Khatt Foundation at Design Days Dubai

Design Days Dubai describes itself as “the leading fair in the Middle East and South Asia dedicated to collectible and limited edition furniture and design objects.”

Mariam Nihal writes that Khan Foundation will be involved in this year’s fair: “Luxury bags brand Baraboux collaborated with Khatt Foundation, for the design competition which was open to artists, designers and typographers to design a set of Arabic letters that will be transformed into bag charms and displayed at Design Days.”

I don’t know about bag charms but I do like the idea of the Arabic Design Library by Khatt Books. We all know better than to judge a book by its cover, but to be blunt, Arabic books are in desperate need of better covers.

And the cover of Hilmi Al Tuni: Evoking Popular Arab Culture is a good-looking cover. For more info, Yasmine Nachabe talks about her book here. And if you’re a typophile like me, take a look at the Khatt’s past projects here. 

Nihal describes the Khatt Foundation as “dedicated to advancing Arabic typography and design research in the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporas, and to building cross-cultural creative networks.” She quotes Huda Smitshuijzen Abifares, founding director of the Khatt Foundation, as saying: “As always, innovation, inspiration, and a way to show the role that the Arabic script and visual culture can play in contributing a fresh perspective to international design.”

Abifares talks about Arabic typography in an hour long talk here:

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