Van Cleef & Arpels presents Art of Crafts at Design Days Dubai


Van Cleef & Arpels presents Art of Crafts | Design Days Dubai | 14 – 17 March 2017

This year, Van Cleef & Arpels presents Art of Crafts, an exhibition at Design Days Dubai. Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, the fair is hosted at Dubai Design District, the home for the region’s design and creative industries.

The exhibition pays tribute to savoir-faire: the ability to bring volume, depth, beauty, and life to incredible designs.

A Tribute to Emeralds

The Émeraude en majesté collection bears witness to the special attachment that Van Cleef & Arpels has always felt for this precious stone. Like a demanding, patient and enthusiastic collector, the Maison has taken the time to search the world for exceptional emeralds. It now pays tribute to them with a set of interpretations that reveal all their beauty and character.

Van Cleef & Arpels hosts Porcelaine de Sèvres

Porcelaine de Sèvres hosts an exhibition presenting an array of their most artistic and treasured designs, celebrating the traditional craft of porcelain métier d’art, which is dear to Van Cleef & Arpels. Founded in 1740, under the influence of Madame de Pompadour, the Manufacture has supplied porcelain tableware and art objects to the Kings of France and the country’s leading institutions, along with several foreign royal courts. The quality of its materials, the remarkable virtuosity of its craftsmen and its taste for modernity have brought about an international reputation that continues unabated to this day. Since 2012, the Maison has collaborated with Sèvres Cite de La Ceramique in creating its limited editions. Van Cleef & Arpels will also reveal exquisite creations which pursue this métier d’art. The Maison reveals two necklaces which combine porcelain métier d’art with jewelry craftsmanship. Visit the exhibition to discover the union of two decorative talents.

Delve into the Savoir-Faire

During the exhibition, admirers of crafts are welcome to experience educative workshops hosted by Van Cleef & Arpels. The Gouache drawing workshop brings light and volume to the design from which the jewel is born, whilst the Porcelaine de Sèvres workshop asserts traditional skills dating back more than 250 years.

The Middle East Emergent Design Prize 2017

Van Cleef & Arpels and Tashkeel, in partnership with Design Days Dubai recently announced an open Call for Entries to emerging designers from the Gulf Cooperative Council region to submit design proposals for The Middle East Emergent Designer Prize 2017. This year marks the 5th edition that High Jewelry Maison Van Cleef & Arpels collaborates with Tashkeel and Design Days Dubai on The Middle East Emergent Designer Prize. Emerging designers were invited to submit designs for purposeful or functional products that embody the theme of Growth. The ten semi-finalists of the Middle East Emergent Design Prize will be announced at Design Days Dubai 2017. 

The winner of the prize will receive a total budget of AED 30,000 to produce a refined prototype that will be unveiled in November 2017. The front-runner will also be awarded a five-day trip to Paris to attend courses led by the acclaimed Mains d’Or, master craftsmen in high jewelry creation, at the exclusive L’ECOLE Van Cleef & Arpels, an institute dedicated to accentuating the methods behind the world of jewelry creation and watchmaking. The ten semi-finalists announced at Design Days Dubai 2017 are also granted AED 2,000 to showcase 3D prints of their work in November 2017. Three finalists will each receive AED 10,000 to produce mock-ups to be exhibited in November 2017 and the winner will receive an additional AED 20,000 to realise their product.

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For more Luxe events across Dubai and Abu Dhabi this March, read our March issue of the Luxe List here.