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Tashkeel – Participation In Dubai Design Week.

Tashkeel announces participation in Dubai Design Week. Alumni of the Tanween programme showcasing new work at d3 from October 24-29, 2016. Tanween designers Latifa Saeed and Talin Hazbar commissioned to produce Dubai Design Week Installation


As part of Dubai Design Week, Tashkeel will be showcasing new works by UAE-based designers in Dubai Design Week. In parallel to their participation in Dubai Design Week, Tashkeel has commissioned designers Latifa Saeed and Talin Hazbar to create new work as part of the Design Week Installations. Dubai Design Week is held in partnership with Dubai Design District (d3) and is a six-day public programme that allows visitors to explore and engage with the design scene in the UAE.

The designers exhibiting with Tashkeel are all alumni of the Tanween Design Programme, products of which have been exhibited at collectible design fair, Design Days Dubai, over the last four years. In addition to earlier works being shown by Amer Aldour, Saher Oliver Samman, and Zeinab Al Hashemi, designers Rand Abdul Jabbar, Studio MUJU (Jumana Taha and Mentalla Said), and Zuleika Penniman have been commissioned to make new pieces, ranging from furniture to light installations.

“We are delighted to be presenting the work of our talented alumni at Dubai Design Week 2016. The Tanween Design Programme has been built upon the principles of facilitating and encouraging a creative exchange amongst UAE-based designers while engaging the general public. Our participation in Dubai Design Week continues to showcase the diversity of the region’s home grown talent” said Jill Hoyle, Tashkeel manager.

Building on their previous designs, the alumni have utilised their experience during and since Tanween to create pieces that respond to their earlier products in concept and aesthetic. Rand Abdul Jabbar’s new seating mirrors elements of her FORMA chair, a product that was part of the series developed during Tanween 2014/15, inspired by the disappearing craft of traditional dhow building. The designers from the 2015/16 edition of Tanween Programme, Studio MUJU and Zuleika Penniman, have developed pieces that are not only an addition to their previous products, but also created to exhibit a response and exchange between the old and the new. Studio MUJU’s new furniture pieces present a progression from the former Fattoum lamp and Moza chair. In contrast, Zuleika Penniman’s Coral I room divider, made of coral and gold-plated steel, served as a springboard for Penniman’s latest light installation, reflecting her ongoing interest in the tradition of coral in the UAE and her attentiveness to detail.

The Dubai Design Week installation by Latifa Saeed and Talin Hazbar entitled Left Impression, commissioned by Tashkeel, is a seating installation inspired by the Emirati Majlis; a major facet of social life in the UAE where family members and the community gather. The pair met through the Tanween Design Programme and this is their third collaboration with a 40-year-old terra-cotta factory in Sharjah. The installation will be showcased outside of the Tashkeel exhibition space in d3 in building 4-R02.

Simultaneously, Tashkeel will be presenting an exhibition of images of Tanween products, background information, and video profiles of the participating designers at their main gallery in Nad Al Sheba 1. The exhibition space in Tashkeel will also display the products shown at Dubai Design Week from 1 November – 17 November.

The Designers


Latifa Saeed is an Emirati multidisciplinary conceptual artist and designer who is a keen experimenter in different art and design fields. Saeed defines her approach by the way she structures and managers her design process with one objective in mind: to communicate. In a variety of media Saeed works across the fields of fine art, graphic design, advertising, branding and product design. In recent years, Saeed dedicated her time to work with traditional techniques reviving them in a contemporary context. Saeed employs an experimental approach conceptually with the materials and techniques she uses in her art and design practice. Saeed views design as a commodity signifying modernity and a form to preserve heritage.

Born in Baghdad, Rand Abdul Jabbar’s current pursuits lie at the threshold beween architecture, design, and research. Abdul Jabbar’s work is process driven and explores modes of enquiry into her surrounding environment as well as forces such as history and heritage that have shaped her own personal identity. She received a Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University in 2014.

Mentalla Said and Jumana Taha of Studio MUJU joined forces two years ago, after they developed a close professional relationship collaborating on multiple large-scale interior design projects. Both designers are dedicated to exploring various material processes, and enjoy infusing a sense of quirky playfulness into their product and furniture designs. The designers have lived in the UAE for a combined 28 years, and are passionate about using local materials and resources to inspire and create bespoke furniture pieces.

An architect and designer, Talin Hazbar refers to her work as structures of impermanence; structures that at times mutely build up and accumulate and at others decay into their surrounding landscape. The interest lies on the macro and micro scale of the existing natural landscapes where certain behaviors occur. Hazbar’s work always tries to accentuate the importance of designing within natural systems, experimenting with materials to understand the behavior, challenge the properties, and recall built structures. In her work, impermanence is defined through creating organic structures, organic systems that allow for organic growth within certain set of parameters where we control and predict its growth but always allow for unpredictable moments to exist. The process of materials transforming wither towards growth or decay allows Hazbar to understand the state of temporality that’s exists around and within us.

Zuleika Penniman is a Lebanese-American jewelry designer who marries vivid audacity with graceful fragility. Driven by the potential of using design to empower–people as much as spaces–her work spans a range of scales. She strives to make futuristic jewels that intuitively feel like they have always existed. At the very centre of Zuleika’s work philosophy is a profound respect for materials and process; one that builds on what has passed while looking forward.