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ne of the main reasons that Pallavi Dean made the switch from architecture to interior design is that we spend the majority of our time indoors. Home is our sanctuary, where we enjoy spending time with friends and family and often, the place where we work and workout. As Pallavi advises (page 28), setting your priorities is essential. So, if your ideal home time is relaxing in the bath surrounded by candles, check out our bathroom special (page 30) for some inspiration. And if, like TV presenter Naoufer Ramoul, personal presentation is key to your career, then turn to our tour of her Jumeirah Lake Towers apartment on page 34. We also get advice on creating a home office space (page 20) from jewellery designer Mathilde Danglade. If you’re searching for something that is sharp yet sophisticated, monochrome (page 17) is always chic, whether in the form of stripes, spots or herringbone. Metallics (page 23), meanwhile, are perfect for giving a luxurious touch to any space. If you’re looking to move, beachfront community Jumeirah Beach Residence (page 48) is hugely popular because it offers something for everyone, from watersports fans to foodies.

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These majestic animal pieces by Italian company Villari make an eyecatching living room centrepiece. Inspired by Capodimonte (a manufacturer established in Naples in 1743) and Italian Baroque-style porcelain, every Villari item is made entirely by hand. Rhino sculpture, Dhs11,000; King elephant sculpture, Dhs12,500, by Villari,

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Shop Talk

The latest in homeware, interiors and design trends The arT of fanTaSy

Whether your kids are obsessed with Frozen or Star Wars, they can now step into their own fantasy world and have their very own photo to prove it. Creative company Stu Williamson Photography Dubai ( is offering a shoot experience that includes a consultation, makeup, props, an electronic copy of the image and framed image from the shoot. It offers the perfect opportunity to follow the theme that the kids have put together for their bedroom with complementary wall artworks that wow.

a cerTain je ne SaiS quoi

Interior designer (and half-sister of former French president Nicholas) Caroline Sarkozy brings luxury, charm and French elegance to the homes of her international clients, while photographer Jean-François Jaussaud’s passion for architecture, design and decoration has led to him photographing interiors designed by the biggest names in the world. Together, they take us into the personal living spaces of the most beautiful arrondissements of Paris in the second edition of Living in Style Paris (

TAKE TWO Simple stools

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Calling homebuyers and investors: annual real estate industry event CityScape Global returns to Dubai World Trade Centre from 11 to 13 September. The 16th year of the event will, for the first time, see visitors interested in investing in the UAE able to make purchases at the show. “This is a great opportunity for visitors to capitalise on attractive price options,” says exhibition director Tom Rhodes.

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SplurgE Eek stool, Dhs1,630, Piet Hein at ComPtoir 102

SAvE Natural foot stool, Dhs195, Homes r Us

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Life in bLack and white


Cole & Son


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1. Zebra print rug, Dhs2,350, Zara Home 2. &Tradition Formakami JH4 pendant, Dhs859, D.tales 3. Bird print cushion, Dhs59, H&m Home 4. Bamboo floor lantern, Dhs440, Bloomingville at Boutique nomaDs 5. Luna vases, Dhs2,780–Dhs5,570, sieger By FurstenBurg at WHite almonDs 6. Onyx bowl, Dhs79, Homes r us | 17

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Ottava pendant lamp, Dhs145, IKEA

Rustic seat, Dhs4,720, FlAmAnt


Shop for…

Dining table, Dhs7,528, muuto at D.tAlEs

IndustRIAl chIc Achieve that warehouse look with the right mix of wood and metal

Moustache bold chair, Dhs2,300, ComptoIr 102

Industrial loft side table, Dhs2,499, KArE at ChAttEls & morE

Ask the eXPeRt Sonia Essaddi, brand manager for Flamant UAE, on achieving the warm, utilitarian look. “The industrial style is inspired by old factories and characterised by metals and wood surfaces. Designs are often influenced by 19thcentury industry pieces, so

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the materials are usually stained or aged. “Look for furniture that offers simple silhouettes and a weathered character. Brushed metal, glass, reclaimed wood and furniture in neutral colours are great for creating a rustic look in your home. Hang some art on

your walls for an artist’s loft feel and add a solid burst of colour to maintain balance and demarcate different spaces in the home. This nod to the Industrial Revolution is a perfect look for any space, whether modern or classic, because it offers warmth and oodles of personality.”


