Desert Dreams


My Emirates is a bookshelf modeled on an extract of a map of the United Arab Emirates, and is the first product by IBDAA (an Arabic word for “creativity”), an online furniture platform based in Dubai, co-founded by Marwa Al Shamry and Christelle Bitar.

My Emirates bookshelf


Travelling all the way from a small workshop in France’s Burgundy valley, Binôme came to display a broad range of offerings, all the brainchildren of in-house designers Ingrid Michel and Frédéric Pain. They included the Acari armchair, Fluide chandelier, and Hexagone coffee table (all shown).

Binome, acari+table 9 Binome, Chandelier Fluide by Ingrid Michel & Fr+¬d+¬ric Pain, 2

Dutch Creative Industries

As the name implies, DCI is a partnership of several Dutch creative industry companies with the Dutch government to expand Dutch design in the Middle East. Among the companies at the show was Judy Straten Art-Design, displaying head-turning cabinets: the Cutted Cabinet designed by Studio; and the oak veneer Mr. Knox by Stephan Siepermann.

Dutch Creative Industries, Presented_by_JudyStratenArt-Design_RolfBruggink_CuttedCabinet Dutch Creative Industries, Presented_by_JudyStratenArt-Design_StephanSieperman_MrKnox

Gallery S.Bensimon

Golden Harvest by Brazilian designer Guto Requena for Paris-based Gallery S.Bensimon is a three-piece collection created using grass that grows with a golden hue harvested from the Amazon.

Gallery S Bensimon Room Divider Golden Harvest by guto-requena-pack-1

Loulwa Al Radwan

This interior designer from Kuwait debuted her own line of furniture at the show, including the Peacock, which includes a bookshelf (shown), a mirror and a table all made from Carrara marble and brass inspired from the beauty of peacock feathers.

Loulwa Al Radwan The Hidden bookshelves in Carrara Marble and Brass

M.A.D. Gallery

Founded in 2011, MB&F M.A.D. Gallery can look almost like the laboratory of a (ahem) mad scientist. Among the kinetic creations was Machine Lights by Berlin-based artist Frank Buchwald, which the artist has been experimenting with and evolving for the past decade; and Road Machine, a vintage 1939 Harley Davidson flathead engine by Japanese artist Chicara Nagata, embellished with over 500 components he manufactured himself.

MAD Gallery - Machine Lights by Frank Buchwald MAD Gallery - Chicara Nagata

Camp Design Gallery

First-time attendees to the show, Milan-based Camp Design Gallery brought captivating works by Veronica Todisco and Analogia Project, including PantheOn/PantheOff, a lamp inspired by Rome’s famed Pantheon.

Camp Design Gallery, Analogia Project, Pantheon Pantheoff Gallery 4

Alma de Luce

The Enxoval cabinet is luxe to the max: the exterior is Pearl Gray Corian, and manually perforated with handcrafted inlay of 36,123 Amethyst-coloured Swarovski crystals. The interior is coated with Palissandro wood, and the drawer’s handles are made of handcrafted gold leaf.

Alma de Luce, Enxoval, cabinet, Corian, Palissandro wood, Swarovski crystals, gold leaf, 100cm (W) x 50,5cm (D) x 171cm (H), 2014, photo courtesy of Alma de Luce