With the fourth edition of Design Days opening it’s doors this week, the BSBG team made their way to the Downtown venue to check out the exhibition and listen to the ‘Micro Space to Urban Scape’ talk. Here’s a few words on what we took away from the event…
‘I liked the Formula 1 pit stop slide, which was presented by Zumtobel Group’s chief lighting designer Rogier van der Heide. It highlights the requirements for us to be a team, team up across disciplines and even across professions. No team – no win!’
Armin Buchbinder, Head of Design
‘An interesting, interdisciplinary discussion about architecture in different scales, from the urban-scale Dubai Design District (d3) development to building lighting.
The exhibition itself – a few very interesting pieces. I fell in love with the ‘Abyss Table’ by Duffy London.’
Joanna Slowik, Architect
‘For me the event further confirmed the creative landscape of Dubai and what the future holds for the budding creative industry in the region. I’m also looking forward to the ‘experimental microwave steam bending wood process’ on Friday with craftsman Stefano Santilli!’
Stephen Graham, Senior Design Architect
What I loved most about the talk was the passionate consensus, not only from the speakers but the creative’s in the room too, that collaboration is the means of design. With the shift towards experiential design in recent years this is truer now than it has ever been before. The example that resonated most with me was Rogier van der Heide’s comment that his team is made up not only of designers and engineers but behavioral psychologists and doctors too, I find this fascinating.
Charlotte Wareing, Graphic Designer
‘It was interesting to hear about the direction the city wants to go in terms of design, art and architecture. I found the creative atmosphere very inspiring and Benjamin Aranda’s (of Aranda/Lasch) point on building vernaculars and the importance of historic reference influential. I loved his quote of Wilson Bentley’s ‘what is it in the magic of six that compels the snowflake to stick to its rules so rigorously’’
Emily Law, Part 2 Intern (University of Kent, England)