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

Greg Stevens

Marco Maximus

Marco Maximus, 31, experienced as an architect, but he has generally been drawn to a wide selection of style and design disciplines and artforms, from architecture and inside structure, to branding and product style. “Since I was young, I liked style in all its styles. I was fond of branding—creating a tale, working on new concepts that can be represented in many shapes,” he reported. 

Born in Egypt, he studied architecture at the University of Cairo, endeavor a broad course that gave him a style of various disciplines. “I learned how to believe of everything—urbanism, landscaping, visualizing, drawing, portray, as nicely as interior design—not just to be an architect,” he reported.

Immediately after graduating, he labored as an architect and interior designer in Abu Dhabi, ahead of moving to Dubai in 2018. Considering that 2019, he has labored at Kristina Zanic Design Consultants, a Dubai-based mostly business with an global outlook and clientele, where by he is presently a senior inside designer.

“I use my complete toolkit—my style and design and presentation expertise, even my video clip editing—to create concepts for my designs,” he said. “It’s thoroughly unique operating in Dubai then performing back home since of the variety. In our place of work we have almost 30 distinct nationalities and I’ve been fortunate adequate to work in Montenegro and Cyprus and Serbia, also in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain—very assorted international locations and with pretty diverse substantial-conclusion purchasers.”

Presently, Mr. Maximus works primarily in the resort sector, designing higher-finish interiors for five-star boutique and chain inns, but he is also passionate about product structure and has received multiple awards for his home furnishings styles. In 2020, he won a opposition to design and style a mounting plate for AXOR x SARA Group in celebration of Saudi heritage, generating a smooth present day translation of traditional Sadu patterns laser carved into a brushed pink-gold metal finish.

Final 12 months, he gained an award for Flocean, a unique curved sunshine-lounger created in collaboration with Amr Abdelaziz, a colleague at Kristina Zanic Design Consultants. 

Intended to increase recognition of how trash is polluting oceans, the lounger is created from waste which include one-use visors, gloves and facemasks, which incorporate plastics together with polypyrene and acquire 450 a long time to biodegrade. The pair designed the lounger for charity Surge for Water’s Sustainability Design Awards, building a unique use for the billions of single-use health-related materials discarded through the pandemic.

Just as he pushes himself to produce special item patterns, Mr. Maximus does not take the straightforward route when it will come to interiors. “I like to be challenged. When anything thinks, ‘This is not likely to work’ or ‘It’s a incredibly limited timeline,’ this is what would make me pretty enthusiastic to perform,” he mentioned. “I’m quite fond of operating on restorations and refurbishments. It’s something that not all people likes but it’s some thing that I consider is quite appealing for the reason that you have a total heritage of a building—sometimes you require to preserve it and in some cases you need to occur up with something fully distinctive and totally new. You can see the change with your own eyes.”

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