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Trend report 2017: Setting the stage for the journey to come

Our trend report 2017 series continues with another look at the importance of interior design in the hotel business. Julijana Mitic, associate and projects director at Perkins+Will writes about setting the key interior design trends that will shape the region’s hospitality sector in 2017. At Perkins … More

Trend report 2017: What design trends are influencing education interiors?

Kathryn Brown, senior interior designer at Godwin Austen Johnson writes about the trends influencing today’s education interiors. With so many schools opening in the next year and competition for pupils at an all-time high, school planning and design are coming to the forefront. A … More

Trend report 2017: Residential design

Focussing on the latest trends that are currently shaping residential interiors, today we are releasing the fourth part of our Trend Report 2017 series. Make sure you read the latest reports on environmentally conscious hotel design by Hilda Impey,  as well as food and beverage … More

Trend report 2017: Environmentally conscious hotel design

As a part three of our Trend Report 2017 series, Hilda Impey, associate design director, FF&E at Wilson Associates, writes about designing smart against pollution and shares her list of inspiring products. Technology’s transformative effects are accelerating at such a rapid rate and it … More

Trend Report 2017: Food and beverage design

Continuing our seven-part Trend Report 2017 series, Jon Bentley, the head of Harrison’s UAE office in Dubai, offers insight into food and beverage design trends.  You can also read the first part of our series by Aida Karimi, senior designer at DiLeonardo, who shares … More

Trend report 2017: Hospitality design

As the New Year unfolds, it’s the perfect time to explore the design trends that will be emerging throughout commercial and residential interiors in 2017. From restaurants to hotels, primary schools and nurseries, to offices and high-end villas, this week designMENA will reveal their … More

Museums of the UAE: Contrasting cultural design

Cristiano Luchetti, assistant professor of the College of Architecture, Art and Design at the American University of Sharjah and architecture critic, writes about the contrasting roles of museums in the various emirates of the UAE.  For quite a few years now museums have … More

Tile trends from around the world

Laura Bielecki, design blogger and interior design manager at Ellington Properties shares exciting trends in tile design showcased at CERSAIE 2016 in Bologna. I finally made my pilgrimage along with 100,000 others to the capital of the ceramic industry – beautiful Bologna, Italy. … More

The challenges of designing schools for the 21st century by Kathryn Brown, GAJ

Kathryn Brown, Senior Interior Designer at Godwin Austen Johnson writes about the challenges of designing 21st century learning environments and adapting to new learning techniques. I recently read a Facebook post from a neighbour of one of our school projects that we did … More

Growth of the regional design community

Rue Kothari, Fair Director of Downtown Design, writes about the prospect of Dubai becoming a new design hub for the Middle East and explains why design should be seen as the new economic driver. Dubai is future focused; it’s the energy that fuels … More

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