Aptly named ‘The Shape of Things to Come’, the Gallery COLLECTIONAL exhibition becomes Dubai’s first permanent collectable design gallery
JAN 17, 2022 | By Twinkle Tolani
Following the pomp of the seventh edition of the Dubai Design Week, H&H launched Dubai’s first permanent collectable design gallery and a global online design platform—Gallery COLLECTIONAL. Making the event even more starry was an exclusive commission by Dutch designer Sabine Marcelis.
Christened ‘The Shape of Things To Come’, the exhibition subtly hints at opening up new avenues of design for Dubai. The gallery aims at rendering the wall between art and design defunct by curating thoughtful processions of products that seamlessly fuse form and function.
“The name of the exhibition is inspired by the objects, all of which have strong and dynamic shapes that push the boundaries of form. The name also represents the beginning of a long journey for the gallery and refers to the possibilities that design presents to shape the future of the dynamic city of Dubai and the anticipation for what is to come,” says the curator, Catalina Ruiz Urquiola.
A selection of iconic design objects by renowned designer brands, peppered with regional and global collectable design items, was featured at the exhibition. The Gallery Collectional creative director, Urquiola sees the space as an opportunity for a closer look at the work of individual designers.
The warm palette of UAE’s deserts and scorching heat wrapped in Dubai’s most predominant material choice of glass and metal presents itself as various mirrors in Marcelis’ Mirage. The mirrors were unveiled exclusively at the launch and installed at the start of the exhibition. Whilst it’s a continuation of the designer’s exploration into colour and light, it’s the first time Marcelis worked with light within mirror design.
Next at The shape of things, a circular cabinet designed by Pierre de Valck captured eyes for the precious stone set in the centre of its oxidised and waxed aluminium body. Pietro Franceschini’s Splice Me Up coffee table and Gold Arch bench made an unforgettable appearance in the lot.
The Eko sectional sofa by Christophe Delcourt perfectly complemented Franceschini’s Splice Me Up coffee table in the gallery. The unmissable Serpentine sofa from Dante Goods and Bads and the Toptun armchair and Ztista chair by Ukrainian designer Faina tempted visitors to try a quick sit.
The wall-mounted Single Slinkie rug designed by Patricia Urquiola is hand-knotted in the cc-tapis atelier in Kathmandu, Nepal. Made with a cotton weave, Himalayan wool, and pure silk, the succession of chromatic shades comes undone in organic shapes. The legendary Nastro chair from Bonacina 1889 matches the mood and hue of the carpet.
Crystal infused lighting by Christopher Boots and accent pieces by Alexander Lamont join the narratives in context together. The Ossicle series, produced as a collaboration between French designer Francesco Balzano and Italian manufacturer Giobagnara also play roles in the overall scenography.
The Club Chaise Lounge by DimoreStudio alongside Copal side tables from EWE Studio make for an eccentric pair. The Gold Magma Lamp by the latter in collaboration with Alejandro Ramirez Orozco and Nouvel glass are other examples of appreciation-worthy design collaborations. In addition, Sam Henly’s curved marble piece for Agglomerati was an intriguing product.
“The exhibition champions modern craftsmanship – bringing together time-honoured skills, new technologies and innovative materials. Whilst our first exhibition brings together global designers, plans are already underway to work with regional talent on championing collectable design coming from the region,” concludes Urquiola.