Simon Berry on lighting design evolution

Simon Berry, director of Illuminate, shares with designMENA his thoughts on lighting design evolution. If I were to ask you “What do you need light for?” how would you respond? You may answer, it helps me to see, it helps me to find … More

Louise Duggan on art and design

Louise Duggan, FF&E Designer and Founder of the Dubai-based Ophelia Art Consultancy, shares her thoughts on the importance of incorporating art within hospitality interiors. Artwork is the finishing touch to design, often bringing the whole concept together, but it is often the last … More

Cristiano Luchetti on using OMA’s Concrete building in Dubai as an architectural metaphor

In 1977 Peter Blake wrote “Forms follows fiasco: Why modern architecture does not work”. His skepticism towards the dominant architectural thinking of the twentieth century was expressed through a series of chapters in which he cynically commented on the dominant themes of “modern” … More



Dubai’s ambitious plans

The news that Dubai is seeking to examine the possibility of a city which would be a base for the exploration of Mars certainly caused a few raised eyebrows (Mr Spock-fashion?) among the world’s architects. But surely no-one can fault the vision and … More

The top lighting trends in 2017

By Regina Santos, associate – lighting designer at Godwin Austen Johnson. The year ahead for lighting design is one of contrasts. We are starting to see a lot of projects focusing on minimalism while others have a more industrial character. Both residential and … More

Melani Sabhaney on demystifying design

Melani Sabhaney, design principal and partner at Interspace Interior Design, feels a need for design democracy. “Good design is obvious; great design is transparent.” Designer Joe Sparano once said it and, indeed, I share his view. But, what is becoming more apparent to … More

Marina Petrovic


Summing it up

So, here we are again. It’s the time of the year to evaluate, compile and share with you CID’s always much-anticipated list of the 50 most influential professionals who have been leading the region’s interior design industry over the past 12 months. READ … More

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

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