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Contents OCTOBER 2017

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Cover Story

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OP-ED

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Show report

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Project

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Redesigning of buildings to improve the look and value of the property

Why sustainability is at the forefront for every company

Design highlights from Cityscape Global 2017

Stunning design tour of a Hollywoodstyled villa in Dubai

What’s in store?

Design inspirations from Bloomingdale’s outlet in Kuwait

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Wish List

Décor ideas for the festival of lights

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Interview

Tim Wallace from Herman Miller explains why office furniture is transforming from being fixed to flexible

REGULARS 5

Editor’s Note

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Talking point

Why Christie’s Middle East is moving to London, let’s find out

8 Newsmakers

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Décor review

51 Tips & Tricks

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Through pictures

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The vintage vibe that takes you to the amazing views of beachside restaurant-Bombay Bungalow

A look inside the fancy showrooms of iconic car brands

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58 Events 60 Pick of The Month www.design-middleeast.com


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Welcome There’s a chill in the air and October officially marks the beginning of the very short-lived and most-loved winter season in the region. The change in the season also reminds us to make some big as well teeny-weeney yet striking design changes everywhere possible. Like this month’s cover story is all about redesigning of the existing properties to give a fresh look and enhancing the brand value as well. There’s a lot to look forward to in this month’s edition-from luxurious car showrooms, Hollywood-themed villas, a fancy Bloomingdale’s showroom in Kuwait to the design update from the recently concluded Cityscape Global. We’ve covered it all! There are few interesting industry events, which are coming up in the emirate and we’re looking forward to them like Light Middle East Exhibition (from October 17-19, 2017) and Dubai Design Week (from November 13-18, 2017). Another reason for excitement is that the festival of lights, Diwali is just round the corner, and what better way to celebrate it than shopping. To simplify your task, we’ve covered the most amazing décor accessories in our Wish List section; you will surely be spoilt with so many choices! And, if you love the butterflies as much as I do, then try catching one of them, hint: ‘Pick of The month’ section. Enjoy the read! Roma Arora

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NEWSMAKERS

Over 50 international and local brands have already registered to lease units within the mall

LACASA to launch Palestine’s largest $40mn shopping mall LACASA Holdings has unveiled its plans to launch a large-scale retail development in Ramallah, Palestine which is set to open its doors in the first quarter of 2019. The total value of the project is $40mn. Designed entirely by LACASA Architects, a subsidiary of the holding company, the mall’s built-up area will amount to a total of 50,000sqm consisting of six levels of retail and three levels of parking, making it the largest of its kind in the country. LACASA’s designers chose a contemporary language throughout the exterior façade and the interiors of the mall. Inspiration was drawn from the local motifs while also maintaining a modern twist by utilising luxurious finishes. Both indoor and outdoor areas were integrated in a way to ensure that footfall remains consistent regardless

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of weather conditions throughout the year. The mall will consist of 135 retail units, five anchor stores, a hypermarket, 21 F&Bs, a food court, a kids’ play area, a ballroom, an ice rink, and an indoor skydiving chamber. Company’s chairman, Emad Jaber said: “I have always been focused on enhancing the quality of life and economic well-being of my home country. I see the mall as a major step forward for Palestine’s economy; one that will go beyond providing a shopping destination. It will be the prominent social and entertainment hub for Palestinians while also encouraging local innovation and entrepreneurship.” The construction of the development is underway, with over 40% completed to date. The name of the mall will be revealed in October 2017.

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Lexus Design Award 2018; judges and mentors finalised The judges and mentors for the Lexus Design Award 2018 have been recently announced. Now in its sixth year, this international competition seeks to discover and nurture a new generation of talent. 12 winning finalists selected by an elite creative design panel of judges will have their concepts showcased at Lexus Design Event in Milan, 2018. An experience of a lifetime awaits for four of these finalists, who will be mentored by some of the world’s top designers and architects. Entries to the Lexus Design Award 2018 competition are accepted till October 8, 2017. The 12 finalists will be announced in January 2018, and the Grand Prix winner will be announced during Milan Design Week on April 16, 2018. There’s a new judge for the 2018 competition-Shigeru Ban, known for using environmentally responsible materials.

Returning to help judge the 2018 competition are a number of leading innovators from across the globePaola Antonelli is curator of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Birgit Lohmann is chief editor of Renowned designers and architects to judge and mentor designboom, aspiring global talent at Lexus Design Award 2018 Alice Rawsthorn writes about Fujimoto, Italian designer duo, Andrea design in the International New York Trimarchi and Simone Farresin from Times and Yoshihiro Sawa is president of Formafantasma, contemporary lighting Lexus International. designer Lindsey Adelman, and New YorkTop global creatives will mentor winning based designer and art director Jessica Walsh. finalists-renowned Japanese architect Sou

Perkins+Will appoints new associate principal Architecture firm Perkins+Will has appointed John Lister as the new associate principal, director of architecture mixed-use and commercial, to be based in its Dubai office. Lister brings over 25 years of commercial architecture experience, including three years working in the UAE on retail, leisure, and hospitality developments. His recent portfolio of projects include: Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Aldar’s Yas Mall Hotel, Emaar’s Signature Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, and Emaar South. Lister said: “I’m honoured to have joined Perkins+Will, which I see as a fantastic opportunity and the move I have been looking

for since arriving in the UAE. The position is exactly where I want to be and I am fully aligned with the direction the organisation is going. With huge global events planned in the next few years, the spotlight is very much on the Gulf countries, so I believe we are the perfect place for cutting-edge architecture.” Steven Charlton, principal, Perkins+Will shared: “We are proud to make this important addition to Middle East operations. John is not only extremely well-qualified and experienced, but his personality will be the perfect fit for the team and I have no doubt he will prove to be an inspirational driving force for all those who work with him.” John Lister, associate principal

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Nikken to design 172mn luxury Reem Tower Japanese architectural and urban design firm Nikken Sekkei and UAEbased National Bonds Corporation (NBC) have unveiled Reem Tower, a super luxury residential tower in Abu Dhabi, at this year’s Cityscape Global. The 44-story tower will be situated at the North East of Marina Square, the premium waterfront development set on an area of 120ha, the first phase of the iconic multi-billion dollar project, Reem Island. The tower will reach almost 172m into the Abu Dhabi skyline and have a built-up area of 87,075sqm with parking for 500 cars. Regional director of Nikken

Sekkei, Dr Fadi Jabri, said: “The project win is testament to Nikken’s comprehensive approach to design, which includes vital contributions from our highly specialized companies, Nikken Housing Systems and Nikken Space Design, in creating this beautiful bespoke, five-star development.” Reem Tower will encompass a huge swimming zone with a stunning infinity swimming pool, jacuzzi, kids’ pool, water deck, dry deck and lounge. A garden zone will include a kids’ playground, yoga/ exercise lawn, garden, pavilion, and green corridor. It will also have a fully equipped gymnasium, squash court, and sauna.

