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STYLE BIBLE THE WORLD’S LEADING

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MICHAEL FIEBRICH

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KENNETH BORDEWICK

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SANDER J SINOT

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SIMON KOENIG

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IOANNA LENNOX

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PAUL BISHOP

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TANIA AZADIAN

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GEELE SOROKA

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Style Bible is known as an annual book of forecasts and predictions, published at the start of each year and as such this is true. As always, we have taken a look at new collections, ideas and inspirations and selected those we recommend, consider key going forward and are essentially our endorsements for 2019.

of forecasts and predictions; it brings together some of the world’s most eminent names, from yacht and aviation designers to architects, commercial and residential designers, who talk candidly about their work, their design philosophies and the way in which they are we are shaping the future of the world via design.

With chapters on bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens, design essentials, wall & floor coverings and lighting, we think we have most areas covered.

I hope you enjoy the 2019, issue.

However, this year Style Bible is more than simply an annual book

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MICHAEL FIEBRICH MANAGING DIRECTOR MICHAEL FIEBRICH DESIGN.

After graduating from the University of Texas in his hometown of Austin with a degree in Architecture, Michael went to work for one of the largest hospitality design firms in the world, based in Dallas, Texas and was eventually relocated to Singapore as Design Director of their new Asia headquarters. After many years with them in Singapore, it was time to venture out on his own and Michael Fiebrich Design was born. The team has had the wonderful opportunity to work with the most renowned hospitality and development groups in the industry and have walked away from every association further enlightened. Michael Fiebrich Design specializes in the hospitality market; Hotel, Resort, Casino as well Spa and F&B, but also enjoy high-end residential design.

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How would you describe your personal interior design style? The basic tenets of great design always apply to our work- timelessness, elegance, comfort, functionality and an understanding of service operations- but we try to ensure that our projects also have a sense of escapism. We feel that great design should always make the mind travel, whether it’s to a place of relaxation and serenity or excitement or anything in between. The designs we provide have less to do with a personal style and more to do with the Clients goals and objectives. Our team always designs with our Client’s needs and the target market or end user in mind and we’re comfortable working in any style from cutting edge contemporary to classic. Where does your design inspiration come from? As Designers, we take inspiration from everything around us from architecture to nature to fashion, but the wonderful opportunity to travel extensively and experience different cultures and countries first-hand for our projects has provided our team with the most creative inspiration. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? We tend to avoid trends in design and prefer a more timeless approach instead. Having said that, we have seen shifts in what our guests and end-users expect, ranging from connectivity to sustainability. We also feel that

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with the globalization of the market, our guests are becoming savvier. With this comes an even higher expectation of a unique experience and a strong sense of relevance. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2019 and beyond. 1. Guest experience 2. Comfort 3. Function 4. Ease of operations 5. Timelessness If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to interior design schemes, what would it be? Always design for the Client. You can create the most beautiful space in the world but if it isn’t appropriate for your target market or the end user, it will not be successful. How important are The International Hotel & Property Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? The Awards provide a platform that promotes the sharing and appreciation of our industry and our work, which is paramount to all our success and growth as designers. It makes us all better designers to see and be inspired by what our peers are achieving world-wide. Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations: Your most treasured possession? My partner David, friends and family are the only things I couldn’t live without.

Your favourite holiday destination? There are too many to list – Venice, Marrakech, Bali are a few of my go-to destinations but we tend to usually gravitate toward the mountains or the beach when we think of a holiday. Our favourite beach destination is the Maldives and our favourite mountain destination is our home in Wyoming. Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? We always stay at the Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles- the rooms are tasteful, chic and spacious with large garden terraces and the grounds are beautiful- but my new favourite is the Crown Towers Resort in Perth, Australia. The Lobby is grand, elegant but very masculine. Nobu Restaurant in Perth, Australia is one of my favourite dining experiences. Nobu always has an incredible menu and both the restaurant and the bar are top of my “sexy interiors” list. Your favourite food and drink? I will never say no to good Mexican food or an ice-cold bottle of Chardonnay. Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Spending the day puttering around in our tropical garden in Singapore. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? A Landscape Architect, I love watching things grow.


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KENNETH BORDEWICK

BEVERLY HILLS LUXURY INTERIORS LLC

Kenneth attended San Francisco Design Institute and Paris School of Interior Design. His experience, includes 30 years of extreme high-end Luxury Interior designs, working with Royal Families from the Middle East and Europe and celebrities as well. How would you describe your personal interior design style? I don’t have a personal interior design style. I strive to create sumptuous interiors that suit the needs and requests of my clients. Combining refined elements into a space to facilitate comfort, pleasure and timeless elegance.

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Where does your design inspiration come from? I’m a huge fan of Mr. Henry Royce, not only the cars but his life legacy. “Strive for perfection in everything. Take the best that exists and make it better. If it doesn’t exist, create it.” What products/services could you not live without when designing? Textiles, good drafter, good renderer, most of all a client and a good chandelier. What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms? It seems that all the classic design is being replaced to a more contemporary theme. I also think that people are moving to larger spaces and more convenient ways of living. The great room use to be the most important room of the house, but now people are looking and moving toward magnificent kitchens that a family would be extremely proud in and a professional chef would have everything that he would possibly need. How important are The Design Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? The Design Awards are extremely important. This recognises new and old talent alike and introduces their design to the world. This introduction allows trends to start and move forward. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? I would like to create a special design team that travels with me with portable rendering computers so that we may work from job sites. Final thoughts – tell us a little more about yourself... Your favourite place to travel to in the world? I love Venice Italy. The architecture of Palladio. The Venetian gothic arches. The food, the canals. I cannot get enough of Venice. Your most treasured possession? A small shaving bag given to me by my mother. My mother has Alzheimer’s. The bag was the last thing she was able to select for me with her own mind still intact. Your favourite food and drink? Italian food and Champagne. Any final thoughts? My dog, Whoopee is my companion. She gives me support and love.

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SANDER J SINOT SINOT YACHT

Sander’s background is in Industrial design after graduating from Gerrit Rietveld Academy, an International University of applied sciences for Fine Arts and Design in Amsterdam. During his studies he had an internship in New York at Henry Dreyfuss Associates of which the internship advanced into a job for three years. Sander’s extended line of designing was for diverse products, ranging from airplanes interiors, phones, cameras, consumer products, speedboats, agricultural machines, a lot of variety for multinational clients. His time working in New York was a great experience.

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Sander was then approached by a famous Dutch designer, Benno Premsela to start his own department in a larger office and felt the timing was right to move back to the Netherlands. The office he joined was a consortium of architects, designers, graphic designers and textile designers. This was a successful move, as he worked there for more then two years and at the time their direction of business was changing, he decided to start his own company as he truly wanted to focus on industrial design linked to branding. The kick start was branding and design, for companies such as KLM, NS (dutch railway systems) Pharmachemie (pharmaceutical companies) Cosmetics and Banking. The business grew, then shifted ten years ago from interior design to domestic projects and now their core business is Yacht design. Sander started his own firm over 25 years ago. How would you describe your personal interior design style? If I must name a style, then it would be Fusion; various styles together, influences from Japanese style, simplicity from all different styles in the world compiled together. The style is something that is evolving, it’s not a repetitive style. I try to make improvements each time for each project and my focus is the client. We are very focused on their style and take into account their cultural background and global interest. The way we look at projects is that we always want to bring something unique, so its not 100% client driven but also from the designer’s view. We aim for an open discussion amongst the client and ourselves. Where does your design inspiration come from? It’s a hard question to answer as so many things inspire me. The many cultures and their own way of looking and treating colors, graphics and forms, is a major inspiration tool for me. As a team we investigate everything that we can to meet the client needs. Personally, the Japanese way of craftmanship and simplicity truly inspires me. Simplicity is hard to achieve, as it frequently appears easy but often its far more complicated then a loud design. What products/services could you not live without when designing? From day one we use 3D to work in a virtual environment mainly because a yacht scale is so large, 80-100m+ meaning you need to work in detail and to scale in 3D. Anthropometrics, interaction of human scale, proportions and prospective and experience with the yacht is taken into account that’s why 3D is so important. Merely 2D on plain paper does not

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give the right perspective. We value the 3D tool as a necessity to have a successful end result. What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms? I think that design is very much evolutionary, on one hand you have fashion design which is very provocative, inspiring, inviting, trying to use new materials that emit, radiate light, integrated, intelligent materials etc. I think technology will be a major key in the next generation of design. Intelligence in the service and skin of the product will become more normal or integrated. The car industry for example is a major inspiration source as many billions are invested into concept cars to bring new inspirations to the market and therefore you see a lot of combination of techniques. Production techniques such as 3D printing, glass which had been significantly developed over the years which will become incomparable to what we’ve ever seen before. Anything that was once ‘primitive’, or ‘crude’ will become much more sophisticated. For example, large scale robots, houses being printed, there is a lot of technique coming into the design which is great because then the designer can achieve more, come closer to his imaginary world. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in the future: 1. Freedom; get closer to conceptual ideas 2. Flexibility; due to innovation techniques we must remain flexible in designs 3. Technology; will be more and more integrated, it can be ‘part’ of the product itself eg, information layers in glass windows, light emitting diodes in products such as fabrics. 4. New Materials; because of this we will have new color schemes, new textures, tactility. I think we are looking in our cultural refection to bring a balance between too much form and only function. I think form follows function is very evident and a bold statement, but I think designers will spend more time making things more sensual and less engineered, more freedom in form but not styling. 5. Cultural influences; we have more migration on earth then ever before, therefore cultures will fuse and bring from their own philosophy and background, new pulses to form languages and appreciation by the cultures who are becoming the bigger part of the common denominator, and so, the appreciation of certain things. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to product design, what would it be? First and foremost, don’t design anything you don’t want to use. The question is, if it’s a yacht or product, ask ‘what are you going to do with

it?’, that’s the main key, obviously it can be an object of desire, but then it becomes more an art piece, decorative or an object. If you want to use it then it is very important to do a good inventory on your wishes and how it plans to be used. What projects are you currently working on? Currently we’re working on twelve Yachts and four domestic projects now simultaneously. Although, all the projects we are working on are naturally confidential, unfortunately, I can’t go into detail, what I can share is that we are working on some very challenging and fantastic projects. We are privileged to be working on a new project with a lot of innovations and are grateful that our clients are bringing it to the next level, which pushes us to step up and push the design boundaries. That is the type of client we love to work for! What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? The aim is always the same, I don’t start a new year with resolutions. Every day I like to treat as a new opportunity and have a fresh start, so I don’t have the momentum of peaking, I have a nice continuous flow with projects. Final thoughts – tell us a little more about yourself... Your favorite place to travel to in the world? The globe. I love Japan and very much appreciate nature but everywhere is different, so I cannot pinpoint one favorite place. I like to travel and explore, and I love nature so that can be in various places. I appreciate the artic, jungle, dessert, aquatic/marine life and mountains. Your most treasured possession? Freedom, enjoying the sense of freedom and being able to determine my own freedom. The place that gives you most inspiration? There is not a particular environment, rather it’s the lucidity between dreaming and sleeping, that’s my inspiration. It’s the subliminal registration then processing it in the lucidity. Any final thoughts? That people on earth respect one another. That design is not only used for economical status but also to improve the interhuman relationship so that people communicate with one another in a good way and be social in a harmonic way, like music. That people see also that material manifest as something energetic and radiant.


