The winner of one of the design world’s most prestigious international awards is to unveil his latest cutting edge sun shading technology exclusively in Dubai this month.
Swiss born artist Nicolas Thomkins – recipient of the much-coveted Red Dot Design Best of the Best Award – has devised the Gate Shade outdoor sun shield: a sleek stainless steel arch that houses two large canopies which, when extended at the touch of a button, provide 30sqm of shelter from the sun’s rays.
Outdoor shading specialists Unosider will be showcasing the streamlined modern structure at The Leisure Show Dubai, taking place between September 17 and 19 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (Hall 1).
Mahan Pourghorban, General Manager at Unosider Middle East, raved about the opportunities the design offers buyers in the region. He said: “Gate Shade is an attractive and unique new shading system ideal for the Middle East and GCC market. It is modern, functional and has a luxury design which makes it a perfect match for developments in the region. The Gate Shade and future upgraded products from the same collection will be ideal for projects including EXPO 2020 and the Dubai Canal.”
The fabric shelter’s award-winning designer – currently the brains behind patio furniture at much acclaimed outdoor seating specialists Higold Europe – commented: “Gate Shade offers shade in a puristic, architectural way. Luxurious outdoor furniture is relatively new to all of us. Modern technologies and weather resistant materials allow designers to think of structures which couldn’t be manufactured some decades ago.
“The awareness for comfortable and functional outdoor furniture and accessories has become a major factor in the furniture world. Consumers are willing to spend more for garden furniture than for indoor.”
With Dubai and the Middle East basking in year round sunshine – and meteorologists forecasting even hotter climates in years to come – the Gate Shade is one of several inventions displaying at The Leisure Show aimed at helping residents and visiting tourists keep cool outdoors.
It will be joined on site by the team from HydroCool Advanced Outdoor Systems, who will be presenting the HydroShower; a streetlamp shaped mist vent that keeps pathways, beach resorts, pool areas or outdoor seating spots chilled with a continuous blanket of refreshing spray.
HydroCool will also be exhibiting the HydroBlast motorised fan, designed to deliver maximum cool air flow even in the world’s hottest climates.
Gary Williams, Event Director of The Leisure Show and co-located event The Hotel Show, said: “Holidaymakers flood to the UAE for year round sunshine and blissful temperatures. Not only that, but they see the region as a place of unrivalled luxury and seek comfort at every corner. Products like these offer hotels the perfect solution to allow guests to relax in the heat but also keep themselves refreshed and cool. Their beautiful, modern designs – a trademark of Leisure Show exhibitors – are eye-catching while non-intrusive, and will prove a massive hit with the thousands of key industry figures attending this month’s event.”
The Outdoor Design, Furniture & Lighting area of The Leisure Show is the ultimate platform for suppliers and buyers of luxury and high-class products for lounge areas, outdoor terraces, cafes and eating areas; in addition to the soft-furnishings and loungers that ensure guests a comfortable and relaxing experience.
Other exhibitors in this sector at the event for 2016 include: Fiore Rosso; Neoteric Luxury Outdoor Collections; Talenti; Bridgman DMCC; Rainbow Outdoor Living; Al Bilad Industries & Trading; MistAmerica; Maiori Outdoor Design & Lighting; Suncoast Outdoor Furniture; and more.
Find out more and register to attend The Leisure Show and co-located events The Hotel Show and Piscine Middle East for free at: https://visit.theleisureshow.com/.