The project win is testament to Nikken’s comprehensive approach to design. – Dr Fadi Jabri

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The show will feature worldfamous brand names

The network offers a mix of partners and skills, bringing local market knowledge to offer the best perspective on every workplace project

Summertown Interiors joins The United Workplace network Summertown Interiors has joined a new global alliance of workplace experts – The United Workplace (TUW). It’s a global collaboration of like-minded workplace experts that have formed a network to assist companies in the development of their international workplaces. The network, founded by Fourfront Group in the UK, and Amicus which delivers workplace design and fit-out projects in Australia, includes Ware Malcomb a well-established architectural practice in the US, and Summertown Interiors, the Marcos Bish, managing director, Summertown Interiors UAE’s first fit-out contractor to occupy Leadership in Energy, and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certified interiors. Aki Stamatis, chairman of Fourfront Group commented: “Businesses who are thinking globally as they execute their growth plans and try to build an international presence, want to replicate a similar working culture in every single location. It is important, however to achieve a balance between reflecting the local market culture and the values and identity of the business itself.” Marcos Bish, managing director of Summertown Interiors said: “Being part of this alliance allows us to offer our clients a level of service that extends beyond the Middle East, and strengthens our team’s capabilities.”

Downtown Design announces its fifth edition It’s all about design and décor. Downtown Design; the anchor event for Dubai Design Week is celebrating five successful years as the leading design trade fair for high quality design in the Middle East. Taking place from November 14-17, 2017 in partnership with the Dubai Design District (d3)+ Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (DCAA), the show is set to enhance its position as the Middle East’s essential contemporary design event; providing industry and public audiences with new product, trends and inspiration. Downtown Design will present talent across 26 product categories including furniture and lighting, textiles and accessories, and the latest in kitchen and bathroom technology. Rue Kothari, show director of Downtown Design, said: “We’re delighted to be marking five years of Downtown Design with a show double the size of previous editions. Not only does this reflect the strength of the exhibition and its reputation but also the growth in highdemand sectors of lighting, furniture and textiles. The show continues its rise, while focusing on connecting exhibitors to the region’s leading architects and interior designers. ”

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COVER STORY

Revolution of

redesign

To give a new lease of life, designers, and architects are giving a fresh makeover to the existing properties. Roma Arora explores the concept of redesigning with respect to the process and challenges that come along

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part from the new swanky skyscrapers coming up in the region, there are a whole lot of buildings, which are getting redesigned by the team of professionals to modernise and upgrade them. So, how different is redesigning from designing? Actually, there’s a tremendous difference between creating something from scratch and giving a makeover to the venue. When in the main design process there’s a “blank canvas” and literally anything can be done what comes to the mind, then the redesigning process has its own limitations – firstly the space itself, to the restrictions with time and budget. Here are four interesting case studies from the region that explain the concept in the best possible manner, unfolding each and every detail that matters.

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COVER STORY

Susan Bruce

Kempinski Hotel Mall of The Emirates, Dubai the entire process. For instance, until a wall is opened, no one is truly aware of what lies behind.

ensure the hotel can operate smoothly without disturbing the guests.

Importance of redesigning: It’s extremely important to not only keep up with the trends, but to design as well for the future.

Planning the process: The design team worked closely with the hotel operations team in terms of scheduling the work to be completed to cause as least impact as possible to the guest experience. This project was divided into three construction phases. Additionally, the wayfinding signage was constantly being adjusted to easily direct guests to new routes to the various areas of the hotel.

Challenging task: There are many hidden factors that are not known in the beginning that can alter

Time management: The schedules were based around guest occupancy and abided to

Changes that took place: The original design style and concept is inspired by Ski Dubai. Taking the inspiration forward, the materials palette included ice blues, silver and crystal, along with warm textural neutrals. Crystal light fittings were used throughout the hotel adding the glisten of “falling icicles�. The marble slabs were hand selected to compliment the scheme. Handwoven rugs featuring custom patterns and designs abound in the hotel bringing warmth and texture to the rooms.

The hotel completed an extensive $100mn renovation last year; the refurbishment of the hotel began in 2012 and was done in multiple phases. Susan Bruce, senior project designer at Wimberly Interiors, US-based design firm which did the renovation work for the hotel, shares her first-hand design account.

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Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai The renovation work started in June 2016 based on the design by international interior designers, Hirsch Bedner Associates. Renovation worth AED70mn has taken place across its public areas including the hotel’s impressive, atrium-style lobby, lobby lounge, and Dunes CafÊ which were completed early in 2017. Phase two-the total renovation of its 302 guest rooms is under the process and would be completed by early 2018. Gerhard Hecker, general manager of the hotel talks about this journey of transformation.

Gerhard Hecker

Importance of redesigning: The competitive nature of the business means striving to continue to be the best in all respects and interior design is a key element of communicating our status and positioning in the industry. Challenging task: Imposing glass and gold chandeliers suspend majestically from the ceiling above the lobby lounge and the only challenge was the installation and assembly of the stunning chandelier which hangs in the elevator lobby and comprises of hand-blown glass pieces with a steel frame and weighs 703kg. Planning the process: The planning and preparation for the renovation took approximately a year and a half. During the public areas renovation, the lobby was insulated from the rest of the hotel both visually and acoustically. The front entrance was moved and closed to the back of the hotel and the lobby itself was relocated to the third floor of the hotel. Time management: To ensure the lowest level of guest disruption and with a great focus on guest comfort, it was of the utmost importance to manage and maintain the timeframe set out at the beginning of the project.

