Wilson Associates moves operations to Dubai Design District

Interior architecture firm Wilson Associates has reopened its Dubai office, making the move to the Dubai Design District (d3).

Led by Isabel Pintado, SVP and managing director, Wilson Associates’ Dubai office is home to 30 designers. Pintado spearheaded the office’s relocation.

The design of the new 6,000-square-foot office was led by Wilson Associates Dubai, who solicited input from market specialists—including product manufacturers and workplace designers—for the project.

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The space’s concept reflects Wilson Associates’ approach to design while providing a place for designers, suppliers, clients and guests to work and collaborate. There are quirky design elements that include a neon “On/Off” sign at the entryway, crystal chandelier composed of skulls and bones, gold-painted ceilings, and an over-scaled sofa. The space uses a reserved color palette.

Another key design highlight includes geometric flooring from Bolon that transitions into carpet in the studio area. The carpet, designed by Tom Dixon, mimics the water movement of the river Thames, providing a juxtaposition against the angular flooring.

An open floor plan was applied throughout, incorporating a number of break-out areas from small, individual-style standing desks to an eight-person table for group and individual brainstorms and work.

A communal pantry has tables and cooking areas.

In the meeting room, two tables replace the traditional conference table, allowing for multiple meetings to take place simultaneously.

The Dubai team of designers is working on luxury projects around the world, including a VVIP Private Villa in Abu Dhabi, Taj Hotel in Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Marriott Hotel Taghazout Bay in Morocco, and the renovation of a five star hotel in Qatar. 

Photo credit: Wilson Associates

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