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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

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

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