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SIMON KOENIG

DIRECTOR OF INTERIOR DESIGN REFURBISHMENT JET AVIATION

Simon has an Industrial Design degree, which is the base for his work experience in recent years. For two years, he lived in the Netherlands, working for different design studios such as Marcel Wanders before joining Jet Aviation as a drafter in 2008. That provided Simon with a smooth entry to this highly complex and competitive business of private aviation. After a short period, he took over the Design responsibility for a completions project which helped to develop his project management skills in combination with the creative elements of VIP Interior Design. In 2012, Simon received the beautiful and challenging task of creating a division within Jet Aviation to provide Interior Design work to refurbishment customers, similar to the wellestablished Completions Design Studio. Today, he is heading a well-recognized Interior Design Team that is dedicated to Jet Aviation’s refurbishment customers.

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What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms? I am drawn to materials that tell a story with unique characteristics. Sometimes it’s not the absolutely perfect level of finishing that customers might expect. It can be something closer to imperfection or individualism, and a very intimate feeling that certain products create for the customer. Elements which have a natural ageing process – like naked leather, which marks when scratched, or a copper surface without a clearcoat, which shows wavy colour-nuances – can add personal value and stories to an object – or an interior. If those “imperfect” surfaces are combined with perfect elements such as a high-gloss varnish of a wood – or a harmonic and precisely shaped seat, the richness and depth of the concept can be stunning. Like the watch you receive from your father – it’s showing marks, but it’s the marks of someone you love –and that makes this object priceless and truly unique to you. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2019 and beyond. 1. New petrol-less industry. Our environment and ranking of status will change dramatically in the next years. It’s time to start thinking about that now. 2. Customer experience. How can this keyelement be enhanced through Design? 3. Blend lines of business. To drive a certain business forward it’s sometimes necessary to hook-up with other lines of industry – and be open-minded! 4. Be authentic. Even if the industry dictates difficult constraints in terms of preparation – and downtime, do your best to get the maximum output. 5. Love your job. – You know you are in the right job if you are positive and remain motivated, which will produce outstanding results!

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If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be? When a concept or presentation is worked out, it always has to be true. We’re a service provider and therefore have to fulfil the customer’s taste or request. This doesn’t mean to blindly fulfil everything, leaving the path of rational aesthetics! It’s our duty to address our experience and suggestions – and gently show sound solutions to ensure a safe well engineered aircraft that reflects the customer’s vision. What products/services could you not live without when designing? My Computer, Paper and a pen. It sounds a bit stereotyped, but using the pen and paper is the best, most honest, creative and spontaneous tool! And my Computer of course, which builds the base for all the communication, host of our Visualizing Programs (like CS) and platform for any interactive exchange. How important are The International Yacht and Aviation Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? In my opinion, the awards are a great opportunity to build brand awareness and challenge ourselves to be innovative and creative. It is an honour to be ranked amongst the high calibre of designers in these two industries. There is an element of design based on people’s taste- no right or wrong- the goal is to take a customer’s vision and create a reality. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? Stand out. This means that we have to move forward with innovative technology, communicate Design concept through channels that reach the end-customer directly, and make sure our services are outstanding and unique.

I would like to truly look at what inspires me as a designer and show the industry that we are a brilliant design team leading/setting trends in the aviation market, each with our own strengths in creativity and inspiration that is still in line with the regulations. Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself: Your favourite place to travel to in the world? Den Haag NL Your most treasured possession? My family – they are my religion Your favourite hotel, restaurant and bar? Hotel “In Lain” in Brail – “Werk8” in Basel, best place for a quiet drink Your favourite food and drink? Medium/rare meat and Palm beer The place that enables you to totally relax? Home – on the EA222 The place that gives you most inspiration? Places where my mind can go elsewhere – like while mountain biking. Sportive activity in nature can be incredibly good for creativity! Any final thoughts? In today’s increasingly automatized and competitive world, it’s more important than ever to value human factors like motivation, EQ and sympathy.


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IOANNA LENNOX

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Ioanna has been fascinated by design, architecture and interiors since childhood. As a teenager she would spend all of her pocket money buying design magazines and cutting them up into elaborate collages of make-believe houses. In 2012, after studying interior design, she left a successful corporate career in finance to start her own interior design practice and set up Ioanna Lennox Interiors. Beauty, quality and functionality are the cornerstones of the firm’s design philosophy. Seeking to create beautifully layered, emotionally rich interiors, where every detail is considered, and customisation plays a key role. Their interiors are infused with a luxurious, glamorous and contemporary design aesthetic, while capturing their clients’ desires and aspirations.

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How would you describe your personal interior design style? While we adapt our design style to the client’s needs and sensibilities for every project we undertake, I’d describe my own personal style as modern glamour adapted for today’s living. In today’s fast paced world, there is increasing emphasis placed on home comforts so having a place that sustains us is vitally important for our well-being. For me, interiors are all about conjuring up an emotional response and the feeling that you don’t want to leave. Where does your design inspiration come from? Anywhere and everywhere: I could be scrolling through Instagram in the morning, go to a trade show in the afternoon or flick through a design or travel book in the evening, and something will catch my eye. I’ll instantly associate it with a project we are working on and in a matter of moments I’ve changed it, tweaked it or adapted that seed of inspiration to suit my project – all in my head. What products/services could you not live without when designing? I love beautiful natural fabrics and textural wallpaper and we use hundreds of metres of these every year. As much as soft furnishings, window and wall coverings are only decorating tools, they make a huge impact to the final result and can greatly influence the look and style of a room. There is literally so much choice today when it comes to fabrics and wallpaper that it makes the design choice and direction almost infinite, so even if two designers are given the same brief the results are likely to be very different. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? The paired-back monochromatic and minimalist trend of the last decade seems to be subsiding and making way for more luxurious inclusions, unexpected materials and high detailing. For us, this is a welcome change as we like to work with colour and infuse our projects with a sense of excitement and restrained luxury. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in the future: 1. The Client’s Psyche: Knowing and understanding your client is paramount to a project’s success. This sometimes means intuiting and understanding their needs better than they do. My approach to design is intuitive and passionate, and getting into the client’s psyche means we’re able to nail the brief and build trust from the start. 2. Everyday Luxury: Luxury is what takes a space from the ordinary to the extra-ordinary. It’s inherent in all the minute details, and it’s

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what engages the senses. We aim to taint every project we do with a patina of luxury and make this accessible in everyday living. 3. Detailing: Luxury is found in the details and details are created through bespoke customisation – from cabinetry to furniture, and lighting to soft furnishings. When you combine fine detailing with materiality you end up with something truly special. 4. Quality & Craftsmanship: Good design is a series of steps that perfectly sync together and there is no exceptional result unless the detailing is executed by experienced cratftsmen and skilled artisans at the top of their game. I always tell my clients ‘You get what you pay for’ and quality is paramount when it comes to execution. 5. The Unexpected: We look for a seed of the unusual or a surprise element in each project that will generate an unexpected reaction or become a talking point. Adhering to a design genre or a particular style gets monotonous if there aren’t juxtaposing elements such as lights from a different period, mismatched chairs that are linked together through the use of textiles or an overscaled artwork that makes you stop in your tracks. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to product design, what would it be? Know your client and if you feel you have a deep understanding of their needs, desires and who they are, be prepared to stand by your design. Most often, people find it hard to step outside their comfort zone, but when they do their world opens up in wonderful and unexpected ways. How important are The Design Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? The Design Awards, like other prestigious awards in this industry, are a wonderful way to celebrate talent and be recognised. They awards signal forthcoming industry trends and are a good barometer for what’s happening in the international world of design. What projects are you currently working on? This year we have diversified our primary focus from high-end residential to the aged care / retirement market. This is a fast growth area in Australia with thousands of facilities planned for development in the next two decades to house our ever-increasing aging population. We are also working on a number of highend luxury residential properties in Sydney and the Southern Highlands that are due for completion next year. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? I’ve always wanted to design a boutique hotel… or two! Nothing too huge, but big enough to showcase scalable design and small enough

for it to be bespoke. We’ve enjoyed our venture into the aged care market and would welcome designing a luxury retirement village with all the mod coms. This year we will further grow our practice and expand our team, and I’m looking forward to some design collaborations. Final thoughts... Your favourite place to travel to in the world? With my European heritage, France and Italy always hold a special place in my heart – particular the Amalfi Coast in Italy, Paris and Provence in the South of France. Your most treasured possession? My family, but if you’re talking about an inanimate object, a large-scale painting by Sokquon Tran called “The Rain is for Lovers”, that’s hanging in our living room. It’s an abstract landscape, dreamy and moody with hues of my favourite colour (blue). Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar? The Firmdale Hotels in London are a favourite because I’m a huge fan of the world Kit Kemp has created – a perfect example of a vision of hotel luxury done in a fresh, colourful and whimsical way, where people are transported into an environment that leaves a lasting impression. Your favourite food and drink? Since we’re talking about travel and holidays, I’ll name a sip-by-the-pool cocktail-in-hand type of drink: a refreshing lime Caprioska on a hot summer day with the Mediterranean sparkling in the background. Favourite cuisine is Asian-French fusion. The place that enables you to totally relax? Being on a boat and taking off for a few days with my family or spending some time at a fabulous resort in the sun is when I finally manage to unwind. After a couple of days, the world stops and I’m able to be completely present. The place that gives you most inspiration? I love the beach and the water and in Australia we’re spoilt for beautiful beaches – I find nuggets of inspiration in the quiet and serene. Generally though, like begets like and any inspirational space, fashion show, art exhibition or cultural event tends to inspire me. Any final thoughts? I believe the place we live in and spend most of our time in strongly influences our psychology and the way we feel. Having a home that nurtures and empowers us while reflecting our own life’s journey is more important than a great holiday or a fancy car because it replenishes the spirit and gives us a sense of permanence.


