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Dubai Design Week: Spotlight On 3 Pieces By Gifted Female Designers

The pieces are particularly impressive as they were produced during the physical limitations of the pandemic.

Three talented female UAE-based emerging designers will be showcasing the pieces they conceived and produced during Tashkeel’s programme at Dubai Design Week. The worldwide debut will take place during the ‘Tanween by Tashkeel’ exhibition, a world premiere of 14 locally-made and inspired, limited-edition pieces.


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The three new limited-edition furniture and lighting pieces are by women who have been part of the rigorous 2020 edition of the annual Tanween design programme. The programme was developed as one of Tashkeel’s initiatives to nurture emerging UAE-based designers towards creating products inspired by and designed and manufactured in the UAE.


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Here’s what to know about the pieces on display from 9-14 November at the d3 Building Atrium #5 and on Downtown Design Online.

‘Yereed’ by Lina Ghalib  

An Arish bench-seat, ‘Yereed’ by product designer Lina Ghalib is made of Plypalm, wood, stainless steel and leather. It is inspired by those who have survived and thrived in hostile environments by identifying a single natural element as source of life.

‘Hisn’ by Nada Abu Shaqra

‘Hisn,’ created by Nada Abu Shaqra, is a chair made of terracotta, powder-coated steel and upholstered fabric. The design by the architect is inspired by the UAE vernacular architecture and contextual materials, based on research into the dynamics of traditional form and the space they create.

‘Qaws’ by Neda Salmanpour 

A suspended lighting fixture, ‘Qaws’ by interior designer Neda Salmanpour is a made of brass and 3D-printed PLA plastic with a concrete finish. The piece has been developed through analysis of existing design language embedded in the built environment and inherited objects around us.  


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All the furniture and lighting pieces from the Tanween Collection are made by UAE-based designers. The programme by Tashkeel, which was established in Dubai in 2008 by Lateefa bint Maktoum, also includes the debut of Tashkeel’s range of locally-made Tanween+ affordable homeware and accessories, on sale at Dubai Design Week’s Marketplace. The Dubai-based multidisciplinary art and design organisation is also hosting workshops and masterclasses to enable visitors to broaden their design knowledge.

During Dubai Design Week, applications will be open for the 2021 Tanween design programme. 

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