Furniture Design for Sustainable Future

Updated: Oct 30, 2019

6-16 November 2019 | Dubai Design Week


Opening reception: Wednesday, 6 November at 7.00 pm

Highlight: Talk with Rebecca Anne Proctor on Monday, 11 November at 7.00 pm | Workshop Dubai


  • Future Design for Sustainable Future is a design exhibition addressing the importance of climate change, and will coincide with Dubai Design Week. The exhibition will present a selection of refurbished and up-cycled antique and vintage furniture.

  • Future Design for Sustainable Future will make design more accessible to bespoke installment payment plan.


Fann A Porter gallery, in collaboration with Zinjaar Vintage and Dubai Design Week, is pleased to present Furniture Design for Sustainable Future, an exhibition featuring a new generation of contemporary design based on refurbished and up-cycled antique and vintage furniture.


Now that “Climate Change” has been urgently re-framed as “Climate Crisis,” industries are turning their focus towards sustainability and refreshed modes of living, from the spaces we inhabit to the items that fill them. With architects and designers transforming sustainability from a trend into an integral way of thinking and living, the connotations of “vintage,” “up-cycle” and “recycle” have adopted modern associations that no longer imply dated historical objects or niche novelty creations. Instead, sustainability has become a pressing motivation wherein being green equates authenticity and innovation that still pays homage to past aesthetic modes and tropes.


By targeting a broad audience in closer proximity to their homes –effectively providing a more intimate and less intimidating atmosphere in which to explore sustainable design – via The Workshop’s Jumeirah location, Furniture Design for Sustainable Future, is rooted in accessibility, demonstrating that the global conversation

about sustainability and design’s integral role can be participated in by all facets of society, no matter the scale.


Antique and vintage furniture has a carbon footprint 16 times lower than new manufactures. This exhibition highlights how patrons can have the best of both worlds – cutting edge design and peace of mind that in addition to supporting emerging talent from the region, their aesthetic choices and acquisitions are helping reduce landfill, carbon emissions, and excessive consumption. Preserving the future while upholding the past. The joint efforts of The Workshop and Zinjaar Vintage encapsulate an essential and increasingly global ethos. While the future is green, it needn’t negate the beauty, heritage, and traditions of the past – and Furniture Design for Sustainable Future is a taste of this thoughtful, hybrid generation of design contributing to a more sustainable world.


Furniture Design for Sustainable Future will also provide buyers the opportunity to purchase design pieces on an interest-free installment payment plan as part of its Art For All Collective initiative, dedicated to developing a sustainable personal and professional creative economy.


About Fann A Porter

Fann A Porter is a contemporary art gallery that represents a diverse selection of emerging international and regional artists. The gallery aims to nurture the burgeoning and dynamic contemporary art scene through quality exhibitions, non-profit events, auctions, and an active community program.

Fann A Porter is based at The Workshop, a unique inter-disciplinary community space consisting of a cafe, art gallery, sustainable store, and design space, providing visitors with a diversified artistic and cultural experience. Bathed in natural sunlight with its garden, The Workshop is located in the heart of Jumeirah in Dubai.


For more information and for interviews with the artists, please email the gallery: fann@theworkshopdubai.com


About Dubai Design Week

Dubai Design Week is the region’s largest creative festival, reflecting Dubai’s position as the design capital of the

The Middle East. The free-to-attend program is made up of more than 200 events covering design across a range of disciplines, including architecture, product design, interiors, multimedia, and graphic design. An accessible meeting point for the global design community, Dubai Design Week, staged in partnership with Dubai Design District (d3) is a platform for regional design as well as a catalyst for the growth of the creative scene in Dubai.

In its 2018 edition, the annual event attracted 75,000 visitors to Dubai Design District (d3) alone. The festival’s varied program consists of design-related events, exhibitions, installations, competitions, talks, and workshops.

Key events include the region’s leading design fair, Downtown Design, the Global Grad Show that brings together works from 100 of the most innovative universities across the world, and Abwab, the curated and interactive project containing original design from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.



Dubai Design Week is managed by the Art Dubai Group and is held under the dedicated patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (DCAA).


For more information, please visit www.dubaidesignweek.ae




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