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THERESE VIRSERIUS VIRSERIUS STUDIO

Therese Virserius has been setting standards for design excellence for fifteen years. Her diverse educational and professional experiences, as well as her extensive travels, have allowed her to provide a unique understanding and perspective of the global interior design landscape. She continually leverages these strengths to create lifestyle spaces that push boundaries, create lasting moments for guests and ensure success for clients.

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Therese was born and raised in Helsingborg, Sweden. With a bachelor’s degree in Mandarin, and an undergraduate degree in law, she began her career in Shanghai, China, working in business and logistics management with IKEA. In 2000 Therese moved to New York City where she got a degree in interior design from NYSID. She also began working with Jeffrey Beers International and continued there upon graduation, working on several high-profile projects such as Olive in Bellagio in Las Vegas, Tabu at MGM in Las Vegas as well as Hilton Tokyo.

that engage my senses. I also love exploring nature and try to take a walk through a park or a dip in the sea any chance I get. Art is also key for me, and I draw inspiration from everything from dramatic theatre staging to street art.

In 2003 Therese founded Therese Virserius Design and quickly developed a reputation for envelope-pushing design with keen attention to detail on such projects as CityCenter, Las Vegas; Bar Vdara in Las Vegas and Hyatt Regency Montreal. By 2013, with several global projects under her belt, the firm expanded and rebranded: Therese’s sister, Regina, joined as creative director to head up the new Paris office, and TVD became Virserius Studio.

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? In general terms, what I have noticed when travelling is that the scale of spaces I see is getting smaller, more intimate, layered, cozy and warm.

Today, Therese leads a global team of designers, architects and artists, all dedicated to successfully transforming spaces around the world and providing superior guest experiences. When asked what makes Virserius Studio stand out, Therese says, “With us, everything you can imagine is real. We love to create together, to share knowledge and experience, we are emotionally connected, and we love the challenge to put together making a dream into a reality. We look for the surprise and the unexpected. We are bold, curious and funny.” How would you describe your personal interior design style? My personal interior design style is eclectic, surprising, layered, warm and welcoming. Where does your design inspiration come from? Because of our global portfolio of clients, I travel extensively all over the world. Much of my design inspiration comes from freely immersing myself in different cultures: through food, wine, language, and local experiences

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What products/services could you not live without when designing? I couldn’t live without color, materials like stone and wood, fabrics, or upholstery. But, quite honestly, I really couldn’t live without light, because without light, the rest doesn’t really matter, does it?

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in the future: 1. The client – of course, working closely with them to develop their vision and ensure the project’s success. 2. Narrative - each space must tell a story and invite the guest to take part, like characters in a play. 3. Atmosphere – The atmosphere fills in the pieces necessary to realize the narrative. 4. Target Market – what does our guest want, like, and expect during their stay? 5. Location – how can the local community be involved? If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to product design, what would it be? For product design, it is crucial that you understand scale. For interior design, one of the key pieces of advice is to listen to the client, but to also have the knowledge, understanding and guts to follow your creative instinct. How important are The Design Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? The Design Awards are a world-renowned industry accolade. To be recognized for stellar achievement in our craft by a jury of peers and leaders is a tremendous honour.

What projects are you currently working on? We just completed the overhaul of 3,000 guest rooms and suites at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, which was a big deal on the Vegas Strip and for Virserius Studio. It was a great undertaking, making something so large feel intimate. On the opposite scale, we are also working on a completely new construction and design at The Ray in Florida. It’s a smaller project, 300 rooms, but everything will be custom – the lobby, bar lounge, guestrooms, event spaces, play spaces, and rooftop that belongs to event space. Our concept is to make it feel like a flowing complete experience. Our design of the Exhale Spa in the Manhattan and Hamptons locations marks our entry into the wellness space, which we are excited about. Wellness is no longer just going to a dark, dull place, it involves accessibility and being a part of a like-minded community. We redesigned the spa and fitness studio as well as the retail spaces. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? To continue cultivating meaningful relationships with ownership and brands, and dive deeper into those relationships to find new ways to work together, ideally to collaborate and be part of the development of full-circle projects from concept to completion. Final thoughts... Your favourite place to travel to in the world? Italy, especially along the Amalfi coast Your most treasured possession? Honestly, time – you can never get it back, so it must be treasured, every single moment. But I also love my art collection! Any final thoughts? I believe that being in this world of interior design requires you to be an artist, but it also pushes you to understand and master the balance between artistry and operations.


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PAUL BISHOP OWNER & FOUNDER BISHOP DESIGN

From a young age art had always been at the forefront of Paul’s interests and passions, however his education didn’t necessarily start with interior design. During his teenage years, he attended Brighton school of art and immersed himself in as many differing areas of design as possible including fashion, theatre, textiles, graphics, furniture and product design with the aspiration of someday becoming a film set designer. Then, whilst studying furniture and product design at Kingston university where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree, Paul was exposed to the interesting and exciting beginnings of interior design and realized where he wanted to build his career.

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How would you describe your personal interior design style? I always design with the goal of producing something that is current and unique. Our creations at Bishop Design LLC are original, not paste and stick which you see far too much of these days. It is difficult to adequately describe my own personal design style, as I am constantly learning and evolving as a designer. I am constantly exposed to different clients whom have differing visions, styles and narratives for their venues so I am continuously adapting and implementing new found knowledge into my interiors. However, to some degree I do believe all of the recent venues worked on share a common synergy and narrative between them – that of being raw, urban and perhaps even slightly provocative. I enjoy being adventurous and playful whilst designing, which I believe to be somewhat evident in each venue and is hopefully what sets me apart from other designers. Where does your design inspiration come from? As a designer I absorb inspiration consciously and sub-consciously from all mediums including that of film, theatre, music and art. This is the main reason why travel is also a great passion of mine. I love immersing myself into different cultures and demographics as I am exposed to a multitude of infinite possibilities and ideas that I may not find elsewhere. In the studio we also use a variety of social media platforms for our initial inspiration and concept generation, although these are only to be interpreted loosely. We do not copy or repeat designs which I believe keeps us ahead of the game, and allows us to be as diverse and as current as we can be. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? Clients are becoming more aware of the market and in turn are becoming increasingly more bold and dynamic in their way of thinking. Especially in the MENA region – everything is “bigger and better” than the last. Boundaries are dissolving, with projects currently under development that exceed the visions of commercial and hospitality venues undertaken previously. We are moving into an era of the highest creativity and innovation thanks to technological advances and the increasing use of social media. The likes of Instagram,

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Facebook and Pinterest are educating Clients and us as designers to the competition, meaning that we are constantly expanding our ideologies to produce unique designs that have yet to be experienced. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2019 and beyond. 1. The end consumer should always be at the forefront of our minds when designing. When designing a space, I always contemplate on how the user will interact with it. Design elements such as texture, materials, lighting and furniture all effect user interaction, so all have to be thoughtfully and carefully approached. It is essential that the space is functional and easily accessible, in addition to being visually dynamic. 2. The environment is a key theme when thinking for the future. Ever increasing global environmental issues have created greater public awareness of sustainable materials, which we must also consider when designing as the implementation of them will consequently lower the environmental impact of our venues. 3. With increasing advancements in technology including that of 3D printing and the wide use of Virtual Reality (VR) within the commercial, hospitality and retail sectors it would be impossible not to consider and integrate this into future designs. 4. Youth are the future so they undoubtedly need to be an essential consideration when designing. The millennials are impatient yet knowledgeable customers, therefore spaces need to be functional and adhere to their high expectations. The high impact and use of social media makes venues very easy to compare against one another, therefore we are already competing before even commencing upon the design. 5. In my mind, the experience created always has and always will be the most important element when approaching interior design. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to interior design schemes, what would it be? Always continue to embrace the ability to learn. How important are The International Hotel & Property Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?

To be recognized by the leading industry magazine Design et Al is a great testament to both our work and our firm as a whole. The International Hotel & Property awards has become a hugely renowned awarding body on a global scale, and to submit a selection of our projects to such a prestigious organization is a great honour. No other awarding body optimizes the true excellence of the interior design world in the same fashion as Design Et Al, that be through their promotion of healthy competition, and in their celebration of diverse projects from across all continents. A nonpareil organization whose recognition benefits our growth in the market on, not just a regional, but on an international scale. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? We have established Bishop Design LLC as a leading interior design consultancy within the region, and although we design for international brands we aim to become increasingly recognised on a global scale. My aim is to open representative offices in Miami, New York, LA and Asia. Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations: Your most treasured possession? My Le Corbusier Chaise Longue! Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? Public in New York / Tickets / Purl Your favourite book, film & song? Questions of Space / Blade Runner / Mad World Your favourite food and drink? Steak tartar (my favourite one so far was from Tartar-ia in Lisbon, Portugal) and a fine whiskey on the rocks Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Good drinks, great food and amazing friends If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? A Rockstar! Anything else interesting? Loving this year’s 80s revival, from the highstreet to Hollywood!


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TANIA AZADIAN

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After graduating in 2003 from Kingston University with a degree in Landscape Architecture and with a growing passion for interior design Tania wanted to explore that avenue and was lucky enough to land an internship with globally renowned interior designer Kelly Hoppen. After three months as an intern a job vacancy opened up and she didn’t look back. Working with Kelly on luxury high-end residential and commercial projects worldwide she progressed to become a Senior designer in the company. After 12 years working for Kelly Hoppen, Tania moved on and established her own company Tania Azadian Interiors in January 2016.

