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Pallavi Dean speaks of moving forward

Pallavi Dean, design director, Pallavi Dean Interiors, tells Rima Alsammarae her secrets of success for the firm’s recent growth Pallavi Dean Interiors is a Dubai-based, boutique interior design firm that’s known for delivering tasteful interiors throughout the region. Established by design heavy-weight Pallavi … More

Husasmddine carries on family tradition in architecture

Rama Husamddine of Perkins + Will is carrying on the family tradition by electing to pursue a career as an architect. A member of the company’s Dubai-based urban design team, she is following in the footsteps of her grandfather and mother. “They were … More

Interior Designer of the Year: Interview with Diane Thorsen, Perkins + Will

As design director of Perkins + Will, one of the region’s most successful design firms, Diane Thorsen has a lot on her plate and she seems to be managing it all quite effortlessly. Since realising the power of art as a child, it … More

British architecture’s voice in the Gulf

Nick Ames meets Sumaya Dabbagh, architect and RIBA committee member who emphasises the positive aspect a high standard of design can have on everyday life An understanding of culture and the nuances of daily life in the Middle East is fundamental to the … More

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

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