Top 5 Interior Designers Middle East to fall in love with and get inspired by all year long:
Interior Architect Rania Hamed, founder of multiple award-winning boutique firm VSHD Design based in Dubai, is known for her innovative interiors and outstanding quality designs. Hamed ensures her visualisations are not trend-led but synonymous with timelessness and longevity. Hamed’s projects are based on strong design concepts and great attention to detail.
Transforming the space through the creative use of light ensures both functional living and working spaces throughout her designs. Hamed is fascinated by the challenge of integrating traditional culture and technique into contemporary design and strives to introduce this dichotomy in her work.
VSHD Design believes that as both architects and interior architects creatives, their role is to transform and re-purpose the space and breathe new life into it. With each project, they combine modesty with elegance, to reach elements of calm, beauty and subtle luxury. VSHD Design specialises in both residential and commercial space and has completed projects across the world, from Florida to London, Cairo and regionally in the Middle East.
Maja Kozel is the principal designer of Maja Kozel Design, a spatial design studio based in the United Arab Emirates. Maja Kozel Designs focuses on ensuring that the client can enjoy every experience in a given space. Every feature and detail that can play a role in those experiences is considered when designing said space.
From the nature and quality of the lighting to the acoustics of the space, no detail is too minute. Maja believes it is possible for a design to be practical, socially responsible and artistically expressive all at the same time. She believes in designing for the needs and desires of the client, not blindly following popular trends and fads.
To that end, she draws inspiration from the rich history of the UAE, its people and its traditions. Sustainability, recycling and repurposing materials play a key role in the design process, and she has demonstrable success with this philosophy. In 2017, her lighting design ‘Tubo’ for the Surge for Water competition won the most prominent award.
Moving on from her previous role as a senior interior designer at Perkins+Will, where she was recognised for her outstanding work within the corporate workspace sector, Laila Al-Yousef started her boutique firm earlier this year, along with a former colleague, Matthew Sexton – Say Studio.
With a strong focus on social responsibility ethos, Al Yousef is widely known for her active involvement in the conceptualisation and the growth of the Surge for Water initiative, which originally launched five years ago. Sustainability is another pivotal area for the young Emirati designer and her new firm, as she aims to inspire young women, especially Emirati female talent in the creative sectors.
Among the firm’s recently completed projects are the new offices of global engineering consultancy firm, Cundall, which features a number of innovative applications of discarded and recycled materials in its interior.
After building up a portfolio of exceptional projects, having worked at such firms as Design Worldwide Partnership and HBA in various roles spanning Australasia and the Middle East, Nishat has been at the helm of several projects belonging to the hospitality giant, Marriott.
The hotel chain’s rapid expansion has seen its number of properties grow exponentially, and Nishat plays a crucial role in setting the design and brand remit of the interiors in each project throughout the MENA region. She works closely with top design houses to shape meaningful travel experiences. Some of the upcoming projects led by Nishat include W the Palm, Marriott Hotel Rabat, Marriott Hotel the Palm, Westin & Element Ras Al Khaimah and Westin & Element Riyadh.
Born in Portugal, Sneha holds a Master Degree in Architecture from the Lusiada University of Porto and specialized in Interior Design at New York University. Having worked on projects globally with renowned architecture and design consultants in Lisbon and Dubai prior to founding the Atelier, Sneha helms the firm with true entrepreneurial vision.
Within a short span of branching out on her own, Divias has quickly established herself as a designer with one of the most diverse portfolios of built projects. In 2017, the Portuguese interior architect won the prestigious Interior Designer of the Year recognition at the Commercial Interior Design Awards. In a previous role, Divias worked at LW Design, launching her own practice in 2016.
Employing just four people in her firm, she has worked on highly acclaimed projects such as OliOli, Banyan Tree Residences, luxury waterfront private villa in Oman, a beauty and spa salon, as well as Dubai Holding Executive offices. Among her upcoming projects, Divias is working on a residential project in Ahmedabad, India as well as a children’s concept store in Jumeirah.
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