Downtown Design 2017 Announces Fifth Edition at D3!

The fifth edition of Downtown Design will present a huge range of carefully selected best-in-class established and emerging brands from all over the world to the design professionals drawn to Dubai from across the Middle East. The annual exhibition, held for the third time at Dubai Design District (d3), will provide the architecture and design industry with a unique blend of exhibitors, live events, and installations all within a purpose-built venue.



Downtown Design will present talent across 26 product categories – including furniture and lighting, textiles and accessories, and the latest in kitchen and bathroom technology. The show will feature world-famous brand names and showcase eight emerging regional design brands for the first time.

Downtown Design maintains its renowned approach to detail, quality and relevance in selecting brands to exhibit. The 2017 edition sees an increase in the number brands across all categories, with an outstanding 90% retention of key brands; each of which is returning with fresh concepts for the market. This includes sought-after furniture brands Kettal, Minotti, Moroso and Sancal, who between them collaborate with world renowned designers Patricia Urquiola, Sebastian Herkner, Jasper Morrison and the Bouroullec Brothers.  Newcomers to the exhibitor line-up include iconic furniture, textile and lighting brands including B&B Italia, Designer’s Guild, MDF Italia, Meridiani, Marset, Sans Souci, Santa Cole and Vondom.

The popular Italian Pavilion will feature for the third year running. Established to promote the country’s artisanal brands, the Pavilion will again benefit from the effectiveness of the event and the quality of fellow exhibitors. They will be joined this year for the first time by a Portuguese Pavilion that will present their most innovative industrial design brands.

Each year Downtown Design delivers a carefully considered visitor experience, from the design of the communal areas to the Forum space, which will host a full programme of industry talks. Restaurant and concept store The Light House provides an outstanding F&B offer at the heart of the show, alongside an outdoor, waterside terrace. To deliver this vision, this year Downtown Design has partnered with some of region’s most innovative talents: Local Interior Architecture firm LSD to reimagine a new master plan for the event; leading interior design firm AAC to create the bespoke café and landscape architects Desert Ink to design a unique installation for the entrance to the fair.

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