‘The Next Level’ student prize awarded to Northern Territory local student

Wacom Authorised Training Centres (WATCs) play a key role in developing and nurturing creativity and imagination within schools, colleges and universities across Australia.

WATCs allow students to utilize and master the same tools that are the industry standard for creative professionals, granting teachers a richer learning experience in the classroom. As part of Wacom’s The Next Level competition, the 2017 WATC winner was Brodee Leonard from Central Queensland University who is currently studying a Bachelor of Digital Media.

The 18-year-old illustrator from ‘Ali Curung’ (remote Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory) has only been drawing for two years and explains that it is a very new outlook for him. “I started out self-taught, I drew pages and pages of circles and attempted to shade them to make a 3D effect, at the time it felt amazing to be able to do such a thing, however when you look back on them, you can see how awful they were… but that is what inspired me,” says Mr Leonard.

He explains how his winning artwork was inspired by surrealism and illusion – how you can create something that up close looks like a complete mess but as you take a step back, you see a completely different image. For this young and talented artist, winning the WATC student prize means that his work will be exhibited alongside renowned international talent and that he will receive the proceeds from any artwork sold. “I was thrilled to be one of the chosen 50 artists and winning this prize has been the highlight of my year. It’s opened the doors for me to take on more commission work and further develop my skills,” continues Mr Leonard. Wacom have rewarded him with a Wacom MobileStudio Pro valued at $3,499 AUD inc GST and his school will receive a Cintiq 27 QHD Touch valued at $3,699 AUD inc GST.

Throughout September to November, Brodee Leonard’s work will be displayed at The Next Level Exhibitions in Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne alongside renowned artists including David Milan, Rik Oostenbroek, Lauren Carney, Merda, Gemma Correll and Sha’an d’Anthes.

Bentley’s AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition Surmounts the Challenges of BIM Scalability for Major Projects

Leverages CONNECT Edition’s Comprehensive Modelling Environment

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced the availability of AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition, Bentley’s building information modelling (BIM) application designed for building projects of significant size and/or engineering complexity, and which are typically characterised by the challenges of combining vertical construction and horizontal infrastructure (like roads, railways, utilities, etc.). On such projects, design and project delivery firms often have broad responsibilities for multiple project delivery disciplines and across subcontractors and joint venture organisations.

Users of AECOsim Building Designer V8i have demonstrated its versatility in a wide range of project types. Among Bentley’s 2017 Be Inspired Awards nominations, 63 projects credited AECOsim, including 15 of the 51 finalists, in projects as diverse as bridges, airports, Olympic sports facilities, mining, manufacturing, offshore, municipal, power generation, utility transmission and distribution, and water and wastewater treatment facilities. Nominations also cited GenerativeComponents, a feature within AECOsim Building Designer that provides computational design capabilities to explore iterative design ideas and embed design intent with design constraints and relationships to improve design quality and performance.

The new AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition shares a comprehensive modelling environment with all of Bentley’s CONNECT Edition applications. Without a comprehensive modelling environment, engineers and architects have had to struggle with complex data exchange, resulting in information loss and repeated translations, or even resort to force-fitting a BIM application beyond its intended use to model geometry, which is lacking in BIM intelligence. 

AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition integrates the work of architects, structural engineers, and MEP engineers in a single application, and now extends its scalability by leveraging CONNECT Edition’s comprehensive modelling environment. The new release provides seamless, translation-free, intra-operability with Bentley’s full multi-discipline portfolio of design, analytical, and construction modelling applications.

All CONNECT Edition applications, including MicroStation CONNECT Edition, benefit from the deliverables production automation inherent in the CONNECT Edition’s documentation centre. The documentation centre greatly improves the consistency, quality, and efficiency of drawing set organization. AECOsim Building Designer also benefits from reality modelling, by which existing conditions are captured through photos and/or scans and converted into engineering-ready reality meshes with Bentley’s ContextCapture, bringing the actual geo-coordinated context directly into the AECOsim design environment.

