April 2015

When Dubai won the rights to host the World Expo 2020 back in 2013, the entire nation celebrated along with the UAE rulers and the UAE delegation in Paris at the time. All the while, Milan was working hard to ensure the success of the Milan Expo, which runs from May 1 to October 31, 2015. Over this six-month period, Milan will become a global showcase with more than 140 participating countries showcasing their best to over 20 million visitors. The core theme of this year’s expo is ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’ and given that sustainability is a key element of the expo, it comes as no surprise that timber plays an important role in the design of several pavilions. Our sustainability feature then takes a closer look at some of the country pavilions where timber is the defining material and has been specified to represent the theme of the pavilion.

As the official magazine for the Dubai WoodShow, our April issue always includes a special supplement on behalf of the American Hardwood Export Council and a preview on some of the key players at the show. And this issue is no different. However, I am pleased to announce a major revamp in the design and layout of the magazine and website. In addition, preparations for our first seminar and networking evening for the industry – ‘Talking Timber’ – supported by the American Hardwood Export Council, Swedish Wood, Malaysian Timber Council and American Softwoods are well underway at the time of going to press. Due to take place on April 13 at the Address Hotel, Dubai Marina, the event has attracted positive interest from the different elements of the ‘timber chain’ and we hope to welcome all of our readers and supporters to the event.

Held in March, Design Days Dubai wrapped up its fourth edition as its most successful to date. The event, which presented purchasable and highly desirable works of modern and contemporary design, staged a record breaking fair for 2015; attracting increased visitor numbers of 13,500 people and having featured 150 designers and more than 780 items from 44 exhibitors across 20 countries. We had the opportunity to visit the event, where timber was once again the predominant material of choice for the works on display. As such, we feature a selection of some of the best pieces from the fair. In addition, we also take a closer look at the hand-made ‘Haywire’ timber chandelier by David Krynauw in this issue. On display at Design Days Dubai, the design is a product of the fascination with functionality and the technical capabilities of certain materials.

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