This month’s selection highlights Nike’s design legacy and a survey of the best in contemporary drawings from artists the world over
Inhabitable fabrics: A tribute to Elke Walter
The late Elke Walter was famed for her iconic amorphic garments. Working across fashion, photography and sculpture, Walker was perhaps best known for dressing the enigmatic Zaha Hadid.
THE BIRTH OF A RENAISSANCE
Identity speaks to Sir David Adjaye about his new proposal for the Edo Museum of West African Art and what it means for the continent at large
Respite & Reflection
Roar’s recently completed Sensasia Stories spa references pan-Asian architectural typologies with a contemporary twist
Willo Perron and the cultural zeitgeist
Canadian-born Willo Perron is difficult to define – and he seems to like it that way. One of the most prolific and versatile designers of his generation, Perron is the mastermind behind some of the most recognisable moments in contemporary pop culture. Whether it is floating a life-size inflatable yellow Ferrari over a crowd at a Drake concert, or designing the Yeezy stores for Kanye West, Perron has had a hand in it all. His LA-based design practice, W P & A, works across various disciplines, including interior design and furniture. We catch up with Perron over Zoom to learn more about design’s grey areas.
Aurelien Chen’s solitary pavilion recreates an ethereal and abstracted ‘painting’ of a traditional Chinese landscape
Hakwood and Kelly Hoppen join forces for a collection of innovative and dynamic tiles.
Carmelo Zappulla, the designer behind the latest Presented by retail store in Dubai, talks about blurring the lines between digital and physical space
Tosin Oshinowo and Chrissa Amuah’s conceptual design for Lexus explores the face mask through a universal language of protection, while reflecting on the freedom of movement through craftsmanship, culture, technology and global history
Montroi is the brainchild of Enrique Hormingo and Samir Aghera. The Dubai-based brand promotes ‘Nomadism’ – creating items for travel, crafted across various locations on the ancient Silk Route. From soft leather bags, accessories and travel guides covering Tunis to the AmalfiCoast, to handcrafted furniture, the brand has filled a gap in the market for items that combine a sense of spirit with craftsmanship and style. We catch up with Enrique Hormingo to find out more.
Ahead of the curve
The long-awaited ME Dubai by Melia, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, reopens its doors
Finance professional-turned-designer Shima Samaei is behind the heritage-inspired brand Chapter-101, whose pieces bring together the evocative beauty of the Middle East region
Founded by London-based interior designers Sophie Ashby of Studio Ashby and Alex Dauley of Dauley Design, United in Design is a charitable organisation set up to address the lack of diversity within the design field. Aidan Imanova speaks to the founders to find out more.
All around the world
NextSpace, founded by Laurence Dehlen, aims to introduce the Middle East market to a myriad of brands from across the globe
Three Kuwait-based designers investigate the potential of a local design identity by merging existing regional and borrowed elements in an exhibition showcased at 1971 - Design Space in Sharjah
Dubai Design Week
While many of the world’s design events went virtual this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fifth iteration of Dubai Design Week – a festival that has quickly become one of the most sought-after events on the arts calendar in the Emirates – presented a combination of physical exhibitions and outdoor installations, bringing together international works and regional talent in addition to an online showcase of brands and talks, making the event accessible to a global audience.
This month’s products include wish list items that will make perfect gifts this festive season. From beautifully sculptural storage pieces to home fragrances, there is something here for everyone.
Preserving the past
‘A Thobe Story’ features 10 unique garments embroidered by Palestinian refugee women that recall missing memories
Sahel Al Hiyari’s Barghouti House softly integrates into the landscape while remaining impressively monolithic
DESIGN FOCUS: OUTDOOR FURNITURE
DESIGN FOCUS: OUTDOOR FURNITURE
A Sharjah icon
The recent restoration of Sharjah’s iconic Flying Saucer returns the Brutalist landmark to its former glory – and investigates its past in the process
Reflections of time
CEBRA Architecture has completed the masterplan for Qasr Al Hosn, a historically significant site for the UAE’s capital, Abu Dhabi. The various components of the masterplan include the Fort, the Cultural Foundation, a public park and a prayer hall. identity speaks to partner Mikkel Schlesinger and head of CEBRA Abu Dhabi, Arthi Balasubramanian about how the project blurs the line between architecture and public space while remaining sensitive to tradition and community needs.
studio bruno guelaff has created a modern beachside home in Dubai that allows the surrounding seascape to take centre stage
LIGHTING: AN EVOLUTION
American painter Mark Rothko took immense satisfaction in the distinction between night and day. His innate love of contrasts is clear in his art, but also in his vision of the Rothko Chapel, located in Houston, Texas. In today’s pandemic-driven era, we can relate to Rothko’s positivity, and his tireless insistence that where there is darkness, there will always be light.
identity Design Awards 2020
Announcing the winners of the identity Design Awards 2020
L.S.Design’s minimalist Train Beach Club in Dubai merges four separate spaces that come together under a common industrial design language
The shape of things to come
For Downtown Design’s ‘The Shape of Things to Come’ exhibition, regional designers and architects imagine how we may experience the built environment in the future, exploring themes such as public space, the environment and community.
Kuwait-and Porto-based Studio Toggle, run by architects Hend Almatrouk and Gijo Paul George, is one of the young practices currently developing a fresh architectural language for the Middle East. In an exclusive interview with identity, the duo discusses how the practice interweaves architecture, urbanism and activism, while staying true to context and the vernacular.
This month’s book selection explores the ability of art and architecture to immortalise the human experience, tackling topics such as race, memory, grief, loss and hope.
An ode to an arch
Lebanese interior architect and product designer Richard Yasmine presented his latest collection, After Ago, at 5VIE D’N’A – a hybrid event in Milan featuring the works of various creatives and artists within a live and virtual setting, with the aim to imagine a better world.