Interior Designers

Wood steaming

I’ve always been driven by the desire to create something unique, which makes people question the concept of how a product should conform, especially in terms of aesthetics. With a background in product design and sustainability, I have always loved products made from … More

We are sailing…

Firoz Sainudeen was shortlisted for Young interior Designer of the Year at the CID Awards 2010, and this year, he was overwhelmed to win the 2011 prize title Firoz Sainudeen is a 23-year-old interior design graduate based in the UAE. He completed his … More

The upside down world of design

Designer, Mark Marin, discusses bureaucracy and paperwork and why Government departments need to move towards less paper-based documentation Mark Marin set up his interior design studio in 2009, in Dubai, just as the aftermath of the global financial crisis took hold. He saw … 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 Roomi brothers talk design, pushing boundaries and world domination

Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Iraqi brothers Hasan and Husain Roomi started out building their careers by taking on a few small projects in London while they completed their studies and worked for other design companies. When they started to get … More

The rise and rise of Agata Kurzela

Marina Mrdjen-Petrovic talks to CID’s Interior Designer of the Year, Agata Kurzela about her successes to date and her ambitions for the future. With more than a decade of work in master planning, architecture and interior design, Polish-born Agata Kurzela has been delivering … More

The man, the mission

Rocco Forte Hotels will open its first flagship brand in the Middle East this year with a spectacular 10-storey wave-shaped tower with a blue and green glass façade. CID speaks to design director, Olga Polizzi. The Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi is the … 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

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 irony of sustainability by Indu Varanasi

There has been a lot said about sustainability; it is the catch phase and in-thing. Sometimes, it seems fashionable too. Everywhere from my neighborhood café to my ready-made apparel store is now ‘sustainable’. And yet, why is it that we consume more energy … More

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