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CONTENTS

March 2013
VOLUME 9 ISSUE 3

8 DESIGN UPDATE
A round up of the latest design
news in the MENA region and
abroad, including a preview of
Duravit Design Days in Germany
as well as new openings in Dubai
such as the PF Emirates and
Armani/Casa showrooms

24 INDUSTRY SPEAK 8 26
CID asks experts, designers and
manufacturers whether regional
trade shows are living up to
expectations and if they venture
to international showcases in
order to gain real inspiration and
valueable learning

26 DESIGNER Q&A
Marcos Cain, director and co-
founder of Stickman talks about
his journey to becoming an
interior designer. He discusses
details about current projects,
sustainabilty plans for the future
as well his insights on the fun
side of work

34 CASE STUDY
A giant shoe heaven has been
designed for Dubai Mall by
London-base Shed, entitled level
Shoe District. Sectioned into four
pavilions, this artistic retail space
offers interiors to suit an eclectic
range of shoe styles. We explore
the design in detail

40 CASE STUDY
Former Hotel Central has been
transformed into the Baroque-
inspired Le Clervaux Boutique
and Design Hotel in a medieval
village in northern Luxembourg.

34
Read about how JOI-Design
created three distinct styles to
cater to various tastes

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46 FEATURE
This month’s feature focuses on
the healing side of interior design
and the healthcare sector. Read
about how design for healthcare
clinics differs from other areas
and how clinic design helps
provide a safer and more healthy
environment. The feature also
covers the theraputic consider-
40 46 ations of design

54 SHOW REPORT
Spanish ceramics are known as
one of the most famous tiles in
the world. CID visits Cevisama
in Valencia, Spain, to find out
the new trends, developments
and future plans of the Spanish
ceramic tile industry. The report
includes statistics, trend details,
product highlights and opinions
of the most important people in
the Spanish tiles industry

61 SUPPLIERS YOU SHOULD


KNOW
An in-depth look at the suppliers
you should know in the wall
covering and flooring industry
with a section outlining new
trend developments for this
year’s products and styles.
Companies include Muraspec,
Ege, BSH, Kollektion and Avant

66 PRODUCTS
The hippest and sleekest items
on the market, ranging from
lighting, furniture, to the latest
developments in bathroom
design

80 OPINION
Abdulaziz Al Azem, managing

54
director of DTS, speaks about the
correct means of using natural
and artificial lighting to bring
lightness to a mosque

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his month, one of the many places we visited
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$FWLQJ(GLWRU Oliver Ephgrave which has been furnished with Alvar Aalto’s
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classic Chair 69, designed in 1935.
Tel: +971 4 444 3497 email: aidan.imanova@itp.com In an age where computers, phones, clothes and tastes
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Bladd quickly become outdated, it’s amazing how something
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DESIGN UPDATE

The Italian Job TIMELESSICONS)TISALSOjTTINGTHAT


this latest expression of Italian
beauty and craftsmanship should
SKILLFULHANDSHAVEGRACEDLUXURY
AUTOMOBILEINTERIORS INCLUDING
Maserati and Ferrari.
POLTRANA FRAU GROUP TEAMS UP WITH be opened in Dubai on the 100th Considered today as one of the
MUBADALA TO LAUNCH PF EMIRATES SHOWROOM anniversary of Poltrana Frau, serv- brands that best represents Italian
IN DOWNTOWN DUBAI INGASABOLDANDEXCITINGSTARTFOR DESIGNWORLDWIDE #ASSINABEGAN
the company’s next 100 years.” its operations in 1927. Early on,
Poltrana Frau is a leader in top- Cassina cultivated close relation-
5!%,UXURYFURNITURERETAILER identity of each brand, the show- RANGEFURNITUREANDPROCLAIMED ships with architects with an
Poltrana Frau Group (PFG) and room’s linear space is divided into champion for the values associ- appetite for research, innovation
Abu-Dhabi based development three distinct sections. Expertly ATEDWITH)TALIAN MADEGOODS and vision.
GIANT-UBADALAHAVEJOINEDFORCES EXECUTED THEELEGANT LIGHT jLLED Known for classics such as its .OTABLEjGURESIN#ASSINAS
TOCREATEANOASISOFHIGH END)TAL- space showcases each brand in a Vanity Fair chair and Gio Ponti’s portfolio include Le Corbusier,
ian style in Dubai. relaxed environment. Dezza chair, Poltrana Frau also &RANK,LOYD7RIGHT #HARLES2ENNIE
Located in Downtown Dubai, Far from sterile, antique toys boasts sophisticated Contract and Mackintosh, and contemporary
the new PF Emirates showroom and worn Italian books comfort- Interiors in Motion divisions. Eti- DESIGNERSSUCHAS6ICO-AGISTRETTI 
CELEBRATEDITSOPENINGON&EBRUARY ably intermix with iconic pieces. HAD!IRLINESjRSTCLASSCABINSUP- Piero Lissoni, and Jean-Marie Mas-
6, 2013. The 600m2 showroom $ARIO2INERO #%/OF0&'REMARKED HOLSTEREDINTERIORSWEREDESIGNED SAUD#ASSINAHASGAINEDEXCLUSIVE
REPRESENTS0&'SMERGEROFTHE “The showroom is a beautiful in its exclusive Pelle Frau leather. WORLDRIGHTSTOMANYOFITSFURNITURE
WORLDSLEADINGBRANDS0OLTRANA EXAMPLEOFTHE0&'ROUPSDESIGN Not limited to upholstery, Poltrana PIECESBYGREATARCHITECTS
Frau, Cassini and Cappellini. PHILOSOPHY SHOWCASINGCLASSIC Frau’s workroom is capable of #OMMERCIAL)NTERIOR$ESIGN
To physically express the CONTEMPORARYPIECES ALONGWITH DEVELOPINGENTIRESEATUNITS)TS CAUGHTANINTERVIEWWITH'IULIO

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DESIGN UPDATE

Cappellini of Cappellini at the attitudes. What I like to do is con- Near the showroom entrance, the showroom worldwide is painted
new PF Emirates showroom on nect the different spirits of these wildly colorful Proust Geometrica a different colour to symbolically
the day of the opening. Named people, but at the end to try to chair is a 1992 Alessandro Mendini connect it to the city. He explains
as one of the top ten trend-setters create a Cappellini product. What’s design that is as relevant today as it of Dubai: “We were thinking of the
of our time by TIME magazine, important to me is that they can was twenty-one years ago. oasis: trees and sand.”
he possesses a gift of identifying jTINTHESAMECATALOGUETOTRYTO PF Emirates’ Cappellini area The opening of PF Emirates
young design talent. Cappellini create the right balance.” represents the typical “Cappel- showroom is a refreshing destina-
has helped launch the careers of Unlike many companies, Cap- lini HOME” environment with its tion in Dubai’s growing interior
award-winning designers such as pellini doesn’t seek to create best- comfortable, home-like setting. design market. Firas Al Saleh,
Jasper Morrison, Tom Dixon, Marcel sellers. Instead, it strives to create The famous S-Chair, Nendo Yuki CEO, PF Emirates stated: “As with
Wanders, and Ronan and Erwan long-sellers. divider, and namesake Cappellini individual consumers, companies
Bouroullec. He explained: “Sometimes when container system are illuminated and corporations based in the UAE
Originally trained as an architect I create a design or a product, at by a new addition, Meltdown lamp are opting for bespoke designs
himself, Cappellini took over his the beginning if it’s [considered] by Johan Lindsten. Its hand-blown THATREkECTTHEIRPERSONALITYAND
family’s small furniture company too avant garde, it’s not success- shape was inspired by making corporate image. With our vast
in 1979 and transformed it into an ful in the market. It may take something beautiful out of some- expertise in creating premium and
international triumph in innovative two, three, four years until it will THINGDISASTROUS SPECIjCALLYTHE bespoke designs, we have the
design. Cappellini looked globally be successful. There are some nuclear accident in Fukushima. capability and the expertise to of-
for inspiration. He noted:“I like products by Morrison and Dixon Representing sand, Cappel- fer world-class levels of quality and
very much to work with a variety designed over 20 years ago; and lini selected the honed Botticino creativity in developing premium
of different people from different they are still very good, successful MARBLEkOORANDGREENPAINTCOLOUR interior furniture solutions to the
parts of the world with different products.” for the walls. Every Cappellini region.”

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DESIGN UPDATE

From Paris with love


THE NEW HUGO CAFÉ, INSPIRED BY FRENCH
WRITER VICTOR HUGO, ADDS GALLIC FLAIR TO
DUBAI’S GOURMET SCENE

UAE: It’s hard to identify what is such as book launches, poetry


most inviting about Hugo Café, readings and Q&A sessions, held interested in shades of blue and chests holding old-fashioned tele-
the new addition to Bin Hadher both indoors and on the lavish green. We played with numerous phones, candles in vintage candle
Group’s extensive dining network. outside terrace overlooking the colour combinations before the holders, framed images of the
Despite having at least one Jumeirah Mosque. jNALCOLOURWASACHIEVEDt Eiffel Tower and various books by
television too many, the venue is “The interior was set to create As well as using the intriguing Victor Hugo dispersed across the
clearly aimed at an intellectual an atmosphere of a typical French blue as an interior paint, the space, in addition to other works
community. café-restaurant. The client pro- Hugo Café is designed as if in a of poetry and literature.
“The client wanted to launch vided a great, in-depth input that box, complete with doors and A portrait of Victor Hugo himself
a restaurant commemorating led us to the design that you see WINDOWS ALLREkECTINGTHESAME is hung against the teal backdrop,
his late father, a renowned Emi- today. The idea was to come up colour as indoors. with more art deco styled posters
rati poet and writer,” said Roland with a relaxed dining experience “The most interesting detail in propped on the higher end of the
Nuqui, in-house designer for Bin setting a homely French mood,” the design is the bi-fold door that walls as well as the exterior of the
Hadher. “Inspired by the life and explained Nuqui. slits the restaurant to indoor and eating space.
work of Victor Hugo, Hugo Café is Perhaps the most inviting thing outdoor dining. It can be opened All these details are illuminated
a place where intellectuals and about Hugo Café is its memorable up fully, giving diners a full view through atmospheric lighting by
lovers of poetry converge.” colour: a bold yet mystic shade ANDFREEkOWACCESSTOTHETER- antique chandeliers hanging from
Located at the heart of Dubai’s of teal. race,” the designer added. the ceiling, as well as various dec-
desirable Jumeirah area, the “The colour was a result of In order to solidify the authen- orative, 18th century-styled lamps
layout of Hugo Café is designed for experimental colour combina- ticity of the eatery, the space is protruding from the walls, creating
hosting cultural and literary events tions,” said Nuqui. “The client was decorated with chipped wooden a space of its own time.

