We had the great pleasure to meet up with Isabel Pintado at KBIS. We wanted to tease out trends and influences that Isabel, senior vice president and managing director EMEA of Wilson Associates (WA) based in Dubai and a speaker of our Dubai Design Forum, sees in the Middle Eastern region.
And we got much more.In a very pleasant conversation at our KBIS exhibition booth, she shared her thoughts on current global design trends and more specifically for the Middle Eastern region.The Spanish-born, award-winning interior designer and architect was named Middle East’s Most Influential Interior designer by designMENA in 2017. She loves hospitality design for which WA is famous for.Over the past 17 years in Dubai, Isabel has seen the Middle Eastern and African design landscapes and designs change from traditional styles known to these regions to bolder, more contemporary designs.
The visit at KBIS helped her get ideas about the latest trends and innovations in the area of bathrooms and kitchens.
In terms of global design trends, she sees an emergence of more natural tones in colors, products, finishes etc. The trend favors more tactile, down-to-earth materials that are warm and pleasant to the touch. Finishes will be softer, more approachable, and less harsh.The designs in Dubai and the Middle Eastern region have a high level of sophistication. Unlike Europe, they focus on details and elaboration. While Northern influences such as toned-down and naturalistic looks sneak in, in Dubai an open show of quality and luxury is still very much ‘in’ and appreciated.Isabel’s work is not limited to this region only and she adopts these styles for projects around the world. She takes on new trends of more natural tones in textures, materials, finishes for her and her teams’ endevours. In 2018 and beyond, she and her industry colleagues in the region are gearing up to confirm Dubai as the center of Middle Eastern design and the upcoming Expo 2020.While the economy is not as quickly growing as some have hoped, Isabel sees lots of opportunities for hospitality projects and chances to incorporate these trends.
If you like these interviews and Wilson Associates see our conversation with Aldwin Ong, Wilson Associates Singapore about Global Design Trends from March 2016.