Changes that took place: The new state-ofthe-art bedrooms provide everything from additional bedside power outlets to bluetooth connectivity. The bedside lamps have been converted to wall mounted sconces, whilst bedroom night lights have been integrated with bathroom lighting to enable stumble-free

access to in-room amenities in the middle of the night. The bedroom interior design combines the warmth of wooden fixtures and fittings with white, blush, and pastel blue soft furnishings. The lobby is world of sleek chic, surrounded by sweeping curves, clean lines, and warming neutral tones.

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Dubai Financial Market, Rashid Tower, Dubai World Trade Centre Medy Navani, creative director and founder of Dubai-based architecture and interior design firm Design Haus Medy executed the major redesign project of Dubai Financial Market (DFM) from start to finish across a four-year timeline, commencing in April 2013 with the official completion and handover date in April 2017. Medy explains the new look of the UAE’s first stock exchange.

many parties are affected by it. It’s important to keep the neighbours informed about duration and activities planned. Mostly noise producing activities need to be concentrated and short.

Importance of redesigning: We are living in a fast changing world, so are our habits, standards, and tastes are evolving. One cannot ignore the need for our habitats to adjust and evolve to be up-to-date.

Changes that took place: The new DFM layout is complete with a hyper-modern, fully customised sofa sets designed to be smart but comfortable. In the corners of the trade hall, two main design features were created and named ‘The Hot Zones’. These are circular, intelligent sofa workstations, where investors are encouraged to carry out business in the most efficient way possible. The flooring has been completely covered with custom designed carpet, which draws an “infinity” symbol across the whole trade floor, representing DFM’s nonstop work engine.

Challenging task: Our biggest challenge was the execution of a complete redesign project in a site, which never stops operation. Planning the process: We consider the planning and project management to be the most important part of a project, especially when

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Time management: Today time is almost more valuable than money. Planning right and making allowance for unforeseen challenges is a must.

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Fairmont Dubai The hotel completed the extensive renovation of its lobby at the end of 2015. Satish Patil, director of engineering, Fairmont Dubai explains why redesigning is important for success. Importance of redesigning: Primary reason for renovating the lobby was that it used to have the traditional look, which was there since the hotel opened its doors in 2002. Challenging task: The biggest structural challenge was to install the glass chandelier, which had to be incorporated to the existing ceiling without a major structural change. Planning the process: The key factor for us was to ensure the proper functioning of the

hotel’s main entrance and therefore the lobby area was divided in half. Once the first part was renovated, we re-opened the premises for the guests and started to work on the second phase. We also placed TV screens in the construction area with the rendering images, in order to give people the understanding of the upcoming look and feel. Time management: During the lobby renovation we were working around a very particular deadline, because as soon as the project was planned to conclude, we were entering peak season and could not have afforded any delays during the busy operational period. So, sticking to the given deadline was very crucial.

Satish Patil

Changes that took place: We separated the reception area and introduced a new lobby cafÊ - The Library, where people can relax and enjoy food and beverage offerings. The entire lobby area was previously just one combined space, with no distinctive features to divide the reception and the lounge area. Although even now there is no physical partition between the areas, hence due to the change in design there’s a tremendous impact in the look and feel. The entire lighting system was changed and a decorative art chandelier descending from 11m was installed as well.

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NMC Hospital utilises low-impact materials including non-toxic and recycled materials wherever possible

sustainable choices? Do we always make

As the importance of sustainability grows for companies in all corners of the world, Kamal Farah, director at Abanos, evaluates whether we’re making the right choices to reap the benefits of sustainability

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nterior design like so many other creative professions, is intimately connected to the market’s changing styles, tastes and preferences. Of these, sustainability has become one of the most interesting and important. Unfortunately, while sustainable interior design theory has made great progress on an academic level, becoming a key talking point across the industry, the reality is that project stakeholders don’t always make sustainable choices, particularly where materials are concerned. While it can be difficult to source sustainable materials to satisfy every project brief, especially in the Middle East, facilitating open discussion and providing better access to knowledge of sustainability and sustainable materials will play a critical role in promoting sustainable interior design practice. This will advance the region’s interiors industry to be better aligned with international best practices. Thinking globally and acting locally is where the main challenge will arise as sustainable design in the Middle East progresses. Taking Dubai as an example, the emirate will showcase its sustainability efforts when it hosts Expo 2020, demonstrating its ambitions to become one of the top 10 sustainable cities in the world. Achieving this target requires a paradigm shift across all industry sectors, including that of interior design and fit-out. This is an industry that has particular requirements for natural resources

and has potentially harmful practices at its core. Overcoming the challenge of sustainability is complex, but possible. Consumers around the world are becoming increasingly mindful of what they purchase and how their purchasing choices impact the environment. It is for this reason that opportunities exist for those in the Middle East who are ready to grasp them.

Five advantages to practicing sustainable interior design:

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By using materials that are specifically sourced and produced responsibly, companies are not only demonstrating environment-friendly business practices, but they are also creating unique messages that strengthen the value of their project.

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The incorporation of even a few ecofriendly products or features that have been ethically sourced, interior designers can demonstrate both understanding of this fast-emerging trend and an ability to take a leadership position in designing, fabricating, and executing sustainable projects. This is already being implemented in the UAE.

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The offer of a sustainable product will differentiate your business. Being strict with sustainability opens more doors than

it closes. From ethically sourced materials and energy conscious construction processes, to reinventing spaces that allow for greater natural light and utilising FSC certified materials, different stakeholders in the project can work together to find innovative ways to deliver outstanding and forward-thinking projects.

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The Middle East as a region, is making progress with regards to waste reduction and waste management. The interiors industry should not be an exception. For example: tiles, carpets, fabrics, and even counter surfaces can be made from recycled materials, while paints can even be manufactured using organic, non-toxic, and non-polluting ingredients.