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Palace of pink
ANOUSKA HEMPEL ADDS A ‘GIRLY ’TOUCH TO THE HISTORIC PERA PERA HOTEL IN ISTANBUL

Turkey: Film star turned interior masculine elements of the hotel’s area a one-week refurbishment lighting design of the re-designed
designer Lady Weinberg, better interiors. period. areas. Hempel added that lighting
known as Anouska Hempel, has “Art Nouveau in my mind has Describing the colour scheme “was and is the most important
added yet another project to her developed so much and for the ASfA"OSPORUSkOWFROMTHE element,” humorously bringing an
interiors portfolio. most important look, I would use DUSKIESTPINKSTOTHEjNESTREDS example of the “social disaster”
With the new design concepts many of the furniture’s ‘band legs’ and terracotta,” Hempel stated that could occur if a girl feels the
for the public areas and suites of again,” Hempel said. “My idea is that this kind of “soft, sensuous lighting is ruining her appearance.
the luxury museum hotel, Pera kOWOFFURNITURE OFCOMFORTAND and subtle” style exaggerates the Hempel is in charge of several
Pera in Istanbul, Turkey, Hempel’s style so it doesn’t look and smell architecture by highlighting it in a space revamps, which are sched-
project aims to enhance the Belle like an old, crusty museum.” “wonderful moody fashion.” uled for completion by mid-2013,
Epoque feel of the hotel that dates Hempel explained that her great- Using a lot of screening, velvet, including The Kubbeli, Patisserie,
back to the 1890s. est motivation was to give “the life gilt mirrors with an addition of pink Agatha restaurant, the Winter
Highly regarded as the ‘golden back to this national beauty,” add- taffeta, moiré silks, lace curtains, Garden and many of the rooms,
age’ of fashion and arts, the Belle ing that structurally, it had been velvet cushions and tiny tables, it adding that hopefully the Orient
Epoque is an era close to a girly wonderfully restored “and now is done up in silver and cranberry Express bar will also fall under that
daydream. So there is no surprise needs a new interior wardrobe.” tones to suit the design of the list, as “it is so important to the
that Hempel chose to display this 2010 saw a meticulous patisserie. hotel.”
particular side, one of femininity refurbishment of the Pera Pera “It is all soft and makes the When asked how she managed
and softness, enhancing Patis- hotel building, so the new interior spaces more intimate and not to overcome the challenges of the
serie de Pera’s Art Nouveau décor, revamp does not involve any major intimidating,” Hempel said. project, Hempel simply replied:
while complementing the more construction work, giving each The same is to be said of the “perseverance and dedication.”

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DESIGN UPDATE

A classic reborn
DUBAI’S NEW CULTURAL LIBRARY IS A REFINED
SETTING FOR VINTAGE FURNISHINGS BY ALVAR
AALTO

UAE: Celebrating its recent open- to the creation of its L-shaped leg,
ing after reconstruction, Dubai’s allowing the leg to attach directly
sleek cultural library in the heart of to the seat.
3AFA0ARK 4HE!RCHIVE ISAjTTING Aalto’s designs, although
home for a collection of classic international in spirit, also have
Alvar Aalto chairs hailing from overtones of Finnish national
the Aalto University premises in identity, evident in his preference culture of habitation by exhibitions nese architect Shigeru Ban. Ban
Helsinki. for wood. and other educational means”. and Artek created an exhibition
A warm patina on the chairs Wood for him was a “form- Believing in a grand synthesis of pavilion for the annual furniture
PROVIDESAjTTINGCONTRASTTOTHE inspiring, profoundly human the arts, architecture, urban plan- fair in Milan, the Salone Inter-
contemporary interior of The material” and believed there is ning and design, the four idealists nazionale de Mobil. Utilising a new
Archive, originally constructed in a positive effect when our skin strived to think differently. They recyclable wood/plastic composite
1975. From one library to another, comes into contact with natural advocated a new way of living and called UPM ProFi, the pavilion
half a world away, the chairs con- materials. Honest and organic, his thinking, honouring authenticity, provided a platform for Artek to
tinue to provide a foundation for DESIGNSREkECTEDHISINTERPRETA- beauty and form. showcase its new and classic
interaction and learning. tion of functionalism and desire to Aesthetics, ethics and ecology furniture pieces
Finnish architect, designer and “humanise architecture.” have been the cornerstones of Two years later, Artek partnered
co-founder of Artek, Alvar Aalto Seeking an approach to simplify Artek’s design strategy since the with artist Tobias Rehnberger to
originally designed Chair 69 in everyday life, Alvar, his wife Aino, founding of the company. These create a cafeteria at the 2009
1935 for the Viipuri Municipal Li- arts promoter Maire Gullichsen pillars continue to live on. Venice Biennale. With its wildly
brary in Finland. Meticulous about and art historian Nils-Gustav Hahl Artek STUDIO is the creative colorful, geometrically complex
the interiors of his architectural formed the company Artek in hub where new products are interior, Rehnberger referenced a
creations, Aalto often designed 1935. developed and new materials past painting style used on ships
furnishings for particular projects. “Art” and “technology” com- and sustainability practices re- during World War 1, called “dazzle
Chair 69 is considered to be prise the root of Artek’s name searched. In response to a slump painting.” Not only did Rehnberger
one of Aalto’s most convincing and manifest. From its inception, in the company’s awareness win the Golden Lion award that
designs. Experimentation with Artek’s business idea was “to sell within the design industry, Artek year as best artist for what the
bending laminate and plywood led furniture and to promote a modern collaborated in 2007 with Japa- jury said “taking us beyond the

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white cube, where past modes of jNDINGNEWMARKETSFORTHEM


exhibition are reinvented and the Available for purchase at the Artek
work of art turns into a cafeteria... 2nd Cycle store in Helsinki and its
In this shift social communication on-line store are venerable pieces
becomes aesthetic practice,” but by classic designers, such as
Artek once again resonated on the Ilmari Tapiovaara, Arne Jakobsen,
minds of designers. Charles and Ray Eames, and
“Nothing old is ever reborn but Yrjo Kukkapuro, as well as Aalto.
neither does it totally disappear. Whether a consumer buys a used
And that which has once been or new piece, it is inevitably tied to
born, will always reappear in a the 2nd Cycle collection.
new form,” said Aalto in 1921. Artek asserts 2nd Cycle “gives
Stemming from the excitement these products a new context and
created by showing its classic a new lease on life, demonstrating
pieces in Milan and an increasing that these pieces have new stories
cultural awareness of consump- to tell and their usability is far from
tion, Artek introduced 2nd Cycle over.” From Finland to Dubai, snow
collection in 2007. to sand, Artek’s Chair 69 at The
&ORTHEPASTjVEYEARS !RTEK Archive in Safa Park will indeed
has been collecting old products have new adventures to unfold,
from public institutions, schools, cultures to share, and a new life in
ANDEVENkEAMARKETSANDTHEN a new city.

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DESIGN UPDATE

Continental chic
PARISIAN DUO CREATE A TASTEFULLY DESIGNED CONCEPT STORE IN A COSY JUMEIRAH VILLA

UAE: “It’s really just one unique feel like you are shopping or that Although every area appears to “It’s also about how we’ve been
concept: it’s not a jewelry store, you’re in a retail space; you feel speak for itself, de Moutaudoin living all these years. We both
it’s not a decoration store, we are like you are at home and that is insisted that there was never any come from backgrounds where
really trying to mix everything that why people feel so comfortable fragmentation in the partners’ you have live materials and what
we like,” said Emmanuelle Sawko, here,” Sawko said. idea for Comptoir: “It was always we don’t like in Dubai is having all
propped on the dotted sofa with Rightly so, the space truly a whole idea. We never thought these fake materials and imper-
her friend and co-partner, Alexan- evokes a homey feel, each corner of this place as different atmo- sonal materials and that is some-
dra de Moutaudoin. noticeably born with taste and spheres or sections; we really thing that we dream to avoid,” de
The Parisian ladies are the the willingness to create comfort thought of it as an ensemble.” Moutaudoin explained.
heart and soul behind the new bo- for all, decorated with jewellery, One of their motivations for “For us, this place is very per-
hemian chic concept store called hanging hand bags, household opening the store was the change sonal,” Sawko added. “We’ve put
Comptoir 102, a mix of retail, plates, cups, irregular lighting, in Dubai’s culture scene that is our all into it, all our personality.”
coffee shop and spirit. mirrors, birdcages and spinning vibrantly evolving. $E-OUTAUDOINALSOCONjDED
“When you come here you don’t BUTTERkIES “We felt that the market was that the two are very interested
ready for a style that was a bit dif- in collaborating with designers,
ferent and this was really our bid, artists and architects in the city,
TOSAY @/+ NOWLETSjLLTHISGAP offering the creative professionals
that people are looking for here’. discounts on furniture and home
And all our customers and people accessory purchases at Comptoir
THATPASSBYSAY @jNALLY $UBAI 102.
has a place like this’. And that is “Of course, we won’t be able
exactly what we wanted to do,” to collaborate with every kind of
Sawko shared. designer, because at the end of
The space itself has a very the day, what we have here is a
urban and subtle feel with plain style and some may not be able to
CONCRETEkOORING UNTREATEDWOOD appreciate it as it is different. One
for the interiors, black steel- has to have, what we call, a Euro-
framed windows letting in a cloud pean sensibility,” Sawko said.
of natural light and a wrap-around “It’s a lifestyle,” de Moutaudoin
terrace and courtyard area with added. “We like the idea of a
authentic furniture pieces. lifestyle.”