Santanu Das, Bentley Systems’ senior vice president, design modelling, said, “This is an exciting time for Bentley as we complete the delivery of our CONNECT Edition applications. AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition enables our users to improve their productivity and to collaborate across multiple disciplines by sharing content and data in a seamless workflow through a comprehensive modelling environment. As we continue to make advancements in BIM technology, this version of AECOsim Building Designer helps them to collaborate on projects of any scale or multidisciplinary complexity, and automate the creation of deliverables for all stakeholders. And now that CONNECTservices are made available to Bentley application subscribers, we bring the collaborative advantages of ProjectWise to every user of AECOsim Building Designer.” 

Available to all Bentley application subscribers, CONNECTservices represent Bentley’s commitment to address the requirements that its user organisations face in going digital. In a digital world, users learn differently, take their work wherever they go, and collaborate with highly diverse and dispersed teams. Leveraging Microsoft Azure, CONNECTservices are fundamental to the use of any Bentley application. Learn more about CONNECTservices here.

EiPM, a Barcelona-based engineering and architecture firm, is an early adopter of AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition, and is using the application to deliver complex projects. Xavier Coll, BIM manager and project manager, research and development for EiPM, commented, “It’s a quantum leap. The new interface is totally clean and user-friendly with spectacular improvements in interoperability and usability of the interface in all tools. It now has more intuitive workflows, which contribute to increased productivity and reliability. Undoubtedly, this new version is the best comprehensive BIM modelling software on the market.”

For more information about AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition, please visit www.bentley.com/aecosimbuildingdesigner.

Liverpool Fashion Week returns 2-5 October 2017

Liverpool Fashion Week returns 2-5 October at its new venue Fusion on Fleet Street.

The event is the most influential fashion week outside of London and is in its 9th year. It features Gok Wan on the opening night 2 October as the opening night guest DJ. The official show reporter for the duration of the week is top UK fashion reporter, Liz Jones who is looking forward to seeing what Liverpool Fashion Week has to offer. Liverpool Fashion Week has always championed the talent in the north west, claiming #northwestisbest and as always they aim to show the rest of the country just why. Last year their make up looks were very similar to those on show six months later at New York Fashion Week. That is why they’re #alwaysinfront

The opening night focuses on eight independent couture designers never unveiled before. The highlight is Verve & Co who is flying in from Los Angeles to unveil their new Autumn/Winter Collection. Zimbabwean designer Flency Rose showcases her womenswear and Camilla Couture returns from her USA tour to unveil her latest designer childrenswear collection. Pop culture inspired street wear Mission Kawaii launches their collection on the opening night and fresh from her Best Designer win at the Liverpool Fashion & Beauty Award, Akani debuts her new season collection. Accessories are not forgotten with the couture handbag range from Fabrikk and international milliner and local Liverpool lady House of Charles with her showstopping head creations.The night wraps up with leading Italian importer Essere Belle Boutique featuring the exclusive Kiki Riki.

New Talent night, 3 October unveils five of the latest designers unseen before including Liverpool based Evalina Couture. New York based unisex T-shirt designer Uncommon Routes show off their cheeky design.

Boutique and High Street night on 3 October boasts John Lewis Liverpool One, Peacocks, M & S and Boux Avenue.

Liverpool Fashion Week is supported by BMD:Law who specialise in helping small businesses and is running a holistic theme through the week with the assistance of Buddha Therapies and their Little Buddha Academy, together with Infrared Sauna Spa. Each night before the show expect some healing therapy to ensure you experience the fashion shows with all five senses. Skinov8 Aesthetics provide beauty support with their range of products which are untested on animals.

Backstage the award winning team is overseen by head of make up Emma Lampkin and head of creative hair styling Andrew Joseph Manion.