Made by hand from lacquered wood, polished brass and walnut burl wood veneer, this statement cabinet can be customised in different finishes and sizes. Anna cabinet, Dhs39,194 (EUR9,126), BySwans, | 19

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Grain pendant lamp, Dhs619, D.tales

light it up

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For optimum comfort for your eyes, combine ambient and natural lighting

Thonet 214, Dhs2,422 (EUR560), thonet showrooM

Petite Friture Mediterranean table lamp, Dhs3,630, CoMptoir 102

Workspace coffee table, Dhs9,999, Chattels & More

Decorating School

creating a home office Space

Ferme living holder, Dhs360, CoMptoir 102

Design a work area to make you crazy productive

“Your home office area needs to be a calming space to keep you focused while you work,” says Mathilde Danglade, jewellery designer and artistic director at concept store Comptoir 102. “A small room with a large window to maximise the natural light is a great starting point. Keep the palette neutral with just one or two pops of colour. My home office floors are painted white so the space can double up as a studio for photo shoots. Consider a simple yet spacious farm table for a desk; an interesting desk chair, such as a

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Thonet; and an armoire for stashing your wireless printer and office supplies or a built-in desk with shelving. For lighting that ensures you can see what you’re doing clearly, I like pendant lights hanging above the desk. “Organisation is key. While there are tons of products available, I recommend a cable organiser and a hanging desk organiser – for my line of work, I need to be able to pin up a lot of things, as well as easily see upcoming projects and current project tasks. When I can see something all the time, I tend to be better at delivering it on schedule.”

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Fabidha Safar Rahman, interior designer at Design Matter I have an awkward alcove space on the upstairs landing area that I would like to transform into a quiet space for the children. What do you suggest? I would recommend transforming this area into a lovely, cosy corner for reading. All you need is to furnish it with a rug and some colourful floor cushions, bean bags or a daybed along with a short shelf stocked with books and crayons. You can ramp up the cool factor by putting a fabric teepee tent on the rug. Check out online parents’ store JustKidding ( or head to Indigo Living on Sheikh Zayed Road for inspiration.

permits, I like to add a bench or a couple of statement chairs on either side of a side table placed along one wall. If the space is narrow, a table or console with a display of tall vases with flowers or candles works well. Hang a feature artwork or a mirror to dress the wall and complete the look. To exploit the height, you can use a long feature chandelier or a cluster of pendants at different heights to instantly draw the eye upwards. If you’re a collector of art, photographs, artisan/folk masks or ceramics, the double-height space is your opportunity to display them as a collection without crowding the wall.

My little black book For paint MAS paints ( has a huge collection of textured paint finishes that can be customised to create any colour. For regular paint, I love Benjamin Moore ( and its infinite range of colours.

For Finishing touches When I’m short on time I like to shop at places that provide a variety of products and style options. Bloomingdale’s Home, Galleries Lafayette, Kare and Indigo Living all provide a onestop shop for everything, from accents and accessories to little touches that complete the space.

What’s your dreaM buy? Melt pendant lights (pictured) from Tom Dixon ( and Little Palm stools by Khalid Shafar (

I have a large bedroom and I would like to include a dressing area within it. How can I achieve this yet retain flow in the space? I have previously added a dressing space to a spacious bedroom by creating a wall-to-ceiling wardrobe and an in-built dressing table along a far wall, while situating the bed right in the centre of the room. A large 2.9m wide by 1.8m-high headboard provided privacy for the dressing area. It also simultaneously divided the large room visually, yet allowed access and light into the space. As an alternative to a bespoke design, you can make your own selection, and add a large room divider to help separate the spaces. How should I dress a doubleheight foyer between the dining and living areas to make it comfortable and luxurious? A double-height foyer is a designer’s dream come true and there are a number of ways to furnish it. If space

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Take your cue from those in the know

Gone to the Beach

Steal my Style Sisters and founders of furniture brand Blanc Mariclò, Mariangela and Claudia Federighi

Design DNA

Our team of designers travel and study trends in fashion and home interiors to combine contemporary style with our Italian heritage, from ancient paintings, mosaics and frescoes to villas and museums.

Wallpaper or paint?

We prefer paint that is vintage inspired. Paint feels more authentic even if you can find amazing wallpapers that look like real, textured, painted walls.

Splurge on...

A big table that allows everyone to come together to chat over a plate of pasta. As Italians, eating with family and friends is an important part of our lives.

Colour combo to try

A neutral base – white, taupe, ecru – is an easy, calm base that works well with a touch of colour. Green, in all its shades, goes really well with neutrals.


We are mostly inspired by our home: Italy. We grew up in a Tuscan farmhouse and our

aim with our collections is to reproduce our country’s values and atmosphere, such as our sense of hospitality. A warm, inviting Italian home is often represented by an elegant, simple space and good cooking. We are also inspired by Italian art, music, architecture and landscapes.

Sea-inspired touches for your home

Top décor tip

Always make your space your own. This means that when decorating a house, a restaurant or a hotel, you always need a personal touch – something from the past and something from your own life, so you will feel at home rather than feeling like you’re in an anonymous, glossy showroom.

Marine anchor lamp, Dhs160, PAn EmirAtEs

Home scents

We love European jasmine – it’s a bit more sour than jasmine from Asia and the Middle East. We like to mix it with orange and lemon in the summer, while we prefer to combine it with sweeter perfumes during the winter.

Nautica candle stand, Dhs420, Al HuzAifA

Prized possession

A big antique oil painting.

Design heroes

Painter, sculptor, interior decorator and engraver Piero Fornasetti as well as architect, interior designer and production designer Renzo Mongiardino. They were unique, innovative and their style was very personal – you can always easily recognise their work at first sight.

