Gallery Collectional launches during Dubai Design Week

The new gallery in Dubai’s Eden House opens with inaugural exhibition ‘The Shape of Things to Come’ and unveils new mirrors by Sabine Marcelis

Light stone buildings
Two of the ‘Mirage’ mirrors by Sabine Marcelis, the designer’s pieces for Dubai’s Gallery Collectional
(Image credit: press)

Dubai’s first permanent collectible design gallery and digital design platform, Gallery Collectional, has opened its doors during Dubai Design Week. The space, located in Dubai’s Eden House complex, is launching with the inaugural show, ‘The Shape of Things to Come’.

The first collectible design gallery in Dubai

Small model chairs

Collectional – ‘The Shape of Things to Come’.

(Image credit: Paolo Regis)

The new gallery is the brainchild of luxury developer H&H, and offers both a curation of pieces and also the opportunity to connect customers keen for bespoke projects with designers and manufacturers, as well as sourcing rarer, one-off pieces. For Gallery Collectional creative director Catalina Ruiz Urquiola, the new space is a chance to take a closer look at the work of individual designers. In the ‘Shape of Things to Come’, new works by independent designers are presented alongside those of more established design houses in a thoughtful showcase that considers the dialogue between function and aestheticism.

‘The name of the exhibition is inspired by the objects, all of which have strong and dynamic shapes that push the boundaries of form,’ says Ruiz Urquiola. ‘The name also represents the beginning of a long journey for the gallery and refers to the possibilities that design presents to shape the future of the dynamic city of Dubai and the anticipation for what is to come.’

Debuting ‘Mirage’ mirrors by Sabine Marcelis

Red reflective panels in desert

Sabine Marcelis' ‘Mirage’ for Gallery Collectional. 

(Image credit: Rami Mansour)

Sabine Marcelis (opens in new tab)’ new collection, ‘Mirage’, plays an integral role in the exhibition. Commissioned exclusively for the gallery and inspired by Dubai, it marks the designer’s first time exploring the possibilities of light through mirrors, with the warmth of the desert reflected in rich and vivid hues.

The collection joins other works by emerging and established designers from around the world, including Michael Anastassiades, Dimoremilano, CC Tapis, Ewe Studio, Kooij, and Alexander Lamont, who are contributing both exclusive and limited-edition pieces. ‘The exhibition champions modern craftsmanship – bringing together time-honoured skills, new technologies and innovative materials,’ adds Ruiz Urquiola. ‘Whilst our first exhibition brings together global designers, plans are already underway to work with local talent on championing collectible design coming from the region.’

Lounge sofa

Collectional – ‘The Shape of Things to Come’.

(Image credit: Paolo Regis)

Cream fluffy chair & side table

Collectional – ‘The Shape of Things to Come’.

(Image credit: Paolo Regis)

Large disk in the desert

Sabine Marcelis’ ‘Mirage’ for Gallery Collectional.

(Image credit: Rami Mansour)

Stone building through red lens

Sabine Marcelis’ ‘Mirage’ for Gallery Collectional. 

(Image credit: Rami Mansour)

INFORMATION 

thecollectional.com

ADDRESS

Eden House
Al Satwa
Dubai

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Hannah Silver joined Wallpaper* in 2019 to work on watches and jewellery. Now, as well as her role as watches and jewellery editor, she writes widely across all areas including on art, architecture, fashion and design. As well as offbeat design trends and in-depth profiles, Hannah is interested in the quirks of what makes for a digital success story.