Designopolis was envisioned as an open, creative environment where anyone can come to spend the day enjoying galleries and restaurants, participating in a workshop, browsing in the on-site libraries, and, of course, doing some shopping.
Workshops and lectures: Designopolis plans to host a series of workshops on everything from flower arranging to lighting and will invite visiting artists and designers to lecture on-site. Experts from Christie’s have already made appearances, and rumor has it that Fatafeat will be opening a cooking school on-site.
Cafes and restaurants: The Terrace, Designopolis’s upscale gourmet restaurant, is the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely lunch during a day out. The restaurant’s head chef, former Scottish Chef of the Year Terrier Richardson, serves up a delectable menu of haute-cuisine dishes, and the best French fries in town.
Galleries and performances: Two on-site art galleries, the Articulate Baboon, and Tache Art, which is set to launch January 22, provide an opportunity to connect with the latest in local art.
Libraries: Designopolis is home to two open-access libraries, one for design and one for materials. While these resources are sure to attract design students in droves, anyone interested in design and the latest home furnishings materials from around the world will love exploring what these spaces have to offer.
Shopping: A day at Designopolis wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of the site’s many shops. With 300 shops hosting international brands like Missoni Home and exceptional local producers like Ebony and Ivory, these shops are a design education unto themselves.