Gallery COLLECTIONAL, a new collectible design gallery was inaugurated during the 7th edition of Dubai Design Week 2021. Dubai’s first permanent gallery focuses on regional and global collectible design items amidst a curated selection of iconic design objects by some of the most respected designer brands across the globe. Located in the Eden House complex in Dubai, the gallery explores the discourse between function and beauty by blurring the boundaries between art and design. "Our aim is to bring to the region some of the most prolific international designers through a physical gallery in which the pieces and their materiality can be experienced in person,” shares Catalina Ruiz-Urquiola, curator,Gallery COLLECTIONAL.
For the inaugural show, ‘The Shape of Things to Come', curated by Urquiola showcases iconic works by renowned design houses that are juxtaposed with commissioned and exclusive works by individual designers. “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 Urquiola.
It also featured an exclusive ‘Mirage’ commission from designer Sabine Marcelis. “The whole process was very natural. Catalina gave me her full trust and the inspiration came very easily,” says Marcelis. A continuation of Sabine’s exploration into colour and light, it is the first time Marcelis worked with light within mirror design. “It was the perfect opportunity to experiment further with layered glass and mirror. Removing parts of the mirror to let the light peek through. The soft lines reflect those of the desert and the light represents the city coming alive at night. The object itself has a duality of on and off: day and night, just like Dubai does,” she says.
Further commissions include pieces from Michael Anastassiades (UK), Dimoremilano (Italy), CC Tapis (Italy), Niko Koronis (Italy), Ewe Studio (Mexico), Agglomerati (UK), Pietro Franceschini (USA/Italy), Nada Debs (Lebanon), Faina (Ukraine), Dante Goods & Bads (Germany), Pierre de Valck (Brussels), Alexander Lamont (Thailand) and among others.
About Gallery COLLECTIONALGallery COLLECTIONAL is a design gallery launched by H&H, focused on international collectible design items amidst a curated selection of iconic design objects by some of the most respected designer brands across the globe. Located in the Eden House complex in Dubai, the gallery explores the discourse between function and beauty by blurring the boundaries between art and design. At once both exclusive and accessible, the gallery is a cabinet of curiosities to inspire collecting design objects as art pieces by reimagining the possibilities of design through the discovery of the unexpected.