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  • An ITP Business Publication October Vol.8 Issue 10



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    8 DESIGN UPDATEA round up of the latest design news in the MENA region and abroad, including Amjad Al-Hajj, designer, The Horologist

    PROFILEFit out contractor, turnkey provider and supplier of bespoke joinery works, Summertown Interiors reveals all

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    INTERVIEWLars Waldenstrm, founder, LWDesign Group, tells his incredible story revealing just how he fell in love with Dubai

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    At the time of writing this, exactly two weeks have passed since my rst day in the of ce as the new editor for CID. I have barely had a minute to stop, pause

    and prepare myself, not only for a relocation having previously been based in Cyprus, but to also famil-iarise myself with this incredible industry.

    My previous background was in travel and tour-ism which involved me visiting many destinations within the Middle East and North Africa staying in some of the regions best hospitality options. Walk-ing into many of these hotels, on more than one occasion, that wow factor kept popping up as I was impressed by the incredible interior design

    work and attention to detail. So, to cut the long story short, when the opportu-nity came for CID I didnt hesitate one bit.

    Many of you reading this have probably already met me as during these past few weeks there was the small matter of INDEX which, upon telling you it was my rst week at CID at the time, you all looked at me and said how it was a bap-tism of re! There was also the CID awards which were a great success and I have made it a mission of mine to attend as many meeting requests, cocktail events... you name it, I have been there!

    Im thoroughly looking forward to working with each of you as it is clear to me how much passion you have for this industry so please do get in touch and send across all your news and developments to me and lets continue this passion together.

    New beginnings


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    UAE: J+A Gallery, a new space in Al Quoz, held its opening on Septem-ber 10, 2012 displaying an array of salvaged items from the industrial era in Germany as well as other countries in Central Europe.

    From rst glance, the European antique industrial goods seemed out of place in modern day Arabia. Still, keeping the content close to context was important as the two partners admitted there was no better place to exhibit items from German factories than in a place like Al Quoz.

    For us it was clear that the gal-lery should be in a warehouse or an industrial area because most of our items come from an industrial era, said Sebastian Jaroslawski, found-ing partner of the gallery.

    In addition to the objects t-ting the locale, the partners also acknowledged Al Quozs status as one of the main art hubs of Dubai.

    It was very convenient for us as we thought that Al Quoz is an artsy place already - we dont have to invent it as an artistic place, added Arne Augustini, partner at J+A gallery.

    The partners focus of displaying these items in Dubai was to reveal to the city the origin of industrial design, the evolution of the Bau-haus period as well as displaying the basis of the materials that we use in design today.

    We didnt come to Dubai because we were art dealers who though oh, we should go to Dubai because its a posh place to go to. We have been living here for many years doing different things but now we just want to do something else - something more for the mi