Twenty one Italian luxury artisanal interior brands to participate in Downtown Design
The sophisticated restraint and traditional inspirations of the Italian interiors and design industry have captured the imagination of design aficionados across the world for centuries. To highlight the fine aspects of Italian interior design, Italian Trade Agency (ITA) and CNA and Confartigianato (Italian Associations of Artisans and Small-Medium Enterprises) will showcase inspirational artifacts of 20 carefully selected Italian companies at ‘Italian Interiors: The Art of Italian Design’ exhibition at Downtown Design, the region’s leading design trade show, from November 12-15, 2019.
At Downtown Design, Italy is taking part in the event with one of the largest stands, to showcase the best examples of unique interior design elements, furniture, accessories and fine objects, epitomising Italy’s reputation for style and innovation. The furniture market in the GCC countries is worth $5.9bn and Italian products and designs are very much appreciated in this market for their quality, innovation and exclusivity. In the artistically designed Italian pavilion, visitors will be able to discover contemporary Italian designs, Murano glasses, fine ceramics, stylish lightings, beautiful floor and wall coverings, and a wide range of home accessories, carefully brought to perfection by master Italian craftsmen.
Design is a ubiquitous element of Italian culture and the aim of the Italian pavilion is to offer designers, builders, architects, suppliers and end users an opportunity to experience the attention to detail and quality of ‘Made in Italy’ products. These include luxurious mosaics, marbles, items of glass furniture, finest Italian leather and fabric upholstery, crystal objects made using ancient blowing techniques, high-end fragrances for sensory experiences, mesmerising designs made with ceramics and lava stone, fitness equipment in modern designs, avant-garde design pieces and more.
UAE’s expanding hospitality sector and upcoming events such as Expo 2020 are driving the demand in the domestic interior design market. The furniture market in the UAE is worth USD 2.1 billion, and local production covers only 40% of the market. This is an opportunity for Italian companies as their contemporary, modern and distinct designs are well liked in this market. In 2018, UAE imported furniture from Italy worth $205mn. Italy, with 14%, maintains then the primacy of the top exporter among high-income countries.