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DESIGN UPDATE

Heart of glass
LASVIT’S NEW FLAGSHIP SHOWROOM IN PRAGUE LETS ITS LIGHTING PIECES TAKE CENTRE STAGE

Czech Republic: Czech Republic The use of this material evokes cent texture that is illuminated by ,ASVITSETUPITS$UBAIOFjCE
glass manufacturer Lasvit has an endless photographic back- ASERIESOF,%$SREkECTINGINTHE jVEYEARSAGOANDSINCETHENWERE
RECENTLYOPENEDITSNEWkAGSHIP ground, supporting continuity adjacent mirror components. able to work on many prestigious
showroom in Prague, designed and sets the stage for the glass Accessorising the space are projects in the Emirates. The
by architect Marek Deyl and his creations. Lasvit’s lighting sculptures such company, however, does not have
design team from Studio PHA. ,ASVITSkAGSHIPSHOWROOM as the Bubbles in Space, Leaf, a showroom in the UAE.
The interior of the showroom displays some of the brands most Icefalls and Uovo d’Oro along with “We are currently planning to
was primarily intended to show- SIGNIjCANTWORKS SUCHASTHE,IQ- other pieces designed by nendo open our new showrooms in New
case Lasvit’s glass sculptures uidkristal - on display in the meet- including the Press Lamp, Inhale York, Singapore and Mumbai,”
and collections, with a distinct ing rooms. It is a new architectural ,AMP 'ROWING6ASES /VERkOW said Filip Smek, managing direc-
part of the space dedicated to the glass panel designed by Ross and Innerblow tables, as well as a tor, Lasvit, Gulf.
products of its new division called Lovegrove, combining advanced trophy made by Lasvit. “We have completed many
Glass in Architecture. technology and innovation. Regarding the showroom, UNIQUEINSTALLATIONSIN$UBAIAND
Its futuristic ambiance is due to Delivering lighting for the recep- Kremser said: “Although we have Abu Dhabi, including Dubai Metro,
THEUSEOFBLACK@"OLONVINYLkOOR- tion area along with two other MANYOFjCESAROUNDTHEWORLD WE Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Ritz
ing, applied to the entire show- pendant lamps is the Hydrogen are based in the Czech Republic Carlton DIFC, Jumeirah at Etihad
room. “This gives a consistent 4Arch which is illustrative of the ANDWEWANTEDTOOPENOURjRST Towers, and Hyatt Capital Gate.
APPEARANCENOTONLYFORTHEkOORS  MOVEMENTOFLIQUID AIRBUBBLES showroom in our home country. These great projects showcase our
but also for the walls and forms a INWATER ANDTHEkUIDITYOFGLASS This showroom is intended to be designs even better than a show-
decent background for our glass Hydrogen 4Arch combines an a model for all other showrooms room and therefore we do not plan
creations,” said Ludek Kremser, architectural arrangement of light that we are opening in other on opening a showroom in the
managing director, Lasvit. elements with a special efferves- countries.” UAE for now,” he concluded.

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DESIGN UPDATE

The luxe life


ARMANI/CASA OPENS ITS LUXURIOUS DUBAI
SHOWROOM IN DEIRA IN THE PRESENCE OF
CELEBRIT Y GUESTS

UAE: Al Ittihad Road in Deira is lamp in 1982. Armani/Casa was The display system for accesso- of February, was former Italian
now the home of the only Armani/ LAUNCHEDIN WITHTHEjRST ries consists of clear glass shelves international footballer Fabio
Casa showroom in Dubai, measur- store opened in Milan. The objec- supported by full-length poles in Cannavaro, one of the greatest
ing up to 270m2 with four large tive of this home interiors offering glossy black lacquer. defenders of his generation.
windows at street level. was to bring the concept of an Displaying the 2012-2013 col- Invited to the opening by Mat-
Armani/Casa is synonymous Armani lifestyle. lection, some of the highlighted teo Pellegrini, general manager
with elegance and style and stems The interior design of the Dubai pieces include the Esther sofa and OFOFjCIALDISTRIBUTORS &INASI 
from Giorgio Armani’s dream of showroom combines panels in footrest; the Baloon armchair and Cannavaro offered support for his
a warm and harmonious haven. bronze-coloured honeycomb poly- footrest with the Diderot modular home country of Italy and a love of
4HISISREkECTEDWITHINTHENEW carbonate, characterising the store bookcase; the Emerson bed and beautiful design.
showroom space with the furniture perimeter and partitions, bordered Donna table lamp; the Beethoven Giorgio Armani said in a state-
ranges, accessories, décor, and by a glossy metal structure. and Los Angeles sofas; the Bridge ment: “Dubai is an exciting place;
fabrics, all combined in terms of Each segment of the showroom and Checkers kitchens; the Eliseo a modern and vibrant city full of
their compatibility in shape, mate- displays a key piece from the dining table and Dalia chairs; possibilities and it was important
rial and colour. Armani/Casa collection, designed the Dream bed and Cherie table to be present with the Armani
Having always been interested to create the complete concept of lamps; the Diamante desk; the Hotel.
in extending his designs from an Armani lifestyle with the light- Dustin director’s chair and a sepa- “Opening Armani/Casa was a
clothing to other areas, Giorgio ing and imposing black marbled rate section for accessories. natural progression, as the city is
!RMANICREATEDHISjRSTPIECEOF kOORING CREATINGADRAMATIC Present at the showroom open- an ideal showcase for the look of
interior design with the “Logo” atmosphere. ing, which took place on the 6th Armani/Casa.”

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A roomful of style
RE LAUNCHED BRANDS AND NEW DESIGNS ALL REVEALED AT DURAVIT’S LATEST PREVIEW EVENT

Germany: Duravit, the German INMULTIPLESIZESTOjTAVARIETYOF ture and accessories that use a mix DuraStyle also aims to provide
bathroom manufacturer, has an- kOORPLANS of open and closed surfaces spe- hotels and residential buildings
nounced the launch of Durastyle, “Durastyle is a completely new CIjCALLYDESIGNEDFORSEMI PUBLIC with a comprehensive range of
its newest product range designed series that has been created in project areas; mirror cabinets that bathtubs that include one and
especially for commercial custom- conjunction with Matteo Thun use modern LED technology; wall- two-seater models with optionally
ers, as well as a host of new prod- design studio. For many architects MOUNTEDANDkOOR STANDINGBIDETS available Duravit whirl systems as
ucts at its latest Duravit Design and project developers, the old Du- and toilets with an optional Senso- well as a basic variant with six jets
Days preview event. raplus series stood for outstanding Wash® shower toilet seat as well jTTEDINTHESIDEWALLS MEANWHILE
Held at its Duravit Design Centre value for money and an innovative as electronic and waterless urinals an upward lip on the rear rim
in Hornberg, Germany, Duravit product range and we have there- available with an easy-clean Won- keeps things looking tidy; allowing
Design Days 2013 was an industry fore tried to retain this positioning derGliss surface coating. bathroom amenities to be stored
focused preview event held to with Durastyle as we create a “For the project sector, there is behind it while also offering sup-
showcase the company’s newest midrange concept that is suitable an intelligent range of impressively port getting in and out of the bath.
products ahead of the ISH 2013 for both the project sector as well coordinated products for every Other announcements at Duravit
event in March. as offering comfortable designs for application and all architectural Design Days 2013 include the
Re-imagined from the previous the home,” said Duravit CEO Prof. conditions. The key selling points sequel to their Happy D range, the
Duraplus range, Durastyle will Frank Richter are utility, hygiene, short cleaning Happy D2, as well as revealing new
CONSISTOFPRODUCTSSPECIjCALLY Some of the products on offer in times, quick and easy assembly products for the X-Large residential
designed to appeal to architects, the new range will include wash- and a price structure that is in line brand and the Starck 2 luxury
interior designers and manufactur- basins and hand rinse basins that with project requirements,” said range that has been especially
ers such as sanitary ceramics and feature an extra shelf for maximum Duravit chief of international sales created by French designer, Philip
bathroom furniture that comes utility; matching bathroom furni- Albrecht von der Groeben. Starck.

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INDUSTRY SPEAK

Tricks of the
trade
ARE REGIONAL TRADE SHOWS TRULY
SATISF YING THE APPETITES OF LOCAL
INTERIOR DESIGNERS AND MANUFACTURERS?

T
rade shows are the show advance product portfolios, as
Darren Clanford
and tell of the design “our construction schedules are
industry and with new much faster than other regions,
technologies and ad- giving us far less time to check
vancements consistently pouring out showrooms,” she said.
into the market; designers and In terms of the advancement
manufacturers agree that these and success of regional trade
expos are the best way to stay on fairs, many have noticed the
top of things. slight glitches in the plan.
“Without the emphasis on “In the last couple of years, the
trade shows within the industry, number of trade shows hosted in
it would be incredibly hard for the region has increased but not
manufacturers and designers to all new entrants have been suc-
demonstrate just what they can cessful,” said Frederique Maurell,
achieve,” said Darren Clanford, exhibition director, Index. “Ex-
creative director, Johnson Tiles. hibitors and visitors have made it
“Yes, you can post photographs a two-paced industry in the MENA
and brochures but it doesn’t even region as on the one hand, older
come close to getting your hands and established trade shows are
on the latest products. The very growing at double digit rates and
tactile nature of a trade show on the other, some have been
Frederique-Maurell is what fuels and nurtures the forced to scale back their plans.”
creativeness within the industry, She added: “We believe that a
allowing architects and designers trade show is only as important
Laura Bielecki
to maximise their time.” as the exhibitors and visitors say
Interior designer Laura it is.”
Bielecki commented on the Clanford stated that the Index
educational aspect of trade fairs: International Design Exhibition in
“Often times, designers get Dubai is one of the major events
overwhelmed at their desks with of the regional interior design
work and are unable to open their calendar and said he attends
agendas to learning about new each year.
products. Trade shows give de- Maurell informed that in 2012,
signers an excuse to leave work Index exhibitors generated over
for a day or more and focus solely $223 million in new business and
on their own education to keep orders with a registered increase
them on top of what’s happening of 7% from the previous year,
in the industry.” with 80% of exhibitors express-
Bielecki added that the Middle ing interest to return for 2013.
East has “some amazing talent” “Well thought out and planned
in the interior design industry, TRADESHOWSDEjNITELYBENEjT
but advised designers and sup- the Middle East by increasing
pliers in the region to allocate a revenues of exhibitors and bring-
proper set time to collaborate and ing the latest trends and concepts

