What better was to celebrate my birthday than at one of Dubai’s hottest new restaurants. 20 of my best friends and I did the newest brunch in town. The Indian fusion cuisine was spot on, great for Indian food loves and mild stomached Americans alike. Located in DIFC Dubai this spot has free valet parking and is the ideal place to start a night on the town!
Designed by LWD, the interior has a great color scheme, layers of information and evolves beautifully from day to night. I particularly loved the FF&E selections and divider screens. Its also a great venue because of the floor to ceiling windows with an astonishing view of most notably the Burj Khalifa.
Stay Inspired with Luxury Interiors Dubai!
~Laura of Arabia~
This has been a great editorial month for me with features in a few high profile design magazines. I was featured in this months Commercial Interior Design Magazine a few times for various topics. I was a guest at the DesignMENA roundtable, judged the CID awards and gave a few words on education design in the Middle East. A busy quarter to say the least, its been great being involved with the community and watching it blossom into a true international powerhouse for today’s interiors.
I had the privilege of sitting in on the Design MENA round table among Dubai’s elite force of talented designers:
I was incredibly excited this summer to be a judge for the 2014 CID awards. The fully packed event attracted designers from across the Middle East and North Africa, and celebrated the best of local design. Categories included, Hospitality design of the year, Retail project of the year, Design Firm of the year, Boutique Firm of the year and Designer of the year. In addition, the award I won a few years back (Young Interior Designer of the Year) was awarded to a lovely young friend of mine who was certainly worthy to receive it.
GAJ does plenty of work on school projects in the region. I have had the privilege of working on some of these prestigious projects with a few great colleagues. CID interviewed me to learn more of the trends and importance of education design. They also included some of our visuals for GEMS and Cranleigh schools. The article can also be found on the designMENA website here.
See the full issue here.
~Laura of Arabia~
Originally built in 1877 as the Central Bank of Latvia, the building was uniquely turned into a boutique 5-star hotel in 2000. Now called the Grand Palace Hotel, it is an exquisite and well reviewed property in Riga, Latvia. The rooms are all exclusively designed and furnished by Andrew Martin.
“The dominant colour is grey and it symbolizes presence of inconspicuous elegance, combined with shades of pink, creating sophisticated and at the same time a positive atmosphere.” ~Andrew Martin