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How would you describe your personal interior design style? My personal and professional interior design styles are very similar, contemporary yet comfortable with an elegant and refined touch. I like to add visual interest by layering different materials and textures and including design detail is key to my work. Where does your design inspiration come from? Inspiration can come from anything and everything around you in everyday life magazines, architecture, film, art, nature, fashion and even food. When travelling abroad or in London I am out there looking wherever I go collecting colour palettes, material combinations and detail inspiration and ideas. What products/services could you not live without when designing? I am very lucky to be based not too far from Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, it’s my go to starting point when sourcing fabrics for my projects. I go at least once a month to get inspiration and to keep updated on new collections. Pinterest and instagram are also invaluable tools for initial inspiration and a good place to ask clients to look to pull together their likes and dislikes to help get a brief and design direction at the beginning of any project In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? I don’t think design trends are having as much of an influence these days as they used to. Today clients want a more bespoke design incorporating the personal and practical elements that suit their particular lifestyle and tastes but also wanting a design that is timeless with luxury and quality. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in the future: 1. Budget – determine a budget with the client before starting the design and be honest with the level of work that can be done with their budget to manage their expectations.

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2. Practicality and comfort – designing with the client at the forefront and thinking how they will use and live in the space. Design based on what they like and tailoring the design to their needs. 3. Lighting – good lighting is essential to the design. Add layers of lighting to create different moods and ambience – architectural lighting, wall lights, table lamps and floor lamps 4. Timeless design – use quality furniture and fittings, stay away from trends, use a neutrals and textures as a base to create a design that will last and won’t have to be redone in a few years time. 5. Sustainable design – being conscious of using sustainable materials where possible. Modern interiors are more than capable of balancing sustainability with luxury.

Final thoughts – tell us a little more about yourself... Your favourite place to travel to in the world? Beirut, Lebanon. From the history, architecture and culture, to the weather, food, shopping and nightlife. Where else can you spend the morning skiing in the mountains and then drive 1hr down to Beirut and spend the afternoon sunbathing on the beach. I love it and have many fond memories of summer holidays there growing up. I hope to visit again this Summer and would love to work on a project there one day.

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to product design, what would it be? Design practically. Create a scheme that is comfortable and liveable for the client with personal touches but by using your creativity also make it a beautiful and elegant space.

The place that enables you to totally relax? Anywhere away from a computer screen or phone. Going for a walk on Wimbledon Common or in Richmond Park and sitting on a bench in the open fresh air just watching the joggers, dogs, deer and birds. So lucky to have these green spaces right on my doorstep.

How important are The Design Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? The design awards are very important in that they acknowledge the success and achievements of talented designers and their hard work as well as exposing them and their projects on a global level amongst fellow industry professionals. What projects are you currently working on? I have just started work on a new build 5 bedroom family home in Cobham, Surrey and am almost at the completion stage of a 3 bedroom apartment refurb in Sloane Square, London. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? To carry on growing my young company, working with my current clients on their amazing homes as well as looking forward for any new projects coming our way in 2019.

Your most treasured possession? My 8 year old pug called Dougie. He is my shadow whilst I work and is currently sprawled across my lap fast asleep as I answer these questions!

The place that gives you most inspiration? Travelling away anywhere and staying in hotels. Getting away from the daily routine and introducing change gives me the most inspiration.


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GEELE SOROKA

SUBLIME INTERIOR DESIGN LTD

Geele Soroka is the principal and Senior Interior Designer of Sublime Interior Design Ltd that was curated by Geele in 2003. She has over 20 years of experience in the design industry, a background in business fundamentals, psychology of sales and marketing and dedicated customer service. She completed her interior design program at BCIT, British Columbia Institute of Technology and holds her NCIDQ license for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification and is a member of IDC, Interior Designers of Canada and GVHBA, Great Vancouver Home Builders Association.

“Great design is something you feel. It’s like visual music, and when you hit that magic note of harmony, you just know” – Geele Soroka.

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Geele has received numerous nominations and countless awards such as, Ovation, Georgie and International Properties awards for her designs, as well as created set designs for a range of celebrities such as Sir Sidney Poitier, Jamie lee Curtis, Joan Rivers, Clara Hughes and Maya Angelo. Also this year, She will be creating a set design for John Cleese. She is published in a few different books by Panache Publishers, various magazines and newspapers and has also been featured on TV and radio. Her design philosophy is simply stated in the company name – SUBLIME. Geele Soroka’s guiding principle is that form follows function and she believes that the design process garners influence from personal history. She strives to incorporate both hers and the client’s ideal to create a space that is awe inspiring to everyone on a personal level. How would you describe your personal interior design style? My signature style is Modern West coast contemporary with an elegant traditional twist. However, I am not limited to one style and I have composed various styles for a variety of projects and clients. I believe people are a product of their environment and I help create designs that are harmonious and have beautiful balance, harmony and flow. Where does your design inspiration come from? My inspiration is derived from culture, travel, and quality of life to create harmony and overall balance. My design philosophy is simply stated in my company’s name, SUBLIME. Something truly divine, transcendent, and stately. What products/services could you not live without when designing? • Light fixtures/ electrician • Custom art/Art installation • Paint and Wall paper What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms? We are coming out of a time of restrictions with design; there are no longer any limits and we are not reflecting back on a single era for just one style. It is now about mixing different styles and having the ability to do that without criticism, the key for me for the future is to harmonize and balance the space. “Mesh & Mix”, this does not mean eclectic within contrast of design styles, bold colour, and scale, which typically creates accepted friction. “Mesh & Mix” is an all style embracing, using harmony and balance. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in the future: 1. Who/perception-Understand the client/ user and the feelings and emotions you would like within the space and think about the ascetically pleasing perspective e.g: Such as

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a bedroom should be a calm environment that is gorgeous. One quote I believe in is “you are a product of your environment”. 2. Concept- Figuring out the problem and parameters such as limited space, and time etc. Conceptualize, and then examine and schedule such as functions and technical issues, and how they relate to the form. 3. Space planning- Examining function and flow and accessibility for all, and how the users will function and enjoy the area. This is when to examine scale, measurements, and define the use of the space. 4. Lighting- There is 3 key aspects to lighting, general lighting for overall illumination such as pathways and general space. Ambient lighting conducts mood of the space with different colours and temperature of the light source. Task lighting is for something specific such as accent walls feature walls, highlighting artwork, under cabinet lighting for cooking, or just to backlight an onyx stone slab within a bar on the feature wall. 5. Materials/application- Fine tune and adapt the environment for the purpose and function, such factors of durability, allergies, traction, and general response of the client. I love this stage of design because the project will start to develop its own essence of creation. This is where you have an opportunity to play with colour, texture, and patterns. This plays a huge role in the final outcome and results of the project. “This is typically a stage done towards the end for a designer’s process, however, it’s always the first thing a client would like to start with and what is perceived by someone first. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to product design, what would it be? Size and Scale is everything, know your sizes but understand the scale that works for the space/client. How important are The Design Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? The Design Awards hold great value, both for me and my team, as well as the company’s milestones and for our clients. They are important for personal and client/company appreciation, as some projects will take several years to complete. The efforts, time, and dedication to our clients and projects is very important, it can be valuable and be very positive to reflect back and appreciate the awards, we believe in our awards and our achievement. What projects are you currently working on? Currently I am working on some amazing luxury mansions and apartment high rises locally and Internationally. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? Continue to grow and allow change, adapt and create, all the while enjoying the process and wonderful clients.

Final thoughts... Your favourite place to travel to in the world? New York: I am inspired by the city’s strength, Italy: I am inspired by its history, China: I am inspired by the future. Your most treasured possession? Princess Diana chair signed by her brother, Charles Earl Spencer. Mother of Pearl bowl received on the set and stage design for Sir Sydney Poitier. Photographs and special moments in my career thus far. Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar? Baccarrat Hotel New York because it is in central Manhattan and a luxury 5 star hotel, and Ultra Violet restaurant in Shanghai because it is avant-garde, and like a private dining/symphony. Your favourite food and drink? Italian cuisine I like because it typically doesn’t use more than five whole ingredients, and it is very delicious. The iconic Italian cocktail “The Negroni” created in 1919 and it is made up of gin, vermouth and campari. The place that enables you to totally relax? The ocean, relaxing “literally” staring at the ocean and up at the sky as I listen to the soothing sound of the waves. The place that gives you most inspiration? Cooking in the kitchen and entertaining with friends and family, travelling to study environments of other families and cultures and observe how they live and how they inspire to live. Any final thoughts? I find myself to be a very focused, complex, wise individual, that has always had a unique perspective on life since I was very young, “so I’ve been told”. I have always paid attention to self improvement and paid attention to everything and everyone around me. I believe it’s important to plan and to have a plan, however, it’s just as important to always examine, re-evaluate, refocus and know that your life is in constant correction and be able to be multi-faceted and adapt and allow change for the better. Personally, this is what I have always believed and this is what I infuse within my team, my company and the quality of life I live.


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ROY POSEY HEAD OF DESIGN KEANE BRANDS

Roy graduated from Kingston University, London, and remained in the city for just over 8 years, predominantly in the Hospitality and F&B fields. In late 2013 he took the decision to move to Singapore and join one of the giants of the Hospitality industry with projects spanning across Asia and the Middle East. He Keane at the end of 2016 as Head of Design, in Dubai.

