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September Vol. 12 Issue 9

CID AWARDS 2016 WHO MADE THE SHORTLIST?

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DESIGN UPDATE A round up of the latest design news in the MENA region, including the new bathroom collection launch by Zaha Hadid Architects for Porcelanosa as well as the shortlisted projects of the Project Remake, the second edition of the Marina Home student competition.

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INTERVIEW Isabel Pintado, managing director of Wilson Associates Middle East, talks about the importance of managing talent and work-life balance.

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CID AWARDS 2016 Among the 300 entries received, spanning 17 categories, we are delighted to reveal the Commercial Interior Design Awards 2016 shortlist, which includes 113 projects, initiatives and people.

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CASE STUDY Atelier Pod has designed the interiors of the soon-to-beopened Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar resort in Oman, showcasing a quiet tribute to the imposing local surroundings.

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CASE STUDY CID visits the newly opened W Dubai in Al Habtoor City, designed by Singapore-based ďŹ rm Silverfox Studios. The hotel’s 365 rooms and suites boast a bold and contemporary design, featuring an eye-catching colour scheme and linear patterns.

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CASE STUDY Following the launch of their first licensed venue in Dubai, Tom Arnel and Sergio Lopez discuss how functionality and its surroundings have inspired the pared-back design of their new 124-seat Brunswick Sports Club.

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SPECIAL REPORT CID takes an in-depth look at the trends shaping the Middle East’s hospitality interiors with S&T Interiors and Contracting company joining us as knowledge partner.

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ROUND TABLE Interior designers and architects came together for a roundtable discussion to plan the agenda for the designMENA Summit 2016.

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SITE VISIT Nick Ames visits Al Barari residential development in Dubai and meets the team behind the project.

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OPINION Rue Kothari, fair director of Downtown Design, writes about the prospect of Dubai becoming a new design hub for the Middle East and explains why design should be seen as a new economic driver.

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ith 20 years in the design industry and more than a decade of working in the Middle East for awardwining design studios, Spanish-born interior designer Isabel Pintado needs little introduction. From humble beginnings working in her grandmotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studio, Pintado went on to join GAJ in 2005, where she helped in setting up its interior design department. After seven years, she made a move to LW Design in 2012. Under her vision and business leadership, both studios have won numerous awards. In July this year, Wilson Associates, the US-based global interior archiTECTURALDESIGNjRMAPPOINTEDHERAS managing director for the Middle East AND!FRICAREGIONALOFjCE4AKINGOVER reins from Firas Alsalih, who helped ESTABLISH$UBAIOFjCE 0INTADOISNOT afraid of making ambitious plans. f4HEIDEAISTOTAKETHE$UBAIOFjCE really to the next level,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In PASTYEARS THISOFjCEMOSTLYSERVEDTO support Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studios in Los Angeles, Dallas, New York, Paris, Singapore and Shanghai. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m currently seeing an

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incredible design talent that I inherited. I have 12 designers and more senior individuals will join us in October since the idea is to create the infrastructure to tackle future projects.â&#x20AC;? Wilson Associates has more than 300 design and architecture profesSIONALSWHOWORKACROSSINTER OFjCE teams, collaborating on various projects worldwide. Known for its luxury

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ANDITSBEENJOINTLYDONEBYOUROFjCES in Dubai, LA and New York. In New York we have a strong F&B team, part of Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s group called Blueplate, which is focused on high-end food and beverage concepts, from the branding, the logos, the uniforms all the way to THECROCKERY4HE$UBAIOFjCEISDOING all the rooms while the LA team is doing all the public areas. It is one of those ANINSPIRATIONFROMIT/UROFjCEIN0ARIS times when we use the expertise of difhas a very special set-up. It is Wilsons by ferent studios to give a client the best Atelier Tristan Auer, run by a very estab- product,â&#x20AC;? she says. lished designer with an exquisite taste, who is doing some work with Emaar right WORKING WITH GAJ NOW)WASINOUR.9#OFjCEANDLOOKING Pintado was living in Madrid with at what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re coming up with was so her family before moving to Dubai inspirational.â&#x20AC;? 15 years ago. At that time, she was The contemporary Anantara resort in looking for a job and was introduced Ras al-Khaimah and Vivanta by Taj in to Brian Johnson, principal and Jumeirah Lakes Towers are among the managing partner of GAJ, through a current projects that are being delivered friend and, after she had worked on BY7ILSONS$UBAIOFjCE a couple of residential projects on a â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are doing some exquisite highfreelance basis, he invited her to join. end residences, which are out of this â&#x20AC;&#x153;It grew from there, and we started world. We are coming to an end with one from scratch,â&#x20AC;? says Pintado. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the particular project in Abu Dhabi and the beginning, it was just me doing evBUDGETHASBEENMAGNIjCENTTOWORK erything. I remember those years as with. It allowed us to use materials you wonderful years. We got a chance for get a once in a lifetime chance to use. more hospitality projects, receiving The Anantara resort in RAK will be an the recognition for the work we did eco-chic hotel. It is a beautiful concept and now Kevin [Mclachlan] is doing a

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superb job taking it forward.â&#x20AC;? During this time, Pintado explains she witnessed an enormous change in the regional design landscape, shifting from traditional and often safe Arabicinspired concepts to more contemporary and bolder design schemes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before you had either a very elaborate look or Arabic-themed projects and THEREWASNOTHINGINBETWEEN4HEjRST hotel that actually came up as something different and more contemporary was Emirates Towers by the design team of LW. In the past such projects would have been rejected or considEREDASUNjNISHED4HECOMMONPERception was that it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have enough layers or it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rich enough. I think design wise, [the market] has matured enormously. Look at all the venues that now have an industrial look. That would have been entirely unacceptable 15 years ago,â&#x20AC;? says Pintado. DUBAI RISING With different initiatives across the city, Pintado believes that Dubai is on a right track to cement its reputation as the centre of Middle East design. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our design community has really taken off in the last 10 years and I think the talent is here,â&#x20AC;? notices Pintado.

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8 Proposed bathroom layout for King room, Anantara resort. 9 Vivanta by Taj, rooftop lounge.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is land of opportunities. In other countries there are very young talented designers but they are never given a chance to really create projects the same way we do here. For designers, it is Nirvana to some extent â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the budgets, the projects and the number of projects. It is great place to be, not just the UAE but then entire region. Many years ago, it was all coming from Beirut, Lebanon, but I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now moved to Dubai. You still have incredible talent in Beirut and the level of creativity there is unique and truly outstanding, but the hub for the business of design is now in Dubai.â&#x20AC;? Pintado adds that the city has so much potential and is often recognised as a source of quality and luxury. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clients from Asia, for example, WHENTHEYASSOCIATEYOUROFjCEWITH being in Dubai, they immediately assume that you are going to give them that level of extra something. The government of the UAE has done superb job. The brand perception has changed as well. Twelve years ago people sort of knew where Abu Dhabi was but Dubai was a big mystery. Now you say Dubai and everybody knows about it.â&#x20AC;? However, Pintado also notices that at the beginning of this year, many design firms in the region suffered of a big slowdown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;January is normally a very busy MONTHFORCONSULTANCYjRMSBUTTALKING to my colleagues it seems that everybody suffered. In March things started

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IDENTIFYING YOUR CLIENTS Pintado has recently attended a business course at the Stanford Business School and one of the units was how to sell your concepts, which she could apply straight away to her day-to-day work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to identify whether your client is a type one or type two person. Type one is not really into risk taking and they need comfort so you need to give them some peace of mind. You have to identify who you are pitching to and then address it properly. I am blessed with my clients and every time I propose something new and different, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so certain that is the right way to go. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fourteen years ago I proposed an initial concept for a hotel in Sharjah with very clean lines, not minimal but more contemporary, and the client XBTIPSSJkFE)FTBJEA*MPWFJUCVU*DBOUEPUIJT XIBUXJMMQFPQMFTBZ about meâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;?â&#x20AC;? she remembers, adding that in the last few years clients have become more open to design.