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to the region from around the organizations than it just is not


world,” Maurell said. worth having.”
Clanford also added that Bielecki remarked that
although Johnson Tiles has a suppliers need ways of giving /ŶŶŽǀĂƟǀĞ&ƵƌŶŝƚƵƌĞŽŵƉŽŶĞŶƚƐ
strong market presence in the designers content at a show: ZĞƋƵŝƌĞ/ŶŶŽǀĂƟǀĞDĂƚĞƌŝĂůƐ
Middle East, “more publicity “Inspire their minds, teach them
to the international audience something new, let them touch
outside the Middle East would and photograph what you have
BEABENEjTt on display. Big events, happen-
Saudi Arabia is now on the ings, awards and other captivat-
interiors agenda as “the increas- ing techniques need to be used
INGDEMANDFORINTERIORSANDjT to encourage people to travel for
out services across the region,” the show and get involved.”
Maurell explained, prompted Clanford stated that he likes
the launch of Index Saudi both regional and international
Arabia, which took place for the fairs, explaining that regional
jRSTTIMEIN*EDDAHLAST-AY shows have the same impact as
“The show was a success and international ones, but, “evolu-
we are returning to the Kingdom tion and reinvention is key here.
in November 2013 with a sec- “I don’t think any designer,
ond edition of the show,” she whether there for the day or hav-
informed. ing travelled a long way, wants
But even with the growth of to see the same old hall layout,
trade fairs in the Middle East, the same stand design or the <ŝƚĐŚĞŶŽŽƌ&ƌŽŶƚƐŝŶWŽůLJŐŵĂƩ
are regional designers still tar- same workshop. Dubai should
geting international exhibitions turn Index into a festival like
for real excitement? Milan or London do, and use the
“Unfortunately, as my design entire city. With so many land-
friends and I always say, mark venues and inspiration
sometimes design shows can be at every corner, why not have
‘more about the trade and less various design events going on
about the show.’ This rings true at the same time across many
very much for most of the trade different venues?” he said.
shows globally, including the For Bielecki, it is important
Middle East,” Bielecki said. that trade shows inspire her and
She added: “It’s hard to teach her something: “Selling
compete with ISaloni, 100% AkOORSPOTSHOULDNOTBETHE
Design in London, The Cologne number one factor in allowing an
Furniture Fair, ICFF in New York, exhibitor to attend. It should be
NeoCon in Chicago and Maison a requirement for each exhibi-
de Objet in Paris. I think a lot of tor to step out of their comfort
Middle East designers attend zone and offer something more
these shows to gain the informa- compelling to the show.”
Chest of Drawers in Acrylux
tion that they cannot get locally. Clanford agreed: “A great
It costs a lot of money for suppli- trade show should leave a
ers to exhibit and if they aren’t designer feeling truly inspired
seeing the payback then they and excited about some of the
simply stop attending. After a AMAZINGPRODUCTSORjNISHES ƵďĂŝKĸĐĞͻƵƐŝŶĞƐƐsŝůůĂŐĞͻ
few years this cyclical pattern that they have seen and want KĸĐĞϳϭϱͻWŽƌƚ^ĂĞĞĚĞŝƌĂ
diminishes a proper ‘hyped to use.” ƵďĂŝͻh͘͘͘ͻW͘K͘ŽdžϭϭϯϬϴϱ
up’ design show into a home (ECONjDEDf7HEN)LEAVE ͻdнϵϳϭϱϱϲϱϳϴϯϳϯ
show that sells Tupperware and Milan, Neocon Chicago or
Christmas lights. Clerkenwell Design Week in ŽŚĂKĸĐĞͻ'ĂƚĞϭϴϱͻ
“If the region cannot support London, my mind is so crammed ^ƚƌĞĞƚϯͻ/ŶĚƵƐƚƌŝĂůƌĞĂͻŽŚĂͻYĂƚĂƌ
a proper design show with with ideas and thoughts, it’s a W͘K͘ŽdžϱϭϴϳͻнϵϳϰϰϰϲϬϰϭϬϰ
investment from the design REALBUZZl)EVENjNDITDIFjCULT
industry and its representative to sleep!”

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Two Sides
CID MEE T S S T ICK M A N CO - FOUNDER M A RCOS C A IN, A N OF F-T HE-WA LL
DE SIGNER WHO KNOWS WHEN TO BE SERIOUS

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S
ome designers know their “I would go into their properties and Being offered both jobs, Cain chose
calling from an early age and come out with concepts that would be DWP and ended up design director for
can answer the ‘what do you developed in their buildings. And from the hospitality division in Dubai.
want to be when you grow there I would develop their full turnkey “At that time I also met my business
up?’ question without a moment's hesi- solutions so I’d do the full scope design, partner, Karen Haye, and together we
tation. But for Marcos Cain, director and THEBRAND THESTAFjNG)eDBASICALLY set up Stickman,” he comments.
co-founder of Stickman, that question develop all their PNLs, do the turnkey Having worked for DWP for 12
took a little longer to answer. solutions with contractors and project months, Cain set up Stickman to "go
Speaking with a subtle Australian managers to completion, outsource, do back to what I know and also to get back
accent, Cain starts by recalling his past. all the QS as well, internally,” he to the real sense of holistic design and
“Ok, so we’re going all the way back,” lists off. hospitality-focused design".
he remarks. After working on a Malaysian project (ECONTINUESf/UROFjCESTARTED
Born in Perth, Cain started off as a and marrying his wife in Fiji, Cain came with Karen and I in Limetree Café, plan-
hairdresser and worked in bars and night- BACKTO0ERTHTOjNISHANIGHTCLUB DUR- ning it out there with coffee and then
clubs, doing promotion work and market- INGWHICHHISCALLINGjNALLYCAMETOHIM &UTURE&OODSLETUSUSETHEIROFjCEFOR
ing for key venues in Sydney for six years. “My wife and I were at the back with a little bit.”
He later opened his own restaurants and a glass of grape, and said, ‘is this it?’ Stickman now has projects in seven
bars in Perth, where he designed the Within two weeks I applied for two posi- COUNTRIESGLOBALLY ASWELLASANOFjCEIN
full concepts. Cain later sold the venues tions, one at DWP and another with a Hong Kong, China, with the Asia domi-
and started working with a couple of key company called Future Foods,” nating the project portfolio.
stakeholders in Australia. he recalls. “Through 2009 to this year, the proj-

1
Marcos Cain is
director and co-
founder of Stickman.

2
Cain reveals
Stickman's many
2
project sketches.

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ects would have been 70 percent Asia something inspiring that also relates to "Stickman as a tribe takes what we do
and 30 percent here. Now it’s swinging the region but where we could be a little seriously and we are extremely profes-
back to an equal balance,” he informs. bit outside the box, a little bit quirky as a sional with what we do. But the minute
Stickman have recently been work- DESIGNjRM BUTALSOBETRUETOTHE&AIR- you take it too seriously is the day you
ing on the Fairmont Dibba which is the mont brand and meet the client’s needs.”
jRMSjRSTFULL SCOPEHOTELf4HETHING 7HENASKEDTODEjNEWHATTHIS
need to go on a holiday."
WITH&AIRMONT t#AINEXPLAINS fISTHAT f!RABIC "OHEMIANtSTYLEENTAILED #AIN
ITSDATED4HEDESIGNWASDONEjVE BEGANTOANIMATEDLYEXPLAINf)SUPPOSE
years ago. So we scrapped that whole the Bohemian initially started from the
design, within reason, and came up with pool. So, the pool area was originally
an Arabic- Bohemian Art hotel concept.” GOINGTOBEVERYCASUAL BUTCHIC4HERES
Describing the new concept, Cain says: a lot of detail in Bohemian, and that
f4HEREISALARGERESIDENTIALCOMPONENT can be tapestry detail and jewellery
for locals and expats with villas at- elements or an anklet collar put on the
tached to the hotel development. It’s base of a sun bed column…It’s very
in a cliff pocket of Fujairah where they MUCHINADECORATIVESENSE4HEBUDGET
have their own ocean vista and ocean/ is really tight.
beach landscape. f4HENICETHINGISWITHTHESE"OHE-
f4HEYVEGOTTHEPIAZZA THEYHAVE mian elements, you can value engineer
the beach club, they’ve got the diving that and still get the effect and still have
out in the marina, and they’ve got the that quirky, international resort feel so
sculptural elements and artwork displays it doesn’t feel that you’re walking into a
to actively keep people engaged in an Madina,” he comments.
AMAZINGPOOLDECKWITHSUNBEDS Cain adds that one way to keep to the
3
&ROMADESIGNASPECT WEWANTEDTOjND budget is by using a bespoke design

3&4
4HE#OOK4HE-EET
4HE"REW 3HANGHAI 
4
China.

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process which does not rely so much


on consultants. “We can kind of see the
writing on the walls, so to speak,” he
ADDSWITHJOKEYCONjDENCE
When asked about Stickman’s
projects, Cain rolls out a long list: “We
have Kerrie Hotel, Shangri-La, Fairmont,
a casino out in the Philippines, the
Hong Kong Jockey Club, which is a really
prestigious brand. For us to get that is
amazing especially as we opened our
(ONG+ONGOFjCEINLATE7ERE
also doing a new Langham.”
The subject moves to Cain's personal
style. “I would describe my style as for-
ever evolving. I wouldn’t want to pigeon- 5
hole myself,” says Cain. “You need Cain knows how to
to design something that is forward- have a little fun.
THINKING jVEYEARSAHEADOFITSELFTHATIS
also a legacy. So, when you say design 6&7
STYLE )WOULDSAYMYSTYLEjVEYEARSAGO The Cook The Meet
is what is coming up now, but I wouldn’t The Brew combines
say that is my design style now. I would contemporary
say that’s how it works.” elements with rustic
&ROMTHEjRSTMINUTEOFMEETING ITWAS design.