Six-piece canvas set, Dhs139, HomEs r us



Living on the California coast, interior designers Mackenzie Doane, Janna Lund Rodgers and Jean Duffin are fuelled by ocean views, farm-to-table food and pops of bright flowers. To that end, their Instagram feed captures the lovely West Coast light, its lush greenery and relaxed beach vibe. “We love to mix classic influences with modern details,” Mackenzie enthuses. “And we find inspiration in our clients’ passions, stories and surroundings to create inviting spaces for them.”

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Mad about Metallics

Molten finishes and shimmering accents – we’re coveting brass, bronze, steel and gold

catch the light

Imitating raw silk, a pearly petal of a flower or a carapace of an insect provides the inspiration for the mixture of textures and fibres that make up the iridescent Cocoa fabric collection. It is ideal for curtains, chairs, wall hangings and accessories. Cocoa 750, Dhs348 per metre. Available from Lelievre GMBH, | 23

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all that jazz

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Inspired by the Roaring Twenties, the Lemprica side table boasts rich, angular shapes and multi-coloured glass from the Art Deco period. It is accompanied by the high-backed Drapesse chair, which is influenced by the anti-minimalist interior designer Dorothy Draper; and the Vengeance table lamp, made from carrara marble and brass. Lemprica table, Dhs26,204 (EUR5,970), Drapesse chair, Dhs13,916 (EUR3,170), Vengeance table lamp, price on request, all by Koket,; Diamond mirror, Dhs12,730 (EUR2,900), Essential Home

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highly polished

Lift your room by adding some shine to your walls with Arte’s new wallcovering, Vertigo. Developed with high-gloss lurex fabric, a textile fibre with metal yarn, it features a moiré effect reminiscent of gentle reflections in water. It’s as hypnotic as watching water, too – the motifs change with the light. Vertigo, Dhs599 per square metre, Arte at Squisito, | 25

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lounge lover

Big on texture, metallic accents and neutral tones, this room is masculine, warm and elegant. The furniture is from US-based, family-run company Bernhardt, which has been around since 1889 yet continues to scoop awards for its timeless designs. Strickland sofa, from Dhs10,993 (USD2,993), Ward chair, from Dhs5,363 (USD1,460), Mason cocktail table, Dhs6,117 (USD1,665) and Fletcher Buffet cabinet, Dhs14,283 (USD3,888), Bernhardt, | 27

An unstoppAble force Interior designer Pallavi Dean on her work ethic, design experiences and giving back Interview: Lucy Land


orn and raised in Dubai, Pallavi Dean began her career in architecture before moving effortlessly into interior design, launching Pallavi Dean Interiors (PDI) in 2013. The award-winning design director also added product designer to her CV last year, having launched her ‘Tension’ furniture collection – which explores the cultural pressures she experiences through the physical tension between the materials in the range. The multi-talented designer reveals what makes her tick…

they needed a designer. Now they come to Dubai. PDI is only a few years old, yet we have projects in Tanzania, Uganda, Oman, London, Saudi Arabia and beyond. Dubai is home to the world’s busiest international airport – there is literally nowhere better to have a global business. To what do you credit PDI’s success? Two things. First, I’m relentless – I never take no for an answer and keep going until I find the perfect design solution. That’s easy to say but very hard to do, and requires a huge amount of emotional energy. Second, we don’t have set working hours at PDI. For years, our industry has made people sit at a desk for 10 to 12 hours a day and expected them to be creative. That’s nuts! Our model is definitely the future.

What sparked your love for interiors? I grew up in Dubai in the 1980s and ’90s, just as it was embracing design and about to make a splash on the world stage. Jumeirah Beach Hotel opened in 1997 when I was 16: it was the first time Dubai used architecture – blatantly and brazenly – to publicise itself around the world. More personally, my dad loved art and architecture, so took me to a drawing class every Friday morning from the age of seven. I studied architecture at university and spent my early career as an architect, but switched to interiors when I realised that people spend much of their time indoors. How would you describe your design philosophy? Our mantra is ‘create experiences through design’. For a home, that means designing experiences the family will cherish: cooking leisurely weekend breakfasts together; having the kids’ friends over for playdates; hosting stylish dinner parties; meditation and yoga – whatever’s important to you. How are you finding the local design scene? Well, we have a design scene, which we didn’t 10 years ago. Spaces like Dubai Design District (d3) and Alserkal Avenue provide the backbone, while design fairs, such as Downtown Design and INDEX, provide a platform. Emirati designers, including Khalid Shafar and Aljood Lootah, are flourishing. Increasingly, I’m focused on mentoring other designers. I’m going back to teach part time at my alma mater American University of Sharjah this semester, which is all part of giving back to the design community that has given me so much. How have you found the transition from working on UAEbased projects to going international? Until very recently, clients in, for example, Saudi Arabia or Africa would automatically go to London or Singapore if

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What has been your most challenging project so far? A beauty salon that just opened at Jumeirah Al Naseem hotel, called Mrs B. The space is the size of a small one-bedroom apartment, yet it feels open and expansive because we created a mezzanine floor (despite everyone telling us it was impossible). What are you currently reading? They are both design books: Dezeen Book of Interviews by Marcus Fairs; and This Human: How to Be the Person Designing for Other People by Melis Senova. What is your favourite piece of furniture? Moroso Double Zero dining chairs. What is the biggest interior design mistake people make? They find a sofa they quite like that’s on sale, and suddenly this random hunk of wood and foam is dictating every design decision. Set out shopping after you’ve chosen your look. What is your top décor tip? Listen and set your priorities. Ask everyone who will live in the space (including yourself) to close their eyes and imagine the perfect moment. If it’s lying in a bath with candles and soft music, blow your budget on a spa-like bathroom. If it’s cooking for friends and entertaining, invest in a kitchen that will be the beating social heart of your home.

