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.
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