Autumn in the Middle Eastern Design World

This autumn promises to be again full of design activities that we would like to bring to your attention.

First, our own Khatt Books publishing house has launched the Arabic Design Library series of monographs on designers and typographers from the Arab and Middle Eastern region. The first two books in the series have just recently been released and will be presented first in events in Cairo and Kuwait, and then in other cities later in the year.

Second, we are also collaborating with the luxury fashion brand BaraBoux on a new typographic design competition that we cordially invite you to take part in.

Arabic Design Library_small - Latest book series from Khatt Books. The first two books of the series are released and will be available for ordering online at and in bookshops internationally. Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès

Here below is a select listing

Letters to Wear. A Call For Submission: Arabic Typography Competition
A Product Design Competition for Bag Charms
Closing date for all submissions is the 15th of December 2014
Winning Prize: €10,000 + a realized collection


About the Arabic Design Library
Progress is built upon the achievements of predecessors. The Arabic Design Library series focuses on inspiring design achievements from the Middle East and North Africa. It aims to highlight the work of prominent Arab typographers, graphic designers and illustrators. With this series of concise monographs, Khatt Books strives to establish a visual record of Arab design history of the 20th century, and pave the way for critical writing, by Arab authors, on design from the region.

Hilmi Al-Tuni: Evoking Popular Arab Culture
Book Launch and artist/author talks in Cairo. Sunday, 9 November 2014. 12:00–16:00
At the Sharjah Art Gallery, AUC Center for the Arts
The American University in Cairo AUC Avenue, P.O. Box 74, 11835 New Cairo

Nasri Khattar: A Modernist Typotect
Book Presentation and Book signing in Kuwait. Friday, 14 November 2014. 18:00–19:30
At "The Missing Link: Practising the Collective Approach", NUQAT Kuwait Conference 2014,
Yara Khoury Nammour, author of Nasri Khattar, A Modernist Typotect will give a talk followed by a book signing.
Al Amricani Cultural Center, Kuwait City

The Missing Link : Practising the Collective Approach
NUQAT Kuwait Conference 2014. 13 — 19 November 2014
Al Amricani, Kuwait City

El-Touni : A Design Retrospective
Design Works and illustrations by Helmi el-Touni
19 Oct —13 Nov 2014. Sharjah Art Gallery, AUC Center for the Arts, The American University in Cairo

Mouneer Al-Shaarani, Exhibition of Recent works
22 Oct — 8 Nov 2014, Art on 56th, 56th Youssef Hayek Street Gemmayzeh, Beirut

The Rhetoric from Within, First solo exhibition by Majd Abdel Hamid
28 Oct — 14 Nov 2014. Gallery One Palestine, 1 Shamiyeh Building, 1st Floor Al Tireh Street, 0970 Ramallah, Palestine

Disarming Design from Palestine, Exhibition & Shop
27 Oct — 15 Nov 2014 International Academy of Art Palestine, Ramallah, Palestine

Trans|Form, Design Exhibition by Karen Chekerdjian
29 Oct — 29 Nov 2014. Beirut Art Center (BAC), Jisr El Wati. Building 13 street 97, Zone 66 Adlieh, Beirut

You can read about more art and design events that are listed on the calendar page

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