Interior Designers

The human touch

In 1996, Galal Mahmoud returned to Lebanon, after 20 years away. He had spent the previous two decades studying and working in France, but his childhood home was calling him back. At the time, Lebanon was edging into a period of peace and … 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 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 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 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 bigger picture

Julia Dempster, Interior Motives, moves from creating set designs at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, to her screen favourite destination, Dubai Julia Dempster, managing director, Interior Motives design firm, Dubai, completed a BA (Hons) in interior design at the University of Central England, 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

Taking the Design Road

UAE: The first Design Road was held at Tashkeel, Dubai, recently with international designers heading workshops and seminars to interact with local creative professionals. All workshops were carried out in collaboration with Elisava Design School, Barcelona, and Kingston University, London. International and local … More

Summertown appoints new GM

Project manager, Jimmy Lynch, has been appointed as the general manger of Summertown Interiors Dubai, to support the company’s growth in commercial fit out projects. Thanks to an oversupply in the local market, the firm believes the field has opened up for new, … 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

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