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picking up again. I do see an enormous amount of movement right now, I think that people are realising that the time frame to the Expo 2020 is becoming shorter and I foresee that next year will be a very busy one.â&#x20AC;? Apart from the Middle Eastern markets, Pintado perceives Vietnam and the Philippines as prospective markets for design studios. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Asia and China have slowed down SIGNIjCANTLY6IETNAMISAFASCINATING COUNTRYANDINMYPREVIOUSjRMWEDID quite a bit of work there. The Philippines have so much coming up but the fees from this region are a bit too high, so WEHAVETOjNDAWAYTOESTABLISHSOME JOINTVENTURESWITHLOCALjRMSTOBE competitive and make it marketable.â&#x20AC;?

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about managing people is to identify each individual for their strengths and weakness. And when I say weaknesses, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see it as something negative. Your weakness is somebody elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strength. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about pairing people in a way that they complement each other. Identifying where they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have strength and supporting them so that they feel they are supported and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to hide their weaknesses. An environment where people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to hide it is where they strive the most.â&#x20AC;? Over the years Pintado has developed her own ways of keeping her staff motivated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One way is the strong company culture and that your staff feel they are part of it. Repeat your company culture, your values and what you are about. !NOTHERWAYISOBVIOUSLYjNANCIAL incentives, being a salary or bonus, or EQUITYINTHEjRM tSHESAYS "I know that I know nothingâ&#x20AC;? is the famous phrase most often attributed TO3OCRATES0INTADO TOO jNDSITTOBE crucial for everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal development, explaining that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re never too old to learn something new whether through courses or assigned mentors.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think that you should ever assume that you know too much or too LITTLE tSHESAYSf)DOTHINKTHATjRMS should take mentoring and educating their staff very seriously, making sure that knowledge is then distributed around. It is also important to study after you work for a number of years because then you know how to translate it into a practical work.â&#x20AC;? WORK-LIFE BALANCE Being a proud mom of three teenagers didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop Pintado from having a successful career as a designer and accepting more responsible management roles. f)jNDTHAT)PERSONALLYHAVEAGOOD balance. I say to my kids that I am a full-time employee over the week and I am a full-time mother on the weekends. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just the reality of it. You just have to come to terms with your choices and guilt is the biggest waste of time. I think women are useless with guilt in general. We kick ourselves about everything and it is a waste of time. You make your choices and you live with your choices,â&#x20AC;? concludes Pintado.

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New resort in Oman pays homage to local landscape AT ELIER P OD H A S DE SIGNED T HE INT ERIORS OF T HE SOON -TO - BE- OPENED A N A NTA R A A L JA BA L A L A KHDA R RE SORT IN OM A N, SHOWC A SING A QUIE T T RIBUT E TO T HE IMP OSING LOC A L SURROUNDINGS

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erched 2,400m above sea level on the curved periphery of a canyon, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar resort is the latest addition to the GCC hospitality OFFERING EMBRACINGLOCALINkUENCES and traditions. The hotel will open its doors to guests next month and has been designed by international design studio Atelier Pod. Located atop Jabal Akhdar (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the green mountainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;) on a 66,000m² plot, the resort features a selection of garden, cliff-edge and presidential villas, as well as four blocks of deluxe rooms ALONGWITHSPAANDjTNESSFACILITIES A childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s club and other amenities. Atelier Pod was appointed for this project after being shortlisted among 10 DESIGNSTUDIOSWORLDWIDE!S,OTj3IDIrahal, founder of Atelier Pod sums up this was not just â&#x20AC;&#x153;another hotel projectâ&#x20AC;?, but a rare opportunity to create a resort rooted within the rich heritage of the re-

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gion, which is also being promoted by a major Omani government pension fund. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The [clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] brief was to design a resort that can be a real destination in *EBEL!KHDAR REkECTINGATTHESAMETIME the values of Omani people. We needed to understand the local culture and trans-

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Birkat al Mawz and Jabreen Fort. The team members researched not just Oman, its history and culture, but also the unique identity of Al Jabal Al Akhdar. Although the view of the mountains, the architecture and the landscape were a fundamental part of the design concept, Sidirahal explains that it was crucial not to be “blinded by the view” and says he decided to cut visitors’ experience into sequences. “We were so excited about the view, but we couldn’t give the view to all the components of the resort,” he says. Focusing on the main building of the resort, designers developed the concept of Omani Fort, so the key elements in the character of fort architecture have been integrated into the design

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Atelier Pod is an international design studio founded in Paris in 1999, with branches today in Dubai, Casablanca and Beirut. Before founding Atelier Pod, Sidirahal was a partner at the design agency Nebka in Paris, specialised in luxury retail design with clients such as Kenzo, Armani, Clarins and Guerlain. The studio collaborated on more than 20 hotel projects for interOBUJPOBMIPUFMCSBOETTVDIBT"DDPS 'BJSNPOU3BGlFT 3BEJTTPO "OBOUBSB  Shaza by Kempinski and Paramount Hotels.

concept, but without dominating it. Sidirahal explains: “We designed the entrance with the idea of a fort in mind. The exterior with great wooden doors is strong, impressive and commanding. There is a dramatic contrast upon entry as the interior gives an immediate impression with an open courtyard featuring green terraces and a ‘falaj’ with running water. The Omani tradition of integrating a ‘falaj’ with cleansing spaces was adopted to offer intimacy to

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secluded areas around the spa.” The design team was also inspired by the agricultural garden terraces located in the surrounding mountains to create a contemporary landscape which recalls the identity of the region. /NCETHEMASTERPLANFORTHESITEWASjNALLYjXED THETEAMWASABLETOMOVEON TODEVELOPTHEjNEDETAILSOFINTERIORSl not just architecture and interior design, but lighting, planting, artwork and food concepts, ensuring again that the hotel

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stays true to its cultural context. Sidirahal says that the architecture and interior design required the production of more than 800 drawings, and more than 80 different furniture ELEMENTSHAVEBEENDESIGNEDSPECIjcally for the project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Arab countries, including Oman, have strong culture and aesthetics, but you cannot order traditional Omani furniture from a catalogue. We designed almost 85% of what you see in the interiors,â&#x20AC;? says Sidirahal, adding that being in charge of furniture and lighting design enabled them to create a consistent guest experience throughout the resort. f&OREXAMPLE ANTIQUEBRASSjNISHES that we used in lighting can also be seen on the door, and we played a lot with these kind of elements. We did sigNIjCANTRESEARCHONLOCAL/MANISTONES  and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve used all of them, mostly for CLADDINGANDOUTDOORkOORING)NAWAY  we had to refrain ourselves as we were bringing so many ideas, but had to select those that would work in harmony with each other.â&#x20AC;?

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GUEST EXPERIENCE From the drop-off court guests pass through a pair of massive wooden doors and enter the ‘fort’. In the lobby area, a geodesic dome in wood with a diameter more than 10m, as well as a star-shaped fountain in dark marble, welcome the guests. From the garden terraces of the fort, views across the site and out to the mountains draw the visitors into the heart of the resort, with pathways leading out from the terrace, through the preserved natural landscape to the guestroom buildings, the spa, the villas and the pool area. The hotel’s 33 cliff edge villas offer guests a personal butler service and THEIRPRIVATEINjNITYPOOLOVERLOOKING the mountains. Nestled in the heart of the resort, the garden villas offer a different kind of experiences for guests who want more privacy. “The careful setting of the buildings ensures that every guestroom has both privacy as well as a view of the Wadi

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and mountains beyond. Sitting within the site, discreetly enclosed by the cliff edge buildings, the fort and the sensitive boundary landscaping and planting, lie the spa and the private cliff-edge villas. “The view was fundamental, but there were others things to consider as some of the clientele comes from the GCC region and they have other concerns, such as privacy. That is why we came up with the garden villa concept,” he says. The resort’s 82 premier and deluxe rooms boast spacious bedrooms, among the largest in the country, and a spa-like bathroom carved out of sustainable, locally sourced materials. They also feature rainforest showers and separate baths alongside terraces or balconies. Throughout the guest rooms and villas, a neutral colour scheme was complemented by the warm tones of fabrics as well as other luxurious materials such as antique brass, timber and marble. Inspired by Omani chests, ceilings and doors, Atelier Pod’s design approach for

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both architecture and interiors consisted of using various vernacular elements SPECIjCTOTHELOCALHERITAGE BUTINAMORE contemporary way. “The ultimate aesthetic is never in contradiction with its environment and yet never the same,” says Sidirahal.