Ryan Dillon from Fusion nightclub said, " We are proud to be involved as a host venue for Liverpool Fashion Week 2017. The event has gained great momentum over the years and is now a mayor player on the local fashion circuit. We look forward to welcoming Gok Wan as DJ on the opening night also.”

Show director Amanda Moss said, "Liverpool Fashion Week has always flown the flag for the best couture designs outside London. We have the best creative talent in the country so why should they go to London when we have the audience here. Fashion is for everyone, we were the first to champion models of all sizes and we continue to promote body confidence and ensure that fashion shows are commercially accessible to everyone regardless of size, age and budget."

FREE tickets available for journalists, bloggers, fashion writers

Tickets are on sale now. VIP booths, front row and standard tickets available at https://www.ticketquarter.co.uk/Online/liverpool-fashion-wee...

For regular updates visit www.liverpoolfashionweek.co.uk

The Luxury Property Show is coming! London, Olympia 27-28 October

Once an investment niche, luxury property is now a rapidly growing market with recent data from Christies International Real Estate revealing the world’s top ten reported property sales were all priced above $100 million for the first time in the year to May 2017. Riding the wave of excitement surrounding this emerging market, the Luxury Property Show returns to London Olympia this Autumn – headed by ever-knowledgeable Director Eddie Sikora.

The show, now in its 11th year, runs from Friday 27th to Saturday 28th October and will play host to more than 50 exhibitors from around the world presenting investors with opportunities ranging from Mediterranean villas to beachside apartments in Thailand via alpine retreats in Northern Europe to luxury lofts in New York.

The exhibitors and sponsors list is long and distinguished as usual, and includes St James Place Wealth Management, Remax, Almanzora, Baker Woods, Mansion Global, Yamaha Music, Corcoran Group, Prime Properties, the International Property Awards and many more.

Alongside a wide range of exhibitors and stands the show also includes an in-depth schedule of seminars offering real world investment advice for investors ranging from those exploring the market for the first time, to seasoned professionals with global portfolios. The seminars will tackle key questions around the market including where to find the next global property hotspot to how to mitigate political risk and uncertainty. Among those delivering seminars are key industry figures and property funds.

As one key sponsor explains: “We live in a globalised world and leading investors increasingly recognise this, and build investment strategies appropriately. By taking a big picture approach – and factoring in the political and economic trends that can impact property values – those willing to do their research can make some healthy returns.

“Events like the Luxury Property Show have an increasing role to play in sowing the seeds of this market, and are a great opportunity to bring together some of the sharpest investment minds under one roof.”

Commenting ahead of the show, Eddie Sikora, Director of the show said: “Investing in property has always been a good option and, over the long-term, property investments continue to outperform other asset classes.

“With many domestic markets saturated however, and housing becoming an increasingly political concern, investors now are looking globally and focusing attention on the more exclusive end of the market – which carries less risk and where returns can be greater. Our show at the Olympia has gone from strength to strength on the back of this trend and we expect this year to be our biggest yet, bring investors and opportunities together to explore the potential of this market.”

Writing credit: Liam Thompson, Sierra Kilo PR


The Luxury Property Show runs from 27th – 28th October at the London Olympia. For further information about the show and opportunities to either exhibit or visit, head to http://www.theluxurypropertyshow.com/ .

For Rapid Free Visitor Registration, please go here >> http://bit.ly/2tLhGWg

To arrange an interview or comment from Eddie Sikora, please contact Liam Thompson at lthompson@sksmediauk.com or on +44 (0) 203 290 6001, or via http://sks-of-london.com


Luxury Property Show Key Sponsors:

FX: Foremost Currency Group:

Currency Exchange specialists with over 12 years expertise in supporting property agents and clients with their overseas property purchase or sale. https://www.foremostcurrencygroup.co.uk/


Archant. http://www.archant.co.uk/news/archant-launches-global-luxury-property-magazine/

