Interior Designers

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

Steel Rebel

Albanian artist and product designer Helidon Xhixha talks to CID about his passion for steel sculpting and freedom of expression. Helidon Xhixha, an Albanian artist currently based in Italy, begins: “My father was the starting point of my career.” Though he is currently … More

In the spotlight

Karen Michelle Evans, managing associate at HBA International, tells CID what led her to becoming Interior Designer of the Year I always wanted to make things. So my whole career started from that when I was very young,” Michelle Evans starts out. In … More

One in a milieu

Designing a space comes easily for French-American designer, Bruno Guelaff, who seems to have stumbled upon his calling a few years back. With his Dubai-based studio well into the works, we can now look forward to more commercial and residential projects from the … More

Fierce Fem

Carla Conte, creative director of Dubai-based Brand Creative, sits down with CID and discusses how to get inside a power shopper’s mind. Though in its infancy, Brand Creative has already racked up quite an impressive oeuvre. Led by married duo Carla Conte and … More

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