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new and next in design, music and fashion and elements that mingle to create a welcoming and social gathering place,â&#x20AC;? says Waring. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From the MOMENTOFARRIVAL GUESTSAREINVITED INTOSURPRISING SENSORYENVIRONMENTS WHEREAMPLIjEDENTERTAINMENT VIBRANT LOUNGES MODERNGUESTROOMS INNOVATIVECOCKTAILSANDCONTEMPORARYCUISINE offer more than just a hotel experience, but a luxury lifestyle destination.â&#x20AC;? Each W Hotel offers signature food ANDBEVERAGEAREASTHATATTRACTNOT only hotel guests but local tastemakers and residents as well.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;W Dubai â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Al Habtoor City is conceived as the nexus,â&#x20AC;? explains Waring. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rising out of the desert, the modern metropolis of Dubai appears to have at its epicentre an energy source plugging into the city grid. The hotel, W Dubai has a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skyâ&#x20AC;? living room location. On the hotel exterior and at Wheels, THEWELCOMEAREAONTHEGROUNDkOOR  linear lighting and patterns resemble the rays of light from busy night-time TRAFjCAROUNDTHECITY 0ERCHEDONTOPOFTHETHkOOR THIS is known as W Lounge and represents W Hotelsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reinterpretation of the traditional hotel lobby. Here a multitude of lounge and entertainment areas are SETWITHINAMULTI TIEREDkOORSPACE7 Lounge is the driving force behind the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design direction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The concept of nexus as a social space is, therefore, critical, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made W Lounge the main place where the narrative of the design concept

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FROM WOW TO SENSATIONAL SUITE The 449m2 Sensational Suite is centred around the bar, with an adjoining majlis-style lounge, DJ booth, dance stage, bar and kitchenette. The bedroom features the signature W Bed, W pillow menu, a walk-in closet, en-suite bathroom, Jacuzzi and steam room. Spanning 690m2, the Extreme Wow Suite â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the W brandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take on a presidential suite â&#x20AC;&#x201C; occupies UIFUIBOEUIlPPSTXJUI panoramic views of Dubaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s skyline. The suiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interiors are both simple and sophisticated, featuring a kitchenette, spacious lounge area, multi-event area, CBS %+TUBUJPO EBODFlPPS DBUwalk ramp and pool table.

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comes together,â&#x20AC;? says Waring. â&#x20AC;&#x153;W Lounge follows an open-plan design; it is where the check-in desks, lobby lounge and bar area merge together. This spatial arrangement has been explored to maximise the potential for W Lounge as the most important and dynamic area within the building. The open plan design generates a natural kOWOFENERGYTHROUGH7,OUNGETO encourage socialising, providing the ultimate venue for Dubaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residents and visitors to mix and mingle. It is ANOTHERNODTOWARDSTHECONSTANTkOW to promote social interaction. The plan is that W Lounge will generate a social energy that appeals to trendsetters and seekers looking to be seen and heard.â&#x20AC;? All 356 rooms and suites of W Dubai feature interesting linear patterns ACROSSTHEWALLSANDkOORS REPRESENTING how the city of Dubai has a strong social rhythm. In the rooms, future-forward technology and custom furnishings double as abstract art to complement the vivid colour palette against the sleek lines of the minimalist guestrooms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adding to the bright and fresh mood, the open concept bathroom-to-bedroom CREATESAkUIDkOWTHROUGHOUT WHILE kOOR TO CEILINGWINDOWSFRAMEVIEWS of the city and sea. In the bathrooms, a modern, colourful wall design uses pink and red pixelation, in contrast with the minimalist white of the guestrooms, adding movement and energy to space while creating a graphic visual interest, which is fun for the guest and an almost party-like yet calming environment,â&#x20AC;? says the designer. For both guest rooms and public

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THE W HOTEL ARTWORK The W hotel artwork concept was developed by Silverfox Studio while Dubai-based Maloto painting and frames was in charge of producing the artwork. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We needed to come up with something new and innovative, but also suitable for a hotel in this region,â&#x20AC;? says Will Sleigh, manager of Moloto. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The challenge was how to produce an artwork that would sit behind the bathtub, and our solution was to print the image on vinyl. We also developed the sculptures in the public areas all sourced and commissioned locally, as the ethos of our company is to support artists within the region. The artwork in the guestrooms captures the modernity of the W hotel but also the vibrancy and fast moving pace of our city.â&#x20AC;?

AREAS THEDESIGNTEAMHADTOjNDWAYS of creating a match between modern luxury and the vibrant elements that DEjNETHE7BRAND Waring says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The colourful connections are part of the physical context and the subconcept from nexus is motion. A literal connection from Dubai runs up the building in the glass party room (lift) to the W Lounge for the social experience. We explained this by using the materials which evoke time lapse illuminating headlamp images from Sheikh Zayed Road, resulting in colour-changing lift-cab light-tracing technology, cutting-edge art installations, dazzling dĂŠcor, interwoven ARTPANELS FREESTANDINGjXTURESAND highly textured materials.â&#x20AC;? Commenting on his favourite design feature, Waring says it is the connection from the bar in W Lounge that links to the reception area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The bar is the central hub,â&#x20AC;? he says â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;brainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or central point that con-

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nects the rest of the hotel. This also ties in with our design concept of the nexus. As we travel down the building we pass through the welcome area (Wheels) out into the streets or, from the other way, we arrive at Wheels (welcome area) to go up to W Lounge. Conceptually, these two areas are joined at the hip. However, the welcome space is less complex and shall take energy from the core at W Lounge and transmit this out and on to the streets of Dubai,” he says. Creating a space that has architectural integrity is one of the key features of the Silverfox Studio’s design aesthetics. f4HEINkUENCEONCUSTOMERSINSIDE these areas is one that is unique to each property brief and design concept,” concludes Waring. Peter Katusak-Huzsvar, W Dubai – Al Habtoor City general manager, expects that the W Dubai will reinforce Dubai’s reputation as a city of life, “bringing new and exciting opportunities from the world of fashion, music and design to global travellers and local trendsetters”.

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runswick Sports Club is the latest opening by Bull & Roo Hospitality and Investments duo Tom Arnel and Sergio Lopez. Launched earlier this year in March 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Brunswick Sports Club is also !RNELAND,OPEZSjRSTLICENSEDVENUE The concept behind the 124-seat Brunswick Sports Club, Arnel and Lopez told Hotelier Middle East, is a laidback, casual sports bar, where all feel comfortable, whether they are wearing shorts or a business suit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We both set out to create a licensed venue, where we would both like to go,â&#x20AC;? Arnel begins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are not really nightclub people. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like to go to places that are too dark and dingy. We wanted to create a place that was inviting, casual, cool, light, airy, homey, LAID BACK3OMEWHEREWEDGOTOANDjT in that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pretentious or glamorous.â&#x20AC;? Across their concepts, Arnel adds, the Bull & Roo design philosophy is â&#x20AC;&#x153;no gimmicks, nothing forced, and taking

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4 Tom Arnel and Sergio Lopez (L-R). 5 The courtyard area has an outdoor look and feel. 6 Flat screen TVs showing and sporting memorabilia pepper the walls.

inspiration from the surroundings”. The bar’s name comes from the Brunswick district in Melbourne, known for its independent retail and F&B venues. The Melbourne spot was also Arnel and Lopez’s initial inspiration for the concept and design. “Brunswick”, Arnel tells us, “really epitomises the arty, foodie lifestyle culture. There’s not a franchise in sight.” The design brief for Brunswick Sports Club fell to Melbourne-based design team The Residency Studios. “We looked for the best design team around Australia,” says Arnel. “These guys helped us come up with a concept, styled around an old-school Melbourne boxing gym.” According to Lopez, the decision to

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employ an agency outside of Dubai was driven by the desire for “a different eye and a different perspective”. Inspiration also came from Brooklyn in New York. Once The Residency Studios had created an initial concept and design, Arnel and Lopez employed locallybased designer Julian Floyd, founder and creative director of Yamjam Studio. Talking to Commercial Interior Design magazine, Floyd said his aim was to create “a very effortless stripped, raw, urban interior that not only complimented the sports bar offer but continued Bull & Roo’s hipster style and brand. The key elements of the space were led by working with the existing potential of the site”. f9AMJAMSINkUENCEBEHIND"RUNSwick Sports Club was heavily inspired around Brunswick’s pubs, combined with an underground NYC boxing gym, to add a real point of difference,” explains Floyd. According to him, the key elements of the space were led by working with the existing site. “This was achieved through utilising the little natural daylight in the space where we were able to form the courtyard area creating a fresh indoor/ outdoor vibe,” he says. “The bar area being tucked away created a moodier feel – framed by all the craft bottle/ draft beer fridge displays. This made the area a more masculine area to watch sport.”