Platinum: The Resident. http://www.theresident.co.uk/

Registration: Corcoran Group https://www.corcoran.com/

Delegates: SKS Media http://sks-of-london.com

Silver: Mayfair International http://www.mayfairinternationalrealty.com/

Silver: Quinton International https://www.quintoninternational.com/

Silver: Andermatt Swiss Alps http://www.andermatt-swissalps.ch/en/

Silver: The Good Estate Agency http://thegea.co.uk

Media: International Property & Travel http://ipropertymedia.com/

Local Media: Abode2 http://www.abode2.com/

Key Media: London Property South http://londonpropertysouth.co.uk/

Featured Exhibitors:

Yamaha London https://www.yamahamusiclondon.com/
RE/MAX Collection, Luxury Lake View http://agenzie.remax.it/luxurylakeview
Baker & Woods http://www.baker-woods.co.uk/
Andermatt http://www.andermatt-swissalps.ch/
Allez Francais https://www.allez-francais.com/
International Property Awards https://propertyawards.net/
Diamond Casas http://www.diamondcasas.com/
Sothebys International http://www.sothebysrealty.co.za/
Mansion Global http://www.mansionglobal.com/
Frank Salt Malta https://franksalt.com.mt/
Costa del Sol Living http://costadelsolliving.com/
The Good Estate Agency http://www.thegea.co.uk/
Little House London http://www.littlehouselondon.com/
Square Edge http://squareedge.co.uk/
Remax Thailand http://www.remax.co.th/
Cerro Novo http://www.cerronovo.com/
The Black Truffle Company http://www.theblacktrufflecompany.com/
Bastaslar http://www.bastaslar.com/
Desert Springs Almanzora https://www.desertspringsresort.es/
Remax Portugal http://www.remax.pt/
Remax Curacao https://www.realestate-curacao.com/en/
Solis y Mare https://www.solisymareproperty.com/
Landmass London http://landmass.co.uk/
Cilo Marbella http://www.cilomarbella.com/
Prime Property https://www.prime-property.com
Schon Properties http://schonproperties.ae/
Aristo Developers http://www.aristodevelopers.com/
Fine & Country Interior Design http://www.fineandcountry.com/interior-design
London Property South http://www.londonpropertysouth.co.uk/
Aqua Hot Tubs http://www.aquatubs.co.uk/
Lexus http://www.twickenham.lexus.co.uk/
MJ Developpement http://www.mj-developpement.com/
Mythic Grand Gaube https://www.mythic-grandgaube.com/
Your Valley Home https://www.yourvalleyhome.net/
Cogress http://cogressltd.co.uk/lp-sks
Maximmob http://www.maximmob.com/en/
NCB Group http://ncbgroup.ky/
The Buying Agents http://www.thebuyingagents.com/
Elite Spanish Homes http://www.elitespanishhomes.com
Remax Cayman http://remax.net
Reyna Independent http://reynaindependent.com
Zero Gravity Skin http://zerogravityskin.com

Featured Special Guest Speakers:

Ian Stafford, Chairman of London Sporting Club http://londonsportingclub.com

Guy Kelsey, Acquisitions Manager, Jackson Stops, Mayfair http://www.jackson-stops.co.uk/

Fashion Switch to Green Campaign Backed by the Mayor of London Launches at London Fashion Week

The British Fashion Council, Dame Vivienne Westwood and the Mayor of London have joined forces in a campaign to bring the fashion industry together to lead in ambitious climate action, for a safer and greener future.

As part of the British Fashion Council’s Positive Fashion initiative, the BFC, Vivienne Westwood and The Mayor of London are reaching out to fashion brands and businesses to commit to SWITCH to a green energy supplier by 2020. The year 2020 significant, tying the campaign to the Paris Agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; whose goal it is to prevent what scientists regard as dangerous and irreversible levels of climate change.

