Wednesday marked the first day of 2017 Saudi Design Week. The four-day event, now in its fourth year, explores the theme of Design in Motion. Art and design denizens flocked to the Zaha Hadid-designed King Abdullah Studies and Research Center (KASRC) in Riyadh to discover innovative works by designers and artists, including 2017 DDFC/Vogue Fashion Prize high jewelry design finalist Nuun Jewels, Saudi artist Ahmad Angawi, and Bahraini sustainable clothing designer Rawan Maki. This year’s edition aims to bring together more than 50 designers, both local and international, with a special focus on promoting talents within Saudi Arabia.
At the launch of #SDW2017, HRH Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al Saud, Vice President of Women’s Affairs of the General Sports Authority in KSA, invited Vogue Arabia readers to explore the celebratory event.
In case you couldn’t make it to Riyadh, Instagram has your all-access pass sorted. From a Princess Leia-inspired table made by Dame Zaha Hadid in collaboration with Leblon Delienne to Mohanned Iskanderani’s 3D art installation, which took 3,672 unique pieces of wood (and two years) to create, take a look at some of the must-see pieces from the opening day of Saudi Design Week ahead.