The challenges of designing schools for the 21st century by Kathryn Brown, GAJ

Kathryn Brown, Senior Interior Designer at Godwin Austen Johnson writes about the challenges of designing 21st century learning environments and adapting to new learning techniques. I recently read a Facebook post from a neighbour of one of our school projects that we did … More

Marina Petrovic


Is the industry ready for human-centric lighting?

Top class lighting can have a powerful impact on personal and business relationships by supporting more open communication according to an expert in design illumination. Henrik Clausen, director of Fagerhult Lighting Academy, is a leading advocate of what he calls “human-centric lighting”. This … More

Marina Petrovic


Editor’s comment: Can we make sustainability cooler?

The 10th edition of the Commercial Interior Design Awards is fast approaching and we are pleased to shine a spotlight on the projects, developments, people and design studios that are changing the face of commercial and residential interiors across the Middle East. With more … More

Marina Petrovic


Our private escapes

Last year, while we were looking into various trends that will influence design schemes in 2016, maintaining privacy seemed to be one of the key factors to keep in mind when designing interiors for both residential and commercial projects. In an era of … More

“We must continue to work towards a cleaner and greener future” says Saeed Al Abbar

The UAE’s efforts to promote sustainable development have been dynamic, but we must continue to work towards a cleaner and greener future. The UAE is a regional pioneer when it comes to embracing sustainable development as a national priority. During recent years, the … More

Ensuring fire-rated materials are used in construction is vital, says Gyproc

With Dubai’s New Year celebrations overshadowed by another skyscraper fire, the focus has inevitably turned to the role of the external cladding in spreading the fire so quickly across the building. But the problem can go much deeper than just external cladding panels … More

Marina Petrovic


Your business, your rules

Last month Commercial Interior Design hosted a round table along with Middle East Architect magazine, tackling some of the main challenges of setting up your own interior design/architecture firm in the region. We dived deeply into this subject together with five established designers … More

Reporting from the Front – the 15th Biennale di Architettura

  Cristiano Luchetti who is Assistant Professor at the College of Architecture, Art and Design, American University of Sharjah gives his thoughts on the Venice Biennale First the numbers. 88 participants from 37 different countries, 62 national participations, and infinite collateral events. Thousands … More

How conceptual design adds value to the commercial market by Esra Lemmens

Esra Lemmens, designer and author of the book “conceptual commercialism – commercial conceptualism” delves into the dynamics of creativity and commerce. Modern commercial design includes conceptual work as well as projects – an interesting phenomenon that triggers social, economic, educational and cultural questions. … More

Marcos Cain of stickman design writes about creating experiential outdoor journey

As a designer, if you’re lucky, you get a dream assignment, possessing the right combination of location, budget and energised clients to pour your ideas and ambitions into. For me that project was Zaya Nurai Island Resort, a fertile slice of tropical heaven … More

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