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

Marco Maximus

Marco Maximus, 31, properly trained as an architect, but he has constantly been drawn to a broad assortment of style and design disciplines and artforms, from architecture and interior style, to branding and products style. “Since I was young, I beloved design and style in all its designs. I was fond of branding—creating a tale, doing work on new strategies that can be represented in lots of styles,” he claimed. 

Born in Egypt, he analyzed architecture at the University of Cairo, endeavor a broad system that gave him a taste of several disciplines. “I uncovered how to imagine of everything—urbanism, landscaping, visualizing, drawing, portray, as well as interior design—not just to be an architect,” he mentioned.

Right after graduating, he labored as an architect and interior designer in Abu Dhabi, prior to transferring to Dubai in 2018. Due to the fact 2019, he has labored at Kristina Zanic Design Consultants, a Dubai-dependent company with an worldwide outlook and clientele, where he is at the moment a senior inside designer.

“I use my complete toolkit—my design and style and presentation skills, even my video clip editing—to create thoughts for my layouts,” he explained. “It’s totally distinct doing the job in Dubai then working again property mainly because of the range. In our business office we have practically 30 distinctive nationalities and I have been fortunate enough to function in Montenegro and Cyprus and Serbia, also in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain—very numerous international locations and with really diverse superior-end clientele.”

Presently, Mr. Maximus performs mainly in the hotel sector, building significant-stop interiors for five-star boutique and chain hotels, but he is also passionate about merchandise structure and has won a number of awards for his home furnishings designs. In 2020, he received a levels of competition to structure a mounting plate for AXOR x SARA Team in celebration of Saudi heritage, building a sleek contemporary translation of traditional Sadu designs laser carved into a brushed pink-gold steel end.

Last year, he received an award for Flocean, a exclusive curved sun-lounger developed in collaboration with Amr Abdelaziz, a colleague at Kristina Zanic Design Consultants. 

Developed to raise consciousness of how trash is polluting oceans, the lounger is created from waste like solitary-use visors, gloves and facemasks, which incorporate plastics including polypyrene and get 450 decades to biodegrade. The pair built the lounger for charity Surge for Water’s Sustainability Structure Awards, building a special use for the billions of solitary-use professional medical provides discarded in the course of the pandemic.

Just as he pushes himself to develop one of a kind products styles, Mr. Maximus doesn’t choose the uncomplicated route when it comes to interiors. “I like to be challenged. When everything thinks, ‘This is not likely to work’ or ‘It’s a quite limited timeline,’ this is what helps make me pretty enthusiastic to perform,” he explained. “I’m extremely fond of working on restorations and refurbishments. It’s one thing that not every person likes but it is some thing that I consider is incredibly intriguing for the reason that you have a total history of a building—sometimes you need to maintain it and at times you want to arrive up with anything totally various and entirely new. You can see the improve with your individual eyes.”