Sunday, March 13, 2016
Art Dubai, Design Days Winners
Van Cleef & Arpels, in collaboration with Tashkeel and Design Days Dubai, today named designer Ranim Oruock as this year’s winner of the prestigious the ‘Middle East Emergent Designer Prize’ for her lighting piece ‘Glow’.
Ranim’s ‘Glow’ is now on display at the Van Cleef & Arpels booth throughout Design Days Dubai (14-18 March).
The design, which responded to the theme of Nature, was inspired by the effervescence of a school of jellyfish. With a dual function as a ceiling chandelier, or floor lamp, the piece ‘Glow’, takes the form and function from the sea creature combining the production methods of traditional glassblowing and advanced digital fabrication of 3D printing. Spheres made of 3D printed glass are fused using curved acrylic rods that mimic the form of jellyfish legs. Once lit, the transmission of light throughout the piece emphasizes the radiance emitted from a bloom of jellyfish.
Ranim received a prize of AED 30,000 to produce the final work and will also receive a 5-day trip to Paris to attend courses at the exclusive L’ECOLE Van Cleef & Arpels, a school created to showcase the mechanisms behind the world of making jewelry and watchmaking, courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels.
Theprize runner-Up title was awarded to Michael Rice’s Ceramic Design Inspired by DNA Helix and Sand Ripples. Michael, who specializes in ceramics, is currently an Associate Professor of Studio Art at the American University of Dubai.
Design Days Dubai is now open at The Venue, Burj Boulevard from now until 18 March. Click here for opening hours.