17-22 April: SalonSatellite Furniture Design Exhibition, Milan, Italy

AIA Middle East are excited to announce that the College of Architecture, Art and Design at the American University of Sharjah has been selected to participate in the prestigious SaloneSatellite furniture design exhibition to be held in Milan, Italy from April 17 to 22, 2012.

As the first Middle Eastern university participating in SaloneSatellite, AUS are proud to be sharing the creative voice, and the creative energy, of the Middle East in such a significant global venue. Eight students and recent alumni will be showcasing their work, with some of the furniture being highly influenced by specific traditions, practices, and context of the region.

After a very competitive selection process, CAAD was selected to join approximately 700 young designers and 18 international design schools for this year’s SaloneSatellite. This selection reflects the academic vision and institutional goals of the College of Architecture, Art and Design at AUS that supports a culture of design excellence, opportunism, entrepreneurship, and leadership in both the creative culture and the creative economy. Design faculty and students at CAAD have a history of making in applied and aesthetic contexts that contribute significantly to the regional and international material culture, professional workplace, and creative economy.

The furniture fair and design week in Milan is the most important annual design event globally, and the selection process for SaloneSatellite is extremely competitive. We look forward to see you in Milan.

Please see the press release and image above of their work.

Please also note the coverage on the front page of Icsid’s website. Icsid (International Council of Societies of Industrial Design) is one of the most, if not the most, important international organizations and voices in design. This front-page location on Icsid's site embodies a very high degree of credibility, influence, and validation. Also, this represents an excellent achievement of global recognition by a significant international body; and makes us all proud of our students, faculty and institution.

Here is the link: http://www.icsid.org