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In recent years, we’ve seen sustainability climb the business ladder, reaching a point at which many large companies around the world have put the issue at the heart of their growth strategy. At the same time, opportunities for companies to help solve the challenge of sustainability have never been so varied - and perhaps never so compelling. Now is the time for professionals in the Middle East to start to operate in line with global standard of best practices in sustainability. Abanos is an interior fit-out and joinery company in Dubai

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Cityscape Global W Design roundup from

hen the creative minds of the design, architecture, and the realty sector come together, the results are bound to surprise everyone. At the recently concluded real estate event- Cityscape Global that took place at Dubai World Trade Centre from September 1113, 2017. There was a display of innovative concepts, significant developments, and unparalleled investment opportunities in the industry. Here are some noteworthy design details from the event.

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The key design developments and highlights from the leading real estate exhibitionCityscape Global 2017

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Benoy Neil Kee, director and head for Benoy Design Studio tells how Cityscape Global helped the architect firm in exploring the new developments, projects, and innovations in the MENA region. Highlights: We used this year’s event as a platform for me to introduce myself to our clients, consultants, and peers, as I’ve just recently transitioned from Singapore to Dubai. We aim to sustainably evolve the environments in which we live and, ultimately, create value for all our stakeholders and this is something that we were really keen to communicate at this year’s event. Focus on sustainability: UAE is already in the process of introducing new public transportation systems, such as the hyperloop, which will play a crucial role in reshaping the city’s architecture and paving the way for sustainable expansion of urban areas in Dubai. Also, architecture will become the tool that connects people from all walks of life, by fostering a sense of community and enabling people to connect with nature in new and exciting ways. That was essentially our goal when designing The Beach in Dubai. Exciting projects: Our most anticipated projects in the UAE currently include Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Park in Abu Dhabi and Hayat Island in Ras Al Khaimah. In Bahrain, we worked on a new mixed-use commercial and residential real estate venture called Bahrain Marina. It’s positioned to become one of Bahrain’s top retail and leisure destinations. Benoy has also been hired to modernise and expand Bahrain Airport.

KEO Holley Chant, executive director of corporate sustainability at KEO, an architectural and engineering design firm, shares her experience at Cityscape Global this year. Highlights: One of the key highlights for us this year was our virtual reality offer which provided a fun and different experience and a valuable draw to our stand. KEO took a first step at using virtual reality to showcase some of its projects in the Middle East. The VR goggles were a visitor’s attraction at the KEO booth at the event. Focus on sustainability: Triple class real estate assets now have to be sustainable or their end-users, stakeholders, and stockholders won’t want to own them, lease them or be associated with them. This is due to both reputational risk and the risk of non-sustainable buildings becoming stranded assets. Modern

buildings need to be sustainable and resource efficient, resilient against extreme climate events, and also they should enhance the well-being of their occupants. Exciting projects: KEO sustainability and commissioning is very excited about a new line of services KEO has launched called KEO CIM Lab. CIM stands for City Information Modelling. Using our capability in sustainability, monitoring, analytics and AI, research, and technology we are delivering smarter, healthier projects with leaner operations costs for our clients. The KEO sustainability and commissioning team have over 50 active projects currently covering all sectors.

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Omniyat Mahdi Amjad, founder and CEO of Omniyat, Dubai-based developer talks about the key developments at the industry event. Highlights: With the completion of Opus project,

Imkan Walid El Hindi, CEO of Imkan gets candid about their first project-Makers Disrict, which is a new waterfront community featuring a mix of residential, hospitality, commercial and retail space on Reem Island in Abu Dhabi. Highlights: We are designing for the next generation and we have to come up with something spectacular. Makers District is one of the first projects we’re launching. TheArtery, which will sit at the heart of Makers District, is an innovative flexible art space that will offer artists a place to both create

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and One Palm being officially the tallest private residence on The Palm, it’s been a successful year. We have sold one of the three penthouses at the top of the One Palm development for AED102mn; this sale represents the biggest off-plan apartment sale to be completed in the emirate, beating the previous record of AED60mn.

Focus on sustainability: Design is the beginning of the journey of sustainability and has a direct contribution to our corporate mission. Exciting projects: We plan to announce a new major project by the end of this year. We have secured this year two unique sites, which will contribute to our future launches.

and showcase their work, is the first building to be unveiled by Imkan. Focus on sustainability: It’s not a choice; sustainability is actually part of our regular processes. We don’t discuss it separately, it’s part of what we do. Exciting projects: We have a very large project called Al Burooj in Egypt where we are using introducing a different approach to development, it’s a city-like project with 28000 residential units under construction and we hope to deliver our first residential units in 2019. We also have five projects in Morocco and some amazing developments coming up in Sri Lanka, Seychelles, and Armenia as well.

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Tabanlıoğlu Architects Melkan Gürsel, architect and partner at Istanbul-based firm Tabanlıoğlu Architects talks about the progress of the design industry. Highlights: We marked our 14th consecutive year of participation at the Cityscape Global this year. Dubai is a place for crazy projects. I have literally seen the models at Cityscape Global turning into actual properties like Burj Khalifa and many others. Sustainability: There are many regulations laid by the government to make green buildings and we all should obey them. Make buildings which are matching with the environment, keeping in mind the weather, water-saving, and energysaving aspects. Exciting projects: We’re very excited about the Al Fattan Crystal Towers at JBR in Dubai that includes a podium of three floors, high end retails, and two towers. Tower one consists of 38 floors while Tower two consists of 33 hosting the Rixos Premium Hotel that opened in July 2017.

Atkins Janus Rostock, head of architecture at Atkins Middle East talks about the future of buildings. Highlights: It’s interesting to see what other developers are doing in the market. The idea of doing large integrated projects is coming to the forefront in the region. Focus on sustainability: I believe that a good

design is also about sustainability. When it comes to the properties of the future, we are more likely to use smart technology and designs inspired by the natural world along with commonplace living walls and rooftop gardens. Exciting projects: Dubai Opera was a challenging and complex project in terms of its location in Downtown and multi-disciplinarian co-ordination. We’re excited about the projects coming up in the UAE, KSA, and Africa.

