Interior Designers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

The Light Maker

CID finds out how Croatian lighting designer Dean Skira came into his field of work and formed the company Skira The first time we met Croatian lighting designer, Dean Skira, was at the first edition of the DesignMENA Summit in early December 2013. … More

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