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clear that Cain is a man that appreci-


ates a good time, a good laugh and a
sense of humour at work.
“Stickman as a tribe takes what
we do seriously and we are extremely
professional with what we do. But the
minute you take it too seriously is the
day you need to go on a holiday,” he
says with an expert straight face. “On
the fun side of things, the more fun,
the better. If you can laugh every hour
of the day, that would be great. We’ll
generally push on the humour side on
most occasions but it’s not for humility.
It’s just we’re enjoying what we do. And
we’re not engineers.”
Speaking more seriously, Cain
remarks that Stickman is moving onto
a new stage. “There will be a time
when we need to come up with a new
format, to test the boundaries. I think
there’s an option to do that, under a
green-wise solution, which is what
we’re working on. It's a strong passion
that I have.
“I guess I can’t really talk about it
YETBECAUSE)HAVENTjNALISEDITFOR
the company yet it’s the next phase for
Stickman, and it’s a separate entity. It’s
still Stickman, but it will be Stickman
9 Green,” he explains.
He also knows when f5LTIMATELY ITWILLBEVERYDIFjCULTTO
to be serious. copy, which is the biggest thing for me.
It’s not a cut and paste, it’s a one-off. It
10 will never happen again, and good luck
Working hard at the if you can. I can pretty much guarantee
9
3TICKMANOFjCE you won’t be able to,” he concludes.

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Boot
Camp
T HE SIZE A ND SCOPE OF DUBA I M A LL’S NE W SHOE
L A ND ME T ROP OLIS A LLOWED INT ERIOR A RCHIT EC T S
SHED TO DE SIGN SOME T HING MORE T H A N YOUR
AVER AGE RE TA IL SPACE

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W
ith a whopping 9,000m2 to ANDITSNEITHERASTOREITKINDOFjTS Expo of 1851 and the more recent ones
play with, Chalhoub Group between the two, hence the name 'dis- that have gone on around the world.
commissioned a retail trict',” he explains. Arriving at that idea we decided that we
experience that provides The London and Singapore-based de- were going to create different pavilions
an entire district to house a global as- signers created a whole new concept for to celebrate each of the different cul-
sortment of shoes, with the apt moniker the project, taking in the generous size tures of products that were going to be
'level Shoe District'. of the space located in the sumptuous there,” he explains.
Nick Stringer, director for interior Dubai Mall, producing something that is And that is exactly what they did. Four
architects Shed, comments: “When we creative enough to pass as artwork. pavilions were built to exhibit different
came to meet with Chalhoub Group and “From very early on we decided that styles but still designed to keep an open
talk about the project, it was obvious we were going to approach it along the space, enabling customers to easily 1
that the whole size of the place was lines of it being a kind of exposition and navigate from one space to another. Coral ceiling dome.
going to be pretty huge rather than a a celebration of shoes rather than one “It was really about giving those areas
singular piece of retail experience. singular aesthetic. We started talking a distinct identity but also to feel part of 2
“It is neither a mall in its own right, about the great expos like the London a whole and not just create four rooms Men's pavillion.

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3 5

3 like in an art gallery or museum where HEMISPHERES$EEPRUGSMIXINGCARVED a deliberately heavy piece of micro
Marble mountains in you walk from one room to another,” kORALSWITHPASTELGEOMETRYSHOWCASE architecture clad in oiled metal panels
4RENDSPAVILION 3TRINGERCLARIjES BESPOKEHIGHBACKCHAIRS in which each product is beautifully
2EkECTINGTHESTYLESOFTHESHOESFROM “Because it’s at the main entrance, it suspended on a single illuminated drop
4 one area to another, with one side con- WASDEjNITELYPLANNEDTOBEMOREOPU- ROD4HISCAVERNOUSDARKSPACEISOFFSET
Women's taining very luxurious designer shoes lent and a lot more luxurious and it was by the avant-garde coral ceiling dome
Contemporary from Louis Vuitton to Prada, and the about presenting products as a kind of housing the most eye-catching product
PAVILION other side parading styles that would be statement of intent for the quality of the RANGES4HISHUGECENTERPIECEISOFA
suited to a Lady Gaga music video, the JOB t3TRINGERSAYS scale barely seen before in retail design,
5 four pavilions differ as much in colour Women’s Designer also includes a VIP using specialist boatbuilding technolo-
The luxuriously ASINSTYLE lounge, with bespoke and delicate Giles GIESINCONSTRUCTION
feminine Women's Sitting comfortably together, Wom- Miller ceramics, hand-crafted in Italy, “It is actually my favourite,” Stringer
$ESIGNERPAVILION en’s Designer, Women’s Contemporary, TOADORNTHEINNERSANCTUM3TRINGER CONFESSESf!NDALTHOUGHTHEPRODUCTS
Men’s and Trend each have a personality explains that the VIP room was also de- look very feminine, it still has a very
OFTHEIROWN signed as a place that could be private MASCULINE STRONGSTATEMENT"UTONE
Women’s Designer sprawls through as well, with a nod to local customs and of the reasons for that is that it is geo-
vaulted brass arches into an eclectic mix APPRECIATIONFORPRIVACY graphically in the centre of the scheme,
of golden birdcages, marble and copper Women’s Contemporary houses and it was a strong anchor for every-

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thing to fall from and it was a very strong a little more masculinity to the area with this outer layer is still manipulated to
point of reference for the whole project. a nod to traditional materials such as suit the interior architecture except
And also, it’s very obviously not luxuri- timber oak, a more traditional product when you step inside the stores, where
ous in terms of its material and look and display but still adorn it with luxurious you are met with the signature design of
that is something that we wanted to set laid back chairs, smooth leather and each brand.
up as a contrast to Women’s Designer.” very dark chocolate brown colouring. Stringer remarks that one of Shed’s
Through the gold souk entrance, one Other spaces within level Shoe District greatest challenges was the marble
can experience Trend, which is built include the atrium which boasts the mountain landscape, which stands in
through a lunar outcrop of marble moun- MAGNIjCENTLIGHTINGINSTALLATIONBY the Trend pavilion.
tains and gigantic copper nuggets burst- London studio United Visual Artists “To be honest, it’s such a complicated
INGUPWARDSTHROUGHTHEkOOR!STHOUGH (UVA) called ‘Fragment’ which displays form because you seldom use marble
chiseled from a quarry, the marble rises an inverted pyramid shape adorning a like that although it’s just a basic Car-
several metres to form backdrops for series of LED lights. rera, you’d see it every bathroom in the
technicolour product walls. ,IGHTINGWASALSOANINkUENCINGFAC- Middle East,” he quips.
“We thought there was quite a big tor within the overall space, changing in He adds: “Those mountains were
area there and it felt like it needed more intensity and atmosphere throughout painstaking. I was there on hands and
than just putting a built structure. So the different areas in the district. knees myself with a ball of string, map-
we had this idea that trend being very “Areas like Trend for example just ping out all the angles, making a model
contemporary and changing, we needed lends itself to be more dramatic than out of a ball of string. It was all really
to make its own landscape within a Women’s Designer which is brighter hands on.
landscape so we created this lean-like ANDMOREFEMININESOTHEREISADEjNITE “They originally thought that they
SURFACEWHEREYOUCANSHOPANDjND response to the environment,” says could take a computer model and build
your own niches of space with little Stringer. it by that and get them electronically
hide-aways,” Stringer explains. Beyond the four pavilions placed in cut, but it didn’t work like that. In the
Although shoes may be most syn- the middle of the entire shoe house, is end it was me crawling around on
onymous with the ladies, Shed created what Stringer calls the “outer perim- my hands and knees and these guys
another pavilion called ‘Men’s,’ where eter,” including regular looking stores knocking away. It was quite a good
the interior architects wanted to bring in outside of the main square. However, team effort.”

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Women's Designer
was created with
opulent detailing.

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panelling in Women's
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Baroque
this town
JOI - DE SIGN H A S T R A NSFOR MED T HE FOR MER HOT EL
CENT R A L INTO T HE CHEEKILY ST Y LISH LE CLERVAUX
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J
OI-Design’s hospitality concept
that turned the traditional elements
of the former Hotel Central into a
mash-up of Baroque and contem-
porary design for the Clervaux Boutique
and Design Hotel is surely an effort
worth recognizing.
Located in Clervaux, a picturesque
medieval village in the mountains of
northern Luxembourg, the new hotel
has been fashioned with imaginatively
witty graphic motifs, picking up a prize
for the Most Surprising Visual Element
at the recent Boutique Design Awards
in New York, as well as the First Place
Popular Vote at the Munich Heinze Archi-
tekten Award in January.
Lead designers, Corinna Kretschmar-
Joehnk and Peter Joehnk, explain that
the aspiration behind the re-design of
the former hotel was ensure that the
hospitality space becomes “the” place
to stay in Clervaux.
“We set out to create a unique design
that would appeal to both local and
overseas visitors, focusing on a ‘guest-
room spa’ concept as the hotel’s key
attraction that would make it stand out
from the competition,” the designers
reveal.
Preserving the unique character of the
original 19th century private villa, the
designers have added a contemporary
glazed extension to the hotel where the
design starts to stray from the classics.
“We took our inspiration from the
wonderful view of the castle, Chateau
de Clervaux, to create a sophisticated
and luxurious ambience of a grand
hotel, brought up-to-date with stylised
2
baroque features interpreted through a
contemporary lens,” says Joehnk.
This ‘modern baroque’ interpretation
can already be experienced from the en-
trance into the hotel with a plush crim-
SONCARPETONTHEPOLISHEDEBONYkOORS  ADDITIONSANDVARIATIONSDEjNINGINDI- acter that would also appeal to younger 1
leading to the lobby through a hallway vidual spaces.” guests,” the designers explain. The Young Spirit
with silver and grey damask-patterned The award-winning graphics across “This is a leisure destination and suites are in the newer
WALLS WITHAjNELYCUTMETALLICCHARCOAL the hotel was something the designers guests want a smile to be brought to part of the hotel, a
chandelier looming above. used to add a lively feel to the more their faces,” they add. FACTREkECTEDINTHEIR
f'UESTSWILLFEELCONjDENTTHEYHAVE traditional side of the project. They go on to explain that the ba- styling.
arrived at a uniquely designed hotel - a f)NADDITIONTOMAKINGSIGNIjCANT roque features and graphics are “more
destination in itself,” Joehnk highlights. overall improvements to the hotel and or less stylised for each room type.” 2
In terms of colour scheme, he ex- introducing a new interpretation of These room types are the actual star The narrow entrance
plains: “The colour palette throughout traditional patterns, we wanted to inject attraction of the hotel, each incorporat- area features modern
the hotel is characterised by striking an element of fun and quirkiness into INGSELF CONTAINEDSPASjTTEDWITH*A- 'baroque' inspired
red, black and grey tones with subtle the design, to produce an informal char- cuzzi’s, deluxe showers and freestand- elements.

