Dubai – MENA Herald: Celebrating the success of the Middle East Emergent Designer Prize by Van Cleef & Arpels, the four finalists have been announced in the fourth edition. In collaboration with Tashkeel and Design Days Dubai, High Jewelry Maison Van Cleef & Arpels hosted the conference at their flagship Dubai Mall boutique today.

Through an overwhelming response of applicants responding to the theme of Nature for the 2016 instalment of the Prize, designers Marta Krivosheek, Ranim Orouk, Michael Rice, and Anjali Srinivasan were selected representing widespread talent from across the region.

The Middle East Emergent Designer Prize represents the ongoing partnership between Van Cleef & Arpels, Tashkeel and Design Days Dubai who continue to offer opportunities to artists and designers across the GCC and wider area, providing a platform for emerging talent to showcase their work. This year the theme aims to inspire designers to work with natural materials or forms which are native to their immediate surroundings.

Architect Ranim Orouk presents the concept of a traditionally glass blown chandelier that takes form and function from the jellyfish, representing the effervescence of their texture as they swim in groups. Michael Rice, who specializes in ceramics is an Associate Professor of Studio Art at the American University of Dubai, and will work on a crystal bowl which is inspired by a spectrum of natural spiral forms found in shells, DNA helix, sand ripples and similar concepts. Architect and designer Marta Krivosheek holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava, and is inspired by a combination of soap bubble experiments, steam wood bending technique and the Shasha, the traditional fishing boats used in the UAE and Oman to create the “Minimae Chair”. Anjali Srinivasan aims to present viewers with a visual experience seen through “Vehicular Lens”, a pod made up of multiple glass lenses which alter the images of the space and light around them. This piece is and amalgamation of 3 local, nature-based inspirations: a flower pod, sand and light.

“Since the establishment of the Middle East Emergent Designer Prize in 2013, we have been constantly impressed with not only the growing number of submissions and applicants over the years, but the quality of design produced, which continues to highlight the level of talent in the region,” says Cyril Zammit, Fair Director of Design Days Dubai.

The winning work, continuing custom, will be unveiled and showcased at the Van Cleef & Arpels exhibition in March during Design Days Dubai 2016, the design fair presenting collectible modern and contemporary design pieces from around the world.

“We are pleased to be a part of the developing art scene in Dubai, and proud to enhance the visibility and credibility of young and emerging artists and designers throughout the region,” says Alessandro Maffi, Managing Director Van Cleef & Arpels Middle East & India. “After a tremendous response to this year’s Prize application, we look forward to another successful edition, great pieces, and of course, welcoming another winner to L’ECOLE Van Cleef & Arpels, which we hope is an opportunity they can learn and aspire from.”

With a prize of AED 30,000 to produce the final work, the winner will also receive a 5 day trip to Paris to attend courses at the exclusive L’ECOLE Van Cleef & Arpels, a school created to showcase the mechanisms behind the world of making jewelry and watchmaking, courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels.