UAE firms to design trendiest majlis
Dubai, November 9, 2009
Index, a leading trade interior design show in the Middle East, has announced a novel competion for UAE's top interior designers to make the most contemporary majlis using mainly furnishing and accessories available from exhibitors at the expo.
Majlis is the heart of any Arabic home where traditionally families meet and socialise with friends.
Top firms including Hirsch Bedner Associates, etcetera living, Zain Mustafa and House of Zunn have been set the challenge of designing their vision of a contemporary majlis at the trade design show which runs from November 14 to 17 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
The final designs will be featured and judged at Index, which is sponsored by Al Nakheel.
Speaking about the competition, Index show director Lu Buchanan said, "Interior design in Dubai is unique, in that it combines traditional Arabic designs with the avant-guard."
"The younger Arabic population are extremely trend-conscious, and we thought it would be interesting to take a look at what a contemporary majlis might look like. There is already quite a buzz surrounding the competition and I can’t wait to see the results at the show!," he noted.
Fernando V. Arteaga, associate director, Hirsch Bedner Associates said, “The Majlis is a place where one goes to gather thoughts and refresh the mind. We will be radically re-examining this traditional environment with the use of new materials and organic and geometric shapes to bring it into the future.”
Marie-Inez Botha from etcetera living said, "The younger generation still want a majlis to entertain and impress their friends, but they are looking for more contemporary décor. We aim to produce a majlis that does not follow the accepted rules."
"We will move away from the traditional royal blue, burgundy and golden colour schemes, and focus on white with touches of charcoal and black.We will also be using new materials such as leather, buffalo horn and perspex," she added.
Zain Mustafa said, "We want our contemporary majlis to be forward thinking in terms of look and feel, but also heavily entrenched in tradition, history and culture with a clear understanding of Nomadic and Islamic lifestyle motifs."
"We are looking at a “living majlis’ as a holistic design experience – ranging from the architecture and interiors through to branding and even food specially designed for this contemporary majlis project," he added.
Seema Sherazee designer and partner house of Zunn said, "We are well known for our eclectic designs and our contemporary majlis, whilst keeping the traditional and formal aspects of the majlis, will add a less formal twist to the room."
"We will be using hardwood and exposed polished surfaces on the upholstery, in addition to antique pillars and painting ledges, copper, leather and glass," she added.-TradeArabia News Service