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Making a splash Clean design, smart innovation and beautiful form is shaping today’s bathrooms for optimum comfort Words: Lucy Land

In good shape

For those who love simple silhouettes and optimum functionality, the freestanding Vero Air bathtub by Duravit (duravit. com) offers a perfect rectangle. The complete bathroom range includes rimless toilets and a variety of furniture that uses c-bonded technology –

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manufactured with millimetre precision, the ceramic is fitted to the furniture, with both materials appearing to bond seamlessly as a single unit. The bathtub is shown here with the Vero Air vanity unit, washbasin and tall cabinets that are finished in Oak Cashmere.

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Slim fit

Multi-award-winning product designer Robin Levien and his team were behind Ideal Standard’s ( sleek Connect Air bathroom collection,

which includes a ceramic range that can be configured to suit different spaces. “It is all about lightness at every element of design,” Robin reveals. | 31

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Right and exact

Consisting of a variety of controls and outlet points that are interrelated, Dornbracht’s ( stunning Symetrics bathroom boasts clean lines and perfect planning.

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Accessorise it

Uno mixer, price on request, aXOR

Quartz aroma diffuser, Dhs189, Made by Zen at LifestyLe

Ekoln soap dispenser, Dhs19, iKea

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TV presenter Naoufer Ramoul’s home in Jumeirah Lake Towers is a sanctuary of soft colours and rich layers Words: Lucy Land | 35

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hen TV presenter Naoufer Ramoul moved to the UAE seven years ago, she immediately fell in love with Jumeirah Lake Towers. “I liked the concept of high-rise buildings overlooking lakes, even though the area wasn’t complete at that time. There weren’t any traffic signals or greenery and there were only a few shops and supermarkets yet I preferred the location to Dubai Marina and The Springs, knowing that it would develop very quickly,” says Naoufer, who produces and hosts weekly political debate show Qabil li Niqash. She was right. After six years of renting in the fast-developing community, Naoufer decided to buy her own apartment. “My home hunt lasted approximately six months until I found the rare pearl,” she enthuses. Coincidentally she found her dream home in a building nearby, in the same cluster and it even shared the identical apartment number to the one that she’d been living in for the previous six years. “It has everything I need – two bedrooms, a storage room, a laundry room. Plus, it was fully upgraded and offers a beautiful view of the lake.” The light and airy apartment also boasts a living room that opens up onto a balcony with a wonderful view of Sheikh Zayed Road and the lawn of the Emirates Hills Golf Course. As soon as Naoufer saw the

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apartment, she knew it was the one. She also immediately knew that she wanted interior design company Harf Noon Design Studio to decorate her home when she spotted its work on Instagram. She had even taken the company's founder Nisrine El Lababidi Moghraby along to some of her viewings. Once the home was chosen, Nisrine sat down with Naoufer and asked her plenty of questions so that she could better understand her personality, as well as her interests, likes and dislikes, the way she spends her time in different rooms and daily routine within the space. The resulting brief was straightforward: Naoufer wanted her apartment to be her sanctuary, a place she could share with her cat and could entertain easily without the need for too much space. Before Nisrine proceeded, they discussed a couple of images that Naoufer had saved, including one of an Ebarza Egg Chair, and one of a large, contemporary dressing room. The apartment opened immediately onto its new, open-plan kitchen, so a beautiful painting of a grey mare was placed on the opposite wall to create a sense of an entrance. “The mare is very feminine and solid, courageous and patient, loyal and friendly – in a way it represents my own personality,” says Naoufer. The painting was anchored with a small console from Luz De Luna

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My home hunt lasted approximately six months until I found the rare pearl

and styled with warm metals, while the entrance set the colour palette for the entire home with its elegant, soft hues. A 72-inch television became the focal point for the living room. “I can’t live without it,” Naoufar admits. The space was designed for entertaining with plenty of seating, while soft tones were contrasted with a pop of colour from the Ebarza Egg chair and a rug from Carpet Centre.  The kitchen had already been remodeled by Meiwe’s Kitchens with all appliances from Miele, so only the backsplash and some doors were toned down from vibrant orange to a beautiful greyish green that complemented the overall neutrals of the apartment. The balcony was styled with decorative greens, lots of candles, colourful cushions and a throw, while another painting of a horse was added to the master bedroom as inspiration for the rest of the

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hues in the room. Layers and textures were added to create a serene and luxurious feel. To complement Naoufar’s TV career, for which personal presentation is crucial, the second bedroom was transformed into an all-white dressing room. “We did a bit of an IKEA hack by making an island of drawers placed back to back and finishing it with a glass top,” Nisrine explains. A little desk was added to the back, which offered space to work, when needed, and a single grey IKEA bed was also installed. The dressing room was styled with perfume bottles on a mirrored tray, simple window treatments and a huge hanging IKEA burst lightfoot along with a selection of pretty orchids. “I collected dozens of images of luxurious spacious closets for years wishing that one day I would have my own,” Naoufar reveals. Sometimes, the best things come to those who wait.

