Tashkeel has named the four designers for its 2016 Tanween Design Programme. The programme supports UAE-based designers to develop a range of viable products that that respond to the specific environment of the Emirates.
Getting the nod are Hamza Omari (industrial designer at the Dubai-based studio LOCI Architecture + Design); Hatem Hatem (an Iraqi architect and designer keen to push the boundaries of fabrication methods); Lujain Abulfaraj (co-founder of a Dubai design studio as well as co-founder and design director of WTD Magazine); and Lujaine Rezk (a recent interior design graduate currently interning for the UAE Pavilion at the Venice Biennale).
This year Tashkeel has expanded the programme, adding a fourth designer and more outreach activities “involving the wider community and alumni of the Design Programme.”
The Tanween programme provides the selected designers with sustained mentorship through workshops and practical feedback. There’s continuous evaluation throughout the programme, encouraging the designers to work together as well as individually and in groups and importantly to develop their practice.
The results willl be sold as limited editions under the Tanween label, and will premiere at Design Days Dubai in March 2017.
Tanween is run in collaboration with Small is Beautiful, an annual conference with associated research activities that promotes creative micro businesses. For Tanween, the connection means workshops and mentors from the SIB orbit.
Roanne Dods, co-producer of Small is Beautiful, also sat on the selection panel along with Lateefa bint Maktoum (Tashkeel founder and Director), Nez Gebreel (CEO of the Dubai Design & Fashion Council, which is also associated with Tanween), and “members of the Tashkeel team”.