Tuesday,21 August, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1373, (14 - 20 December 2017)
Tuesday,21 August, 2018
Issue 1373, (14 - 20 December 2017)

Ahram Weekly

We will rise again

We will rise again
We will rise again

THE CAIRO Design Award (CDA), writes Reham El-Adawi, is the first creative designers’ platform in the Arab world, an initiative of the Egyptian National Competitiveness Council (ENCC) and the Mahdi Group. Judged by a high-profile panel (Azza Fahmi, Onsi Abu Seif, Tarek Naga, Amr Helmi and Karim Mokhtajian), it featured gold, silver and bronze awards in product design, jewellery, set design, architecture, landscape and interior design. 

TV anchor Nardine Farag, who hosted the CDA, said, “In the Arab world and Egypt, we have very bright names in the field of design… But we lacked a platform and a place through which those designers can exhibit their work.” Hossam Badrawi, founder and honorary chair of ENCC, and Hisham Mahdi, CEO of the Mahdi Group – the two bodies behind CDA) – gave speeches. “Designers,” Mahdi said, “will get the chance to meet with all the key players in the market, including manufacturers, importers, celebrities and influential figures from Egypt and the Middle East.” The ceremony featured a recital by Omar Khairat.

The winners include Ahmed Ibrahim and Mahmoud Riad in architecture, Fayrouz Al-Bahr and Nadine Sherif in jewellery design, Mohab Refaat, Tarek Beshir and the Cluster Team in landscape, Ahmed Shaker Khodeir, Mohamed Attia and Ali Hossam for set design and Mai Ashmawi for product design.

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