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Home comforts my aesthetic is… Elegant, comfortable, warm, simple and classy. my top décor tip is… Always start by bearing in mind a colour scheme and accessories. my style rule is… Less is more. on my bedside table, you’ll find… A Himalayan rock salt lamp, a bowl and a plant. Home is… My life. | 39

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This characterful New York residence offers a ready-made community – just bring your suitcase Words: Lucy Land | 41

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elebrating its 20th century history, red brick apartment building Bushwick, located on a treelined street in Brooklyn, New York, has recently been sensitively restored. With its bold architecture and distinctive leaded copper mansard, the apartments feature exposed brick walls and original elements of the building – including sash windows, tile flooring, baseboards, banisters and moldings – and are decorated with local historical photos. Alongside these character-filled elements, modern design features have been incorporated, such as the internal exposed steel staircases, SMEG fridges, colourful patterned floor tiles and bespoke fixtures and fittings. International architects The Design Agency along with Brooklyn-based Opera Studio and local designer William Jude partnered with global boutique residential company Node on the designled apartments. The concept, however, went beyond blending historical and contemporary design. Node has tapped into the zeitgeist with its fully furnished, interior-designed, Instagram-ready apartments that are ready to move into, while also offering an authentic community. Its housing is designed for asset-light professionals, who are looking for stress-free housing, yet want a place to call home and to engage in neighbourhood life. “The community concept was one of the main reasons I chose to move here,” says resident Oliver Ashworth, who was new to the area and moved into his new home with just two suitcases of belongings. “Our ethos is to provide residents with a consistent community in locations where they can connect, rather than simply rent a unit and go it alone,” explains Anil Khera, Node’s founder. “We are creating a family of residents, who are encouraged to socialise together in communal areas.” Before the interior design work could begin, however, the existing foundation needed additional support with concrete reinforced with rebar. Steel channels, which were left exposed in some areas, to support the weight of the additional floor, were added and incorporated as a mansard roof, in honour of the existing historical façade. The vertical enlargement was built out of c-joists and plywood decking, while the existing joists in the building were replaced with new steel c-joists. “Steel frame headers support the weight of the new steel stairs, which highlights the industrial history of Brooklyn,” reveals Anil. When the walls

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The community concept was one of the main reasons I chose to move here

and floors were stripped back, The Design Agency discovered historical gems that they wanted to incorporate into the design. For example, the front entry vestibule had a stunning black and white mosaic pattern that was honoured and incorporated into the design proposal, original banisters were kept in the communal corridor and ceiling rosettes, found in the suites, were highlighted as a historical reference. The team sought to inject character, colour, modern touches and functional components that would make shared living a breeze. They also wanted to include artisan touches. “Creating a distinct style for the brand was essential to the success of the project,” Anil says. To this end, a swing chair, from boutique designer Michelle Varian’s store, furnishes a nook in the hallway; open shelving keeps the kitchen organised and is also great for storage; freestanding islands allow for conversation but also can be utilised as another kitchen surface and extra storage. Inspired by the artists who influence the neighbourhood and their lifestyle, the design team created a playful and youthful space. “We were focused on creating thoughtful touches throughout the property, always aiming to make it feel like a home, and the challenge was bringing the whole concept together for a unified and cohesive

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aesthetic,” Anil says, adding: “We collaborated with the architects, interior designers, partners, contractors, and sub-contractors – bringing in all of their ideas and incorporating them successfully was the biggest and most rewarding challenge.” Their approach was to have key elements run throughout the property, while retaining a differentiated and curated aesthetic for every room and bedroom. The Design Agency and William Jude incorporated artistic touches with accessories and art, along with furnishing each apartment with a colourful yet classic style and design. To add personality, each apartment has a different colour SMEG fridge and Froy retro sofa, and unique, local pieces were bought from artists and vintage stores. High-quality pieces were included, from mattresses by Casper to NEST temperature controls, a Butterfly wireless intercom and SONOS speakers. Convenience was of paramount importance along with a communal focus, so open kitchens have custom-made islands, there are plenty of bookshelves, made from reclaimed wood, and the living spaces are layered to give them a bright and airy quality. Bathrooms are softer with heritage-inspired styling and bedrooms are homely, with comfortable beds and headboards, wardrobes, bedside