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Floyd’s favourite design feature is the large backdrop wall of bottle fridges and the keg room. “This showcases the array of guest beers that Brunswick has on offer, but also displays all the exposed mechanics from the keg room to the draught beers giving it that very masculine industrial touch,” adds Floyd.

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walls white,” Lopez agrees. “We always like to keep the beauty of the building. This is why most of our concepts are open ceilings and concrete.” The space at Brunswick Sports Club, which was converted from the hotel’s staff canteen and laundry area, has been divided into two areas: the 70-seat non-smoking area, and

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the 54-seat â&#x20AC;&#x153;courtyardâ&#x20AC;? smoking area. The latter was devised to replicate an outdoor pub garden, despite being inside. The area is decorated with PLANTS ANDBENEjTSFROMNATURALLIGHT during the day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All those windows were covered, and there was no light coming in. We WANTEDTOCREATEANOUTDOORFEELINTHIS area,â&#x20AC;? explains Lopez, pointing out THEROWOF"ROOKLYN INSPIREDWINDOWS jTTEDINTHECOURTYARDAREA4HERESULT achieves daylight during the day, and night-like darkness in the evening, like in an outdoor space. Despite taking inspiration and design HELPFROMABROAD ,OPEZAND!RNEL WEREKEENTHAT"RUNSWICK3PORTS#LUB HOLDAPPEALFORALLGUESTS REGARDLESS OFWHERETHEYAREFROM4HEPARED BACK design â&#x20AC;&#x153;speaks truthâ&#x20AC;?, Arnel comMENTSf!LOTOFRESTAURANTSHERETRYTO transport you to Venice, or something. "UTWEAREIN$UBAI YOUKNOWt

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6 Copper hanging planter pots add a dash of greenery. 7 The patio garden has a casual and understated design.

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Explaining their choices of materials and colour palette, Orthlieb adds that they were inspired by textures and colours found in traditional Parisian homes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our way to bring them back to a certain modernity was to use them in never seen before colours or shapes,â&#x20AC;? SAYS/RTHLIEBf0ETROLBLUEWOODkOORS and walls, brass for the niches, door details, headboards or a marble table that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;changesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; colours as you walk next to it. The palette we chose mixes dark and clear colours, which allowed us to create soothing and private spaces as well as light and more energetic spaces destined to enhance the public experience. The main complexity was to create a warm and cosy feeling while using materials and colours that are usually associated with cold and minimal spaces.â&#x20AC;? Accessible through the hotel lobby during the day, the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s living room offers a light menu with an emphasis

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on seasonality and local ingredients. In the evenings, the living room transforms into a nightspot, Anouk, and welcomes international and local guests through its own street entrance. Here, they can enjoy cocktails and spirits, all situated BENEATHAkOATINGCHANDELIERWHOSE LIGHTPLAYSGENTLYAGAINSTTHEkOOR TO ceiling brass-framed bottle shelves and further marble wall detailing.

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espite lower oil prices and the current geopolitical situation, which influence the GCC’s hospitality industry, most experts remain optimistic that the region is poised to experience further growth. As new developments come along ahead of Expo 2020 in Dubai and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, the positive upturn in the GCC hospitality sector spells an opportunity for interiors and fit-out contracts on fresh projects and also for hotel refurbishment.

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The figures from the latest GCC Building, Construction and Interiors Market report by Ventures ME show the GCC interiors and fit-out spend in the hotel sector is expected to increase from $892m in 2015 to $1.8bn by the end of this year. As expected, the report shows that the UAE is projected to spend the most in 2016, followed by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain respectively. With these figures in mind, K.S. Ravikumar, executive director of international operations at S&T Interiors and Contracting company is also anticipating good opportunities in its primary markets – Oman, the UAE and Qatar.

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“At S&T, our projects reflect this trend, as we are executing work at hotels in Oman along with the retail package and wooden panelling and doors for Muscat International Airport,” says Ravikumar. “We have recently undertaken food and beverage outlets, spa and gym fit-out works for Kempinski Hotel, Al Mouj Muscat; supply and installation of interior design works for Rotana Hotel in Muscat; interior fit-out works for food and beverage areas for W Hotel; and supply and installation of timber doors and joinery works for JW Marriott Mumbai.” Headquartered in Oman, S&T has been operating for nearly four decades across the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa, offering a range of products, including interior fit-out, general contracting and project supplies. Commenting on the key challenges facing his industry today, Ravikumar says: “Skilled

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JOINERY OPERATION S&T’s 25,000m2 factory is one of the largest joinery production facilities in Muscat, Oman. Backed by a team of skilled technicians, operators, installers and quality controllers, the production line creates durable products that are contemporary in design and of international quality. “Our factories are equipped with the latest machinery, coupled with highly-qualiked personnel with the skill set required to complete projects to the highest standards,” explains Ravikumar. “Specikc products and services include bespoke doors and cabinetry; joinery kt-out for hotels, palaces and high-end residential; wall panels; carved and marquetry embellishments and loose and ktted furniture.”

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Since it was founded in 1977, the luxury labour and expertise is a prime challenge and market has been the strongest performing an obstacle facing the market. A company sector for S&T. In the run up to Expo 2020, with qualified employees has various advanRavikumar is aware of the great potential oftages like a flexible workforce, decreased fered by the budget and mid-range hotel marlabour costs, efficiency in planning and ket, which S&T is now strategically targeting. employee satisfaction.” “Currently, there is a huge demand for From interior fit-out for the Mandarin three and four-star budget hotels as the Oriental Hotel in Doha, Qatar and Mövenpick luxury hotel market seems to be City Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka to the saturated. There is an urgent need refurbishment of the Al Bustan for hoteliers to set up new Palace in Muscat, S&T’s current benchmarks to serve tourists portfolio spans 14 countries as the ‘Airbnb’ syndrome is and includes more than 150 The main business lines taking a toll on the hotel executed landmark projects. of S&T include interior industry and the concept of However, the company is kt-out, general home-sharing to tourists is also looking to expand its contracting and project picking up, causing a drop operations to other markets supplies. in hotel occupancy,” explains across the world. Ravikumar. Ravikumar continues: “Being Bringing a designer’s vision a global company and pursuing to reality while remaining within a a truly global strategy, markets like budget is one of the challenges many fit-out Oman, the UAE, Qatar, the UK, India and Sri companies face. For Ravikumar and his team, Lanka will remain important for us.” clear communication and close coordination In Qatar, S&T is the fit-out partner for one between all stakeholders involved is the key of the most prestigious projects, the Manto achieving this. darin Oriental in Doha, designed by Dutch “We don’t believe that good design has designer Marcel Wanders. In Dubai, one to be equivalent to high budgets,” he says. of its largest projects is fit-out work for the “We maintain a clear and transparent comLapita Hotel.

