Our week at Design Days Dubai

Last week Capsule Arts participated in Design Days Dubai presenting Giles Miller Studio as part of the installations segment of the fair. It was a great week working to put together the twin light installations Castor and Pollux that took over 20 hours to install onsite, and countless hours in preparation for the Giles Miller team before arriving in Dubai from the UK. The week also included a talk title 'The Role and Value of Bespoke in Interior Design', chaired by Rachael Brown of Capsule Arts and included Giles Miller, Andy Martin who was exhibiting with the Crafts Council, and Dubai based Interior Designer Pallavi Dean.

Here's a few pictures from the week and you can view more on our instagram page. Thank you to everyone that posted their own photos and videos, many of which we reposted.

Tiny etched brass components
Tiny etched brass components
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IMG_5574
Laying out all the components for the light installations
Laying out all the components for the light installations
Near completion on the first light installation towards the end of day one
Near completion on the first light installation towards the end of day one
Starting on light installation number two
Starting on light installation number two
Ready for press day!
Ready for press day!
Design Days Dubai Director Cyril Zammit talking at the press opening
Design Days Dubai Director Cyril Zammit talking at the press opening
Celebrating at the opening night after party with our Verve Clicquot balloon
Celebrating at the opening night after party with our Verve Clicquot balloon
close up
close up
Looking inside the light installation
Looking inside the light installation
Fair Director Cyril Zammit talks to Dubai One at our stand
Fair Director Cyril Zammit talks to Dubai One at our stand
The Role & Value of Bespoke in Interior Design talk
The Role & Value of Bespoke in Interior Design talk
Capsule Arts project photographer Nikolas Margaritas takes some shots of the installations
Capsule Arts project photographer Nikolas Margaritas takes some shots of the installations
 

From Design Days Dubai to Dubai Mall

For those who attended Design Days Dubai this year, you may have noticed some familiar artistic styles around Dubai Mall of late. A match made in heaven Fashion and Art have always had a close relationship. Collaborations and commissions between designers and artists have paved the way for window displays, fashion shows and even new collections for accessories and clothing. It's become an International way of business and we're glad to see it happening more and more in the UAE. As you enter fashion avenue in Dubai Mall you can view a window display at Hermès by Analogia, a collaborative project between designer Andrea Mancuso and architect Emilia Serra. Using their distinctive style, a narrative titled 'A Love Story' is sketched in the air with black wool on a transparent web of threads. The display acts as a storyboard and takes you through the characters day - starting at their hotel room, then on an excursion at a mosque, and then finally a bar for drinks.

The Hermès window display is only on view until 11th May 2013, however across the way in Level Shoe District a permanent installation by United Visual Artists now hangs above the Vogue Cafe. Titled 'Fragment' the artwork examines how light can fragment our vision by capturing, refracting and reflecting natural light. The sun’s rays will be used to create shifting light paintings from the sculptural object on the surrounding walls of the space.

Hermès Dubai window display by Analogia Projects
Hermès Dubai window display by Analogia Projects
Hermès window display by Analogia, image courtesy Analogia
Hermès window display by Analogia, image courtesy Analogia
Fragment by United Visual Artists at Level Shoe District
Fragment by United Visual Artists at Level Shoe District
Fragment by United Visual Artists at Level Shoe District
Fragment by United Visual Artists at Level Shoe District