Harper's Bazaar Interiors: What are the current trends that you are currently witnessing in the global design industry?
Mohamed Bin Zaal: Colour is having a big moment. It’s most obvious with the highly topical “millennial pink” and emerald green but more and more designers are experimenting with sophisticated colour pairings over block colours and monochrome. I’m also seeing a lot of texture and the use of materials that have sensory qualities - such as antique, scratched and rough surfaces. The trend I’m most excited by is artisan design, and respect of traditional crafts that is being rediscovered. Craftsmanship seems to be back. Independent artists, and even bigger brands are adapting a “handmade” style and I’m seeing designers taking inspiration from regional heritage and traditional techniques.
HBI: What projects are you currently working on?
MBZ: In addition to our flagship project KOA Canvas, we’re now focusing on a unique social club and workspace, a Dubai first. I don’t want to give too much away at this stage, but we are incredibly excited about this new project. We have an exceptional regional and international design team that we are confident will bring something very special to Dubai. Watch this space!