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Arab Design Now

Exhibition

Arab Design Now presents a survey of local and regional design talent across disciplines, from architectural and material innovations to contemporary crafts, furniture, fashion, graphic, and object design.

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The headline exhibition for Design Doha, Arab Design Now, is curated by Rana Beiruti, a design curator based in Amman, Jordan, and previously the founder and director of Amman Design Week.

The exhibition will take place at M7, in the heart of Msheireb, the creative district of Doha. The exhibition will run from February through to August 2024. 

Design Objects

Image: Desert Cast - Towards an Identity - Kawther Alsaffar

Working across themes of material and visual culture and expression, environmental and innovative use of materials, and considerations of technique, detail, pattern, and aesthetic, the exhibition highlights design excellence from across the region of the Levant, the Gulf, and North Africa. Looking beyond a globalized or imported design language, the exhibition is a reflection on what it means to create in our region today.

Today, the Arab world is very culturally diverse and has a really long and rich history of innovation and craft. Designers across the region are digging into that rich cultural heritage and reinterpreting it and preserving it through contemporary design.

Rana Beiruti, Curator of Arab Design Now

Design Object

Image: Ateliers Courbet, Hamza Kadiri - Sculptural Console

A publication will accompany the exhibition and will incorporate interviews with participating designers and partner organizations, as well as critics, curators and others in the field. The book will be an indispensable guide to design in the Arab world.

Rana Beiruti