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Burj Al Arab designer Khuan Chew talks about moving on from iconic project

It would seem that famed interior designer Khuan Chew has had an uninterrupted string of successful projects not only in the Middle East, but in other regions as well. While the path she started on as a child was bumpy, it remained steady … More

Heritage master

Design excellence doesn’t have to be all about the biggest and brashest constructions of glass and steel, according to Benoy’s Alex Cunningham. Instead striking structures can reflect a nation’s culture said the 29-year-old who has been working in Dubai for the past eight months. “You can … More

The rug artist

Having grown up during the Iraq-Iran War, Vaheed Taheri knew there was a better life waiting for him elsewhere. With a family whose artistic heritage lay in rug designing, the Iranian artist knew that one day he would have a prosperous business, and … More

Architecture should benefit society says Levi Dacosta

Architect Levi Dacosta believes images, renderings and technology all have a part to play in his chosen profession – but it is the finished product which is the only thing that counts. He said: “For me, architecture is about defining the will of … More

The design team

Having met at the American University of Sharjah, Emirati citizens Maryam Alsuwaidi and Sulaiman Althehli’s tale of career and companionship is an inspiring story. Althehli comes from a family heavily involved in business and knew that he always wanted to start his own … More

Kamelia Zaal: Emirati vision of a green lifestyle

Kamelia Zaal on creating Al Barari, a wooded and floral oasis in the desert on the outskirts of the city of Dubai Creating an architectural vision which preserves and celebrates Emirati culture was the goal of the Zaal family, when the ambitious concept … More

Sustainability makes economic sense

Nick Ames meets Tristan Francis whose background in finance is vital in the role of convincing clients that sustainability makes economic sense when designing a project. Sustainability, along with increasing the awareness of clients of their responsibility to the environment when it comes … More

The Karim Rashid story

International design superstar Karim Rashid tells Rima Alsammarae about his branded sensual-minimalism and his struggle to break into the Middle East’s design landscape Once labelled the Poet of Plastic, New York-based interior designer Karim Rashid is known for his curvaceous designs and outspoken … More

Designing for a multicultural society

The opportunity to work in what she considers one of the most vibrant regions in the world with its cross-cultural mix of population was a major factor in encouraging Spanish-born Blanca Pedrosa to take on a design role in Dubai with global firm … More

The eternal optimist

Mahnaz Liaghat, a designer who is an Iran-born Bahrani citizen, tells Rima Alsammarae about her years working in the United States and her ultimate return to the Middle East. With plans to set up her own company after the completion of the Sofitel … More

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