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How would you describe your personal interior design style? I don’t think I have a particular style, as each project brief asks for something different. Understanding and preference with certain materials may drive a familiar aesthetic, but as we develop, we learn, and that drives us to use new materials and techniques. I try to interpret a brief and make things comfortable and importantly approachable; it needs to have the right attitude. What is vital, is that we evoke the right emotions from not only in what we see, but how we touch and interact with the interior. With that, functionality; without it we defeat the purpose of delivering the best experience. Where does your design inspiration come from? I love to travel and experience the authentic. Having lived in some of the world’s most diverse and multicultural cities, means I get to meet people of all backgrounds and origins. Their stories inspire a lot of ideas. I love how many preconceptions can be eradicated as soon as you can put two feet in a new culture or you meet someone new. Naturally, we absorb the current/new styles and fashions across the globe, be it through design or social media, exhibitions, and from the creative suppliers and craft people surrounding us. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? I think we are surrounded by so much technology, that is often hard flat and shiny, big bright screens and colours, that more and more we will see heavier textures and natural tones/finishes. Natural materials and earthen colours will still require a bit of a pop, but I feel we are seeing

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these turn to be heavier, and muted in contrast. Big plants are everywhere (which I love), which is a reaction and desire to reconnect with nature. We see a lot of the simple Scandinavian contemporary styles at the moment, with pastel colours. With the introduction of natural textures, we will see to remove the staged look that this can sometimes bring, and pair it back to being more comfortable and yes, approachable look and feel. I think we will see black a lot more too. Name four key themes to consider when approaching design in 2019 and beyond. 1. Earth tones, natural and simple contrast 2. Handmade elements 3. Black backgrounds 4. Bring outside in If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to interior design schemes, what would it be? Make sure there is room for the objects in your space to breath. Let the special ones stand out and not get lost. How important are The International Hotel & Property Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? We work tirelessly to create the best that we can in experience and aesthetic. This can be misunderstood as entertainment. We’ve all met someone who says, “Oh you’re an interior designer, I’d love to do something fun like that”. Though we love what we do, the best recognition comes from those within the industry, from suppliers to owners, operators and peers. The IH&P Awards, brings this recognition to a global level, it expands businesses and gives us a chance to show

what we can achieve given the best talent and support around us. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? We have had a lot of interest in more public spaces within hospitably. Hotel owners and operators are looking to create more immersive and textural experiences, moving away from the safer neutrals we have seen in previous years. We’d love to bring more of our creativity across the globe, within a variety sectors from our 3D, 2D and Strategy teams Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations: Your most treasured possession? Noise-cancelling headphones (for a flight). Your favourite holiday destination? South Africa Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? 1 Hotel Central Park, NY | Kiln, Soho, London | Scarfes Bar, Rosewood London Your favourite book, film & song? To Kill a Mockingbird | The Labyrinth | Galaxies Will Be Born by Say Hi Your favourite food and drink? Hainanese Chicken Rice | Old Fashioned Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? BBQ, drinks, friends, music If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? A poor musician



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TRAY CROW

DIRECTOR OF INTERIOR DESIGN GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP.

Tray Crow leads 47 of the most talented designers and visual developers in the aviation industry. As a group, Gulfstream have 574 years of design experience and 335 years of aviation design experience. Tray was appointed director of interior design at Gulfstream in 2007, and before that served as a professor and department chair for his graduate school alma mater, the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Tray holds a master of fine arts degree from SCAD and a bachelor’s degree in studio art from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Before I discovered a passion for aviation interior design, Tray also worked in residential, corporate and health care interiors.

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What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms? We are seeing a desire for higher levels of personalization – clients want hallmarks of their personal and professional brands woven through their interiors, whether through accent colours in piping and stitching or through subtle pattern designs. An increased prevalence of mixed materials – silk and wool woven through carpets, and composites paired with veneers, for instance – and a higher level of complexity even in minimalist interiors are in demand. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2019 and beyond. 1. Is the design functional? 2. Is the design flexible? 3. Does the design evoke emotion? 4. Is the design rooted in a strong conceptual context? 5. Does the whole process surprise and delight the client? Where do you feel yacht and aviation design is going in terms of schemes? Interiors are about the experience – both aviation and yachting are about the journey. Does the experience match the journey? Does the interior reflect the intended outcome? At Gulfstream, we get to know our clients and their aesthetic philosophies so we can work with them to create an interior design that both supports their mission requirements and exceeds their expectations for excellence in customized design. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?

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At its core, design is about problem solving. At Gulfstream, every step of our design process is guided by our goal to exceed customer expectations through innovative design solutions. What products/services could you not live without when designing? Gulfstream’s interior design team creates the finest aviation interiors in the industry with the help of our in-house partners and suppliers – the Gulfstream craftsmen and women who build our cabinetry and craft the veneers that envelop them; the in-house artisans who handstitch our leather and fine-fabric upholstery; and our industry partners who create one-ofa-kind carpeting and so much more for our clients. Gulfstream’s interior design team also works hand-in-hand with our research and development engineers. They bring their industrial design expertise to improve the functionality and ergonomics of our seating, for instance, and partner with us on marrying excellent interior design with their innovative cabin architecture. How important are The International Yacht and Aviation Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? We appreciate the attention International Yacht and Aviation Awards gives to yacht and aviation interior design – the spaces that we design are just as special as homes and offices, with the added complexity of certification restrictions. The challenge of designing interiors that must be certified for flight adds an interesting element to the design process.

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? Our goal each and every day is to exceed our customers’ expectations. Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself: Your favourite place to travel to in the world? Remote, uninhabited islands. Your most treasured possession? A Pre-Columbian vessel that was once in shards and now has been painstakingly reassembled. It reminds me of Kintsukuroi, the Japanese philosophy that something broken and repaired is part of the object’s history and beauty. Your favourite restaurant? Dining on a Gulfstream while crossing the Atlantic is second to none. Your favourite drink? The Aviation Cocktail, of course. The place that enables you to totally relax? My latest hobby is working at the potter’s wheel. The process is centering, requiring focus and intent. The place that gives you most inspiration? Densely populated cities are a wealth of opportunity for inspiration. I recently made a quick trip to the city of Merida in the Yucatan. It is bustling and thriving with design, culture, arts and magnificent food. The history, architecture, and bright colour palettes make this city truly unique.


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ALEX ROTH

DIRECTOR ROTH ARCHITECTURE

Alex first studied studied art at school, which is when his interest began. At university he studied philosophy, psychology and economics, then lived and worked in Japan for a couple of years. Upon returning to Sydney, Alex studied architecture and interior design as a mature student and utimately opened his own practice as a designer in 2005 once he became a registered architect.

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How would you describe your personal interior design style? Strong is the only world that can describe my interior design style. Where does your design inspiration come from? I find a lot of inspiration from natural forms. I love sculpture so this and natural formations really play a big role in my design. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? A year of refinement and purging. I don’t think we will see much ‘decoration’ or over the top details for a little while. I think this is a reflection of societies need for calmness at the moment. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2019 and beyond. Refinement, curation, natural form, strong and healthy environments are the themes I would suggest thinking about this year. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to interior design schemes, what would it be? Understand each space’s internal light. This is particularly important for the light of material and the overall ambiance of the space at any given time of day. How important are The International Design and Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? It’s important to recognise and push forward firms and personalities from other places in the world, to other places in the world. It creates

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a melting pot of idea’s cultures and a holistic design opportunity. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? As a firm we are looking to create great design in more areas than just residential. It would be great to design our first overseas home this year as well! Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations: Your most treasured possession? My kids! (Though they aren’t technically a ‘possession’) Your favourite holiday destination? Europe in general, though Paris for the food places and art. Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? Chicago has the best hotels, bars and food. I enjoy them all. Your favourite book, film & song? Book: “Love in the time of Cholera” Film: Blade Runner Song: INXS, “Don’t Change” Your favourite food and drink? Greek beach meal – simple but beautiful seafood. Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Drawing in a café, ideally in a busy area with interesting people area and views. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? A film maker or sculptor.


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JILLIAN LAY

ROYALTY CONSTRUCTION INC.

Jillian Lay’s beginning started at a very young age, growing up in a family company of residential and commercial developers. Surrounded by construction and design her whole life, she acquired talents and skills from both her parents. At the age of 18 she was completely submerged into her first considerably large project, being a 71-suite condominium. Jillian feels this really was an essential part of her training, introduction to the industry and future career. The hands-on experience invaluable, learning everything from the bottom up and how it all works and goes together. Even today, on a daily basis, she draws on information learned in the past and present and applies it to her work. Using this knowledge allows her to make her creations to be innovative but always keeping practicality and realistic expectations in the fore front.

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“With all this experience so far, I have gained and embraced exceptional appreciation for the international design community. It has taught and inspired me to never stop pushing your own creativity and dreams, but yet stopping to admire and cherish the work of others around the world”.

How would you describe your personal interior design style? I would say my personal design style is definitely a mix. Classic, modern farmhouse with hints of coastal, and combinations of both old and new characteristics. Living in the country I really embrace the lifestyle and atmosphere, reflecting that in my personal style is important to me because it’s a considerable part of my personality. Where does your design inspiration come from? I can honestly say it comes from everywhere. Travel, culture, architecture, nature, fashion, and even life experiences. I’m a very creative person, so I’m always absorbing new ideas and thoughts, keeping them in mind for a project to come. It could simply be a detailed feature off a building that’s a base for my next kitchen, or the passion of a culture I want to reflect. When I’m trying to relate design inspiration to my clients, I often liken it to fashion. Fashion is filled with endless possibilities for design and most times people tend to tailor their design style to what’s in their wardrobe without even realizing it. The inspiring thing about design is that you can always create a story to tell no matter what or who it is. What products/services could you not live without when designing? Being able to have high-quality skilled craftsmanship that can build and create lasting value. It is something I feel I could not do without in my work. Your designs can’t be at their full potential or beauty if you don’t have the experienced trades to perform this element of work. What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms? I think that design today is everything and anything that your heart desires. There is no set rule, style or atmosphere that must be incorporated into a design for it to have a real relevant acceptance. Styles from the past along with modern concepts with any personal flare in-between is really where the trend is at. I feel strongly that design is moving towards more of an individualised and compatible lifestyle. The true key sense is that no matter what the demand is, it must be done right. Soso just doesn’t cut it anymore.