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ing tubs that are open to the bedroom to simple detailing of the solid timber stair-
emphasize a pampering ambiance. case is suggestive of a chic urban loft
Conceiving three distinct styles: Clas- with warm sandy beige and chocolate
sique, Chateau and Young Spiriti, for the hues accented by classic hounds tooth
22 suites in the hotel, the designer’s touches, rich leathers, and gold and
were motivated to create spaces that SILVER TONEDjTTINGS
would appeal to varying tastes. The designers describe the
“The Classique Suites, housed in the #HEATEAUSUITESASMOREOPULENT jT-
historical part of the hotel, have a chic ted out with hues of deep red, graphite
TAILOREDAESTHETICANDASOFTREjNED and black; a fresh interpretation of
scheme that blends with the heritage the modern baroque style. Playful
4
features,” the designers explain, adding sensuality is also evoked through a
that the individual details such as the sumptuous palette of pattern and tex-
table-lamp silhouette wall pattern give ture such as damask, velvet, lacquer
the suites a fashionably smart aesthetic. and leather. The TV, mirror and head-
In the Duplexe Suites, original timber board is lined with quilted leather and
ceiling beams emphasise the heritage surrounded by an ornately scrolled,
and character of the rooms while the black lacquer frame. In addition, pen-

3
Black, red and grey
dominate the design's
colour palette.

4
Fun and quirky
elements have been
included in the
design.

5
View of Classique
duplex suite.

6
Traditional detailing is
3 6
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dant lights which are mirrored on the CLEAN SIMPLEFORMSANDMINIMALDETAIL- outlet, Da Lonati, where old meets new.
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Healthy
designs
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HI-TECH HEALTHCARE

Hospital rooms are becoming increasingly technology-


focused to help patients engage with the outside
world and their own treatment. Interactive screens, for
example, allow patients to see scheduled activities for
the day ahead, access educational materials and receive
updates on their care. Other hospitals offer video
screens to allow patients to surf the net, Skype with
friends or watch television.
“As technology becomes more pervasive throughout
the healthcare experience, opportunities for better care
increase, but new obstacles arise,” says Caroline Kelly,
senior design researcher at Nurture.
“Intuitive designs to support technology… are intrinsic
to shaping the industry effectively in the overall interest
on health and healing.”
Nurture has created its Regard technology solution to
capitalise on this trend, a line of seating and furniture
that incorporates plug-in spots. Users can utilise these
spots to watch a medical video, charge their phone, or
even to catch up on work using their laptop. The system
has been designed for ‘transitional’ moments, such as
between the waiting room and consultation room.
“This space often gets overlooked,” says Kelly. Regard
aims to “[create] spaces that promote self learning,
group learning and doctor-patient consultation.”

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THE INDIAN CARPET STORY
by

NEW CARPET COLLECTION

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The Indian Carpet Story is a brand new collection designed by top Indian fashion designer, Rohit Bal,
and created by Danish carpet manufacturer ege. It is a story woven in time, mysterious and yet intriguing,
depicting a diverse and rich cultural heritage.

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The road to Valencia


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L AT E ST T RENDS A ND P OSSIBILIT IE S OF AVA NT- GA RDE CER A MIC T ILE S

T
he Cevisama exhibition f4HETRUTHISTHATjGURESFOR their sales abroad,” said Armando exhibitors (200 companies) came
in Valencia, Spain saw this edition make us optimistic Ibáñez, president of Cevisama. from foreign markets, totalling 40
its 31st edition this year, because companies, despite the Due to Spain’s current economic countries.
having taken place from DIFjCULTIES STILLRELYON#EVISAMA situation, a lot of focus has been “In today’s economic environ-
5-8 February in Feria Valencia with as the best commercial and mar- shifted towards exports and ment, international markets are no
a total of 673 exhibitors and an keting tool and the perfect place foreign markets, with companies longer an option: they are an abso-
exhibit space of over 100,000m2, to present their newest propos- aiming to reduce the economic lute need. Until domestic demand
aimed at providing an attractive als to the world, as well as an risk of purely selling into the affords new growth prospects,
showcase. exceptional opportunity to boost national market. 30% of this year’s Spanish companies must look to

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emerging economies and the inter- and China; however, tile experts in ASCER’s foreign trade consul- FOROUREXPORTSFORTHEjRSTTIMEIN
national marketplace in general for Spain are still keeping up a posi- tant, Guzman Boronat stated: “The history, with a growth of almost
opportunities to grow or even hold tive front. economic crisis in Spain has invol- 40% in terms of value.
their own,” stated Ibáñez. “Spanish ceramics sell so well untarily helped companies become “UAE, Qatar, Lebanon, Kuwait,
He continued: “I never tire of abroad that, although the sector MOREEFjCIENTANDCOMPETITIVEt Oman…wherever you go in the
saying, the three keys to surmount- has dropped a few rungs on the According to the Department -IDDLE%ASTYOUCANjND3PANISH
ing this crisis are: export trade, ex- world list of ceramic manufacturing of Customs and Taxes as well as ceramic tiles which shows the
port trade and export trade. That’s countries, it’s still the world’s num- !3#%2SjGURESOF %UROPE appreciation that Arab customers
why this year we’ve made extra ber three exporter,” said Joaquin still remains the dominant region have towards Spanish tiles. We
effort to ensure that the 2013 edi- Piñon, president of the Spanish for Spanish ceramic exports with are very proud of this and hope
tion will be the most international Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ As- a 50% share, France being the top to maintain the good relationship
Cevisama ever.” sociation (ASCER). market, followed by the Middle East through the years,” he said.
“Because now, more than ever, “Even though the last few years with 22% and Saudi Arabia being In terms of popular products,
international is the way to go,” he have been tough, one thing is the largest market for the region. Boronat stated that ventilated
concluded. UNDENIABLEWORLDWALLANDkOOR “It makes no sense to speak façade tiles have boosted in im-
Spain has been bumped down tile consumption keeps growing about Spanish exports without portance for the Middle East due
to seventh place as the world’s substantially, year after year. And mentioning the Middle East mar- to the tile’s environmental proper-
main ceramic manufacturer by production is pretty much keeping ket,” said Boronat. “In 2012, Saudi ties and the region’s growth in
newcomer giants such as India pace with it,” he added. Arabia was the second destination sustainability.

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Innovation is another focus using ceramics in new contexts. “It allows the creation of new textures NATURALjNISHES ANTI SLIPAND
of this year’s Cevisama with the is more and more common to see with ceramic tiles, helping to avoid shiny surfaces.
latest digital printing technology, ceramic pieces that work as a con- the typical coldness and hardness One of the trends of the year is
Inkjet, developed in Spain, setting structive material for all kinds of of ceramic as a material. the comeback of colour, with tiles
a benchmark in the ceramic tiles furniture. In this sense, the indus- Other offerings include metal ef- and mosaics in bold candy colours
industry. This new technology try is playing with the new role of FECTS RUSTICjNISHES LUMINESCENT ANDDECORATIVEjNISHESBRIGHTEN-
allows for realistic effects such as materials which are not only being coverings, use of raw materials ing up interior spaces.
tiles that simulate marble, natural integrated in external and internal such as semiprecious stones, new Tile of Spain, the umbrella brand
stone and wood. facings, but also on the exterior, in ink collections, enamels that re- for promoting Spanish ceramic
The Institute of Ceramic Technol- furniture and in kitchens.” veal the enlargement of the range kOORANDWALLTILES REPORTSf7HAT
ogy (ITC) emphasise the trend of This new innovative technology OFTEXTURESANDjNISHESINCLUDING is right on trend today is textures

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and stunning combinations of Catering to the colour trend, Puzzle


COLOURSANDSHAPES4HEREISDEj- comes in a number of shades
nitely a strongly emerging trend including yellow, orange, carmine,
for making rooms visually richer turquoise, pistachio and white.
by using more daring and eclectic Another trend for this year is
tiles. A new avant-garde has come tiles with a faded painted wood
to the fore: ‘maximalism’, or ‘more effect, being the latest aesthetic
is more,’ where ceramic tiles can development, following the suc-
BRINGANINjNITENUMBEROFIDEAS cess of timber effect ceramics.
to the party.” Tile of Spain adds: “Despite the
The report went on to say: “The well-worn appearance, these tiles
most prestigious designers are are made from highly durable,
now going back to creating walls EASY CARERECTIjED56RESISTANT
covered in geometric shapes and porcelain, suitable for interiors,
retro-style explosions.” EXTERIORSANDHIGHTRAFjCAREAS4HE
!COLLECTIONTHATGREATLYREkECTS collection offer the opportunity to
this trend and one that was a huge mix and match different shades
hit at the trade fair as well as being and formats for the ultimate ‘in-
a commercial success is Pamesa’s dustrial meets shabby chic’ look.”
collaborative series with designer Tau, a Spanish company from
Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, entitled #ASTELLON ISDEjNITELYAWINNER
@0UZZLE4HECOLLECTIONISDEjNED for this trend at Cevisima with its
by its amusing and original design. EXHIBITOFTHE'RAFjTICOLLECTION 

