Wilson Associates Dubai office expands its design team

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Wilson Associates, a global interior architectural design firm, is expanding its Dubai office by hiring new design talent with the addition of Tom Skyring as design director and Hilda Impey as associate design director.

Tom Skyring joins Wilson Associates’ Dubai studio after nearly 30 years as an interior designer, 15 of those at the helm of his own namesake studio where he specialised in restaurant and bar design. His projects range from gastropubs to signature restaurants for celebrity chefs and international hotel brands such as Westin and Hilton. Skyring’s distinctive design style is recognised by award-winning restaurants such as the Bangalore Polo Club, Ballarat Trading Co., and Dine.

Vivanta by TAJ will feature 201 hotel rooms and 130 branded apartments.

Vivanta by TAJ will feature 201 hotel rooms and 130 branded apartments.

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As design director, Skyring will act as the primary liaison between the client and the design team. By overseeing projects from start to finish, he conceptualises the design intent and crafts project goals, reviews all documentations, facilitates meetings and negotiations, and manages the team closely to ensure the client’s vision is realised.

“I’m honoured to be part of the growing creative team at Wilson Associates, and equally excited to contribute to the exciting projects the design team is creating,” said Skyring.

Joining Wilson Associates’ as associate design director, Hilda Impey brings more than 15 years of interior design experience and an acute specialisation in FF&E (furniture, fixtures and equipment).

Born and raised in Mexico, Impey’s international career in textiles and interiors began early, and in 2002 she was awarded first place in the International Design Biennale in Mexico City. She received a Master’s degree in textile futures from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design in London, U.K., and her deep knowledge of textiles and passion for interiors bring a unique approach to her methodology. She has worked as a creative head launching textile ranges for the interiors industry, and as a fabric buyer, product developer, and interiors trend forecaster for suppliers around the world.

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Hilda Impey. Photo: ITP Publishing

Previously an associate head of FF&E at Godwin Austen Johnson’s Dubai headquarters, Impey is known within the interiors and hospitality industries for her particular and exciting creative style. She will work across all projects in Wilson Associates’ Dubai studio as head of FF&E.

“I have reinforced an already superb team through Hilda’s addition as well as the addition of our new design director, Tom Skyring,” said managing director Isabel Pintado. “Having them as part of the team allows us to deliver a much higher output and guarantees superb designs. Both are perfectionists in their fields, eager to design and deliver exquisite and creative environments. All in all, I am over the moon with their decision to join us and look forward to spending many hours over sample boards and schemes together.”

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Isabel Pintado. Photo: Wilson Associates

Impey previously worked with Pintado at GAJ, and the two have since developed a friendship and “mutual respect for each other’s designs.”

“I am tremendously excited to join the internationally renowned Wilson Associates, and in particular, I am happy to be once again united with Isabel Pintado, a former colleague who I professionally admire and respect,” said Hilda. “I am thrilled to be part of a newly selected team who share the same passion for creativity and design that I do. I have no doubt of the success stories that will follow our new team. Under Isabel’s leadership, we will face any challenge and produce the outstanding design.”

“My work methodology is based on empowering designers, making them feel confident in what they do and supporting their performance with accuracy, from concept to site delivery,” said Hilda. “I love to create stories that are followed by fabrics, furniture, lighting, rugs and accessories that always link back to the original concept. When a project arrives at the table, I like to spend time discussing the strategy to balance time, speed, attention to detail, and quality to deliver the best product for our clients.”

READ MORE: Interview with Isabel Pintado: Balancing work, design and family life

The growth of design talent and leadership in Wilson Associates’ Dubai studio creates opportunities for the studio to deliver even more outstanding designs for clients as well as expand the firm’s portfolio of luxury projects in the Middle East region.

A rendering of the proposed lobby area for the new Anantara resort in RAK.

A rendering of the proposed lobby area for the new Anantara resort in RAK. Photo: Wilson Associates.

Pintado joined Wilson Associates in June to lead the Dubai office as managing director after Firas Alsalih was promoted to executive vice president, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, and global head of business development for Wilson Associates. He is overseeing the firm’s business development teams in every region and serves as a global brand ambassador, further developing key relationships and growth for the firm.

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