Designers 2016 2017

A panel of established members of the design community selected four UAE-based designers Hamza Omari, Hatem Hatem, Lujain Abulfaraj, and Lujaine Rezk from an overwhelming number of applications for the fourth edition of Tashkeel’s Design Programme 2016/17. The designers were chosen through a shortlist and interview process with the selection panel including Lateefa bint Maktoum (Tashkeel founder and Director), Roanne Dods (co-producer of Small is Beautiful), Nez Gebreel (CEO of the Dubai Design & Fashion Council), and members of the Tashkeel team.

Established in 2013, Tashkeel’s Design Programme supports UAE-based designers to develop a range of products that work towards defining a production process, design and aesthetic that responds to its environment, the Emirates. As part of Tashkeel’s long-term commitment to supporting locally-based designers, this programme enhances the diversity of the region’s cultural skills and resources, influenced from traditional to modern elements of the UAE. Tashkeel annually selects talented designers from an open call, providing an opportunity to create products that are sourced, designed, and constructed within the UAE. Final products will be showcased during Design Days Dubai in March 2017 and available under Tashkeel’s design product label ‘Tanween’.

“The programme has expanded to four designers this year, each with distinct design backgrounds that add to the dynamic and responsive nature of programme, activating different sectors of the local manufacturing industry,” says Anabelle de Gersigny, Programming Manager at Tashkeel. “This year will see extended outreach activities and include sessions involving the wider community and alumni of the Design Programme.”

Tashkeel’s Design Programme is run in collaboration with Small is Beautiful, a research programme and annual global conference that supports and inspires creative micro businesses. The programme provides the designers with an exclusive opportunity of sustained mentorship with established designers and experts through a series of workshops. With continuous evaluation throughout the programme, the designers are encouraged to produce work individually and in groups, developing both experimental and collaborative practice, while receiving constructive feedback and exploring new methods.

Industrial designer Hamza Omari, architect Hatem Hatem, graphic designer Lujain Abulfaraj, and designer Lujaine Rezk are working on the development of their prototypes through a series of laboratories formulated in collaboration between Tashkeel and Roanne Dods, co-producer of Small is Beautiful.

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Fi Scott is a manufacturing geek, factory finder, designer and founder of Make Works; an independent design organisation that facilitates and celebrates local manufacturing. Fi is inspired by the value of making, local production and craftsmanship, fascinated by materials, machines and what people can do with access to them.

Roanne Dods, Small Is Beautiful

Roanne Dods is Co-Producer of Small Is Beautiful, an annual international conference and research programme to support and inspire creative micro businesses. Roanne was also Artistic Director at PAL Labs, a pioneering 25 year old organisation that develops new work/research and ideas through collaborative, interdisciplinary processes. She has worked with many of the most outstanding cultural and creative organisations in the UK in a career in the arts, and is passionate about the role and place of art and culture in creating a positive 21st Century.

Kevin Badni, Mentor

Kevin S. Badni is the Head of Art and Design, at the American University of Sharjah. He received his Bachelors degree in Product Design from Loughborough University and his Masters in Multimedia Design from De Montfort University in the UK. Before becoming an academic, Kevin spent ten years as a professional designer working in the design industry, including managing the UK’s first commercial Virtual Reality centre. His main research area of interest is the personal perceptions of vision; he has had his art exhibited in galleries in the UK, Australia, America and the UAE.

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