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Muraspec Dubai MADEUPOFjVEEMBOSSESINAN


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you choose, you can be assured
that it has passed the most
RIGOROUSTESTINGFORjRERATINGS 
Other designs due to be sustainability and quality control.
Tell us about your company? transform it into a show-stopping launched later in Spring include Our account managers, customer
Muraspec have been based in feature. Our specialist team look three new printed suedes to service, design & production,
Dubai since 1994, providing after your project every step of the coordinate with our bestselling EXPORTANDTECHNICALTEAMSARE
world-class wall coverings to the way to make sure the results are Murasuede line and a natural wo- ALLONHANDTOMAKETHESPECIjCA-
UAE and beyond. AMAZING ven silk design with natural slub tion, purchase and installation
We pride ourselves on being We’re also proud to have been effects – we reckon they’re sure to processes as smooth as possible
a British manufacturing success AWARDEDEXCLUSIVEDISTRIBUTION be bestsellers in no time. for you, wherever in the world
story, and almost all our products rights throughout the UAE for your project is.
are designed and manufactured at -AYA2OMANOFF3TUDIOÉ)TS What sets you apart?
our production facilities in Kent. a range of contract wall cover- Our wall coverings are available in What projects have you been
With over 125 years of British ings based on some of its most hundreds of designs and colours, involved in?
heritage. You’re in safe hands UNIQUE INkUENTIALDESIGNSINTER- with a choice of fabric and paper Our products can be found in
when you choose us. preted in the highest quality vinyl. backed vinyls in different weights SOMEOFTHEREGIONSjNESTHOTELS 
Muraspec also offers stand-out Even though we’ve only been sell- and widths. We’ll even help you to OFjCES SHOPSANDRESIDENCES2E-
INTERIORDECORATIVEjNISHESINTHE ing it for a few months, it’s already create a bespoke design or colour CENTHIGH PROjLE-URASPECPROJ-
form of Impressions 3D sculptured proving to be a big hit! if that’s what you’re after, or cre- ects include The Intercontinental
panels, Lumicor decorative resin ate a jaw-dropping background Hotel in Qatar, Hotel Kempinski
PANELS 3TRATAkEXLAMINATEjLM What’s new? Digital image. in Saudi Arabia and the Novotel
and BBrown display materials. We’re constantly working on For clients working on sustain- Dubai.
new designs so that we can offer able projects which need LEED
What are your best selling you the best products avail- compliance, our wall coverings 8IFSFEPXFkOEZPV
products? able. The latest additions to our are now available with an Environ- /UROFjCEISBASEDAT!L1UOZ
Our Digital wall coverings service range include a new collection mental Product Declaration (EPD). 0/"OX
goes from strength to strength. OFOZ4YPE))DESIGNS SPECIj- Muraspec is the only UK contract T: 009714 3387399
We can simply print a design over cally produced with the hotel and wall coverings company with this F: 009714 3387401
ONEOFOUREXISTINGWALLCOVERINGS hospitality sectors in mind. They accreditation. customerservicesuae@muraspec.
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BSH Trading
Tell us about your company?
Since its inception in 1997, BSH
Trading has been at the forefront
of introducing innovative and seg-
MENTSPECIjCPRODUCTSFORTHEWALL
ANDkOORCOVERINGINDUSTRY
(ENCETODAYTHEYAREABLETO
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Ege carpets
Tell us about your company?
EGECARPETSSUPPLIESHIGH QUALITY
CARPETSANDCARPETTILESANDISONE
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WHENITCOMESTODESIGN DEVELOP-
ment and production of unique high
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Avant
Tell us about your company?
Avant Holding is a diverse
organisation involved in a range
of activities including manufac-
turing, import/export, trading,
consulting, sourcing, publishing,
brand-building and integrated mar- and Avant Wind Turbines. makes for simple installation. $EVELOPER3OBHAAREUSING!VANT
keting communication. The group 4HEPRODUCTOFFERSGRAINAND &LOORINGACROSSTHEIRLATESTPROJECTS
CURRENTLYHASOFjCESINTHE5!%  What are your best selling STAINOPTIONSTHATjTPERFECTLYINTO IN$UBAI
India, China, Germany and Russia. products? residential or commercial settings.
In 2011 Avant Holding won the !TTHEMOMENT!VANT&LOORINGISOUR !VANTkOORINGALSOCONFORMSTO 8IFSFEPXFkOEZPV
International Star Award for Quality BESTSELLINGPRODUCT4HEkOORINGIS marine standards, making it more !VANT&LOORINGISAVAILABLEIN
in Geneva, Switzerland, along with revolutionary in its unique composi- than suitable for yachts and cruise countries across the globe and
THE%UROPEAN!WARDFOR"EST0RAC- tion, researched and developed in LINERS!VANT&LOORINGCOMESWITHA we are continuing our expansion
TICESIN"RUSSELS "ELGIUM$URING Germany, which makes it water- 20-year interior warrantee. throughout India with the help of
2012 the company was given the PROOF 56ANDjRERESISTANT SCRATCH .##5RBAN)NTHE5!% !VANT&LOOR-
THE7ORLD"USINESS,EADER!WARD resistant and exceptionally durable. What projects have you been INGISAVAILABLETHROUGH$ANUBE
BY"IZZ $OHA 1ATAR !DDITIONALLY !VANTkOORINGIS involved in? and Al Taif, amongst other outlets
The company manufactures a sustainable and recyclable. Its com- We were involved in the Saudi, across the region.
growing line of products under the POSITIONALLOWSITTOREkECTCOOLAIR  -ADEENAHOUSINGPROJECT WHERE &ORMOREINFORMATIONCONTACT
“Avant” brand name for commercial as opposed to absorbing it, mean-  SQMOF!VANT&LOORING 0HILIP-AZLOUMIAN !VANT%NTER-
and domestic sectors. The brands ing lower air-conditioning costs for HASBEENLAID!VANT&LOORINGHAS PRISES,,# $IRECTORl)NTERNATIONAL
under the Avant umbrella include HOMESANDBUSINESS!VANT&LOOR- also been used in various hotels "USINESS 4EL  
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Kollektion we also work as a distributor of our


brands and sell directly to design-
ers and the contract market.
-R0ERSWALLWHOSELATESTCOLLEC-
tions we are launching this month.
the signature west coast lifestyle
with a slight international touch.
%COS(APPYCOLLECTIONISAJOYFUL
What projects have you been range of colorful wallpapers made
Tell us about your company? What are your best selling involved in? for the young at heart or anyone
Kollektion & Co. offers elegant and products? Our wallpaper is used in com- looking for a vibrant interior. The
functional Scandinavian design Since the founding of Kollektion & MERCIALPROJECTSAROUNDTHEWORLD  collection consists predominately
products with superior quality, #OIN WALLPAPERHASPLAYEDA mostly for hotels and public OFBRIGHTkORALANDGRAPHICALPAT-
exceptional grace and timeless MAJORROLEINOURPRODUCTPORTFOLIO SPACES)NTHE-IDDLE%ASTWEHAVE TERNS%CO2ENAISSANCEAND2OSE
appeal. Whilst operating our own We are proud to represent the best been involved in restaurants, night- are luxurious collections that
stores both locally and internet of Swedish wallpapers here in the clubs and several clinics. We also make a bold statement and an
based (www.design-tales.com), -IDDLE%AST%CO "OR§STAPETERAND co-operate a lot with locally based extravagant complement to sur-
interior designers for residential roundings that are otherwise clean
PROJECTS and simple.

What’s new? What sets you apart?


Scandinavian design in general 7HATSETSUSAPARTISDEjNITELYOUR
has been strongly present at the Scandinavian heritage and high
%UROPEANDESIGNEXHIBITIONSEARLIER quality but also our wide range of
this year. What comes to wallpapers products that are suitable for both
retro designs are a big hit right now cozy residential interiors and styl-
WITH-R0ERSWALL EVERYTHINGFROM ish commercial spaces.
the 80’s neon colors to the early
days of Rock & Roll; passing by the 5FMMVTXIFSFUPkOEZPV
SkOWERPOWER-ARSTRANDFROM We are opening a large concept
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classic collections where seaside SPRING4EL 
patterns merge with marine %MAILINFO THEKOLLEKTIONCOM
stripes. This collection conveys www.thekollektion.com

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Make your home a place to remember.
We all carry around our memories. Some are a little more tucked away than others. Some are triggered simply by a scent or a melody. Childhood me-
mories hold a very special place in our hearts, just like our teenage years. To remember is to keep the past alive. It gives our roots the nourishment needed
to keep us safely anchored in the here and now. Nostalgic is a wallpaper collection that takes you on a journey through three time periods that we have all
either grown up in or fallen in love with. Choose the one that touches you the most or put your own trademark on it. Read more on www.mrperswall.com

Design: ”Pop Up”


from the collection Nostalgic.

See all of the collection on


www.mrperswall.com

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SOCK LIGHTS
These quirky yet elegant pendant lamps are created from recycled socks and treated
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sprung from a fascination for the ethereal glow created from lighting through textile
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JAY WATSON
TEL: +44 (0) 20 7609 1151
www.jaywatsondesign.com

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EXHIBITION

MARCH 31ST - APRIL 2 ND 2013


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PRODUCTS

WELLNESS
The bathroom has shifted from
being purely a functional space, to
an area of relaxation and re-invig-
oration, where we can escape from
the exhausting lifestyle that so
many of us seem to lead nowadays.
With this in mind BAGNODESIGN
started manufacturing a wide range
of whirlpools and exciting spa
46SWHICHCANBEjTTEDINALLWET
environments. BAGNODESIGN’s
new 2013 Collection features an ex-
tensive wellness range of products.
With wellness being a global trend
for this year, many rain showers,
steam rooms and high performance
spa baths can be found in the
recently released 380 pages BAG-
NODESIGN Price Guide.

