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Architects need to design cooler buildings in the UAE as a result of higher temperatures says Emkaan

Muhammed Obaid, principal architect, partner and manager of EMKAAN Architecture and Engineering Consultancy in Dubai says creating cooler spaces in the UAE is vital.  On a global scale, 2016 was officially the warmest year on record, with 2017 expected to follow suit.  This … More

How to turn a brand into a three-dimensional space using graphic design

Carla Conte, founder and Creative Director of Dubai-based Brand Creative Design Studio, on brandscaping and turning a brand into a three-dimensional space. As keen observers and contributors to the practice of retail design in the Middle East over the last decade, it is … More

Steven Velegrinis, Perkins + Will, on the evolution of social infrastructure in the Gulf

The term social infrastructure is so much more diverse today than it has ever been before. So many things qualify as social infrastructure today, everything from privately owned public spaces, mosques and the areas around mosques, even shopping environments to a degree are … More

ABC series: Benjamin Piper, Killa Design on his architectural favourties

In this series called ABC, we choose an architect from the region and ask them to share their ABCs: their favourite architect, building and city. Benjamin Piper, partner and design principal at Killa Design is the first in the ABC series, revealing his … More

Retail design: Paul McElroy on Millennials and the store of the future

Paul McElroy, partner at Kinnersley Kent Design shares his thoughts on current trends and shifts in consumer behaviour and how the millennial generation will affect all retailers across all markets. We all hear the phrase ‘store of the future’ so frequently it has become … More

How to bring super-tall buildings to life in the Middle East

The GCC is a place of big dreams for architects and designers, as it is home to some of the world’s largest and tallest structures, from the upcoming Mall of Dubai to the soon-to-be-completed Jeddah Tower. Buildings are not only becoming taller, but … More

Laura Bielecki of Ellington Group selects top products from Milan Design Week 2017

Laura Bielecki, design blogger and senior manager interior design at Ellington in Dubai selects products from Milan Design Week 2017. I can never get over the scale of Milan Design Week and it feels bigger by the year. It’s so easy to get … More

Pratyush Sarup on creating playful office designs

By Pratyush Sarup, head of design at Dubai-based Spencer Interiors The way we work now is not the way an office was run, used, and thus designed two decades ago. Silicon Valley, startups and that phenomenon of the Millennials that seems to inform … More

Simon Berry on lighting design evolution

Simon Berry, director of Illuminate, shares with designMENA his thoughts on lighting design evolution. If I were to ask you “What do you need light for?” how would you respond? You may answer, it helps me to see, it helps me to find … More

Louise Duggan on art and design

Louise Duggan, FF&E Designer and Founder of the Dubai-based Ophelia Art Consultancy, shares her thoughts on the importance of incorporating art within hospitality interiors. Artwork is the finishing touch to design, often bringing the whole concept together, but it is often the last … More

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