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table lamps and desks for working. Brooklyn style and history influenced the communal areas, with items sourced locally as much as possible. The residents’ lounge offers an escape with deep colours, relaxed seating and heritage Flavor Paper wallpaper to create a conversation and reference back to the history of the building. With the rooftop and backyard, The Design Agency kept design elements relaxed and playful with colourful outdoor furniture, bench seating and string lighting for a day to night transition. “The backyard is the perfect place to host barbeques – the recycled timber fence and built-in seating encourages residents to gather as much as possible with plenty of space for friends,” Anil says. By honouring the building’s history and its local culture and people, Bushwick offers an authentic experience as well as convenience. “We love seeing people’s reactions to the spaces,” Anil says, simply. “I love the street parties, outdoor communal areas and being among the arty, unique people, who live here,” Oliver enthuses. The property is Node’s first boutique residence and it is perhaps unsurprising that the company will launch two more Brooklyn residences this autumn, followed by residences in Los Angeles and Dublin next year. | 45

AreA Located right on the beach overlooking the blue waters of the Arabian Gulf, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) is a popular residential community that offers something for everyone – from watersports fans to foodies. Browse our edit of apartments to rent and buy in this buzzy community

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JuMeirah Beach residence Rita Mouawad, Senior Residential Consultant, on the beachfront community’s allure

Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) is a waterfront residential community located along a 1.7 km., 2 sq. km. stretch of the Arabian Gulf shoreline in Dubai Marina. Launched in August 2002 by developer Dubai Properties, the Dhs6 billion project was completed in 2010. The development contains 40 towers (35 of which are residential and five are hotels) that accommodate approximately 15,000 people. These include a total of six residential blocks: (in order from east to west) Shams, Amwaj, Rimal, Bahar, Sadaf and Murjan – the Arabic names are related to the beach. The varied, affordable community of 6,917 apartments include studios starting from 600 sq. ft.; one-bedroom apartments varying from 750 sq. ft. up to 1,200 sq. ft.; two-bedroom properties ranging from 1,200 sq. ft. up to 1,700 sq. ft.; three-bedroom apartments from 1,700 sq. ft. up to 2,200 sq. ft.; and 5,500 sq. ft. penthouses. Other types of properties include terraced, duplex, and loft apartments with gardens. The area has attracted many global investors as it is located on the beach, so every apartment has access to a beautiful long strip of coastline. A popular spot for tourists, the cafés and shops running along the shoreline lends a Miami Beach feel to it. The area boasts a large cinema complex offering 10 screens, including one outdoor screen; a beach club; a park; and a watersports hub. There are a lot of amenities on offer along the main thoroughfares

of The Walk and The Beach, while Bluewaters Island – situated just off the coast – is currently under construction. The Walk is a buzzy boulevard with boutiques, restaurants and a small outdoor Covent Garden Market offering jewellery, homeware and food stalls, with street entertainers keeping visitors amused. Comprising four distinct plazas, The Beach is a retail and entertainment complex that occupies the bulk of the beachfront between the Hilton and Sheraton hotels. Once completed, Bluewaters Island will comprise hotels, apartments, villas, dining and entertainment facilities, and Dubai Eye, a 210-metre-tall Ferris wheel, which will be the tallest in the world when finished. The island will be linked by a highway to Sheikh Zayed Road, and a pedestrian bridge and cable car to JBR, while a monorail system will also link it to Dubai Metro. There are seven nurseries located in JBR, including two award-winners: Toddler Town and Kidville Nursery; and long-established Jebel Ali Nursery. Nearby schools include GEMS Wellington International School, and Raffles International School. Easily accessible by taxi, tram and bus, JBR offers a glamorous community with beach, pools, bars, cafés, supermarket, banks, hotels and plenty of visitor parking. Its plaza level, which connects the buildings, and numerous parks and play areas, make this area particularly attractive for outdoors types.

To rent One-bedroom apartment with sea view Two-bedroom apartment Three-bedroom apartment

Approximate price Dhs85,000 to Dhs110,000 Dhs110,000 to 135,000 Dhs145,000 to Dhs170,000

To buy One-bedroom apartment Two-bedroom apartment Three-bedroom apartment

Approximate price Dhs1.3 to Dhs2 million Dhs1.7 to Dhs2.4 million Dhs1.9 to Dhs3 million

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Shorten the School run

Three homes within 15 minutes’ drive of Jumeira Baccalaureate School

ANI Jumeirah 2 Jumeirah Sachin Das Ref No. VI351955 RERA Permit No. 11597

AED 250,000 per year 4 BR 1,700 sq. ft.

Which School?

Jumeira Baccalaureate School head of secondary, Erika Elkady, on its supportive community

Jumeirah Living World Trade Center Gupesh Sharma Ref No. AP351130 RERA Permit No. 11597

AED 185,000 per year 2 BR 2,336 sq. ft.

What sets your school apart from others in the city?

As an International Baccalaureate school, we offer all four baccalaureate programmes. We boast excellent results with 100% pass rate during three out of the last four years, and we have achieved outstanding BTec results. We offer a flexible curriculum based on our students’ interests, an extensive after-school programme and we provide a variety of trips, from adventure camps to overseas adventures. We have a strong community. Our staff is invested in its students’ wellbeing and success. We also have an involved parent and friends’ association.