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INTERVIEW

Luxe Hospital! The

Luxury combined with personalised healthcare service is the new concept in the region. Pietro Ferraro, chief healthcare officer at Valiant Clinic, Dubai tells us about the five star services they’re offering to the patients

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It’s something new to witness a luxury clinic in the heart of Dubai. How did it all happen? Valiant Clinic at City Walk is a premium multispecialty outpatient medical clinic by Meraas that is managed by Houston Methodist Global Health Care Services, the international subsidiary of world-renowned Houston Methodist Hospital in the United States. Since we opened in November 2016, we aim at setting a new standard of healthcare for the residents and visitors to Dubai, through five star service and patient experience combined with world-class care. We also aim to fill the current gap in the market for integrated and preventative healthcare by complementing medical treatment with wellness services.

Are we going to see more of these premium outpatient medical clinics? This is an area which allows for future expansion, with research from investment

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banking advisory firm Alpen Capital suggesting that the healthcare market in the UAE alone could increase at an annual average growth rate of 12.7% between 2015 and 2020, to $19.5bn. There is definitely more room for more healthcare clinics. The aim is to bridge the current gap in the market in terms of the standard of care and novelty of medical practices we offer.

Briefly explain the design aesthetics at the Valiant Clinic? The property has been designed in a way that is medically very functional, and which offers a high level of comfort through an upscale experience. The clinic benefits from open spaces and light, inspired by research indicating that connections to nature reduce patient stress during healthcare visits. We have also incorporated large indoor trees and vegetation into the internal features to enhance the environment.

What are the VIP services offered by the clinic?

dedicated physical therapy suite and for the added convenience of customers, Valiant Clinic also provides highly specialised concierge medicine services, and the option to consult a personal wellness counsellor.

We encourage people to take a proactive approach to managing their health, providing diagnostic and treatment services across specialties that range from cardiology, orthopedics and sports medicine, to Is sustainability a core element for dermatology and genetic testing, among the Valiant Clinic? others. Additionally, we are also integrating Sustainability has been introduced into our new technologies across platforms within design to enhance operations and maintain our service offering using wearable devices a comfortable climate at Valiant Clinic. We and mobile have also used stateapplications. The of-the-art technologies The property has been designed in in Building Control implementation of a new electronic Management Systems a way that is medically very functional, health record (BMS) that will support and which offers a high level of comfort sustainability. Also, system is also through an upscale experience. p r o v i d i n g sustainability has h e a l t h c a r e no borders or limits; professionals with therefore three main instant access to patient health records, aspects have always been the focus while allowing patients to be directly of the design of any Meraas project: connected to the clinic at any time. We also energy, water conservation and indoor provide fully fitted-out private VIP lounges, environmental quality.

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It’s love at first sight when subdued luxury blends seamlessly with Hollywood glamour

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veryone craves for an inspirational lifestyle and that’s exactly what DAMAC Villas by Paramount are all about. Each villa comprises of six bedrooms and are serviced to the highest standards to offer the ultimate in luxury, convenience, glamour, and comfort at the DAMAC Hills development in Dubailand. The villas will be ready for handover by early 2018. Design Middle East takes a tour of the show villa with Soheil Moufti, VP-interior design at DAMAC Properties as he highlights the key design aspects of Hollywood-styled villas.

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Living and dining room features parquet flooring, luxurious textiles, romantic mood lighting, and sophisticated furniture that all combine to perfection

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Bathroom is spacious and decked up with sophisticated amenities, absolutely glamorous

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OFIS. THE NAME BEHIND THE FINEST BRANDS FOR OFFICES OFIS is a leading workspace solution provider specializing in modular furniture and flooring solutions for corporate, educational, healthcare and hospitality sectors. In collaboration with world class brands such as STEELCASE & INTERFACE, we design environments that foster wellbeing, greater productivity and active engagement. If you are an interior designer, small business or a large corporation, OFIS offers aesthetic design solutions that translate to highly functional spaces.

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WHAT’S IN STORE?

The palatial settings is very inviting, the beautiful intensive jewel tones against the neutral colours is one of the highlights

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The blooming luxury It’s a pure bliss to witness lavish interiors of the Bloomingdale’s at the 360 Mall in Kuwait. We take you on a designer tour of this uber cool fashion destination

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oted! It’s clearly one of the most fashionable and good-looking stores that one would come across the region. Bloomingdale’s Kuwait has raised the level of design as far as the interiors of the store is concerned. Amsterdam-based design firm UXUS was given the task for weaving together hospitality, retail, and service, translating the iconic American department store, and evolving it for the Middle East market. Oliver Michell, chief creative officer and architect at UXUS says: “Working with Al Tayer Insignia, we took the strategy to provide premium service models for a very discerning clientele,

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WHAT’S IN STORE?

Marble floors, architectural metal framing and glass finishes are the major design attractions

The extravagant café concept, Scene, is situated adjacent to the shoe department and embodies the glamour of New York City

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to encourage dwell time and social shopping whilst incorporating a lively digital environment to create a regional point of difference. Our aim was to make Bloomingdale’s Kuwait the fashion authority for the region.” The store, which opened its door in March this year, exudes New York-style elegance and glamour. The design of the store combines personalized services, VIP touch points, integrated digital experiences and curated decor elements that come together seamlessly, encouraging exploration and indulgence. The ground level features the exciting world of beauty-everything from cosmetics to fragrances can be found here.

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Fitting rooms come with different lighting scenes to help customers make those all-important decisions

After purchasing beauty items from separate vendors, guests are encouraged to enjoy a luxurious consultation and treatment to complete the look at Experience Beauty. The mezzanine floor hosts some fantastic designer brands-eveningwear, contemporary, and causal. Moving to the first floor, it’s accessories like footwear and handbags that takes the centre stage along with the best place to relax-Scene Café. “What we are creating is an experience - a world that is highly appealing and conducive to spending a lot of time, captivating customers as they spend their leisure time shopping with family and friends,” adds Michell.

The use of luxurious upholstery and opaque screens runs across this three-level store

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INTERVIEW

Tim Wallace, product designer, Herman Miller talks about the designs that are flexible and stylish, hence encouraging a more collaborative office environment

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What inspires you to design a new product?

Finding something unique and relevant is the foundation for new products and is both challenging and vitally important. We spend a lot of time at the beginning of a project debating what is the best thing to do and how to approach it. Inspiration from the world around us encourages us to learn but the crucible of new ideas is knowledge and hard work.