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munication with designers, which helps them to guide us on what to prioritise and come up with creative ways to work within a budget. This, in turn, ensures that the final result covers the brief and expectations.” When it comes to the newest design trends in hospitality interiors, Ravikumar notices that the GCC region and Dubai, in particular, is making a big move away from using traditional materials, such as stone and marble to using contemporary finishings such as acrylic or glass. “If you were to look at a city like Dubai, you would see that everything is quite modern – especially the infrastructure. The fit-outs are mostly glass and metal, design is simple and incorporates flexible aesthetics.” While the company is targeting other markets, one of its major projects is happening in the country of S&T’s origin – Oman. The team is doing the fit-out work of all retail areas for the Muscat International Airport expansion, which is, according to Ravikumar, the largest project to be undertaken in the history of the country. Commercial Interior Design | SEPTEMBER 2016

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The growing role of accessories in hotel DAVID T ’KINT, PA RT NER AT HBA DUBA I, WRIT E S A BOUT T HE CH A LLENGE S OF ACCE SSORISING HOT EL INT ERIOR S A ND HOW A DDING T HE F INISHING TOUCHE S C A N GI VE A SENSE OF PL ACE

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diately put the guest into a Middle Eastern mood, or an orange blossom scented ceramic flower transports the guest to Medina of Tunis. They add charm and advocate a sense of invitation and hospitality. One of my more recent experiences is the Four Seasons Hotel in Abu Dhabi. At some point, somewhat late in the project, the developer and operator approached me asking to look at the decorative accessories collection throughout the hotel, which had been overlooked. It had to happen fast in order to comply with project schedule constraints. However Four Seasons would not just accept something quickly put together. The real challenge, in addition to obviously meeting the standards of the highly regarded hotel brand, was to tell a story. My approach to any project is establishing a concept narrative; this is an essential component of its success. Opening random catalogues to designate selections based on my personal taste is the exact opposite of what my teams and I do. The goal is not to be thematic, rather to create a storyline based on various aspects such as location, culture, history and brand identity, traditions and owner's vision, amongst others. I worked closely with Canvas, which is the art consultancy owned by

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HBA, as I believe art and decorative accessories are an intricate part of interior design, and these elements can make the entire hotel an inviting journey. Creating such a collection goes far beyond going to the local shops and markets to accessorise the hotel - that would be the easy and expected approach. To make something interesting and not seen everywhere else, HBA and Canvas teamed up to approach this with a different point of view. Four Seasons pushed me to put something together which tied in furniture selection, artwork collection and decorative accessories. Abu Dhabi is a relatively young city in which history is actually happening now. Researching the past is a challenge specifically due to the Nomadic nature of historical tribes. We, therefore, looked into the lifestyle rather than culture only. Part of this were critical components such as star gazing and its ties to religion, the atmosphere and characteristics of the souks, and the pearl business. Another aspect was the geographical setting of Abu Dhabi with its islands surrounded by water. We looked at all these aspects of the local lifestyle and used them as the basis of the inspiration to create the narrative. Once the story was set, I started looking at placing the decorative accessories by sculpting and layering the various spaces. It is key for all of these to appear as curated collections; not just random pieces put together. With my team, I went to the site and identified the volumes of each space to understand what to put where, and create clusters which related to the function of these areas. For example, candles would not be placed in an allday-dining cluster, rather in a spa corridor to set a certain mood.

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Creating moments is another very important aspect. I have to step into the guests' shoes and imagine his experience going through the hotel. Where is he going to stop? What do I want him to focus on? What do I want him to avoid? Sculpting the volumes and creating clusters defines moments during which we ground the eye of the guest on to something specific, on purpose. Books are both a creative and intellectual component which contribute to the residential impression. No house can be imagined without the company of books. Similarly to the objects, a collection of books is created around a subject for the Four Seasons Abu Dhabi, this was simply the UAE. HBA and Canvas worked with a specialist supplier to ensure the aesthetic quality of each book, in addition to the content quality. The size and colour of the cover are important when books are part of a cluster. Finally, a curated decorative accessories collection is a sensorial experience. Most guests will look at them, however some will also touch or smell them. Using the right textures to express luxury and sophistication is important. When scent is used in objects, it has to be well balanced and discreet. Finding a fine balance between a certain residential nonchalance and a real sense of proportion is the secret. It really creates the final touch, somewhat like a woman who wears a gorgeous dress and goes through the delicate exercise of selecting the right jewellery. The art of decorative accessories is a growing trend in the luxury as well as the mid-tier segments of hospitality, and the Four Seasons Abu Dhabi is a shining example of the movement. Commercial Interior Design | SEPTEMBER 2016

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Luxury re-dekned REGIONAL INDUST RY E XPERTS SHARE T HEIR T HOUGHTS ON T HE GROW T H PROSPEC TS OF T HE HOT EL M ARKE T A S WELL A S T HE T RENDS CURRENT LY SHAPING HOSPITALIT Y INT ERIORS ACROSS T HE REGION

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Preciosa Lighting, Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hote.

close second with a robust investment injection that is seeing approximately 22,000 rooms and 90 hotels under planning and construction, leading up to 2020. Coming in third is Qatar with almost 6,000 rooms and 21 hotels planned to be completed by 2017.” THE RISE OF THE MID-RANGE MARKET Constantin sees an increase of tourists and business travellers, seeking budget-friendly travel over the full five-star luxury experience. He continues: “Security and international quality of accommodation and service standards are key drivers determining where one would stay. These key factors reflect GEZE’s product offering and standards. We offer turnkey solutions that address these factors based on the individual requirements of a particular branded hotel.” Steven Pratt, sales director of Interface Middle East, a global manufacturer of carpet tiles, says that the rise in smaller boutique hotels is exactly where the company sees itself.

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MISSION ZERO In 1994, Interface set its Mission Zero goal, challenging its employees to eliminate any negative impact the company might have on the environment by 2020. Steven Pratt explains: “Sustainability drives every decision Interface makes as a company – what products to launch, which suppliers to work with, even which clients we will work with. As Interface we don't have just a few products that are labelled as 'sustainable', in fact, the whole company has been driving towards being a sustainable manufacturer since 1994.”

“Mid-range properties that want a luxurious look and feel are more open to new finishes and are very open to the modular flooring concept that we offer,” says Pratt. Ben Woods, general manager of OFIS, a company which is the exclusive dealer for Interface carpet tiles in the UAE and Qatar, says that the rapid order-delivery cycle times is one of the biggest challenges facing both manufacturers and suppliers. “As with many interior finishing materials we find the purchasing decision often being delayed, which puts a huge strain on manufacturing lead-times,” says Woods. “Having done a lot of work to get our products specified and approved, we then have to pull out all the stops to meet sometimes unrealistic delivery deadlines.” Short deadlines are another challenge that Preciosa encounters with projects in the Middle East. “When we are approached by an interior designer or a final investor to develop designs for a given hotel and after that, we are told the

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hotel opening date, we know that the biggest challenge will always be the time,” says Fryzelka. Dubai-based company Rame distributes and markets several fabric brands for lighting, furniture and wallpapers, as well as high-tech upholstery materials. Gina Birkhofer, general manager, comments: “The development of several new brands of hotels will be a challenge and also a concern of oversupply in the market. With the increase in competition, and to make several lucrative offers to the guests with a unique stay experience, there will be demand for refurbishment and interior products, but meeting the price without comprising the product quality will encourage piracy of branded products.” Birkhofer also points out that the hospitality business model is characterised by high fixed costs and variable income which demand tight cost control. “How to retain customers and attract new ones remains the challenge, as well as not to compromise on customer safety nor the buildCommercial Interior Design | SEPTEMBER 2016

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Dubai-based company Rame distributes several fabric brands for furniture, wallpapers, as well as upholstery materials.

York Furnishing Fabrics, Essential collection.

ings. The low-cost material will not always have the same qualities as a product with certifications,” she says. York Furnishing Fabrics is also involved in specifications for hotels in the region. Known for its wide range of fabrics, the company is also an exclusive regional supplier for Sunbrella and Serge Ferrari fabrics, which are suitable for outdoor areas. Avinash Kalwani, managing partner, says: “York wants to be accessible to designers working with the newest five-star hotels as well as the designers working on the three-star hotels.” Goodrich Global, supplier of quality wallcoverings, has recently supplied the Paramount Hotel and the newly opened W Dubai. “Currently, there are hospitality market demands for interior furnishings which are suitable for exclusive, upscale and luxurious hotel properties. This phenomenon has therefore caused the other segments to raise their standards to meet the growing demands. We can help them meet their specifications regarding colour, size, design, fire and green standards,” says Goodrich, adding that digital printed wallcoverings are becoming a fast-growing trend. Josep Maria Sans Esplugas, founder of Kriska Décor, a company specialising in producing chain curtains, agrees that, despite the fact that work in this region is fast-paced, the quality requirements are still high.

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NOVELTIES FROM RAME Mid to high-end brands are additional services Rame is incorporating in its offering. “In interior design industry you always have to be creative, and our association with brands such as Porta Romana, Jonathan Charles or Beacon Hill is just an insight that we are always providing new trendy products,” says Gina Birkhofer. “During Focus in the UK we will have the launch of Porta Romana and Beacon Hill’s new collection. In October, during High Point Market in the US we will have the launch of the new collection for Jonathan Charles.”

