Caravan is a design collective with a multidisciplinary approach that suggests an alternative point of view to the contemporary public and domestic environment. caravan’s members share common interest in cultural, material and social aspects of a globalized community, trying to re-establish a balance among being, having and doing. Blending digital-fabrication and artisanal expertise caravan’s projects aim at creating awareness of heritage to face contemporary challenges. Each work is infused with pragmatic materialism smoothed by subtle metaphors, inspiring its audience reaction alongside empathic participation.
Caravan was funded in 2012 by Emanuela and Ivan. The collective involves professionals with different expertise.
Industrial design, interaction and visual arts
Ivan is an all-round designer that always demonstrated interest in several creative fields spanning from visual arts to interior architecture and product design. He was introduced to arts and cultural diversity by his grandfather, a violinist and painter that travelled during his performances across the whole Middle East. Later Ivan graduated as industrial designer at Milan’s Polytechnic.
His approach focuses on a strong multidisciplinary and crossbreed process that connects diverse industries towards new unexpected opportunities. Ivan is currently teaching at Ajman University of Science and Technology in the College of Engineering, focusing his academic research on modularity and geometric tessellation.
Furniture design, trends and strategies
Ema was born and raised in the heart of the design district of northern Italy, Brianza and holds a Master Degree in Furniture and Textile Design from Milan Polytechnic; her studies and experience brought her to work in different fields of design, from graphic and product to interior and service design. She had various experiences in Italy and abroad, and being involved in several different kinds of projects shaped her multidisciplinary knowledge. She is currently teaching at Ajman University of Science and Technology in the College of Engineering, focusing her interest on foundation courses helping to shape the minds of young creators.
December 8th– Intersect by Lexus, Dubai, UAE
November 10th-14th Dubai International Motor Show, UAE
October 26th-29th ORI-GEN thejamjar, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai Design Week, UAE
September 23rd-October 7th Wasl, Beijing Design Week, China
July 22nd-August 2nd Lexus Hybrid Art, Moscow, Russia
May 14th– June 3rd Intersect by Lexus, Tokyo, Japan
April 14th-19th Lexus Design Award, Milan, Italy
March 18th-21st RCA Secret Dubai, Art Dubai, UAE
March 16th-20th Van Cleef & Arpels Middle East Emergent Artist Prize, Design Days Dubai, UAE
March 11th– May 23rd Zero, 1971 Design Space, Sharjah, UAE
February 10th-16th Huna Al Emarat, Gallery of Light, Ductac, Dubai, UAE
January 10th Be an Artist for a Day Workshop, Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE
September 28th-30th Capsule Arts at the Hotel Show, Dubai World Trade Center, UAE
September 17th-21st Wallpaper* Middle East Revealed, Dray Walk Gallery Old Truman Brewery, London, UK
March 19th-22nd A grain of Sand, Absolut Art Bar, Art Dubai, UAE
March 15th-25th Fragmented Hives, Sikka, Al Fahidi Neighborhood Dubai, UAE
February 1st and 15th Collective and Engaged Practices Workshop, Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE
November 23rd QUOZHappens, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, UAE
November 23rd A4 soft launch, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, UAE
November 14th Bench Mark, thejamjar, Dubai, UAE
May 6th – june 8th dXb store Pop-Up shop, Katara Art Center, Doha, Katar
March 14th-24th Sikka, Al Fahidi Neighborhood, Dubai, UAE
March 14th-24th dXb store at Art Dubai and Sikka, Dubai, UAE
September 24th-2th Contemporary Majlis Exhibition, Index, Dubai, UAE
March 15th-25th dXb store at Art Dubai and Sikka, Dubai, UAE
Grand Prix Lexus Design Award 2015
Van Cleef & Arpels Middle East Emerging Artist Award 2015
Kudos Dream Design Competition 2013
Contemporary Majlis 2012