Tell us about your team… Jumeirah Living World Trade Center Gupesh Sharma Ref No. AP67751 RERA Permit No. 11597

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AED 170,000 per year 2 BR 1,851 sq. ft.

We believe that each student should be able to reach his or her full potential in a caring and safe learning environment where teachers know each individual child and are therefore able to cater to his or her learning needs and wellbeing.

Is there anything else parents should know about?

We have partnerships with the wider community and the role of parents as supporters of the school is highly valued. Therefore, parents are often invited to attend information sessions on a myriad of topics, ranging from the curriculum to a healthy lifestyle. What’s more, for students and their parents, school leaders are easily approachable and are visible in the school.

What do your key facilities include?

Our excellent sports amenities, which include a large sports field, covered swimming pool and tennis courts has aided several teams entering into local leagues. Alongside our wide choice of extra curriculum activities, we also have additional options that are offered by external companies. We have a two-storey library with auditorium, while our healthy and nutritional school food programme is provided by food and beverage experts, Slices.

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Shorten the School run

Three homes within 15 minutes’ drive of Indigo Valley Nursery

Al Badia Residences Dubai Festival City Syed Wajih Uddin Ahmed Ref No. AP336405 RERA Permit No. 11597

AED 4,500,000

4 BR 3,112 sq. ft.

Which nurSery?

Founder Bernadette King-Turner discusses Indigo Valley Nursery’s organic approach What sets your nursery apart from others in the city?

Indigo Valley Nursery belongs to the Beautiful Minds Nurseries group, which is privately owned. Offering a Reggio Emilia inspired UK Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, we believe that we have a major community responsibility in imparting ethical information and knowledge to each child and parent, and we are sensitive to upholding the integrity of the United Arab Emirates’ multiculturalism and practices. The curriculum is taught in English, Arabic and Chinese Mandarin. Indigo Valley Nursery has the addition of a Specialised Early Learning Support Unit to care for children requiring extra learning. There is also a strong focus on social collaboration and the children search out their knowledge through their own investigations.

Tell us about your team…

All classroom teachers are qualified in teaching and/or nursing. We provide equal opportunities for all staff, children and their families.

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Is there anything else parents should know about?

With our eco-friendly and organic approach, we understand that a naturebased pedagogy is a major benefit for each young learning and growing mind. To support each child’s optimum health and learning, the nursery gardens are an extension of the classrooms. These include our award-winning organic vegetable gardens, which are maintained by the staff, children and parents. Nature-based loose parts, play and learning equipment are preferred over plastic toys and the nursery follows a ‘no throw away plastic’ policy. The children form an understanding of themselves and their place in the world through their interactions with others and, to that purpose, children frequently visit the elderly at Dubai Al Mamzar Community Health Center.

FS Villas Mirdif Sana Hajjar Ref No. VI338433 RERA Permit No. 11597

AED 4,500,000

3 BR 1,688 sq. ft.

What do your key facilities include?

With separate nursery dining rooms available for each age group, respectful dining is enjoyed each day by the children with their nursery-made (and mostly organic) breakfast and lunch. Kung Fu, ballet, drumming, swimming, and mindfulness meditation with yoga are just some of the children’s activities.

Courtyard Apartments 1 Mirdif Lazar Jakovljevic Ref No. AP328788 RERA Permit No. 11597

AED 1,600,000

2 BR 1,513 sq. ft.

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Jumeirah Beach Residence Ref No. AP170046 Babur Ortikov RERA Permit No. 11597


Palm Jumeirah Ref No. AP319096 Fabio Lombardi RERA Permit No. 11597

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AED 1,870,000 2 BR 1,323 sq. ft.

AED 3, 700,000 2 BR + Maid’s Room 1,875 sq. ft.

Oceana Aegean Palm Jumeirah

Ref No. AP285393 Fabio Lombardi RERA Permit No. 11597


Palm Jumeirah Ref No. AP320114 Babur Ortikov RERA Permit No. 11597

AED 4, 290,000 3 BR 2,280 sq. ft.

AED 3, 333, 333 2 BR 2,038 sq. ft.

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Kempinski Palm Residence Palm Jumeirah

Ref No. AP27298 Babur Ortikov RERA Permit No. 11597

Garden Homes Frond L Palm Jumeirah

Ref No. VI339231 Anjana Mahna RERA Permit No. 11597

AED 3, 333, 333 2 BR 1,770 sq. ft.

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AL BATeen ReSidenceS

2-Bedroom Apartment, Jumeirah Beach Residence

BREAT hTAKiNG S EA V iE W S This beautiful two-bedroom type A2A apartment in Al Bateen Residences offers wonderful views of the sea, Blue Waters Island and Palm Jumeirah. It includes two allocated parking spaces and is vacant on transfer. Al Bateen Residences is a prime development prominently located at the beachfront of the hotel and retail belt of Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR). A vibrant and dynamic area, JBR offers a beautiful stretch of beach that runs parallel to the community and includes parking, retail and food options. It is often one of the chosen venues for international events such as crowd-drawing concerts, sports events and Dubai International Film Festival’s beach movies.