Why do you think that sustainability in design has become such a priority for consumers?

Rightly so, the threat of global warming has significantly heightened the visibility of what effects the environment. People right around the globe are becoming more knowledgeable about the issues and more readily will look for products that minimise the impact.

How do you collaborate with the developers/clients? We do a lot of research before we start to design and we spend most of this time working closely with our clients. Trying to impose ideas doesn’t help anyone. We must

Trying to impose ideas doesn’t help anyone. try to understand the problem from all perspectives, not just our own. Once we’ve agreed upon a set of goals we continue to work together, testing and adapting the ideas as we go.

Can you talk about some of your best designs?

I am probably best known for designing Abak Environments for Herman Miller. It is easily the most sophisticated assembly system we have ever produced and has won two major design awards. Another favourite is my

latest design for Herman Miller called Atlas Office Landscape, which is a sit-stand desking system. Our main challenge was to try to break away from the rigid planning and aesthetic constraints typical of this product type. By providing flexibility in how workstations are configured, Atlas desks can be arranged in a way that creates spaces that encourage a more collaborative environment.

What are the latest trends in office furniture in this region?

It’s the same all over the world; the way we work is changing. The office environment has begun to evolve from fixed, uniform spaces into a broader range of work settings and the number of allocated

workstations is falling. We have to provide a space in which people want to work as well as a space in which people are able to work. One size no longer fits all.

What has been your biggest design challenge?

Furniture is a strange thing; it has clear, technical aspects mixed in with subtle social and cultural functions. It also has a lot of contradictions; privacy and openness, refined elegance, and unbending rigidity. Our biggest challenge is to take all the complex engineering concepts and put it into a package that is both beautiful and easy to live with.

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TALKING POINT

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hristie’s Middle East moves to London!

There’s a lot of talking happening on why the famous Christie’s Middle East is moving to London. Michael Jeha, managing director, Christie’s Middle East shows us the real picture

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hristie’s celebrated last year its 10th anniversary in the region. Amazing 10 strong business years in which we helped to establish a platform for a total of 690 Middle Eastern artists. This allowed our regional artists to find acknowledgment locally as well as on an international outreach. Over time many more galleries joined the Dubai art market and subsequently the fair Art Dubai opened its doors and welcomed regional and international galleries to operate in the Middle East. Over the past 10 years a solid art market nurtured across the Middle East and I believe that the international interest in our artists will continue to develop, and we will see more museum exhibitions across the world representing artists from this region as well as an art market, which will continue to mature in the next years.

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Reason to change the base

In 2005, when we held the first charity auction in the region, the picture was a very different one and we all, who contributed to this development can look back with pride on something fantastic achieved and we will still be involved for the next 10 years and more to come, even so that we believe the time is right for presenting Middle Eastern Art in London and adding to the international recognition of the art from this region. Many asked us if we decided on the move due to the market performance shifts but this is not the case, since the fundamental difference between a traditional form of investment and investing in art is passion – if you are passionate about a work of art you might always try to acquire it, no matter how the surrounding circumstances are shaping up.

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Some of the paintings to be displayed at the Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern Art in London; clockwise: Paintings by Mahmoud SaĂŻd; Shafic Abboud; Marwan; Fateh Moudarres

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TALKING POINT

The tasks unfolds

Christie’s has a two-fold task here in the Middle East. We are holding our regular auctions of Middle Eastern art in March in Dubai, and now in London each October to which we welcome regional as well as international collectors and buyers. Secondly, we are the window for our Middle Eastern clients to transact in Christie’s international salerooms. Here we see strong Middle Eastern interest in our 20th century art sales, old master painting sales as well as jewels and watches auctions taking place in London, New York, and Geneva. Furthermore, we are innovating by curating sales to inspire our clients, and reflect the on-going evolution of collecting. 2015 has demonstrated the strength of our cross-category offer, with no single category, sales channel, or geography dominating our results. Collecting today is demonstrating the ‘globalisation’ of taste and a fascination for the evolution of art and modernism.

We are the window for our Middle Eastern clients to transact in Christie’s international salerooms. Ahead of each auction we are holding a three-day public viewing, where all are welcomed to view the works of art which are going to be sold at auction and ask as many questions as wanted to our group of specialists. This is the best way to get familiarised with the procedures of an auction and a start to observe the market by noticing which works of art are more in demand and how well the work you would probably have bought, would have performed during the auction.

Sale of art online

Our online investment is adding value across our business. Online-only sales are truly global, with visitors from 174 countries. 45% of new buyers in digital sales in 2015 were under age of 45. 28% of buyers in online-only sales in 2015 were new to Christie’s. Digital sales is not just a platform for new clients, Christie’s

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existing clients are participating in our online-only sales as well– 48% of existing buyers have previously participated in a digital sale, and 12% of the existing buyers in 2015 were new to Christie’s through the digital sales channel. Christie’s holds the record for the most expensive item sold to an online bidder. In November 2012, an online bidder participating in Christie’s saleroom auction of American Paintings paid $9.6mn for Edward Hopper’s October on Cape Cod.

The shows coming up

Christie’s celebrated its 250th birthday in

2016 as leader of the auction world, not only in terms of financials but also in thought leadership, innovation, and expertise by offering pieces from antiquity to contemporary art in approximately 300 live and online auctions yearly. Our next moment in Dubai will be a preview of 50 watches to be offered in the most prestigious luxury charity event: ONLY WATCH to take place in Geneva on November 11, 2017. The preview in Dubai will be held from October 9-11, 2017. Middle Eastern Modern and Contemporary Art auction will take place on October 27, 2017 in London for the first time.

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DÉCOR REVIEW

blue! Paradise in

Rustic glamour, Indian flavours, and a beachside view, Bombay Bungalow is truly a gem of a restaurant Words: Roma Arora | Photography: Kailash Nenwani

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hen the eyes are locked with something spectacular, then you’re bound to fall in love with it instantly. This is exactly what happens when you visit a delightful place called Bombay Bungalow, located at JBR Walk in Dubai. The colour palette is blue, which spreads across everything you see and touch here, be it the peacock-inspired chairs, vintage walls or even the pretty glasses. Bombay Bungalow reminds one of those large houses in India with courtyards and trees. One of the major highlights of this place is a man-made tree, which looks true to the nature and was imported from the UK. Another fascinating feature is a small fountain right at the centre of the dining area. Walls are adorned with beautiful paintings of maharajas and ranis collected over the period of time by the owner.

