International Design Forum photos



Bye bye Dubai: here are some photos we took at the International Design Forum, which ended last Tuesday.


Top image: Oliviero Toscani, Shonquis Moreno, Shweta Parida, Marcel Wanders, Richard Hutten, Michael Young, Yoko Choy. Above: the opening plenary session.


Above: Nadim Karam with Dubai dignitaries. Below: Rem Koolhaas


The forum, held in a conference centre shaped like a stone fort at the Madinat Jumeirah resort in Dubai, involved architects including Rem Koolhaas, Bernard Khoury and Nadim Karam; and designers including Marcel Wanders, Karim Rashid and Michael Young.


Above: Sheikh Majed Al Sabah, founder of Villa Moda. Below: Oliviero Toscani


Below: people listening to Oliviero Toscani


At the forum, commitments were made to establish a school of creativity in the Middle East; set up an Arab design association; and turn Dubai into a design capital.


Above: "DJ Kreemy". Below: Alia Bin Kherbash and friends


The IDF has posted summaries of the talks and debates held over the three days on its website.

>> more coverage on our IDF blog

>> see all our posts on the International Design Forum


Above: the Madinat Jumeirah resort with the Burj Al Arab hotel beyond. Below: the beach at Madinat Jumeirah.


Below: the conference venue


Below: Nadim Karam


Below: Stefano Boeri


Below: Paola Antonelli and Richard Hutten


Below: Mitra Khoubrou and Marcel Wanders (isn't he getting to look like Bill Clinton?)


Below: Richard Hutten, Michael Young and Karim Rashid


Below: Oliviero Toscani and Marcel Wanders


Posted on Monday June 4th 2007 at 8:54 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • What an event. The first picture, a quick rest isn’t too bad, isn’t it?

  • Nuno

    Rashid = Poser

  • F.Libessart

    isn ‘ t Marcel so pretty with his turquoise necklace ..n ‘ est ce pas ?

  • jpb

    Success(Beauti)ful people living their (idem)beautiful life, thinking about making our future even more beautiful…For them…Long life to our XXIst century [design-, money mak-, pos-,…-]ers ! Design’s dead :-(

  • Rachel Chen

    I dont agree , how can you say that about Michael Young ,Richard Hutten or Toscani , these guys arnt posers ,lucky or talented ? anyway
    they are pretty realistic designers , not every designer is
    an idiot !

  • Andrew Thomas

    there are some good guys out there ,not every designer is a twat, not all designers enjoy the the limelight just the fun so good on them … for making things happen ,sure wanders is a decorator , that is not design , so decoration is dead , so what !

  • eman

    i hate the guy in the pink shirt looking
    oh so UBER… until plastic become biodegradeable it
    will never be good for the earth–
    and we can all thank mr pink and a few for that phenomena.

    when will the novelty fade?

  • sophie dobs

    you cant compare richard hutten and michael young with those stupid f**kers, ive met them , they are both mad, but nice and down to earth

  • jokes

    Karim Rashid has nothing to say only pink tails and lipstick. He has bought into the scam of ‘nothingness’.

  • All you judging Mr. Rashid try and make ten objects as good as he does. And use them too!

  • tiffany

    at least mr. wanders has some irony, he knows not everything he designs is good: this is what he wrote on his website:
    Past performance does not guarantee future results.

  • stoeffer

    aah humm…………………………….

  • oOgerryOo

    I’m Gerald.

    Just saying hi – I’m new.

  • mkguru

    just look like another copied version of Liverpool Arena & London Aqua. Centre. Where is the originality and creative thinking?!!!!!!!!!

  • Kris Adams

    Great development of a very clever design.