The prestigious art and design organisation Tashkeel has selected four creatives who will spend the next nine months working to develop their own products for the 2016/17 Tanween Design Programme. The distinguished select committee included Tashkeel founder and director Lateefa bint Maktoum, co-producer of research initiative
Small is Beautiful Roanne Dods, and CEO of Dubai Design & Fashion Council Nez Gebreel. Each designer will reveal their limited-edition products at Design Days Dubai 2017, sold under Tashkeel’s innovative label Tanween.
Who is part of the programme?
For this year’s chosen designers, the focus for the next nine months is on material research and creative exploration. Canadian-born Hamza Omari, part of the team at multi-disciplinary practice Loci Architecture & Design Studio, is looking to push boundaries in design without sacrificing functionality or social and environmental integrity.
Iraqi architect and designer Hatem Hatem looks to explore the limits of design through both modern digital and traditional processes, basing his practice on extensive research and delivering unconventional structures.
Saudi-born graphic designer Lujain Abulfaraj, cofounder and designer of both Twothirds Design Studio and WTD Magazine, explores the lack of engaging educational tools for children to learn Arabic and has worked to facilitate education through productive designs.
Meanwhile, recent design graduate Lujaine Rezk is currently extending her practice to experiment with woodwork, specifically interested in the production and fabrication aspects of design.
What is Tanween?
Established in 2013 and run in collaboration with Small is Beautiful, Tashkeel’s Design Programme supports designers based in the UAE, encouraging them to develop a range of products that respond to many aspects of the Emirates, be it cultural, sociological, technological, environmental, traditional or progressive. Some of our favourite designers have been mentored by Tashkeel, including Latifa Saeed and Talin Hazbar.
What can we expect?
Now in its fourth year, the programme continues to grow, with designers encouraged to explore both experimental and collaborative practices, working towards defining innovative (and locally-based) production processes, creative design practices, and engaging aesthetics. Anabelle de Gersigny, Tashkeel’s programming manager, explains that this year will see extended outreach activities and will includes sessions involving the wider community and alumni of the Design Programme. The designers will also benefit from an exclusive mentorship under established designers and experts, such as Roanne Dods.
We are sure to see some innovative and creative work from the programme this year, and we can look forward to seeing the results of their hard work in 2017.
Written by Alice lewis