Dubai Design District has announced its Design for Good programme, seeking to “support and promote social change in the UAE through the design community”.
Two projects will be rolled out in 2018. One has already been commissioned, a collaboration between the Fatima Bint Mohamed Bin Zayed Initiative (FBMI) and Emirati designer Roudha Al Shamsi entitled The Mesh.
The other is an open call under the name Design 100. This initiative, run in conjunction with Dubai Cares and the American Hardwood Council, invite UAE-based designers to create “an inspiring piece of furniture or an object” that can be produced and sold by d3 as a limited edition of 100 pieces. All proceeds will go to Dubai Cares for the cause of Syrian refugees.
There are a few requirements – the piece needs to be functional, there’s a size limit (no more than 1m high, wide and deep), it must be capable of being mass produced “easily”, the design should be manufactured within a budget of AED 1,000, and (here’s the real kicker) it must be made “entirely” out of hardwood – American red oak or tulipwood.
The theme of the pieces needs to be related to one or all of the beliefs of the late Sheikh Zayed, but given his strong sense of values that shouldn’t be difficult. The design should meet the three key “pillars” of placemaking, sustainability and empowerment.
Submit a plan, elevations and 3D renders by 16 August 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As for The Mesh, Roudha has been commissioned to design three shading structures for the d3 community to be produced by Afghani women through FBMI. They will be displayed at Dubai Design Week in November (as will the Design 100 winner) and then permanently placed in Dubai Design District.