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

Academic inspiration

Nick Ames meets Islam El Mashtooly who keeps his skills and ideas fresh by teaching architecture as well as designing buildings. Combining a passion for teaching design skills with practical architecture is what fires 31-year-old Islam El Mashtooly – currently working on Saudi … More

ABC: Josh McLean

Josh McLean talks about what he admires across the profession in people, design and environment. ARCHITECT Snohetta, Norway Not only do they create beautiful buildings but they also exhibit a beautiful craft and respect for material at multiple scales. They’re a great example … More

Inspiration Education Creation

Raj Patel explains the value of absorbing experiences and how mentoring can help young architects – a discipline he feels is disappearing Mentoring, inspiring and unleashing the creativity of young architects are all close to the heart of KEO International Consultants design director … More

The Design Poet

From Tehran to New York and now Dubai, Iranian artist Shirin Ehya talks to Rima Alsammarae about how jasmine trees and crisp autumn nights inspired her first furniture collection, Isfahan. Born in Tehran in 1984, it would be 18 years until Shirin Ehya … More

The believer

Nick Ames meets Josh McLean who says design can change people lives – and is excited by the possibilities which exists across the UAE. Josh McLean has just started working in Dubai for Brewer Smith Brewer Gulf after stints in Australia, the UK … More

The Adventurist

Chelsea-made designer Katharine Pooley talks to CID this month and tells us why she chose Doha for her entrance into the Middle East market The self-described ‘utter-explorer’ has most certainly had her fair share of travelling. Having visited more than a whopping 100 … More

The design nomad

From Beirut to Casablanca and Dubai, Fady Chams and his company Prospect Design International have left their mark on a number of global hotspots. Born in Lebanon, Fady Chams was raised in Saudi Arabia due to his father’s profession in the construction industry. … More

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