18. 11. 2019
Downtown Design 2019 comes to an end
Preciosa Lighting is just back from an eventful week in Dubai, participating in the annual Downtown Design exhibition. Our award-winning Carousel of Light made its Middle East debut with lots of joy and laughter among visitors. In addition, our Creative Director Michael Vasku participated in a panel discussion about Design and Technology.
Carousel of Light is composed of nearly 8000 spheres in opal, amber frosted, clear and pink frosted hues stretching eight metres in diameter. The spheres are hung in groups of four, almost 2000 suspensions in total. As visitors enter the pearl curtain, colourful lights will lead their path. Guests wander through and the lights above light up, fading away as they move on. The installation becomes a part of the visitor’s journey, lighting a beautiful crystal path as their exploration continues. To make it easier for people to absorb themselves in the spectacle, the platform rotates, allowing guests to keep their eyes focused on the pearls.
Carousel of Light is inspired by the Signature Design Pearl Curtain. Signature Designs are Preciosa’s concept to make designing a bespoke lighting installation easy and convenient. The Pearl Curtain concept is inspired by the rich draping of curtains in formal spaces. The gentle movement of textile is translated into soft waves of vertical component groups. Similar to curtains, the design allows for the “layering” of colours or materials.
Michael Vasku joined a panel with two other brands moving design forward through technology. The discussion was moderated by Basem Eid M, Assistant Professor of Architecture, College of Engineering, Abu Dhabi University. Mr. Vasku discussed how our team is taking the heritage craft of glass blowing and infusing it with cutting edge technology to design lighting for today and tomorrow.
Companies from South Africa to France and nearly everywhere in between, as well as fascinating local brands participated in the annual event. Material usage was heavily featured with brands creating a range of intriguing designs from textiles, wood, concrete and leather. The week was full of discovering inventive stands, meeting engaging people, and joining inspiring conversations.
Preciosa Lighting is a regular sponsor of the AHEAD Awards, dedicated to celebrating the hospitality experience. The MEA ceremony was held during Downtown Design. We were proud to work on the Mandarin Oriental Jumeria, Dubai project which was shortlisted in six categories. The property’s spa won the Spa and Wellness category.