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“In recent years, the region has experienced a revival in architecture and interior design projects, which for a time had slowed down. And this is particularly detectable in Dubai, which is increasing its position as a tourist destination, so hospitality markets are doing well,” says Esplugas. INTERIOR AND BUILDING AUTOMATION Commenting on the newest hotel solutions affecting guests’ convenience, Tarek Zakaria, managing director of Greentec Automation, says that hotel Guest Room Management Systems (GRMS), have changed in the last 10 years, being influenced both by guests’ comfort and the hotels’ ambitions to implement energy efficiency in their buildings. “Some technologies are more or less driven by trends or fashion, which the market accepted at first instance, only to realise after experiencing the cons, that these solutions are not convenient and far-fetched,” he adds. “Furthermore, studies have shown that more than 70% of hotel guests prefer intuitive automation well known and common to them and to feel the feedback of an activated function on a particular smart switch.”

Wallcovering from Tapestries Collection, Phillip Jeffries, Goodrich.

Now in its 40th edition, HOST exhibition will take place from 20-24 October 2017 in Milan.

Represented by Greentec Automation, German brand JUNG produces GRMS solutions for different hotel segments.

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Represented by Greentec Automation, German brand JUNG produces GRMS solutions for different hotel segments and has recently introduced LS Zero, a new switch range. Building management and building automation is the fastest growing trend within the hospitality sector, according to GEZE’s Constantin. He says: “In terms of current trends, practically all of the today’s designers are behind technology and auto-controlled systems in every phase of the design especially when it comes to hotels. Aside from automation of buildings and infrastructure, transparency regarding the aesthetic look and design is becoming somewhat of a necessity within the region; therefore the use of glass is becoming more widely utilised.” Commercial Interior Design | SEPTEMBER 2016

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MAKING A STATEMENT Known for its bespoke staircases, EeStairs has been involved in many hospitality projects, including a timber staircase to the citizenM hotel in Rotterdam. Steven Rijkaard, business development manager for the Middle East, says: “The Middle East is a fast-growing market for us, and we see a significant appreciation for the staircase as a design element. The region presents us with the opportunity to work with some of the world’s best architects, interiors professionals and construction companies to create challenging, but remarkable statement staircases. For projects where a bespoke staircase or balustrade is required, EeStairs Custom Design service enables architects and end-users to work directly with expert designers to bring their ideas to life.” Rijkaard says that hotels that belong to large chains were particularly enthusiastic in offering something distinctive, which sets them apart from other properties within their brand. “This means more bespoke, statement features that make particular hotels within a portfolio memorable,” says Rijkaard, adding that there is a definite demand for creating large and open public spaces. Another rising trend is a focus on health and wellness. R Hotels has recently unveiled the latest developments of its 253-key property in Palm Jumeirah. Envisioned as the first holistic health and wellness resort in the UAE, the group is expected to sign a partnership with a renowned global brand in developing the concept and providing the services.

The “Helical Staircase” by Eestairs is the central attraction in the lobby. Photo: Richard Powers.

GEZE delivers individual automatic door and window solutions.

Kriska chain curtain is a central decorative element at the Royal Ascot Hotel.

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talian fabric producer Rubelli with Donghia, the American brand acquired by the Rubelli Group in 2005, took part in the renovation of Gritti Palazzo, a historical Venetian palace with Gothic façade and interiors with 18-century style and decorations. It became an exclusive hotel at the end of the 19 century and was fully renovated a year and a half ago. Chuck Chewning, design director of Donghia Associates, created sophisticated spaces with unique features, making guests feel as if they are staying in a private home, rather than a large hotel.

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Rubelli textiles have always “dressed” the Gritti and this time the company supplied more than 12,000 metres of fabrics and rich lampas, velvet and damasked curtains for upholstery, fabric wall coverings and curtains. A total of 200 patterns were used exclusively for the rooms at the Gritti, including reproductions or an exclusive restyling of fabrics stored in Rubelli’s historic archive, such as Baccarat, which was used in the high-end Club del Doge restaurant. Rubelli fabrics in elegant tones of blue, pink, cream and gold co-star in the Donghia furniture lifestyle and find their place in the luxury and eclectic spaces of this Venetian icon.

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NEW ON THE MARKET Modern Edit

by Shaw Contract Modern Edit carpet collection by Shaw Contract allows designers and specifiers to move from hard surface to carpet tile and custom area rugs to create a cohesive setting for hospitality environments, breaking down the barriers of residential and commercial aesthetics. Marked by unconventional scales and imperfect finishes and a contemporary take on nostalgic design, Modern Edit pays homage to textile heritage. “When it comes to delivering the ultimate customer experience, the hospitality flooring segment is unique,” says Andrew Jackson, marketing director EMEA at Shaw Contract. “From a commercial perspective demands are centred on performance, while from a style standpoint expectations are now that carpet is to be inspired by residential design.” Jackson adds that hotels and restaurants typically aim to create environments divorced from the day-to day settings visitors experience at home or work. “The result is that today’s manufacturers are increasingly collaborating with architects and designers to develop flooring products that assist in producing memorable hospitality spaces,” he says. “For example, when it comes to hotel carpet, we are seeing more guest rooms featuring carpets that feature full pattern repeat to create visual statements. In creating Modern Edit, Shaw Contract wanted to reflect a sense of history, paying homage to textile heritage by offering a threadbare and luxurious authenticity, weaved with a modern twist. Suitable for both public and private spaces, Modern Edit draws on the tension between artisanal deconstruction and structure, familiar and fresh, to produce a carpet collection with opulent aesthetic and delicate detail.

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Maison by York

York has recently launched a new collection called Maison. It is a collective of six smaller collections, which are coordinated by colours - caramel, cream, fern, cobalt, oak and carbon. Each collection boasts a full range of fabrics ranging from sheers, solids and prints. Maison is a collection that is an update of York’s Moods range, which has been very popular among interior designers and fabricators. www.astyork.com

Nailed it

by Phillip Jeffries, Goodrich Goodrich Global has recently launched Nailed It wallcovering collection. Designers now have the option to choose their own shapes stud or rivet and choose ground for an easy custom creation. Raised relief with pearlized inks is hand-printed by artisans on herringbone, linen and tweed grounds. Nailed It collection is available in four new studs and stripes colours and five new riveting colours and more than 2,400 custom options. Available on high-quality paper, it is a contract wallcovering that is suitable for hospitality, commercial and residential use. www.goodrichglobal.com

Chain curtains by Kriska Décor

Kriska chain is a fully customisable material, suitable for various applications, including wall covering, room dividers (pictured is Roberto’s restaurant in Dubai, designed by Draw Link Group) or shop windows. Kriska’s chain is a very light, versatile material compared to other construction and decorative materials and can be adapted to any design trend. www.kriskadecor.com

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World Woven Collection by Interface

The World Woven Collection from Interface brings a handcrafted feel. "In our studios around the world, designers work together to decipher trend and interpret it through the lens of local textile histories - from Japan to the UK, the Americas to Australia," says Steven Pratt, sales director for Interface in the Middle East. "In this process, one thing becomes very clear: the most elegant solutions are often the simplest. Our 2016 Collection in addition to our global library of styles is deeply influenced by this lesson. Uncomplicated, hand crafted and imperfect are often the terms of beauty today. The World Woven Collection draws heavily from textile patterns and woven structures that embody all these things." www.interfaceglobal.com Commercial Interior Design | SEPTEMBER 2016

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timber ladders and a spiral staircase. The ladders act as the central design element and set a strict vertical rhythm throughout the entire interior. The path ends with a large mirror that effectively doubles the visual experience of the space. White steel bars and various plants are randomly placed, giving the storefront a dynamic feel that also happens to be easily adaptable. 4HEjRSTSTRATEGYWASTOJOINALLTHE SERVICESSUCHASTHETILL THEjTTING rooms, the toilet and a loft for storage,

together in a longitudinal line. The aim was to open up the maximum space for clothing display. The storage space is accessed by a white steel spiral staircase, which it is presented as a sculpture from the entrance. This design decision leads to an open, bright, airy space with a height of 4m and a direct connection to the street. The shop window is the shop itself. Several wood benches expand the store to the outside, inviting future clients to enter. The street is also the shop.

