Meet the Rising Stars of Dubai’s Eclectic Inside Design Scene

Marco Maximus

Marco Maximus, 31, educated as an architect, however he has at all times been drawn to all kinds of design disciplines and artforms, from structure and inside design, to branding and product design. “Since I used to be younger, I liked design in all its shapes. I used to be keen on branding—making a story, engaged on new concepts that may be represented in lots of shapes,” he mentioned. 

Born in Egypt, he studied structure on the College of Cairo, endeavor a broad course that gave him a style of a number of disciplines. “I realized how to consider every little thing—urbanism, landscaping, visualizing, drawing, portray, in addition to inside design—not simply to be an architect,” he mentioned.

After graduating, he labored as an architect and inside designer in Abu Dhabi, earlier than shifting to Dubai in 2018. Since 2019, he has labored at Kristina Zanic Design Consultants, a Dubai-based agency with a world outlook and clientele, the place he’s at the moment a senior inside designer.

“I exploit my complete toolkit—my design and presentation expertise, even my video modifying—to create concepts for my designs,” he mentioned. “It’s completely completely different working in Dubai then working again residence due to the range. In our workplace we have now virtually 30 completely different nationalities and I’ve been fortunate sufficient to work in Montenegro and Cyprus and Serbia, additionally in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain—very various international locations and with very various high-end shoppers.”

At present, Mr. Maximus works principally within the resort sector, designing high-end interiors for five-star boutique and chain accommodations, however he’s additionally keen about product design and has received a number of awards for his furnishings designs. In 2020, he received a contest to design a mounting plate for AXOR x SARA Group in celebration of Saudi heritage, making a modern trendy translation of conventional Sadu patterns laser carved right into a brushed red-gold metallic end.

Final 12 months, he received an award for Flocean, a particular curved sun-lounger designed in collaboration with Amr Abdelaziz, a colleague at Kristina Zanic Design Consultants. 

Designed to lift consciousness of how trash is polluting oceans, the lounger is comprised of waste together with single-use visors, gloves and facemasks, which comprise plastics together with polypyrene and take 450 years to biodegrade. The pair designed the lounger for charity Surge for Water’s Sustainability Design Awards, creating a singular use for the billions of single-use medical provides discarded through the pandemic.

Simply as he pushes himself to create distinctive product designs, Mr. Maximus doesn’t take the simple route on the subject of interiors. “I prefer to be challenged. When every little thing thinks, ‘This isn’t going to work’ or ‘It’s a really quick timeline,’ that is what makes me very enthusiastic to work,” he mentioned. “I’m very keen on engaged on restorations and refurbishments. It’s one thing that not everybody likes however it’s one thing that I feel could be very attention-grabbing as a result of you’ve gotten an entire historical past of a constructing—typically you could maintain it and typically you could provide you with one thing completely completely different and completely new. You may see the change with your personal eyes.”