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Jonathan Ashmore on designing with context in mind

Jonathan Ashmore, founder and director of Anarchitect, writes about the challenges when designing outdoor spaces.  It is imperative to look back at the heritage of the region to understand the traditional use of outdoor spaces and their cultural and social importance. The traditional … More

How will flying drone taxis impact Dubai’s design and architecture?

Muhammad Obaid, founder of Dubai-based architecture and engineering consultancy EMKAAN reveals how driverless cars would reshape mega-cities in the future. Obaid explains that the sleek and compact futuristic vehicle opens up incredible potential in the construction and design field, affecting design considerations. Designers would … More

Hotel design trends by Veena Kanchan

Veena Kanchan , design director at VS Design Studio, shares her thoughts on what she expects will be the biggest 2017 hotel design trends. Technology driven trends The new millennial travellers –  85% own smartphones. Therefore smart controls most likely to capture their … More

The top lighting trends in 2017

By Regina Santos, associate – lighting designer at Godwin Austen Johnson. The year ahead for lighting design is one of contrasts. We are starting to see a lot of projects focusing on minimalism while others have a more industrial character. Both residential and … More

Cristiano Luchetti in conversation with Iranian architect Kourosh Hajizadeh

Cristiano Luchetti, assistant professor at the American University of Sharjah, and judge at the Middle East Architect Awards talks to 2013 Architect of the Year Kourosh Hajizadeh about winning the accolade, his career and design philosophy. Last year was my third time as … More

Melani Sabhaney on demystifying design

Melani Sabhaney, design principal and partner at Interspace Interior Design, feels a need for design democracy. “Good design is obvious; great design is transparent.” Designer Joe Sparano once said it and, indeed, I share his view. But, what is becoming more apparent to … More

Trend Report 2017: The new office

As a part of Trend report 2017 series, last, but not least we look at workplace design. Pratyush Sarup, design manager at Dubai-based Spencer interiors explores planning, materials and colours, stating that the office of today needs personality. The way business is conducted has … More

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

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