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I think that part of the challenge we face is there is no more global place than the UAE right now. People are coming from all parts of the world, and all have slightly different qualifications, but call themselves architects [and designers]

“But you actually sit them down and say ‘here is what you have to learn to get there’ and if you create that road map or a picture of the ladder that they have to climb in order to be able to acquire ownership or get an associateship or a partnership, they are much more aware of the

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fact that they don’t know everything.” The designMENA Summit will take place on December 6 at the Conrad Hotel, Dubai with the agenda for the event expected to address the overarching topics and concerns that the industry across the region faces on a daily basis. If you are interested in participating in one of the discussions or wish to propose a topic, please contact marina.petrovic.@itp.com or nick.ames@itp.com.

In our office in Toronto, it’s all about building the talent, identifying the talent early and gradually increasing their ownership to the point where they become a partner. But that ownership structure doesn’t happen here.

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Family vision for a greener Dubai NICK AMES MEE TS T HE T E A M BEHIND T HE SE VENT H HE AVEN PROJECT, T HE L AT EST PHA SE OF AL BAR ARI RESIDENT IAL DE VELOPMENT IN DUBAI Pictures by Aasiya Jagadeesh

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Godwin Austen Johnson worked on the original concept with Woods Bagot taking on the masterplan. Hong Kong-based architect jRMDESIGNTHENCOLLABORATEDWITHTHE:AAL FAMILYONTHEjNALCONCEPT7IFEOFDEVELOPER Zaal Mohammad Zaal, Lesley, worked on the interiors, while their daughter Kamelia undertook landscaping work. After travelling the world, the couple WANTEDTOjNDASOMEWHEREIN$UBAIWHICH had the feel of a real community, and which REkECTED%MIRATIHERITAGE TOPUTDOWNTHEIR ROOTSlBUTTHEYCOULDNTjNDSUCHPLACE Lesley says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were a family looking for somewhere to live and we wanted it to be sus-

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THE ORIGINAL VISION Zaal Mohammad Zaal says: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I always thought Dubai had no real place you can call home â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it was just buildings on lots of lands. Two cars would come out of garages, yet their owners would never meet. There were roads at both the front and back so nowhere for children to play. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live like thisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. But I had a vision. I was looking for a big piece of land, and I wanted to create a community which focused on quality of life. I wanted to build a place where people could live, learn, educate their children, eat healthy food and interact. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You come into this world naked, and you go out of it naked. But what matters is your legacy. And I want to make QFPQMFGFFMGVMkMMFEu

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submersible pumps. Water levels are monitored daily and topped up when required. The water BODIESARERICHWITHWILDLIFE INSECTS jSHAND BIRDS WHICHENRICHTHEkOURISHINGECOSYSTEMt Aquatic plants have also been introduced TOADDOXYGENTOTHEWATERCOURSESAND provide habitats. The streams are stocked WITH!RABIAN+ILIjSHlASPECIESWHICHWAS ONTHEVERGEOFBECOMINGEXTINCTBEFOREBEING introduced to Al Barari.

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Growth of the regional design community RUE KOTHARI, FAIR DIRECTOR OF DOWNTOWN DESIGN, WRITES ABOUT THE PROSPECT OF DUBAI BECOMING A NEW DESIGN HUB FOR THE MIDDLE EAST AND EXPLAINS WHY DESIGN SHOULD BE SEEN AS THE NEW ECONOMIC DRIVER

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ubai is future focused; it’s the energy that fuels the city’s inherent ambition. In emerging regional markets as well as in the developed West, governments are increasingly looking to diversify and invest in the creative economy. Design is the new economic driver. As the commercial gateway to the Middle East, Dubai is a hospitable business environment, with international expertise, regional opportunities for new business and governmental support. Where East and West converge, it’s perfectly positioned to facilitate APROjTABLEINTERACTIONBETWEENINTERNATIONAL brands and regional buyers. Looking at the UAE alone, we are tripping over new real estate, fresh clusters of hotels and negative space that is making way for new infrastructure and social development. Expat communities are burgeoning, consumer spending is tipped to rise, and with Expo 2020 expected to boost the hospitality sector, retail ultimately has only one way to go. When you consider that only 20% of demand CANBESATISjEDBYLOCALPRODUCTION THELACKOF any real manufacturing sector, and a relatively shallow pool of brands distributed in the region, THEREARESIGNIjCANTOPPORTUNITIESFORNEWINTER-

national furniture manufacturers, for example, TOjNDGROWTHHERE AGAINSTTHEIRTRADITIONAL markets which may be stagnant. If you like hard data, the numbers are big. The MENA design industry will apparently be valued at $36.7bn by 2019. But stats are just stats – often the anecdotal evidence is more impactful – especially in an industry as tight as ours. Word travels fast; negative opinion even faster. Being in the bubble we often forget that no matter how challenging our industry can be – especially for architects and interior designers being dealt the thin end of the wedge by unscrupulous clients – out there it’s harder. That’s why our little land of opportunity continues to attract substantial interest from the rest of the world. Every day, at Downtown Design, we receive new enquiries from international brands both big and small, looking for a foothold in the Middle East. Demand for our 2016 edition exceeded the space we had to house them in – and we sold out in April. Our dot on the design map is becoming more prominent. “Milan, SoHo, Shoreditch, Dubai?” The Financial Times seems to think so. Our mission to create a design hub for the Middle East here in the Emirates shows great potential; and with Downtown Design and the new Dubai Design Week, we are polarising the region’s design community and contributing to raising THEPROjLEOFOURCITYSDESIGNOUTPUT BOTHFOR brands and buyers. Events like Downtown Design and Dubai Design Week not only attract demand, but they

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accelerate sustainable growth. The number of brands we support that go on to establish a base here at the Dubai Design District continues to increase. For us, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crucial to take a considered view on our own development, to create a credible model that will do justice to our design scene, far from the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;satelliteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; models of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;bigâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; SHOWSTHATSIMPLYDONOTREkECTTHENEEDSAND requirement of their locality. One way is to balance our established and iconic brands with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;discoveryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; brands that allow visitors to engage with innovative new products THEYWONTjNDONTHEIRANNUALTRIPTO-ILAN The Destination initiative, launched last year, presented six co-curated booths in collaboration with emerging design weeks from around the

world. And it worked. Visitors loved this new product, and brands sold. This year, we host Addis Ababa, Barcelona, Beirut, ReykjavĂ­k and Taipei â&#x20AC;&#x201C; each showcasing young brands that we hope will resonate with the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s buyers. But donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just take my word for it. Dawn Zidonis, director of San Francisco Design Week (which participated last year) said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Downtown Design opened my eyes to the market opportunities for export but perhaps more importantly opened my eyes to the diversity and forward-thinking approach to design and its role in the region.â&#x20AC;? Part of an overall curation of 100 brands from 28 countries, building on the success of last YEAR WERECONTINUINGTOREjNETHECONCEPTIN preparation for an even bigger fair next year. If you take the growth of Downtown Design as an indicator, the evidence suggests that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on an upward trajectory. It is not without its bumps â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it never is â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but the fact that we tripled OURFOOTPRINTLASTYEAR SOLDOUTjVEMONTHSAGO  and will double the size of our buyer programme to include a substantial number of buyers from -%.!3!ANDTHESUBCONTINENTlWEREQUIETLY CONjDENTTHATWILLBEASTELLARYEARNOTJUST for Downtown Design and Dubai Design Week â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but for the whole industry.

