed by Hind, Fadi Sarriedine and Rejo, demonstrating the depth and diversity of the regional design scene.

The Foundry by Tinkah's "Ramel" coffee cup (top); Marc Ange debuts a brass and marble edition of Le Refuge at the fair (above)

A new design experience: Downtown Design | News

The Foundry by Tinkah's "Ramel" coffee cup (top); Marc Ange debuts a brass and marble edition of Le Refuge at the fair (above)

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‘Our sixth edition is the most ambitious to date with more than 65 new brands and large-scale installations debuting at the fair,’ reveals Fair Director Rue Kothari. ‘New features include bespoke cafés, a pop-up shop, indoor landscapes and waterfront activities. This new blueprint coupled with a fresh creative direction mark a new phase of growth for the fair.’

Arper, Artemide, Baxter, Cassina, Diesel Living, Jan Kath, Normann Copenhagen and St.Louis are some of the companies exhibiting for the first time, while returning brands include Lasvit, Moroso and Vondom.

Interactive lighting installation ‘Breath of Light’ by Preciosa will make its regional debut, while visitors can experience a bespoke piece by sculptor David Harber and a reinterpretation of designer Marc Ange’s installation ‘Le Refuge’ on the waterfront terrace, with the city skyline as their spectacular backdrop.

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