The campaign intends to be a catalyst for global change through collaboration, with brands already committed including Belstaff, Christopher Raeburn, Child of the Jago, E.Tautz, Harvey Nichols, Kering, Marks & Spencer, Oliver Spencer, Positive Luxury, Selfridges, Stella McCartney, steventai, Teatum Jones & Vivienne Westwood.

Justine Simons, Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries commented: “London Fashion Week is the greatest fashion showcase in the world, and illustrates our city’s truly global appeal and leadership in creativity and innovation. This Fashion Week, I’m delighted to see the industry also showing wider leadership in the fight against climate change – bringing together culture and the environment, two of the Mayor’s key priorities.

At City Hall, we want the capital to become a zero-carbon city by 2050 and to achieve this, we need Londoners and businesses to get on board. I’m proud to support Vivienne Westwood and the British Fashion Council in their call to Switch to Green today – now is the fashion industry’s chance to make going green the number-one trend this autumn.”

Dame Vivienne Westwood commented: “People ask, ‘what can I do to help save the environment?’ In all my time as an activist, I’ve never had a satisfactory answer. Now we know: SWITCH to a Green Energy supplier.”

Although the UK is about half-way towards its climate change target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, it is uncertain if the UK will meet its target to source 15% of all energy (electricity, heating and transport) from renewable energy sources by 2020. Together the creative industries can catalyse the move to green energy and help the UK reach its targets.

Caroline Rush, CEO British Fashion Council 
commented: “We are proud to launch this ambitious campaign to encourage our industry to be leaders of global change. It is our hope that the Fashion SWITCH campaign encourages brands and businesses to increase the demand for green energy; helping accelerate investment and the rate and scale of renewables in the UK.”

The Fashion SWITCH campaign encourages brands to commit to switching UK offices and retail stores to a green energy supplier or to green energy tariff within the next three years. Transitioning energy usage into a renewable source can play an integral part in reaching business sustainability goals and tackling climate change, directly improving the health and wellbeing of our population and planet.

For more information or to take part in the SWITCH campaign please visit -


Watch Adwoa Aboah, Christopher Raeburn, Kenya Hunt & Vivienne Westwood speak about what Positive Fashion means to them here:



Elin Horgan Jewellery launches new space-inspired Supernova Collection

Following an exclusive preview at Designer/Makers’ London Artisan, part of London Design Festival 2017, jewellery designer and maker Elin Horgan has released her new Supernova collection.

The twelve piece collection draws inspiration from the futuristic accessories of Pierre Cardin and Andre Courrages, fusing space age design motifs with Elin’s signature clean lines and geometric shapes.

Explaining the thinking behind the new collection, Elin said “I love the sleek, streamlined look of 50s and 60s design, but wanted to give it a modern twist. My brand ethos is very much about beauty in simplicity and this collection reflects that idea, but with a healthy dose of high octane glamour”

The pieces range from simple everyday studs and necklaces to seriously statement earrings and neckpieces, all beautifully hand crafted in Elin’s Bristol studio. Featuring versatile and wearable pieces in silver and gold this is minimal luxe jewellery with maximum impact.

The full collection is currently available to view and purchase online

PETA Crashes Opening Event With 'Leather Is Dead' Message

Wearing skin-tight vegan leather dresses and skeleton-like face paint, a trio of models crashed the opening day of London Fashion Week with signs proclaiming, "Leather Is Dead" and "I Wouldn't Be Caught Dead Wearing Animal Skin."

"For every leather jacket or bag, a sensitive animal endures a miserable life and a terrifying death," says PETA Director Elisa Allen. "PETA is calling on designers, buyers, and shoppers to join the vegan fashion revolution and kick animal skins to the kerb."

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to wear" – notes that more than a billion animals are killed for leather every year. They endure extreme crowding and deprivation as well as castration, branding, tail-docking, and dehorning, all without any painkillers. At abattoirs, their throats are cut and some are even skinned and dismembered while they're still conscious.