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Global Grad Show returns for its second edition GRADUATES FROM THE MENA REGION TO PRESENT AT THE GLOBAL GRAD SHOW DURING DUBAI DESIGN WEEK, TAKING PLACE FROM 24-29 OCTOBER UAE: The Art Dubai Group has announced the 2016 line-up for the Global Grad Show that will be held during Dubai Design Week. The Global Grad Show is the largest exhibition of student work from universities across the world, this year including seven schools from the MENA region showcasing innovative works that could shape the future. Now in its second year, the exhibition will include a total of 135 projects from 50 leading universities from 30 countries, including the UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey. The projects at the exhibition, curated by writer, editor and designer Brendan McGetrick, are categorised by universal themes rather than by schools. These themes include health, construction, home, work, memory, mobility, and play. From a system of collapsible

hydroponic farms that grow food in empty shipping containers, to a touch-based music therapy platform for autistic children, the works exhibited will demonstrate new ways of thinking about everyday tasks and behaviours. Each project has been selected for its distinct ability to create real possibilities and lasting impact on the world. “With each submission, I asked myself: ‘Why does this need to exist?’” McGetrick says of the selection process. “Different localities bring new and exciting solutions based on their particular cultural and material conditions. My goal for the exhibition is to give visitors a glimpse of projects that identify poorly addressed problems, provide new tools, and demonstrate new ways of thinking.” Alongside globally-recognised universities such as Massachu-

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LIST OF ALL 50 PARTICIPATING UNIVERSITIES

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Institute of Technology (USA), Royal College of Art (UK), and Tsinghua University (Beijing), this year will see a number of universities from the region including American University in Dubai, American University of Sharjah and NYU Abu Dhabi (UAE), German University in Cairo (Egypt), King Abdullah University of Science Technology (Saudi Arabia), Middle East Technical University (Turkey), as well as VCU Qatar. Some of the projects that will be exhibited during the exhibition range from: a device designed to make complex traditional Arabic music more accessible, intuitive and widely appreciated, designed by Nesma Khodier from VCU Qatar and entitled Oud/Kanun; a miniature wind turbine that can charge mobile devices in harsh conditions with minimal light by Nils Ferber from ECAL in Switzerland; and a project called BotTLIGHTWHICHISACOMBINATIONWATERPURIjERANDCAMPINGLIGHT  designed by Christoph Kuppert and Helena Wendtat from the University of Wuppertal in Germany. Other projects include: an algae-eating drone that cleans water and powers itself with biofuel produced by the collected algae, designed by Fredrik Ausinsch from the UmeĂĽ Institute of Design in Sweden; an app called TippyTalk that allows a person with a verbal disability to communicate by translating pictures into text messages, designed by Robert Laffan from the Limerick Institute of Technology in Ireland; as well as a motionoperated shower system designed for communities that lack running water by NĂşria Molina and Anastasia Melnikova from THE0ONTIjCAL#ATHOLIC5NIVERSITYOF2IODE*ANEIROIN"RAZIL

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What brands do you reperesent? Ceramica Cielo S.P.A. Ceramica Esedra Mario Bongio Rubinetteria Bugnatese Crestial Rubinetterie Zazzeri $BMlFY Cristal et Bronze Epoque

PO Box 65131; Warehouse 12, Dejla Street, Industrial Area 4, Sharjah www.bathlineuae.com + 971 6 533 4465

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PO Box 672, Al Ittihad Road, Dubai, UAE

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Roca Celebrating its 100th anniversary next year, Roca remains dedicated to the design and highquaility production of bathroom products, tiles, and ceramic coverings. The company has 75 production centres and is present in more than 170 countries. Roca WORKSCLOSELYWITHRENOWNED architects and interior designers and continues to promote susatainable initiatives by developing new products designed to reduce water consumption.

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NEW COLLECTIONS: Avid Composed Beitou Loure Inspired by high fashion, Kohler has recently launched the Avid, Composed, Beitou and Loure collection of faucets. Both Avid and Composed collections won the RedDot Design Award for 2015. Avid collection emphasise a sensitive minimalist design while the calming movement of water is the focus of the Beitou faucet design. Composed faucet again embodies the understated elements of minimalist design while the geometric composition in interior architecture lies behind the design intent of Loure. Recently, Kohler has been focusing on two trends â&#x20AC;&#x201C; sustainability and connectivity. Concerning sustainability, it launched the 3l flush toilet in the Middle East this year and the Kohler Konnect system in Shanghai last month, which allows for easy control of smart bathroom gadgets through a mobile app. The system provides a complete smart bathroom solution, as well as a foundation to develop and apply Internet technologies in the kitchen and bathroom industry.

Beitou bathroom faucet collection.

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Avid is Kohlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inspiring collection.

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Co. is one of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest and largest privately held companies comprised of more than 30,000 associates. With more than 50 manufacturing locations worldwide, Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products; engines and power systems; furniture, cabinetry and tiles; and owner of two of the jVE STARHOSPITALITYANDGOLFRESORTDESTINATIONSIN+OHLERAND3T!NDREWS 3COTLAND)TSPORTFOLIOOF BRANDSINCLUDES+OHLER +ALLISTA *ACOB$ELAFON %NGLEjELDAND2ADA

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Sanipex Group Sanipex was established in 1995 TOPROVIDEHIGH QUALITYBATHROOM and plumbing products to the Middle East markets, comple mented by professional support and service. Two decades on and the same business philosophy is followed, but now serving a global marketplace, as the Sanipex brand expands across Europe, Asia and Africa. The company also continues to strengthen its posi tion as the leader in its traditional Middle East markets.

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Mezzanine Oceano.

New on the market: Mezzanine Combining sleek minimalism with the trend for colour in the modern bathroom in one collection, Mezzanine by Bagnodesign has aesthetic and practical appeal. With its strong geometric lines and overall

simplicity, Mezzanine is a versatile range, with washbasins in a choice of widths and either white, matt white or matt black, plus elegant, handleless furniture including vanity units and a tall unit. Introducing colour into the bathroom in a striking

Sanipex Group, Bagnodesign building, Sheikh Zayed Road, PO BOX 62652, Dubai

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way, Mezzanine furniture can be chosen in gloss white, funghi gloss, aubergine satin, smoke satin and oceano satin. 5IFDIPJDFPGkOJTIFTPOCSBTTXBSFJODMVEF chrome, brushed nickel, gold or anthracite.

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CROCHET WASHBASIN The Crochet washbasin merges a traditional knitting technique, with the best of Portuguese luxury furniture design. Inspired by the artisan method popular in Europe during the 19th century, the Crochet washbasin is rich in texture and has a timeless classic DESIGNINkUENCE4HESTRUCTURE is glossy lacquered with brass details while the top is done in Estremoz marble and the legs in polished brass.

MAISON VALENTINA Tel: +351 914 924 350 Email: scosta@maisonvalentina.net www.maisonvalentina.net

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VEGAN -ADEOFANALTERNATIVEMATERIALTOTHETRADITIONALCOWHIDERUGSTHE designer Rodrigo Vairinhos has created a cowhide-shaped carpet. 7ITHACAPTIVATINGDESIGN THEDESIGNERMADEUSEOFCORKLEATHER A NON ANIMALPRODUCT FROMVEGETABLEORIGIN WHICHISECOLOGICALAND RENEWABLE4HISCARPETSHOWSAFRESHNEWLOOKANDSERVESMANYPURposes. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a beautiful highlight in any contemporary setting, turning a kOORSPACEINTOASTYLISHPLACE INCREASINGOVERALLCOMFORTANDPROVIDing extra insulation.

NEO STUDIOS Tel: +49 221 64 06 23 75 Email: info@neo-studios.de www.neo-studios.de

MÃ&#x2030;LIÃ&#x2C6;S CHAIRS Méliès suspended chairs designed by Félix Guyon were released in May in New York at high-end luxury fair ICFF 2016. Each of his collectionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creations bear the name of a famous person from the end of the 19th century, and this new chair is no exception to that rule, as its namesake WASONEOFTHEjRSTMOVIEDIRECTORS)TWASINSPIREDBY'EORGES-Â¥LI¦S  a pioneer of the surrealist genre. The design of the Méliès suspended chair, which will be part of Guyonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upcoming furniture collection, balances between Art Deco and contemporary elegance. LES ATELIERS GUYON TEL: +1 514 802 1236 Email:info@lesateliers-guyon.com www.lesateliers-guyon.com

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Product of the month VISIONI RUGS Spanish architect Patricia Urquiola has recently launched a new collection of contemporary rugs under the name Visioni for the Italian handmade rugs brand cc-tapis. The rugs have been produced solely by hand in the cc-tapis atelier in Nepal and combine a blend of Himalayan wool and pure silk. This combination gives depth, richness and a shine to a design that exalts ancient production techniques while adding a contemporary breath to them.

C-C TAPIS Tel: +39 02 890 938 84 E-mail: info@cc-tapis.com www.cc-tapis.com

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