• Theme: Furniture and Decoration

    How do you create a local design culture from scratch? For cultural players in the United Arab Emirates, the answer was two-part: launch creative outlets and build a design district. This systematic approach was wildly successful. In five short years, the Arabian Peninsula nation has made its creative economy a force...

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    Switch Abu Dhabi is the restaurant brand’s second collaboration with distinctive contemporary designer Karim Rashid, the first being Switch Dubai in 2009. The Abu Dhabi location opened in June 2017 and features curving white ceilings and lots of natural light. ArchiExpo e-Magazine spoke with Rashid about designing the...

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    European furniture and lighting manufacturers break through the challenges of culture and methodical procedures to bring their products to the Middle East. What route did they take to succeed?   Over the last decade, the Middle East has developed a booming design culture, encouraging an influx of western designers in...

    It makes sense that the United Arab Emirates is bursting at the seams with artists and designers. Not only drenched in the beauty of white sands and the Persian Gulf, the MENA region is home to traditional artistry and creating with one’s hands. Artistic creation has always been an attempt to understand one’s identity...

    Tucked into Dubai’s bustling commercial district and linked to a rich history of traditional hand-crafting such as weaving, pottery, calligraphy and boat building, the home of the Tanween Design Program is perfectly placed to make its mark. Since it’s inception in 2013, Tanween has already become a major player in the...

    A year of hunting products for architecture projects has bumped certain brands to the top of your wish lists. Below, you’ll find online exhibition site ArchiExpo’s compendium of 2017’s most solicited manufacturers.   The Season for an Open Fire Focus, a leading French fireplace manufacturer for 45 years, made the list,...

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    In a typical conversation about Europe’s most design-forward countries, Poland doesn’t exactly leap off the tongue. However, this former member of the Eastern Bloc is quietly hard at work smashing a dated preconception—with far-reaching results. As the third largest European exporter of furniture, Poland clocked in...

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    Saudi Arabia held its 9th edition of the international design trade show, Decofair, on November 6-9th. There were 120 exhibitors from all furniture and design sectors. One such exhibitor, Jeddah-based Distretto Design, was a particular standout. The unique contemporary furnishing retailer and corporate interior...

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    Nothing is as simple as black or white. The open office concept is either scorned or beloved, but is there a middle ground? According to founder and principal of AEI U.S. Studio Juliana Fernandez, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for the office. In an interview with ArchiExpo e-Magazine, Fernandez explained that...

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    The office becomes home away from home at Microsoft’s new headquarters in Milan, which opened in February 2017. Showroom specialist Alessandro Simonetti took ArchiExpo e-Magazine for a tour and explained that “Microsoft House is the first office building in Milan to feature open plan work spaces.” It optimizes space...

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