Superior vegan leather fabrics available today include microfibres, Ultrasuede, and recycled polyurethanes as well as materials made from pineapple leaves (Piñatex), mushrooms, and wine grapes (Vegea).

For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.

Mark your fashion calendars: Mall of the Emirates announces dates for upcoming eighth edition of World of Fashion

Explore the beautiful curated spaces in the House of Bazaar, October 10 – 14

Meet international and regional digital influencers at SIMPLY Dubai, October 12

Watch this space! International and regional celebrity designers to be announced soon…

Shop Autumn/Winter ‘17 collections and win daily prizes from September 

Kown for its exclusive designer boutiques and mix of fashion brands, the Autumn/Winter season at Mall of the Emirates kicks off on September 24 with daily offers and prizes worth AED 10,000 every day for shoppers to put their best foot forward in the latest AW17 collections.

This year, Mall of the Emirates have developed the World of Fashion app giving customers exclusive access to events, tickets, trends, House of Bazaar and SIMPLY Dubai. Stay tuned for news on how you can use the malls’ latest mobile innovation to stay up to date with World of Fashion 2017.

The mall’s signature fashion event, will be home to House of Bazaar, a beautifully curated experience in partnership with Harper’s Bazaar Arabia from October 10 to 14. Visitors will be invited to step inside the pop up installation where the season’s most coveted fashion, lifestyle, beauty and wellness comes to life. Now in its third year, the house will have several exciting additions and surprises such as an updated aesthetic reflecting architectural and interior design trends, and guests will be invited to an exclusive appearance by one of fashion’s most talked about international names - watch this space for upcoming announcements!

On October 12, fashion insiders, industry peers, aspiring digital influencers and fan followers are invited to attend the second SIMPLY Dubai conference. The premier US-based conference, launched exclusively for the region during World of Fashion 2016 is a meeting of digital and creative minds where guests can listen to high-profile, international digital influencers share their insights, network with peers, learn about the industry and make lasting business connections.

The full line-up of guest speakers, style icons, celebrity designers, workshops, exhibitions, trends and luxury brands participating this season will be announced soon. Follow Mall of the Emirates on social media for all the latest updates on the World of Fashion.

For more information, please visit: www.malloftheemirates.com, www.facebook.com/MallOfTheEmirates, or www.instagram.com/malloftheemirates

Wood and Light: A Survey of Contemporary Lighting Design

Exhibition dates: September 22, 2017 - January 3, 2018

The Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine is pleased to announce an illuminating exhibition of leading-edge, contemporary lighting design in wood. Curated by Christopher Poehlmann, himself an internationally recognized lighting designer, the exhibition explores wood as a medium for expressing light by presenting work of 23 contemporary designers and makers from seven countries. “Contemporary Wood Lighting” opens at the Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine, on Friday, September 22. The opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. and the public is warmly encouraged to attend.

The table lamps, wall sconces, floor lamps, chandeliers, uplighting, and pendant lighting on display range from functional products to conceptual sculpture. “It is a thrilling visual experience,” says Messler Gallery Manager Victoria Allport, “to see how each designer responds to the aesthetic opportunities inherent to wood, whether it is the translucence of veneer, the pliability of lamination, or the precision of working with CNC laser cutters.”

International exhibitors in “Contemporary Wood Lighting” include: Donald Baugh (London, England), Showroom Finland (Helsinki, Finland), Obe & Co. Design (Bells Yew Green, England), Cameron Mathieson (Nelson, BC), Duncan Meerding (Hobart, Tasmania), Peter Pierobon (Vancouver, BC), Marco Stefanelli (Torino, Italy), and David Trubridge (Hawkes Bay, New Zealand). Exhibitors from across the U.S. include: Marta Baumiller (Aquebogue, NY), Garry Knox Bennett (Oakland, CA), Peter Bloch (New London, NH), McCaw/Budsberg Collaborations (Milwaukee, WI), Susan Casey (Philadelphia, PA), Byron Conn (Rochester, NY), Katie Hudnall (Indianapolis, IN), Max Kaplan (Fort Bragg, CA), Laura Mays (Fort Bragg, CA), Julie Morringello (Stonington, ME), Christy Oates (Fennimore, WI), Christopher Poehlman (Philadelphia, PA), John Procario (Cold Spring, NY), Seth Rolland (Port Townsend, WA), and Klara Vavrosy (Bergen, NH).