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Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in the future: 1. The client needs to be taken into consideration as to who they really are. It is important to define their needs, likes, passions and even budget. To incorporate this into the design so it becomes tailored for them personally. This will allow personality to flourish in their new space, so they can get the most enjoyment out of it. 2. Functionality is a must. People have a genuine need or simply a desire to have things work stress free on a daily basis - no matter what task is at hand. 3. Balance gives completion to a space. It allows every item to be at its full potential creating beauty and a sense of calmness. Visually when you walk into a space that is well balanced it creates flawless synergy. 4. Creativity is unquestionably the heart and soul of all design. It challenges conventional thinking and allows new concepts and ideas to be created. It encourages possibilities to take on a life of its own. Makes the impossible possible. 5. Ambience is an experience. It’s the unseen ability to transform a room, a space and mood. The right ambience gives us an unexplainable satisfaction. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to product design, what would it be? Love, love, love! In the end what you have created has to be loved. You could have used all the right style, balance, functionality but if it’s not loved - it’s not a success! It’s like a relationship gone cold. How important are The Design Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? Design truly speaks to everyone in a universal language. Having International awards allows that unity to be appreciated and highlighted. Adding combinations of different cultures, languages, and lifestyles can create beautiful and remarkable results in design and architecture. It allows for creativity and talent to have no boundaries or limit. What projects are you currently working on? Currently we have a few different exciting projects that we are working on. First of all, I’m at the beginning stages of redesigning a hair salon and spa. The project is located on the beautiful, Vancouver Island. To match

the vibe and the free-spirited lifestyle of the area, the salon and spa will have a collective modern bohemian flair, that will complement the owner’s style and vibrant personality. We are also in the middle of full design and construction of two fairly large homes. One home is for a private client, where she wants it to become her very own retreat. The other home is a large traditional show home, with the emphasis put on the interior details. Another venture is an infill property in a mature urban part of our city. The design task was to fit with the old charm of the neighbourhood inside and out. Getting closer to completion is a cabin up by one of our northern lakes. It’s a one of a kind carefully thought out haven for the family to enjoy during the hot summer months. In between it all we have extensive residential remodels on the go, that are always very fulfilling to see the extreme transformation. In our commercial division we just completed a luxury 17,000 sq. ft retail mall, that features an edgy roof line and extensive glass windows. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? I’m looking forward to taking on new impelling projects that can enhance and diversify my work. Striving to better myself and the needs of my clients, and always aiming to keep the uniqueness and originality in every single job. We are also beyond excited to be launching our brand-new company, Magari Home & Design, completed with a design store front in the next year. Our goal for this boutique store front, is for our clients to gain a full hands-on design experience all in one place. Final thoughts – tell us a little more about yourself... Your favourite place to travel to in the world? Italy. I find it to be so full of colour, life, love and excitement. Not to mention the outstanding flavour of the food and wine. It’s a place where you can get completely lost in any time and in any era. The place that gives you most inspiration? Living on my acreage is my very own retreat. It allows me to be my complete self, giving my imagination full control to run free. Whether I’m riding my horses, working in my garden, or relaxing with my husband. There are so many inspiring scenes that helps amplify my art through my design.


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Royalty Construction , 1020 Spadina Crescent E, Saskatoon, SK. Canada 1-306-230-9244 jillian@saskroyalty.com

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PRINCIPAL AMY LAU DESIGN

Growing up in Northern Arizona, Amy Lau spent a great deal of time in an expansive back yard called the desert – riding her horse and being awestruck by nature. She earned her undergraduate degree in art history from the University of Arizona. After college Amy spent time learning about decorative arts in Mexico, where she acquired an appreciation for the nation’s best crafts, skills and artistry, before enrolling in the American Fine & Decorative Arts master’s program at Sotheby’s, which equipped her with the academic background needed to pursue a career in design. After graduation, Amy served as a director at Thomas O’Brien’s Aero and spent five years as the design director of noted midcentury specialist Lin-Weinberg Gallery in New York City. It was through these experiences that she decided to set up her own interior design studio Amy Lau Design, which she have been principal of since 2001.

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How would you describe your personal interior design style? I take a curatorial approach to design, creating collections of fine and decorative arts that articulate my clients’ interests. My approach is to define a space by layering it with furniture and accessories with historical interest, that are hand crafted, and elegantly detailed. I would have to describe my work as organic and ever changing. In creating spirited and meaningful environments, I draw upon the inherent beauty of natural materials and landscapes. I spend time getting to know the surroundings so I can understand the foliage, light, skylines and other natural elements that will provide the visual foundation for each space. While designing a space I embrace both art and design, enlivening and giving warmth to each personalized space with dynamic mixes of antique, vintage, and contemporary pieces, as well as site-specific commissions. As both a design curator and interior designer, I also look towards the future, commissioning oneof-a-kind works and installations by emerging talents and living legends in the worlds of art and design with the potential to become tomorrow’s heirlooms. I conceive my interiors as a total work of art, so every piece in an environment has a supporting role within that space, so all is in harmony. My interiors reflect my client’s interests and tastes, therefore my job is to understand who they are and then educate them by lifting their tastes to higher levels of connoisseurship so they can make the right decisions while I honour their particular tastes and styles. Where does your design inspiration come from? Primarily, I look to nature to be inspired – I find incredible colour palettes by observing the subtle change from blue to green on a bird’s wing or the intricate detailed pattern on a butterfly. I am an avid scuba-diver so I also love the unexpected colour combinations in the schools of fish, coral reefs and sandy beach towns. Diverse cultures also inspire me – from Japan to Turkey, Mexico to Saudi Arabia – each has a story to tell and a wealth of history, tradition, and artistic technique to explore and incorporate in my work. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? Virtual Reality will change the way we are able to walk a client through a space we have designed, and have them experience particular design choices within an architectural

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structure. Clients can now see virtually how wallpaper, paint colour, furniture pieces and flooring look with the click of a button. 3D printing has allowed me to quickly demonstrate my ideas to a client immediately. I have used it to show intricate details on furniture pieces that have been made in small scale in their whole form, moulding details and screens. The time between an idea’s conception and its implementation has been drastically reduced. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2019 and beyond: 1. Harmony and connection 2. Texture and colour 3. Artisanal and unique pieces 4. Integration of technology 5. Creating the heirlooms of tomorrow today If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to interior design schemes, what would it be? It’s important to have a dynamic mix of pieces in a home – vintage and contemporary pieces – as it helps the space to feel personalized and unique. A sense of balance can be achieved with seemingly disparate furnishings, fixtures and accessories by filtering your selections through the lens of a distinct colour palette, making sure your woods, fabrics, metals and other finishes all harmonize. This stops the mix from looking jumbled and keeps it feeling intentional and well-curated. How important are The International Design and Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? Winning an ID&A award is very important to our firm, Amy Lau Design; it serves as a testament to our company’s work ethic, dedication and unique work. It also offers our firm international awareness and recognition. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months and for Amy Lau Design? I love working with and focusing on my clients, learning about them and their spaces. I look forward to finding new artisans to collaborate with to create perfect bespoke pieces; the heirlooms of tomorrow. I’d also consider designing more studio lines, especially furniture, and one of my goals is to work on a bespoke hotel someday. Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations: I like to live my life simply, surrounded by wonderful friends, and learning something every day. My daily inspirations echo this; I can be inspired by a line I read, the pattern of shade

thrown by leaves onto a wall, and a piece of art, among a million other things that pass my consciousness every day. I live by the mantra “Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savoured.” Your most treasured possession? A wonderful rocking chair designed by my dear, dear friend, Vladimir Kagan, which was intricately embroidered with elements of nature in woollen yarn by his lovely wife, Erica Wilson. Your favourite holiday destination? You wouldn’t think a red headed, freckled, fair skinned girl would love the Mediterranean as much as I do. Greece happens to be my most favourite place. I have visited all over the world: Djerba in Tunisia, Panera in the Aeolian Islands, Bodrum in Turkey, Ibiza in Spain, Oman and Qatar, the Emirates, and Kyoto in Japan, just to name a few. Each year I try to go to two international destinations I have never been before. Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? The Shed in Santa Fe New Mexico, has been a family institution all my life. Hotel Dar Dhiafa in Djerba Tunisia is a real hidden gem with chic rustic walls, asymmetrical rooms, funky Berger furniture, bougainvillea-filled courtyards and bizarre cacti growing in twisted curlicues. I also love The Post Ranch Inn in California and the Amangiri Hotel in Utah. Your favourite book, film & song? Book: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson Song: “Fields of Gold” by Sting Movie: Fiddler on the Roof Your favourite food and drink? Authentic Mexican cuisine with silver tequila. Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Spending time with friends, going to yoga, visiting museums, watching documentaries and adventuring! If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? I would be a marine biologist.


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The client came to C.P. Hart in a bid to create functionality in his master en-suite. When looking at the elements of the previous layout and design that did not work for the client, the following issues arose: the space did not allow for both the client and his partner to use the bathroom at once, there was very little useful storage, and a small vanity unit, meaning a lot of accessories were left on display and created a messy and cluttered look.

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The clients for this project wanted the feel of a Belgian farmhouse with modern functionality, which West One Bathrooms achieved using soft chalky textures in the white sanitary ware, earthy tones of the console storage in matt ‘Corteccia’ lacquer. Instead of choosing predictable flagstone look tiling, West One Bathrooms chose the soft warm textured look of large format concrete effect tiles in ‘Sage’, a warm homely grey. Spraying the walls and beams in a harmonious ‘Bone’ colour brings all the elements together to create a stunning welcome space, befitting of the master suite in this home. For the male client a large airy shower was his priority, whereas for the female client, it was important to be able to bathe and relax. To draw the eye in from the master bedroom and the reflect the view West One Bathrooms removed all the internal walls. The designers wanted to instil a real ‘His’ and ‘Her’ presence and define the space in the room, whilst keeping it airy. West One Bathrooms built out the back wall centrally which created more head height and a focal point to place the stunning antoniolupi Corian floating double console. www.westonebathrooms.com

The design of this master en-suite was not considered when looking at the rest of the property as the client was very keen for his bathroom to link to his bedroom, but no further. So, his bedroom had a lot of luxurious deep blue tones, silvers and greys in the use of fabrics and soft furnishings which tied in with the colours C.P. Hart used in the en-suite. www.cphart.co.uk


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This apartment in Tel Aviv was created by combining three apartments into one. The design concept was to maximise the presence of the sea in the inner spaces of the apartment. The use of the natural light and sea views with mirrors, marble and shades of white create a magnificent and dynamic atmosphere. Following the idea of reflections, mirrors were located at all facades facing west. At sunset light hits the mirrors and brakes onto walls and floors, creating a magnificent and dynamic atmosphere. www.karengoor.com

