As Design Days takes place this week in Dubai, we bring you five individuals and practices carving out a niche in the Gulf’s emerging design scene
1. Rand Abdul Jabbar
Iraqi-born, Abu Dhabi-based Rans Abdul Jabbar explores the power of architecture and design to mediate between local customs and increasing globalisation. Her Forma – Zero table is pictured above.
2. Hozan Zangana
Intuitive forms, simple colours and clean lines characterise the work of this Design Academy Eindhoven graduate, who studied at its Man & Wellbeing Department.
3. Noura Al Sayeh
The head of architecture at Bahrain’s Ministry of Culture, architect Al Sayeh commissioned its first pavilion at a World Expo last year.
4. Möbius Design Studio
Founded in 2010, this lively, research-driven graphic-design collective initiated and curated Dubai’s annual Design House multi-disciplinary exhibition two years ago.
5. Aljoud Lootah
Inspired by geometric origami, the Oru series by Dubai-based designer Aljoud Lootah has been snapped up by the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.