The Messler Gallery is located on the campus of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, a nonprofit, year-round school that offers courses in furniture making and related arts such as carving and woodturning.  For more information, please call 207-594-5611 or e-mail victoria@woodschool.org or visit our website at www.woodschool.org.

The Middle East’s largest design event set to host biggest season yet in November

Dubai is set to further develop its status as a cutting-edge, vibrant global design hub with the return of Dubai Design Week 13-18 November at locations across the city. Staged in partnership with Dubai Design District (d3), the six-day event, which boasts a varied and comprehensive programme of contemporary design, aims to attract more than 50,000 visitors including architects, designers, thought-leaders, influencers and public audiences from the region and around the world.

Sir David Adjaye

This year’s programme of  more than 200 events, up by 35 per cent from last year, includes an extensive talks and workshops programme that will open with Sir David Adjaye, one of the world’s most influential architects, in conversation with Emirati commentator Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi; a series of free-to-attend exhibitions including “Iconic City” that will return this year with a focus on the design culture of Casablanca; installations from both regional and international designers that will celebrate the creative diversity of Dubai and the largest public programme to date with family day activities, product launches, live performances, awards and a unique design market.

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi

The highlight of this year’s programme will be the Global Grad Show. The “Oscars” of graduate design and technology will bring together 200 works from 92 of the world’s elite universities, up by 50 per cent from last year, alongside those from developing countries, that will shine a spotlight on how the next generation will shape the future through design, science and innovation; Downtown Design, the commercial heart of the week, will this year enhance its position as the Middle East’s leading contemporary design trade show by doubling in size, exhibiting original and high quality design from more than 150 brands across a range of product categories; and ABWAB, the platform for regional designers to show their work on the international stage, will this year grow to exhibit more than 40 designers housed in a dramatic structure made from used materials designed by Dubai-based architects Fahed & Architects.

Brendan McGetrick Talk at Global Grad Show

William Knight, appointed this year as the Head of Design for the Art Dubai Group says: “The momentum behind Dubai Design Week in only its third year is exceptional. Dubai has so much to offer by way of its progressive approach to design and innovation, and Dubai Design Week 2017 is set to match that ambition by reflecting talent drawn from across the globe in a programme that presents the unique blend of potential and opportunity here in Dubai.”

Visitors at Cairo Now City Incomplete exhibition held at d3 as part of Dubai Design Week

Mohammad Saeed Al Shehhi, Chief Operating Officer, d3 comments: “The third edition of Dubai Design Week is the most exciting yet. The alignment with d3’s goal of supporting sustainable growth and boosting the city’s design credentials is underlined by the huge programme Dubai Design Week offers. Dubai Design Week’s ability to introduce audiences to the wealth of creative talent and unique experiences and services now at d3 is matched only by the transformation of the space into a series of amazing arenas of creativity.”

Dubai Design Week will run from 13-18 Nov here pictured Spun chairs by Magis

Dubai Design Week 2017 is supported by Meraas, who are responsible for a unique portfolio of urban destinations, such as City Walk, The Beach, Boxpark, Last Exit, The Outlet Village, Kite Beach, Bluewaters, La Mer and Al Seef,  that are designed to make Dubai and the UAE better for people to live, work and visit; and Audi, the long-time supporter of Dubai Design Week, which will this year launch the second Audi Innovation Award - a competition for design research and the highlighting of innovative ideas.