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The existing house was originally designed for its gun-barrel views of Sydney harbour, Sydney Opera House, and the Harbour Bridge. The client brief was to renovate a tired home into something fit to impress any property connoisseur worldwide. The concept was to be modern with consideration of Feng-Shui and low maintenance due to the owner’s international portfolio. www.palazzodisegno.com.au


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Leivars were asked to fully restore and highlight the original features of this property whilst also pushing it into the 21st century. The clients wanted to be wowed by colour and pattern, Leivars were able to experiment with bold papers and prints throughout the house. The original property suffered from poor natural light within the hallways and landings, the designers wanted to celebrate this and so the clients allowed them to paint the common part walls using squid ink and design a bespoke yellow tartan carpet. The idea behind this was that each bedroom door opened onto this contrast of dark moody walls with quirky items scattered such as unicorn heads and cages of curiosities which were family heirlooms. The master bedroom suite is a celebration of bold pattern wallpaper, beautiful textures and rich tones with hints of brass to add warmth and reference to the landing and stair carpets. A mix of old Georgian antique pieces sit comfortably with interesting pieces of furniture from Julian Chichester, such as a curved chest of drawers to mirror the beautiful large bay window. www. leivars.com


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ABOVE LAURA STEIN INTERIORS ABOVE MARTHA’S VINEYARD INTERIOR DESIGN The master bedroom suite is the only space on the second floor of this 11,000 sq. ft. home. Consistent with the rest of the home, the overall design is a beautiful balance of understated luxury and a modern agrarian aesthetic. The expansive views of the Vineyard Sound and the beach dunes of Menemsha from the bed and sleeping porch were the source of inspiration for the materials palette. www.mvidesign.com

The priority was to focus on the bedrooms, primarily the principal bedroom. With drab carpet, empty walls, and dated furniture, an overhaul was in order. The owners wanted a room that was contemporary and updated, but still had a classic feel. They had one antique chest of drawers that had been in the family that they wanted to keep, but they also wanted to add something edgy and unexpected. To give the room a sense of stature and elegance Laura Stein Interiors added panel moulding throughout. Next, the paint colour was updated to a soft creamy white, and luxurious carpet was layered in. www. laurasteininteriors.com


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INHANCE INTERIORS -

This Project was a full demolition and reconstruction. It was InHance Interiors’ goal to create a modern farmhouse, with a level of sophistication whilst keeping the rustic farmhouse family feel. This newly constructed masterpiece offers open concept living space that has been thoughtfully designed to showcase California’s indoor-outdoor lifestyle. The fully equipped gourmet Chef’s kitchen is one on InHance Interiors favourite areas of the home. It features a large preparation island which is the focal point of the home, which then opens out into the tranquil living room with panoramic doors that integrate the indoor and outdoor spaces. Outside features a covered patio with built-in BBQ, and sparkling pool with spa bath. The lower level also boasts spacious formal living and dining open plan spaces with adjacent butler’s pantry for convenient entertaining all year round. www.inhanceinteriors.com


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This sleek penthouse kitchen makes the most of a small space with a design that is big on luxury. The modern design fits beautifully with the architecture of the penthouse and the fantastic panoramic views of downtown Toronto. The kitchen blends wood, glass, concrete and steel in a seamless and highly functional design that also includes five integrated Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances. The focal point of the space is a modern island with a waterfall edge and under island lighting to highlight the wood millwork. This kitchen showcases a great collaboration between a client, designer and the trades. The best part of this project was said to be collaborating with the client who has a keen eye for design. They wanted their kitchen to look and feel different from their more traditional kitchen in their Florida bungalow home. www.shereestuart.com


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This kitchen vanquishes the challenge of creating a space where the most rigorous professional chef can feel satisfied by the abundance of resources and simultaneously a family can share unforgettable moments of warmth relaxation cooking together. Beverly Hills Luxury Interiors use of the most refined materials available in the world, blending the top high-end appliances by SubZero and Wolf and creating the most sophisticated kitchen. The designers combined natural animal hides, several species of wood and natural translucid stones that by the incidence of light transform themselves by pure magic into a fantastic myriad of colours. The stainless-steel cabinets are so perfectly conceived as being mirror-like, making it possible to see your reflection with ease. The wine cooler is a feast for the eyes comparing itself only to the rare and precious bottles stored within. The great room adjacent to the kitchen has a splendorous but comfortable sofa set and a state of the art TV, allowing the ones that do not cook chance to relax whilst still participating in the family conversation. The kitchen became a statement at the house, whilst also being completely functional. The integration of the rooms allows the entire family to be reunited even though they have different interests. www.bhli.us


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This kitchen was designed for a transitional style farmhouse in the Katama area of Martha’s Vineyard which is known for its agrarian landscape. As the kitchen is open to the main living space, the clients desired a clean, presentable look at all times. To achieve this, the designers incorporated a long kitchen island which acted as a partition between the kitchen work area and the family room. The raised breakfast bar screens the workspace and functions as a comfortable and casual eating area. The warm breakfast bar is constructed with a single piece of black walnut which was reclaimed from a fallen tree in the client’s yard. The kitchen counter tops are poured integral colour concrete. The custom colour is reminiscent of the sandy beaches of nearby South Beach. The wall behind the range and ventilation hood is clad with a white marble tile which provides a crisp, clean, understated backdrop for the kitchen. With a touch of blue in every room, the nearby beach and coastal colour palette inspired the colour scheme of this home. www.mvidesign.com


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This property, built in the Italian Villa style, features a striking pyramid-roofed tower to the front and typically period characteristics internally. Shalini Misra Ltd were enlisted to complete the design of the kitchen area within this property. This area is very important to the family as it serves as a meeting space. They spend a lot of quality time sharing meals, chatting, and studying and so the space needed to be versatile to accommodate these different activities. Strikingly, all the elements in the kitchen (predominantly by Officine Gullo) are oversized. The large kitchen island unit accommodates a double sink with bronze taps and two large work areas. Above, is a monumental chandelier. An industrial sized cooking hob and extractor hood is the main focus of the wide kitchen wall. All are finished in black painted metal and solid brass. High-gloss black cupboards by Poliform either side add a contrast to the refined solid metal kitchen. The striking contrast in finishes and shapes with matte meeting gloss, bronze highlighting the dark finishes of the kitchen units, and the linearity of the kitchen units contrasting with the circular chandelier above and hexagonal tiles below all come together beautifully creating such a unique kitchen. There are many design elements that stand alone and work beautifully together; the straight timber planks of the floor meet the hexagonal tiles that flow under the kitchen units, the ceiling is panelled and painted in a light grey tone which is reflected in the hexagonal tiles and the strong bronze, dark and steel finishes of the kitchen units are met by the soft timber of the island top. www.shalinimisra.com WWW.VIRSERIUSSTUDIO.COM


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For over 40 years, Coach House have imported and sold captivating, design-led, furniture and homewares throughout the UK and further afield. Having begun with humble origins in Yorkshire, Coach House have grown to become one of the industry’s largest and most trusted trade-only names, and they are still a proud family run business. Their extensive breadth of product is not confined to one style but rather reflects a myriad of diverse collections spanning from traditional to contemporary furniture, lighting, design-led accessories, artificial floral, Indian antiques and festive products. This is believed as what makes Coach House an inspiring company to work with. The new Astor range is a contemporary take on a retro modernist style, with its textured grain oak and accents of brass inlay and brass handles, giving it a subtle twist, it makes for a very elegant smaller scale range, perfect for city apartments. The Parquet effect applied provides an added dimension, offering a very smart and timeless design. www.coachhouse.com


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Based in the heart of England and with a family manufacturing history dating back to 1868, Croft have a long standing reputation for manufacturing excellence. Their extensive and beautifully arranged portfolio includes over 1000 project ready door, window and interior fittings, all designed and manufactured in their UK factory and perfectly meeting the requirements of high end residential and commercial projects around the world. Their unique blend of traditional handcraft techniques infused with state of the art machinery and seamless design innovations, ensures only the most alluring pieces of quality hardware are produced. Offering bespoke solutions as well as an extensive portfolio, the Croft range provides an impeccable selection of beautifully crafted, quality hardware to suit the most elegant of properties. Croft are specified on the most prestigious projects of beauty, to include; Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and 10 Downing Street, luxury apartments and hotels including Claridge’s and The Savoy and they are even to be found on the Orient Express. Using only the finest quality brass and bronze, their extensive and beautifully arranged portfolio includes: Over 1000 project ready products from classic Victorian suites to Art Deco glamour Elements, by Croft collection, a stunning selection of exquisitely designed contemporary pieces, allowing all the flexibility to customise within a standard collection Décor Collection – striking and intricately designed Rim Locks for the most discerning of properties New Hammered Series – beautifully hand textured door and cabinet fittings A generous choice of 27 stunning finishes & patinas to perfectly complete your project www.croft.co.uk


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Elegance and glamour redefined, Samuel Heath’s iconic Style Moderne is a highly distinctive collection of taps showers and bathroom accessories inspired by the grace and glamour of the Art Deco period. The elegance of this collection is an authentic reflection of the era, yet its individual identity is secured with a modern interpretation. The collection is available in seven stunning finish options including the recently launched non-lacquered brass which will develop its own natural patina over time. Leaving the brass untreated means that through repeated use and exposure the metal will react to moisture and touch to develop a distinctive character. There are also three different control options to choose from: classic lever or cross tops as well as the opulent Luxe. Samuel Heath commissioned bespoke designs from an artisanal glass designer and hence Luxe was born, a stunning collection of individually cut controls which are available in two shapes: a faceted barrel lever and a flat roundel. The complementary accessories, many of which are available in freestanding or wall mounted options, can be ordered with either black or white ceramics. With the Style Moderne collection, Samuel Heath has reinterpreted one of the most dynamic and influential design periods in history. www.samuel-heath.com


