By Sam Bridge
Kart Group has unveiled MBR, an installation in Dubai Design District paying homage to the leadership of Dubai
Dubai-based architecture and interior design studio Kart Group has unveiled MBR – an installation paying homage to the visionary leadership of Dubai.
Imagined by Mustafa Khamash, CEO and founder of Kart Group, and realised in pure wool and silk by textile atelier Iwan Maktabi, MBR is a multi-layered portrait of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The installation measures 245cm x 200cm and occupies a prominent spot in Dubai Design District (d3).
Unveiled during Downtown Design, seven exclusive editions of MBR have been handcrafted by Maktabi and will make their way to some of the region’s most exclusive art collections.
Contributions raised will fund a design scholarship at the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI).
“The installation is inspired by the ambition and vision of Dubai’s leadership and we are glad to support design education at DIDI through the medium of art,” said Khamash.
“Design can be a potent cultural force to fix many issues facing the world today,” he added. “It is my belief that as designers, we have a responsibility to use creative thinking to resolve issues hindering development. One of these issues is the lack of support for design education. My installation is a humble endeavour that aims to have a positive impact on the community at large, while supporting the education of underprivileged students of design.”
Earlier this year, Kart Group awarded two student scholarships worth AED390,000 ($106,195) in association with Dubai Holding, fully funding their studies at the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI).For all the latest art news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.