Dubai Design Week Highlights


The third edition of Dubai Design Week closes with a record-number of 60,000 visitors

Dubai Design Week 2017 staged over 200 events celebrating design in a wide range of disciplines and brought 60,000 visitors to the Dubai Design District (d3), an impressive 50% increase from last year, further establishing Dubai’s position as a regional hub for design and creativity. Throughout Dubai, designers showcased ground-breaking design, hosted talks and workshops and welcomed visitors into the creative process. Providing an exceptional educational opportunity, 3,200 students from schools and universities across the UAE took part in the educational tours at Dubai Design Week 2017.



Amourphou Studio Design Process Inspired by Nature

Benedict Floyd, CEO and Co-Founder of Art Dubai Group that owns and manages Dubai Design Week, says: “In only three editions, Dubai Design Week has grown to equal in stature its sister event Art Week and plays a similar role in establishing Dubai as the region’s capital for culture and creativity. Through our events such as Art Dubai, the world’s most globally diverse art fair and Global Grad Show, the world’s largest gathering of universities, we are able to leverage Dubai’s position to create unique events that have become meeting points for the world’s creative community”


Plinto Meridiani Dubai

d3’s Chief Executive Officer, Mohammad Saeed Al Shehhi, says: “We’re very pleased with the incredible response to Dubai Design Week, hosted by d3 again this year, which witnessed a significant increase in visitors from last year. The collaborations between organisations and independent designers, including more than 50 d3 creative partners and retailers, present an extraordinary calibre of creativity and innovation in various sectors of design. This has not only boosted Dubai’s role as an arbiter of cutting-edge design, but also helped emerging regional designers, thinkers and design students bring forth their ideas to a much larger audience.”


Zaha Hadid Gallery


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Europaallee, Zürich


BECKERIA – the name symbolizes the concept: BECK – Swiss German for bakers – stands for good homemade bread, cakes and pastries. The Italian word GallERIA stands for generous versatility under one roof.


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To meet the diversified culinary offer of BECKERIA, DYER-SMITHFREY designed on 266 sqm various interior areas. Visually clearly separated areas, which fit to the respective food, occasion, daytime and last but not least to the mood of the guest.

When entering, the customer is welcomed by a generous and bright designed sales counter made of matt grey fair-faced concrete with a working and presentation surface made of natural stone – the centrepiece of BECKERIA.


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To the left of the sales counter the light cereal area offers a healthy breakfast, furnished with high tables and chairs made of natural oak. On the right, dark woods, upholstered seating benches and chairs highlight the coffeehouse and lounge area with it’s own Barista Bar.


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The black marble Grill Bar, with an attached bar counter made of anthracite-coloured concrete, forms the gastronomic bridge from lunch to dinner. The opposite high table with leather-covered bar stools is perfect for a quick lunch. A long dining table of light oak for 8 persons guarantees a convivial dinner in a warm and cosy atmosphere.

An end-to-end solid wood herringbone parquet floor made of oiled light oak creatively pulls the Interior-Areas together.


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The continuous black-painted, industrial-looking ceiling contrasts with the fine materials and thus creates an interesting tension. Expanded metal room dividers and suspensions act as structuring elements above the working areas and create transparent boundaries for the individual interior areas. All the essential furniture, the tables, shelve elements, the room dividers and the lounge sofa are designs by DYER-SMITH FREY.


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DYER-SMITH FREY accomplished a harmonious conclusive and accessible interior to match the complex concept of the BECKERIA.


The Devonshire Club London Designed By March & White



A private members club has a peculiarly complex purpose. Add to this, 70 hotel suites above for the use of members and the logistics, functionality and performance require scientific analysis. Aesthetically, each room, each space of the club, needed to have a sense of the unique whilst being an episode in a larger, entire, piece.




To commit to creating a large, significant and very valuable piece of art is to prepare to meet some very formidable challenges. Devonshire Club was no exception to the theory. At March & White, they always work with the best craftsmen using the very finest authentic materials to ensure everything is completed to the highest quality standard. Furnitureworks are a Sussex based craft furniture makers with a reputation for producing the very highest quality upholstery. Working closely with them. 

March & White were able to interpret the organic curves and forms of mid-century style into our own, absolutely contemporary furniture.





The philosophy for Devonshire Club was to create an elegant and iconic destination for London’s city elite; a glamourous and subtly feminine space which confidently spoke of creativity, vibrancy and sophistication. Distilling inspiration from both mid-century modern design and couture, March & White created a series of distinctive spaces. These, each very individual, are, separate but still subtly connected in series, resulting in an intriguing journey from the moment of entering the club.




The mood is one of glamour and elegance with a vibrant, and very contemporary, undercurrent. Their take on the primary colour palette is visible through our selection of fabrics and finishes, creating a unique version of the Mondrian palette that boasts a timeless feel throughout the entire club.