The relatively low-key firm, founded by Omar Abdelghafour in 2004, was the biggest revelation of the year according to many industry insiders. His projects went on to win in three categories at this year’s Commercial Interior Design Awards — Interior Design of the Year: Public Sector, Office as well as the Best Lighting Design in Interior categories, in addition to being shortlisted in the food and beverage category.
Born and raised in London, Abdelghafour has worked extensively throughout Europe, Asia, North America and the Middle East. His notable works in the UAE include the award-winning Leila Heller Gallery. Recently, he has made inroads overseas, specifically Indonesia, with a new boutique hotel project. As a strong believer in contextually-rich and detail-oriented spaces, Abdelghafour makes his debut this year in the region’s most influential interior designers list by Commercial Interior Design.