Interior Designers

#RisingStars: Meet Dilara Ajun of ATI Consultants Architect Engineers

Turkish-born interior designer Dilara Ajun may be considered as a young designer due to her age, but as the head of the interior design department at Dubai-based ATI Consultants Architect Engineers, she has already managed to build an impressive portfolio of completed projects. … More

#RisingStars: Meet Aakriti Dhaliwal from Interior Motives

Unlike many programmes around the world, Aakriti Dhaliwal’s design education at the Inchbald School of Design adapted a very hands-on approach, including working on briefs from real clients and learning to design around their needs. Dhaliwal then proceeded to switch her career focus … More

#RisingStars: Meet Annika Broemmer from RSP Architects Planners & Engineers

Annika Broemmer began her career at RSP Architects & Engineers, where she joined directly as a junior interior designer upon completing her studies at the American University in Dubai. While her studies provided her with a solid foundation for creative and theoretical practice, … More

#RisingStars: Meet Nikita Chellani from Draw Link Group

Nikita Chellani currently works as a junior interior designer at the Draw Link Group’s Dubai office. Her first experience with the world of design was an internship at WA International in the summer of 2009 while still in high school. “At the age … More

#RisingStars: Meet Anita Bir from Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA)

Anita Bir’s interior design career began at Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), where she has been working as an interior designer for the past two years. Having completed her Master’s degree in Interior Design from the Nuova Accademia di Belli Arti in Milan, Bir … More

#RisingStars: Meet Adriana Graur from Perkins+Will

Without creativity, we would have nothing today, firmly believes Adriana Graur, a talented young designer, currently working her way up at Perkins+Will Dubai office. Graur was highly commended by the judging panel at the 2017 CID Awards for her positive approach. “Creative people … More

#RisingStars: Meet Gillian Blair from Godwin Austen Johnson

“The best advice I have been given in my career is to be inspired by a concept, and use the interior to tell the story; to look for inspiration not in existing interiors, but in moments and experiences,” says Gillian Blair, a Scottish-born … More

Interview with Helen El Mettouri: Keeping it candid

Marina Mrdjen-Petrovic speaks to Helen El Mettouri, regional director at Keane, about the importance of being recognised not only for award-winning designs but projects that work operationally and commercially.  Interior design carries the responsibility of creating environments that can welcome, inspire and captivate … More

Going Rogue: Interview with Paul Bishop

Marina Mrdjen-Petrovic speaks to Paul Bishop about his evolution as a designer and why he decided to rebrand his studio. A new vision, a new chapter and a new – somewhat controversial – name. After 12 years of running his own business, Dubai-based … More

Interview: Studio EM on running the business as a family

British interior architect Emma Stinson is the creative force behind Dubai-based Studio EM, which she co-founded back in 2011 with her husband Kristian who manages the business operations. In the past five years, the studio has gone from their spare room to now … More

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