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AED 4,000,000

T h E D E TA i L S Approx size: 1,462 sq. ft. Reference No: AP349557 RERA Permit No. 11597

Listed by Kristina Titova

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Al Bateen Residences Jumeirah Beach Residence Ref No. AP327219 Sherif Nabil RERA Permit No. 11597

Palma Residences Palm Jumeirah

Ref No. VI338702 Rita Mouawad RERA Permit No. 11597

AED 2,550,000 1 BR 1,082 sq. ft.

AED 9, 200,000 5 BR 4,867 sq. ft.

Garden Homes Frond B Palm Jumeirah

Ref No. VI247275 Anjana Mahna RERA Permit No. 11597

Four Pearls Palm Jumeirah

Ref No. VI349311 Mohamed Adib Amin RERA Permit No. 11597

AED 12,500,000 4 BR + Maid’s Room 5,000 sq. ft.

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4-Bedroom Apartment + Maid’s Room, Jumeirah Beach Residence

Th E K i N D O F h O m E yO U ’ V E O N Ly D REA mT A B O U T A gorgeous four-bedroom plus maid’s room apartment is available in Jumeirah Beach Residence. Located on a high floor, the sea-facing apartment has breathtaking partial sea views from all bedrooms and the living room. It is extremely well finished and the internal space is very well utilised. It belongs to a uniquely themed environment, combining the styles of Mediterranean and local architecture and complimented by landscaped plazas and children’s play areas, fountains and courtyards. With its excellent community facilities, it offers life on the beach at its best. The apartment will be vacant on transfer.

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AED 3,950,000

T h E D E TA i L S Approx size: 3,114 sq. ft. Reference No: AP41606 RERA Permit No. 11597

Listed by Sunil Pravin Jhaveri

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Palm Jumeirah Ref No. AP346287 Marat Akashov RERA Permit No. 11597

Rimal 5

Jumeirah Beach Residence Ref No. AP350666 Babur Ortikov RERA Permit No. 11597

AED 170,000 2 BR 1,756 sq. ft.

AED 330,000 4 BR 6,262 sq. ft.

Sadaf 5

Jumeirah Beach Residence Ref No. AP347915 Natalia Matveev RERA Permit No. 11597

Garden Homes Frond e Palm Jumeirah

Ref No. VI267576 Kristina Titova RERA Permit No. 11597

AED 280,000 4 BR 2,921 sq. ft.

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Oceana Aegean Palm Jumeirah

Ref No. AP339562 Marat Akashov RERA Permit No. 11597

Oceana Atlantic Palm Jumeirah

Ref No. AP305741 Yasmine Aziz RERA Permit No. 11597

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AED 210,000 3 BR 2,280 sq. ft.

AED 200,000 2 BR 1,955 sq. ft.

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2-Bedroom Apartment, Jumeirah Beach Residence

A F FO R DA B LE LUxU Ry This sought-after two-bedroom terraced apartment, located in Bahar 1, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) offers an amazing view of the sea, Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah. With its bright and breezy aspect, open-plan layout and spacious terrace, this amazing home is an entertainer’s dream. What’s more, the unique apartment boasts the largest two bedrooms, both with en-suite bathrooms, in JBR. It also offers plenty of storage space, a large living area and a good sized kitchen. The property is currently tenanted, but it will be vacant on transfer. Located on the north shore of Dubai Marina and close to Palm Jumeirah, JBR is home to the new Beach Mall.

AED 200,000

T h E D E TA i L S Approx size: 2,896 sq. ft. Reference No: AP29611 RERA Permit No. 11597

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Al Sultana Palm Jumeirah

Ref No. AP292874 Robert Kerr RERA Permit No. 11597

Marina Residences 2 Palm Jumeirah

Ref No. AP277988 Jasleen Sandhu RERA Permit No. 11597

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AED 200,000 2 BR 2,000 sq. ft.

AED 300,000 3 BR + Maid’s Room 4,053 sq. ft.

Rimal 4

Jumeirah Beach Residence Ref No. AP55614 Talgat Kalymbetov RERA Permit No. 11597

Rimal 4

Jumeirah Beach Residence Ref No. AP69985 Fabio Lombardi RERA Permit No. 11597

AED 135,000 2BR 1,391 sq. ft.

AED 170,000 3 BR 1,929 sq. ft.

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3-Bedroom Apartment + Maid’s Room, Jumeirah Beach Residence

F U LL O C E A N V i E W Looking for an amazing offer? This beautiful three-bedroom apartment comes with one month rent free. Located in the popular Rimal housing development, and very centrally positioned on JBR Walk, the apartment’s three bedrooms are all good sized, while the master bedroom has great wardrobe space and an en-suite bathroom. There is also a main bathroom and maid’s room, which comes with a shower room. At the front of the apartment, there is also a guest toilet. What’s more, the light-filled apartment boasts a full sea view. Today, beachfront neighbourhood JBR is one of the most desirable addresses in Dubai.

AED 180,000

T h E D E TA i L S Approx size: 1,904 sq. ft. Reference No: AP12344 RERA Permit No. 11597

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