Meeting point


The third Contemporary Majlis Competition 2011 saw entries from 70 interior designers and interior architects

Index has announced the six finalists who will compete for the title of Contemporary Majlis Competition winner 2011.

It is the third time the competition has been held at Dubai World Trade Centre and, unlike previous years, it was open to any qualified interior designer or interior architect.

There were 70 applications in total from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, North Africa, South Africa and the US, and according to organiser, Malini Dean, dmg :: events, the standard of submissions based on the concept, use of material and design as a whole was very high.

“At the heart of any Middle Eastern home, the majlis is traditionally the place where families meet and socialise with friends,” she said.

“The younger generation is now looking for an environment that celebrates Arab culture, but also embraces cutting edge, innovative design. Index is an international event with a strong Middle Eastern influence, so we are keen to celebrate local culture and promote innovative design. Over the years the competition has attracted great interest from attendees keen to see how senior designers approach such a challenge to deliver a modern day majlis from conception to completion.

“In 2009, Zain Mustafa of Zain Mustafa Design won accolades for his striking and colourful design space and in 2010, Rashida Rajkotwalla, DWP wowed the judges with her winning majlis, which captured the fluidity of movement whilst drawing inspiration from the literary arts and Bedouin culture.”

The judges selected the entries based on six main themes; Design innovation, Creative use of fabrics and materials, Use of innovative furnishings, Practicality and usability of the design, Does the design work as a whole and is it a contemporary majlis.

Questions asked were;
• Did the designer create a design concept that is pioneering, innovative, inspirational, thought-provoking and cutting edge?
• Did the designer create a design using
original and innovative textiles and materials which could be sustainable and are aesthetically pleasing, but also practicable?
• Is the furniture comfortable and following good proportions and high standards?
• Does the design marry the traditional majlis with cutting-edge contemporary design whilst maintaining Arabic culture?

The finalists are Sinmar Al-Said, managing partner, Internal Line Interior Design(ILID), Ghandour El Habre, senior interior designer, Khatib & Alami, Mimi Shakshashir, managing partner, co-owner and designer, O’de Rose, Carrie Das, design manager, AHK International, Basak Yuksel, senior designer, PF Emirates Interiors LLC and Rania Mahmoud Hamed of Von Saldern Hamed Design.

The six finalists will now showcase their designs at Index 2011 and be judged on their actual build of a contemporary majlis with the winner being announced on October 22 and featured in CID’s daily show paper, the Index Inspiration Daily on October 23.

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