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Pallav Patel

Pallav Patel, owner and director of Bombay Bungalow says, “We took a lot of inspiration from old palatial homes in India. Everything from the arches to the courtyard layout, are typical of large bungalows in India. The colour palette really helped tie the environment to the beach which is right on our doorstep. “ Patel also happen to design this charming place and attention to detail matters to him a lot. There are many small yet important design additions, which transport one instantly

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to the good old times of simplicity-like the lanterns, yesteryears telephone, semi-finished mirror and chest of drawers which are used as decorations across the restaurant. Many of the décor items were purchased online and even through auctions. The alfresco setting is magnificent overlooking the beach, the comfy bright outdoor chairs, swinging couch and the Indian style ice cream cart add glamour to the laid-back style.

Bombay Bungalow this Diwali is offering a special sharing menu from the October12-28, 2017 as well as hosting fun family style events.

Lip-smacking delights One must-try their burrata butter chicken in fenugreek tomato gravy, corn and sprouted mung chaat, guac pani poori and zaatar paneer tikka served with tahini beetroot dip. Pair your dishes with mocktails like champagne of the East, it’s a chilled ice tea shaken with roasted fennel and orange or one can also try weight of gold which is a chilled coconut water muddled with Indian spices and dash of soda. Finish your hearty meal with coconut rasmalai with salted caramel, and alphonso mango kulfi.

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The Middle East’s premier Exhibition, Conference & Awards for Lighting Design and Technology

17 – 19 October, 2017 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Experience innovative products and solutions along with enlightening insights shaping the lighting industry right now. Pre-register to visit www.lightME.net/Register11


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Swankiest Who is the

A luxury ride into state-of-the-art showrooms of iconic car brands in the UAE

of them all?

Rolls-Royce Boutique If it is all about luxury, then this is it! The Rolls-Royce rolled out its first ever boutique in Dubai last year. Showroom features four distinct areas-the first, with an inspiration studio is a staging point for one-of-a-kind examples of Rolls-Royce bespoke motor cars. The second, a bespoke atelier takes cues from the worlds of fine art, design and high fashion, giving customers the opportunity to explore the possibilities that cutting-edge, bespoke design allows. Moving on to the Pinnacle CafĂŠ, a vibrant space for the customers to relax, meet with friends, or even host business meetings. Last but not the least, Rolls-Royce also invites other luxury brands to display their rarest and most unique items in the affinity area. Where: City Walk, Dubai

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Lamborghini The world’s largest Lamborghini showroom in Dubai is designed by Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott. It features an external glass façade suspended by steel cables, while the internal space provides clients with a dedicated Lamborghini environment that reflects the marque’s visionary, cutting edge and pure brand values. The building’s architecture is emulated in the aerodynamic design based on curvilinear lines, transparent glass and black surfaces. Where: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

Buggati The most striking thing about the showroom is the entrance, which features the legendary Bugatti horseshoe. This design element, which can be found on a Bugatti’s radiator grille, is almost 4m high. This showroom features a lounge area which is equipped with furniture from the Bugatti Home Collection. Where: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

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Bentley Clearly, Dubai is home to some the biggest car showrooms and it was no surprise when Bentley Motors opened its largest showroom in the world in 2016 in this city. Comprising of 160,000 LED lights, the façade is able to display a full spectrum of colours, including all standard Bentley car colours and capable of streaming video as well as an unlimited range of graphics and luminary spectacles, including the projection of all of Bentley wood veneers. The showroom also features the world’s first aqua graphic water curtain, with number plate recognition technology. Another highlight is the decorative roof garden, while there is also a VIP majlis suite, with a blend of luxurious materials alongside traditional Arabic patterns. The extensive use of high quality materials leather, wood, and polished metals have been integrated into every feature in the showroom. Where: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

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Toyota-The Wave Toyota officially opened the doors to the most advanced and largest facility in the UAE – The Wave this year. The space’s interior has been designed by UK-based design consultancy called Greenspace. The interiors are very modern and crisp; the use of simple lines is aesthetically pleasing. The wave-shaped curved lines of the exterior lend a dramatic look to this beautiful showroom. The architectural lighting scheme utilises the curving rooflines of the building as well as its louvered panel façade. The Wave includes some interesting areas-Toyota design studio for customers to build their dream Toyota using physical and digital design tools, a café, a play space for children to drive electric cars on a 100m indoor track, in addition to 3D printers for live printing of souvenirs, a coloring and toy-building area, and VR headsets for a unique gaming experience. Where: Musaffah, Abu Dhabi

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TIPS AND TRICKS

Maintaining the

mattress!

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attress is the most used furniture in one’s house therefore maintaining it properly is of utmost importance. Mattresses are vulnerable to dust, dirt, bugs, mite etc., which can cause allergy, asthma, sneezing etc. therefore it’s important to check the mattress periodically. They are ideal breeding grounds for house dust mites and that is why concentrations of mites are generally higher in mattresses. Sudarshan Rai, marketing manager, Dubai Furniture Manufacturing, who manufacture and market King Koil branded products, shares some valuable tips.

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Shampoo as per instructions

You can use an upholstery shampoo strictly as per the directions given on the shampoo labels. Alternatively, you can use dry suds, made by beating up mild detergent in warm water with an eggbeater; apply only the dry suds to a small area at a time using a soft brush or sponge; wipe with sponge wrung out of warm water.

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Take care when moving your mattress

If you need to move your mattress to a new room, or a new house, be sure to measure the entryways to ensure that your mattress can fit through without bending. Bending the mattress can cause damage and void the warranty.

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Understand the mattress warranty

Most of today’s mattress warranties protect against manufacturing defects, which will be clearly listed in the warranty brochure that comes with the mattress. Not caring for your mattress over time may cause damage that impacts the comfort and support of the mattress – but damage is most often not covered by warranty.

