Selina Denman | November 27, 2012
Chromograph by Kelly Wearstler
There’s nothing like a good rug to finish off an interior. You can use them to define areas, break up open-plan spaces, introduce colour or pattern into a neutral scheme, or warm up a minimal interior. The problem is, finding decent rugs in the UAE can be a bit of a challenge. There’s plenty of the beautifully intricate Persian variety around and, at the other end of the spectrum, lots of beige shag pile to be had, but if you’re looking for something a little bit different, it can be a struggle.
Selina Denman | November 20, 2012
In last weekend’s edition of House & Home, we introduced you to the fabulous pop artist Maria Iqbal. Iqbal, who was born in Afghanistan and raised in Dubai, went on to spend ten years working in advertising in the US and India. But, recognising that the advertising industry would never give her the kind of creative fulfillment she was looking for, last year Iqbal packed in her job, returned to the UAE and launched the Maria Iqbal furniture and accessories brand. You go girl!
Selina Denman | October 7, 2012
Indigo Living's Autumn/Winter collection includes a range of leather seating options from the Canape collection, as well as new lighting options and accessories.
It’s our favourite time of year… not just because the weather’s getting better but because Dubai’s homeware stores are starting to unveil their Autumn/Winter collections. There’s no better time to go shopping for a little something for your home, and since Dubai Mall has just announced that it’ll be open 24-hours a day for the three weekends between October 18 and November 4, you’ll have plenty of time to browse.
Selina Denman | September 5, 2012
Works is the latest book by Phaidon to focus on the work of the Bouroullec brothers.
This Friday’s edition of House & Home features an exclusive interview with Ronan Bouroullec of the Bouroullec Brothers, who are two of the most highly-regarded designers of our age. Since they first joined forces in the 1990s, the brothers have produced iconic designs for some of the biggest names in the industry, from Vitra and Cappellini to Ligne Roset, Flos, Magis, Alessi and Established & Sons. They have also won countless awards and continue to take the design world by storm with their beautifully simple and intuitive creations. Their remarkable career is being celebrated in a recently-released book, Works, published [...]
Selina Denman | August 6, 2012
Home Centre handed out room makeovers worth Dh10,000 to 20 winners across the GCC.
In a recent edition of House & Home, we covered the second annual Home Centre Room Makeover Contest, which saw Home Centre hand out room makeovers worth Dh10,000 to 20 winners across the GCC. Around 3,500 people entered the competition in the hope of winning a revamped room. See how one of the makeovers unfolded in this video chronicling the transformation of dentist Farah Zaidi’s room: http://youtu.be/hGLcBl2xqzA
Selina Denman | August 2, 2012
The property consists of a series of individual compounds set around a pool, in traditional Balinese style. All images courtesy Michael Wilson
This Friday’s House & Home section features a fabulous Caribbean getaway belonging to American couple Melody and Jon Dill. The Dills had been visiting Anguilla in the British West Indies for 20 years before they started construction of their stunning, four-bedroom holiday home. They were very clear about what they wanted – their new home had to be walking distance from the beach, have expansive sea views, allow for both interior and exterior living, and offer a tropical ambience.
Selina Denman | June 4, 2012
Popular IKEA pieces such as the PAX wardrobe are being repurposed by a new breed of IKEA Hackers. Image courtesy of IKEA. Hacking is an ominous word usually associated with illegally gaining access to computer systems. It conjures up images of covert programmers unleashing nightmarish viruses that eat their way through email contact lists. But there is a completely separate type of hacking currently gaining in popularity, and it relates to home décor. IKEA Hacking is sometimes described as “consumer product intervention” but it is essentially a form of repurposing, which involves customers altering the end use of [...]
Selina Denman | May 20, 2012
The new Objects & Elements showroom is one of my favourite places to shop in Dubai. The 6,000 square foot space is tucked into a corner of Al Quoz and brimming with fabulous finds. The company’s founder, Claudia Granberg, lives in Dubai but sources all her products from Indonesia, and can often be found zipping around Bali on the back of her bike, looking for new additions to the collection. There’s a sale on at the showroom until the end of May, with discounts of up to 50 per cent. It’s well worth a visit, particularly if you’re in the market [...]
Helen McLaughlin | May 15, 2012
In our special Local Heroes issue of House & Home in March, one of our featured artists was the Abu Dhabi-based illustrator Kate Forrester, whose seriously beautiful hand-drawn typography has graced the pages of The National and been commissioned by an impressive roll call of international clients including Tiffany, Harvey Nichols and Penguin Book. As she mentioned when we spoke to her, she has been working on a new range of laser-cut paper letters which will go on display at the brand new BodyTree villa studios in Khalidiya, Abu Dhabi on 20th of this month. She’s given us this couple [...]
Selina Denman | May 6, 2012
The Chelsea College of Art and Design is running a series of short interior design courses in Dubai over the month of May. Four separate courses will cover everything from choosing the right lighting, furniture and materials for your space to setting up your own interior design business. The courses will be run by practicing industry professionals from the UK and will take place at the Pullman Hotel. The Chelsea College of Art and Design is offering one National reader a complimentary place on one of its courses.