Taskheel is embarking on the seventh annual training initiative for designers. The Tanween design programme 2020 welcomes product designer Lina Ghalib, architect Neda Salmanpour, interior designer Nada Abu Shaqra, and duo Julia Ibbini and Stephane Noyer of Ibbini Studio. Their journey culminates in a showcase of limited-edition products at Dubai Design Week 2020 in November. The designers were selected from more than 40 applicants, a 51 per cent increase in submissions since the programme’s official launch in 2013.

The programme is carefully constructed to build, challenge and guide each participant right from the inception stage to prototyping and the manufacturing of their final product. Trained and mentored by UAE-based and international design professionals, each participant is guided through research and experimentation in order to define a product inspired by the UAE, which is then manufactured in the UAE, launched at Downtown Editions, and sold exclusively by Tashkeel.

Previous designers who have participated in the Tanween design programme include Abdalla Almulla, Hamza Omari, Latifa Saeed, Rand Abdul Jabbar, Talin Hazbar and Studio MUJU

Tashkeel has been providing professional training in product design since 2011. Before the launch of the Tanween programme in 2013, Tashkeel collaborated with the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and the Creative Dialogue Association, Barcelona (Spain) in 2012 and then with PAL Labs (UK). Since then, the organisation has trained 22 UAE-based designers and manufactured 36 limited-edition furniture and lighting designed pieces, many of which are featured in The Tanween Collection and are available for purchase.

Tashkeel has been supporting resident designers since 2011. Before the launch of the Tanween programme in 2013, Tashkeel collaborated with the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and the Creative Dialogue Association, Barcelona (Spain) in 2012 and then with PAL Labs (UK). Since then, the organisation has provided training to 22 designers and manufactured 36 limited-edition furniture and lighting designed pieces, many of which are featured in The Tanween Collection and are available for purchase.

Instructors

Helen Voce

Mentor

Helen Voce is a supporter of creative people and creative industries. As an independent project manager, event and programme producer in the creative industries she works locally, nationally, internationally and voluntarily from her base in Scotland. Voce is Regions Co-Ordinator at Make Works, Co-Producer of Applied Arts Scotland's Digital Craft Toolkit for the British Council Thailand and a Board Member of Fife Contemporary. Previous roles include business development programme / workshop facilitator and mentor at Emergents, Open Project Fund Assessor at Creative Scotland, Mentor on the British Crafts Council’s Hothouse development programme for emerging makers and Crafts Programme Producer at Cove Park, Scotland’s international artists’ residency centre.

Kevin Badni

Mentor

Kevin S. Badni is the Dean of College of Arts and Creative Enterprises at Zayed University. 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, Colombia, Italy and the UAE.

Gareth Neal

Mentor

Gareth Neal is a progressive and innovative London-based design studio established in 2006. The conceptually rigorous work incorporates digital and traditional fabrication techniques which unite harmoniously in uniquely crafted pieces. The practice is at the forefront of British furniture design with work that has been internationally acquired, exhibited and celebrated. Clients include Aesop, The Glenlivet, Hampton Court Palace, the Victoria & Albert Museum and Zaha Hadid Architects.

Stefania Brunori
Trainer

Stefania Brunori is a Brand Strategist and Marketing Specialist with over 15 years international experience in managerial positions. Having worked in Europe and the Middle East, her core areas of expertise are Branding, Innovation, Social Media, Creativity and Integrated Marketing Practice.

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