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Let your mattress air out once in a while!

Strip off all the sheets to let the mattress breathe for at least an hour. This increases the life of the mattress

Sudarshan Rai

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Do rotate your mattress

It is highly recommended that you occasionally rotate your mattress as indicated on the direction labels on the mattresses. Rotating your mattress will allow the padding materials to settle evenly and reduce body impressions, increasing the comfort-life and longevity of the product.

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WISH LIST Smitten with prints These delightful printed cushions will surely change the look of your sofa and will brighten up your space. Availability: Maison D’Art, Villa 1106, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim 2

Over the top Opulence Deck up your house this Diwali with shimmer, glitter and glamour

Charmed by crystal Just the two of us! Create a cozy look in the room with this porcelain beauty that spells class, elegance, and sophistication. Availability: Lladro, The Dubai Mall

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The mesmerising intensity of the colour and the refined details of the this magnum horse vase is magical. Availability: Daum, The Dubai Mall

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Luxury at its peak Le Jardin Murano is an exquiste piece of luxury and perfection featuring three levels murano coloured glass-gold, silver, grey and pink. Availability: Versace Home, The Dubai Mall

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WISH LIST

Bright and glamorous There’s no better way to celebrate the festival of lights than bringing one of these pendant lights home. Availability: Indigo Living, Mathlub Building, Sheikh Zayed Road

All eyes on you! Nothing can match up to the beauty of this peacock showpiece by Jaystrong Water. Place it anywhere and get ready to be mesmerised by its grandeur. Availability: Across all Tanagras Stores in GCC

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Floored by the design! Jardin D’Eden floor lamp is a perfect example of luxury and impeccable craftsmanship. Availability: Christofle, The Dubai Mall

Class apart! The lamp features a bronze finished structure with intrecciato details in black leather and a plain shade. Availability: Bottega Veneta Boutique, Mall of The Emirates

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Touch of class When elegance takes over, the result is an absolute delight. Strada collection features basins, mixers, vanities, tubs and countertops. Availability: Ideal Standard, Sheikh Zayed Road

Take me home! Marmorino blue vase by Bernardaud depicts the beautiful amalgamation of colour and brilliant design. Availability: Across all Tanagras Stores in GCC

A leafy delight Nymphea side is a stylish table in bronze which can make for a great addition to your living space. Availability: Hamilton Conte, KART, JBR, Villa 746, Dubai

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The perfect arrangement La vie dĂŠcadente is an iridescent rose-gold toned white love seat with a bold black and gold filigree pattern. This carved back settee is the epitome of elegance, and contrasts beautifully with any interior. Availability: Burgundy Designs, Al Wasl Road

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Collector’s item Bring a design dash of heritage and culture with the appealing design of this majestic nandi made using the techniques of Dhokra art. Availability: www.moorni.com

Beauty of flowers This incredibly beautiful vase in an exquisite fuschia shade, features the anemone, a symbol of purity and innocence. Availability: Lalique, Across all Tanagras Stores in GCC

Cheerful circles These playful pendant lights in a vivid colour palatte from the brand-e15 can magically transform your interior spaces. Availability: Super Studio, Al Quoz 1, Street 18

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EVENTS

THE MONTH AHEAD

Trade fair dates for your diary…

EVENT IN FOCUS Design Week Mexico 11-15 October 2017 Mexico City, Mexico

Since 2009, Design Week Mexico is an event building an influential design scene in the country, establishing a diverse meeting platform for the creative community, and enhancing the cultural, educational, and commercial aspects of design. In 2015, Mexico and Switzerland celebrated the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations. To endorse this relationship, Design Week Mexico will host Switzerland as a guest country. Meanwhile, the state of Puebla - known for its wide tradition and crafts such as talavera, glass, and traditional textiles - will be the guest state of this edition, allowing bilateral collaboration between contemporary national and foreign designers with master craftsmen.

Light Middle East Exhibition

17-19 October 2017 Dubai Light Middle East 2017 is the Gulf region’s leading trade show and conference for urban, architectural, theatrical, and retail lighting solutions. The 11th edition will showcase comprehensive lighting solutions, developments, and energy-saving topics including house and building automation, advanced lighting controls, intelligent monitoring, and stand-alone sensors. This event will offer manufacturers, architects, designers, consultants, engineers, and construction companies the chance to get up to speed with innovative industry trends and network with international experts.

Dutch Design Week

21-29 October 2017 Eindhoven, Netherlands Claimed to be the biggest design event in Northern Europe, Dutch Design Week (DDW) presents work and ideas of more than 2400 designers to more than 250,000 visitors from home and abroad. In nearly eighty locations across the city, DDW organises and facilitates exhibitions, lectures, prize ceremonies, networking events, debates, and festivities. The event’s emphasis is on experiment, innovation, and crossovers. Exceptional attention each year goes to work and development of young talent. Dezeen founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs was named the first-ever international ambassador for Dutch Design Week, earlier this year.

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Bend Design 2017

October 26-27 2017 Oregon, United States Bend Design is two-day occasion of engaging conversations, interactive workshops, and hands-on exhibits intended to spread the notion that design is more than just an art form. It is an experience for visual artists, trade professionals, entrepreneurs, civic leaders, students, and all those curious in new ways to connect and interpret the world around them.Now in its third year, Bend Design lays more importance on interactive dialogue for all involved, than follow a lecture format. The 2017 version is a celebration of design culture in the modern world, a part of the small town of Bend’s month-long design celebration.

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PICK OF THE MONTH

Bring me the

Butterfly Butterflies bring back childhood nostalgia, and carefree memories. Baccarat’s Porte Bonheur Butterfly in crystal with delicate wings and simple design is a delightful lucky charm. This butterfly showpiece not only makes for a pretty addition to your house, but also is a sign of positive energy and prosperity. Available in various colours, you will be tempted to have more than one for sure! Availability: Baccarat, The Dubai Mall Price: 670AED onwards

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Illuminating history. Etihad Museum, Dubai. Architect: Moriyama & Teshima Architects Lighting designer: UMAYA Lighting Special product: Typha


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