BANGO DESIGN
TEL: +971 4 5076000
www.bagnodesign.org

EUROLIGHT

The Egger Eurolight is a composite at the end of its lifecycle. It can be


board made from extremely used on a wide range of applica-
strong 8mm Eurospan chipboard, tions including kitchens, living
combined with light, yet robust ROOMS OFjCESANDMANYOTHER
cardboard honeycomb core. spaces. The product is supplied
Keeping sustainability in mind, by 4K Building Materials.
Eurolight is made using quality
residual wood from local sawmills
as well as recycled wood. Another EGGER
key feature is that the product is TEL: +97155 6578373
fully recyclable and can be reused www.4kbm.com

DYSON AIRBL ADE


Made from 304 stainless steel, an motor, creating two high velocity
anti-corrosion steel used for the sheets of air on the tap’s branch-
construction of boats, the Dyson es. Unheated clean air is released
Airblade Tap hand dryer washes to scrape water off hands leaving
and dries hands with no need to them dry in 12 seconds.
leave the sink. Infrared sensors
pinpoint hand positions and
release water from the tap stem.
Once hands are wet and drying
is requested, integrated circuitry SANIPEX GROUP
computes the information and TEL: +971 4 5076000
activates the latest Dyson digital www.sanipexgroup.com

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OBJECTS OF

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100 Objects of Desire Volume III coffee table book at an exclusive
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GREENWICH

Bene’s exclusive Greenwich


fabric collection brings not only
colour, but also patterns into
THEWORKPLACE GIVINGOFjCE
designers additional creative
options. Developed by the Brit-
ish designer duo PearsonLloyd,
and produced exclusively by the
Danish manufacturer Kvadrat,
Greenwich sets invigorating ac-
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large-format, organic pattern of
the high-quality Jacquard weave
was inspired by the network
of walking paths in Greenwich
Park in London.

BENE
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www.bene.com

LUR AY DUKE

4HE,URAYSIDETABLESIRREGULAR wood veneer in the lower top is 4HE$UKE3USPENSIONLAMPISA body is of black matte and gold
but simple shape brings the what brings the surroundings in- SGROOVYSUSPENSIONjXTURE plated with shades of glossy
caverns stalactites into the tensity to this delicate and unique ideal to suit in a contemporary black, gold plated and white
COSMOPOLITANSPACES4HECOLDOF side table, a perfect complement living room. It offers the possibil- matte.
the casted brass combined with to any space. ity of inclining the angle of each
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WALLPAPER
Versace has announced the new
Wallpaper collection, highlight-
ing the design aesthetics of the
house and bringing the Versace
lifestyle into everyday living.
4HECOLLECTIONFEATURESjVETOPIC
themes of Versace. The very rec-
ognisable Barocco motif is given
new interpretations in three pat-
terns: the Barocco Flowers, where
the curlicues of Acanthus leaves
match with an explosion of their
OWNLITTLEkOWERSTHE"AROCCO
and Stripes, a playful juxtaposi-
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structural mix.

VERSACE
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STR ANDELIER
For designer Todd Bracher, each Grey or white, with crystal options
individual crystal has its own in Crystal or Golden Teak. LED
MAGICTHATISREkECTEDINTHEMINI- lamping is 220V and is featured in
malist design of the Strandelier. daylight white.
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ness, which becomes luxurious
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FR AGILE FUTURE
Real dandelion heads are ar- something immortal. A peaceful
ranged within a phosphores- presence resounds from the
cent bronze structure closely illuminated ‘clocks’, though at
resembling a circuit board. Each the same time light is being used
individual dandelion seed is glued TOREkECTSOMETHINGDARKERAND
by hand onto tiny LED light. Dan- more complicated.
delion heads, colloquially referred
to as ‘clocks’ recall memories of
childhood ritual and passing of
time. In life dandelions decom-
pose when touched by a breeze STUDIO DRIFT
or by breath. In Fragile Future, the TEL: +31 (0)20-8406993
dandelions are transformed into www.studiodrift.com

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20 - 23 May 2013 Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE

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armchair and footrest by
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inspiration from the styles of
the 1930’s. It is available in
different elastic cover colours
such as beige, black, dark
green, dove, ice grey and red,
however, all covers are non-
removable. It is made with a
black nickel-plated iron base.
This comfortable-looking
yet chic item can be used in
modern-styled interiors with
its simplistic and bold design.

ARMANI/CASA
TEL: +971 4 3219033
www.armanicasa.com

SHAK Y

The ceramic vase Shaky, designed generates a feeling of instability.


by Gianluca Sgalippa, was born as The balance of the vase is guaran-
a provocative and surreal object. teed by a metallic weight placed
It is an abstract presence, char- on the bottom of the other leg.
acterised by a clear geometry,
placing it outside of time and a
SPECIjCSPACE4HECYLINDRICAL
volume bends and, mimicking a
SEMICIRCLE DRAWSA5 TURN"UT
one of the two legs do not touch ENZYMA
the ground plane. To interrupt a TEL: +390245491266
perfect geometry, this asymmetry www.enzyma.it

MOSQUE
Ege has launched a brand new
collection. The Contemporary
Mosque Collection is designed by
Audrey Miller, an American inte-
rior and industrial designer, who
specializes in conceptualisation.
The collection presents a pallet of
patterns in 16 standard designs,
all in four colour combinations
each offering a comfortable EGE
foundation supplementing the TEL: +45 97 1174 59
aesthetic beauty of the mosque. www.egecarpet.com

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the consoles are important
design features. They have
a total thickness of 24 mm.
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K AMAL
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into lavish luxury with Arabesque *OHNSON4ILES0RISMATICRANGEIN
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GR AFFITI
'RAFjTIISBOTHGLORIOUSAND DAZZLINGANDARTFULEFFECT'RAFjTI
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PRODUCTS

BERGER ZIG ZAG


Drawing its inspiration SELVA Created by architect Zbigniew FULjLLINGTHEMAINREQUIREMENTS
from France of TEL: +9714 3411933 Kostrzewa and winner of the for the safe and comfortable
the 18th and 19th www.selva.com Red Dot Award for 2012, the new workplace. Artfully crafted glass
century, Bergère is a reception desk Zig Zag consists covers the top of the reception
upholstered armchair, of front panels that combine DESKMAKINGSURETHATYOUROFjCE
with an especially interlacing metal structures with is at the top of modernity.
high backrest, which Plexiglas and produce the feeling
curves into two side of extended space for the rooms
“headrests” like a where the reception is installed. MDD MIDDLE EAST
protective shell. The Solid melamine desk in white TEL: +9714 323 5010
backrest and the colour offers 800 mm in depth of mdd.mena@mdd.eu/
seat are supported working space for the receptionist www.thekontainer.COM
by elegant legs in
solid beech. The most
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contemporary design,
comfort, and function.

ELIQUID GL ACIAL
Shortlist for the Design
of the Year Awards by
London’s Design Museum,
Zaha Hadid’s eye-catching
four-part dining table was
commissioned for the David
Gill Gallery in March of
2012. The tables are made
of entirely smooth acrylic
resin with the ripples and
waves below the surface.
Each of the tables is hand-
made in Italy and start at a
cool $160,000. The Designs
of the Year 2013 awards
will be announced to the
public on April 17, 2013.

ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS


TEL: +44 20 7254 5143
www.zaha-hadid.com

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OPINION

SACRED
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BY ABDUL A ZIZ AL A ZEM

,IGHTHASBECOMEAFUNDAMENTALDEjNITIONOF were always strongly linked. We can see this transmitted from the courtyard. Courtyards,
our human lives since the dawn of life on earth. INTHEjRSTMOSQUETHATWASBUILTBY0ROPHET such as open and roofed, depend on the type
Since the discovery of light, humans have tried -UHAMMAD0"5( ANDHISFOLLOWERS WHERE OFTHEMOSQUEPLAN(YPOSTYLE &OUR)WAN AND
TOCONTROLTHEkOWANDINTENSITYOFLIGHT TOUSE daylight was entering the prayer hall, from the $OMED-OSQUE 
it in everyday life. courtyard, as a direct source. )NADDITION ARTIjCIALLIGHTINGINAMOSQUEIS
The architectural side of Islamic lighting Windows played a big role in allowing natural as important as the daylighting, since three of
shows innovation and an appreciation of daylight to penetrate and to light up the interior THEjVEPRAYERSAREATNIGHTTIME ORINATIME
USINGANAPPROPRIATECOMBINATIONOFARTIjCIAL of the mosque. Different types, shapes, sizes where daylight is not enough to light up the
and natural lighting, to illuminate mosques and materials of window were introduced from interior of the mosque.
and other Islamic structures. Many mosque the earliest examples of mosques. $IFFERENTTYPESOFARTIjCIALLIGHTINGANDTHEIR
designers have invested a lot of effort to build &ROMTHE5MAYYADUNTILTHE/TTOMAN implementations in the prayer hall can be one
eye-catching designs for windows and interior dynasty, different types of windows were of the best ways to show how every dynasty in
REkECTORS TOCREATETHEDESIREDEFFECTSOF INTRODUCED"YDOINGSO THEWHOLEATMOSPHERE )SLAMWANTEDTOREkECTTHEIRIDENTITYTHROUGHA
peacefulness and calmness. of the mosque’s interior changed through time. certain lighting effect.
One of the key elements for mosque light- The courtyard of the mosque plays a big role in In current times, light has two sources:
ing is daylight. Without proper day lighting, gathering direct sunlight and transmitting it to @ARTIjCIALAND@NATURAL4HEENDEAVOROFTHE
a mosque’s space will not function properly. the interior part of the mosque. The relation- lighting designer is to make the best use of it
$UETOTHEFACTTHATTWOOFTHEjVEPRAYERSARE ship between the courtyard and the prayer hall by combining both sources to create a perfect
performed during the day, proper day lighting is directly affected by the different openings combination of light revealing spaces.
techniques are strongly required. Since the and the depth of the prayer hall.
beginning of Islam, daylight and the mosque The deeper the prayer hall, the less light is Abdulaziz Alazem is managing director of DTS

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