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Charged with the task of designing yacht hardware, our engineers developed a highly resilient line that is nearly immune to the challenges posed by sea air and salt spray. Nanz created patented products containing rare earth magnets and pneumatic springs that are particularly apt for yachts by combining non-ferrous brass and stainless-steel components, with mechanisms that are over-engineered for long, maintenance-free operation. To further bolster durability, Nanz can provide yacht hardware in our strongest available PVD finishes, ensuring a lifetime guarantee. At Nanz, the hardware manufacturing company, every facet of manufacturing is carried out with pride and dedication by a Nanz employee. As they have always made their products they are consequently experts in design, engineering, casting, machining and finishing. Nanz manufactures products which look more appealing, work better and last longer. www.nanz.com


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FLLI RAZETO E CASARETO SPA -

Art and Technology at Your Fingertips is the leitmotif at F.lli Razeto & Casareto. A wide array of handles has been created in the last year not least the FreeGo series which takes it’s inspiration from biomimicry in nature and was the forerunner of the various product lines which Giangi Razeto, the company’s creative driving force, designed specifically to enhance to exclusive effect the interiors of even the most luxurious yachts. Artistic handles also available in luminous versions – the illumination system is a world-exclusive patent and uses wireless technology that incorporates special safety and staff management functions. It spans a variety of models created using luxury materials and techniques which have ushered in a whole new take on the luxury handle concept. The Tribute to Sicily, launched last year, is a new creative direction for F.lli Razeto & Casareto’s luxury handles once again inspired by Giangi Razeto’s concept. This time, however, it has been opened up to artistic and formal influences from leading international masters who have used astonishing materials and techniques to create absolutely unique handles. A remix of cultures and influences, materials and forms that is putting F.lli Razeto & Casareto’s luxury product lines on a par with genuine haute couture collections. They are aimed, moreover, at individuals searching for unique, one-off objects that could well be defined as works of art in their own right. The FreeGo Finger Print handles by Karel Ruzicka, a 360° artist, stringed-instrument-maker, musician and designer, are part of the Remix of the FreeGo handle concept design. Maestro Ruzicka has created his own linear-minimalist interpretation inspired by the concept of lightness. He used premium grade African ebony, an incredibly light, black wood with a very fine grain for which it is highly prized. www.razetocasareto.com



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BELOW DAVIDSON LONDON The magnificent dining table sits with a circular radial veneer top in a rich hand tinted sycamore dusk with a clear water base acrylic lacquer, to achieve a perfect high gloss finish. A 6mm hardwood edging to the top and bottom of the deep frieze was used for protection. The top sits on a capstan shaped base in a lightly distressed glimmering 24ct moon gold leaf to create a shimmering reflection when the table catches the light.

ABOVE DESIGN INTERVENTION The overall design brief for the Belinda Desk was to ensure that it was every bit as functional as it is beautiful with integrated drawers, cable management and charging docks. Design Intervention employed 5 artisans to achieve this design. The carpenter constructed the curvaceous base, integrating drawers within the organic lines. A special effects painter has then finished the whole frame in a subdued champagne gold leaf. For the table top, Design Intervention chose a soft leather with a gentle paisley print in blush pink with gold highlights which their upholsterer has meticulously crafted into a sensual kidney shape. Furthermore, a metal worker forged a cage-like framework in polished gold. Finally, an electrician wired it with LED strips so that it could highlight the play of textures between the matte gold frame and the shiny metal. The desk is one large floor lamp and casts a soft glow within the room. www.designintervention.com.sg

The base was originally hand carved in wood which the designers then had cast in resin to minimize the weight and cost of the table without compromising quality. It would prevent cracking and allow a smooth finish for the glimmering moon gold gilding which consists of bronze and champagne tones. The table works incredibly well in the rich hand tinted sycamore dusk but works equally well, depending on the clients chosen colour scheme, in a hand tinted black sycamore and a shimmering white gold leaf. The Rosebery dining table can be made in a selection of sizes and finishes with the minimum size at 1.2 meters in diameter and the largest size at 2 meters in diameter. www.davidsonlondon.com


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The Arcade Collection is a set of steel wood furniture inspired by industrial architecture in which a simplicity of form emphasizes the naturalness of the materials used. Entirely handmade from a specially selected and uniquely grained solid wood and metal, protected by an artistically painted patina consisting of several colours. Regarding measurements, the table is w(210cm) x d(106cm) x h(75.5cm) and is finished with natural, golden moss hue. Each version is unique and unrepeatable. A simple fusion of a natural material and modern design which will suit almost any interior. As in the yin and yang: the raw, industrial steel frame and legs contrast, while at the same time harmonise, with the warmth of the natural oak which is bleached and oiled to maximise its appearance and texture. The elegant lines of the steel legs add a character of refinement and sophistication to this piece. DIA Art Design have an interest in beautifully crafted and perfectly made furniture and items. Their main desire is to bring more harmony and beauty into people’s homes through well made furniture. DIA Art Design’s handcrafted pieces are characterized by solidity, top quality, originality, beauty and timeless design. Each DIA art design piece is carefully designed and handcrafted using traditional methods and authentic natural materials with a great amount of passion and love. www.diaartdesign.com


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The New Khmer Collection, featuring Thai silk that is rich in texture, is one of Jim Thompson’s traditional all-time best sellers. A medium weight, hand-woven two-ply silk, New Khmer challenges the traditional practice of using the same silk yarn in the warp and weft. New Khmer is constructed entirely by hand with 100% silk. The beauty of this fabric lies in its weave; it takes considerable talent and experience to achieve just the right tension in the warp. At 54 inches in width, New Khmer is also 6 inches wider than the standard. The collection offers an impressive selection of 69 colours; some such as ivory, plum, brick and blue, metallic hues reflecting new trends. Other colours consist of most desired and recommended colour choices. http://www.jimthompsonfabrics.com

RIGHT ROBIN SPRONG WALLPAPERS The interior designers, Fox Browne Creative were tasked with refurbishing the Phinda Vlei Bush Lodge, and they were looking for a design that would ‘mirror’ the lush tropical foliage in the interior styling. As chief designer at Robin Sprong, Franco took up the challenge to create this custom wall art for the client. The design needed to be bold and dramatic, the leaves life sized and almost tangible. It had to look realistic enough to feel like you are surrounded by a forest, yet painterly and stylised, so not to feel like you are looking at a photograph of a banana orchard. It had to have a delicate balance between realism and art, yet it also needed depth and contrast to make it feel like you are looking at a living forest rather than flat wallpaper. www.robinsprong.com


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F/List have designed a real stone flooring with integrated heating at any temperature between 23 and 33 °C. The design is thin and lightweight, easy to install, resilient, durable, elegant and customizable with marquetry and engravings. With F.List Heated Stone Flooring, the Austrian family company, F/List, has created the first fully certifiable real stone flooring with integrated heating for aircraft cabins.

ABOVE JALLU EBÉNISTES

Thanks to the flooring concept’s lightweight construction and ingenious fastening system, the tiles can be optimally installed in all areas of business and private aircraft. Heating system and signal processing are integrated in the floor tile construction and connected to the aircraft’s electronic systems via an interface harness.

Straw Marquetry is one of the great French Decorative art finishes and Jallu Ebénistes are proud to be keeping the tradition alive. All of their work is handcrafted in their workshop in Brittany, France, using the same techniques handed down through generations. The straw is harvested in France in the early summer and in the fall. The straw is dyed and every year the colours are different, making each piece unique.

The tiles are attached to the aircraft floor by hook-andloop tapes. This also avoids possible damage of the floor tiles by movement. The tapes are optimized to withstand high levels of g-force and can be repeatedly fastened and detached.

www.yannjallu.net/

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LUMINESCENT STAIRCASE CHANDELIER CRYSTAL CAVIAR Crystal Caviar’s work is completely new and unique technology of ‘luminescent glass’ on the chandelier which perfectly fits into the whole design of the yacht and is made especially for a marine environment. The chandelier is compiled from 189 glass components which are firmly connected to each other by sticks made from polished stainless steel. These sticks serve partly to add to the design effect whilst also partly fixing the glass parts to avoid rattle. The inside part is smooth with luminescent effect, which was achieved through luminescent lacquer, and the external part is made from knurled glass to achieve a 3D effect of every component. During the night, the clients can still light up the chandelier by four special light reflectors, however, when you turn it off, the chandelier will still glow. Thanks to the luminescent effect you can see so many new light reflections, shades and colours in the glass. The chandelier is a result of Crystal Caviar’s years of experience with lighting products made in the name of Bohemian glass craftmanship. Luminescent was made taking into consideration the marine environment, whilst adhering to the customers’ wish of a sophisticated interior. www.crystalcaviar.eu

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The Wandering Star light pendant embodies a very simple design and is fabricated with a minimalist approach to give it a luxurious and sleek look, suitable to the variety of environments that the light is installed in. Designer Filipe Lisboa, who is also the President and Founder of VISO, was inspired one night on his European trip as he observed the unique colours of the stars in the night sky. www.visoinc.com

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The Hyde Collection features a contemporary design with a nostalgic nod to mid-century modern composition. Made with the finest brass framework in a sophisticated butter brass finish and completed with hand spun metal shades, the shades can be painted in a variety of colours to suit any design scheme. David Hunt Lighting is one of Britain’s longest surviving lighting manufacturers. David Hunt Lighting has been based in the North Cotswold market town of Shipston on Stour for the past 100 years and remains true to its traditional roots by employing a small team of highly skilled craftsmen. www.davidhuntlighting.co.uk WWW.VIRSERIUSSTUDIO.COM


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SeAnne is a stationary installation that creates the illusion of underwater wave movement. A key design element is the crystal components which have been frosted from the outside but remain clear from the inside, and their specific arrangement which creates the mesmerising wave-like effect. Each component has been crafted by different professionals at every stage of its making, using both age-old and contemporary solutions, so that the centuries-old tradition of chandelier production is in keeping with the latest technology. www.preciosalighting.com

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The Infinite Aura collection designed in collaboration with award-winning, global design and innovation consultancy, IDEO, is an innovative lighting design that is also a work of art. In a unique re-imagining of the conventional chandelier, Infinite Aura consists of a sleek metal disc that holds a ring of precision-cut Swarovski crystals inside its rim. When illuminated with LEDs, the polished circle creates an extraordinary illusion that sends the crystal reflections into infinity. The collection is available in four subtle shades to complement luxurious, contemporary interiors. www.swarovski-lighting.com


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