Aidan Imanova


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Arash G Tehrani’s contemporary mosque features extended plaza made of bricks

Iranian architect Arash G Tehrani’s Goshahr project in Alborz, Iran features a brick-work contemporary mosque that extends out to form a larger plaza comprising of several buildings also rendered in smooth-surfaced brick. The mosque extension is a modern approach to traditional Persian architecture, where … More

H2R uses Italian terrazzo to create timeless design for new cafe in the Dubai Mall

Dubai-based design and architecture studio H2R has created a cafe in The Dubai Mall featuring Italian Terrazzo slabs and pastel furniture to create a timeless and elegant interior. Two at Symphony is the F&B extension of luxury fashion boutique, Symphony, created by two … More

Apparatus’ ACT III collection references Iran’s cultural history and political reality

New York-based Apparatus’ latest collection, ACT III, is creative director Gabriel Hendifar’s attempt to draw a tangible connection to the distant memories of his Iranian heritage, while outlining the country’s current political obstacles. Launched during the 2018 Salone del Mobile, it is the … More

Sharjah Architecture Triennial aims to preserve “under-valued” buildings says Mona El Mousfy

The Sharjah Architecture Triennial is working to create awareness about the architectural value of structures built in Sharjah in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, with the aim of eventually preserving them, said architect Mona El Mousfy. As advisor to the triennial, which will … More

Sharjah Architecture Triennial: Advisor Mona El Mousfy on what to expect from the programme

The coastal emirate of Sharjah is the third largest city in the United Arab Emirates and is considered the cultural capital of the country. In recent years, it has seen a rise in the development of art institutions and creative spaces, with various … More

Theme announced for Sharjah Architecture Triennial

‘Rights of Future Generations’ has been announced as the theme for the first edition of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial, curated by architect and scholar, Adrian Lahoud who is currently Dean of the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art. The theme will look … More

A look inside the Middle East’s first design hotel Form

The newly opened Form Hotel, designed by Paris-based Architecture Studio merges local materials and art deco forms to create a minimal design aesthetic. The boutique property is also the first hotel in the Middle East to be included in the Design Hotel portfolio … More

#OFISTalks with Perkins+Will

designMENA has teamed up with UAE-based furniture and flooring firm OFIS, creating a video series called #OFISTalks. The monthly series involves visiting Dubai-based interior design firms to speak to key team members about new projects and gain insights about various areas of design. … More

APID announces ambassadors for 13th Biannual IFI Congress for designers and architects

The Association of Professional Interior Designers (APID) has announced the names of UAE-based design professionals as ambassadors for the 13th installment of the Biannual International Federation of Interior Designers (IFI) Congress, which will be hosted in Dubai in 2019. The upcoming event will … More

AUS architecture professor Marcus Farr has been named a 2019 Fulbright Scholar

Marcus Farr, assistant professor of Architecture at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) is the recipient of the 2019 Fulbright Scholar Program, whose research will be conducted in the Yangtze River Delta region in China – where he will also be teaching. Farr, … More

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