Managing director and co-founder of boutique interior design practice Studio EM, Kristian Stinson, will exit the business at the end of 2019 to lead his contact lens subscription service Hopi.
Stinson established Dubai-based Studio EM with creative director and fellow co-founder Emma Stinson in 2011.
In nine years, they built an award-winning multidisciplinary interior design and branding firm working across commercial, education, food and beverage, healthcare, hospitality and retail.
Kristian Stinson said it would be bittersweet to leave the practice he had spent years building with his “best friend and wife” Emma Stinson.
“I've always been entrepreneurial. I love the buzz of creating something and watching it grow and it has been such a pleasure to do that over the last nine years with my best friend and wife, but now is the time to carve out my own niche,” he told Commercial Interior Design.
“There's so much I want to do in life and it would be unfair to Emma, Neil and Nicky for me to dip in and out of Studio EM as I pursue other ventures.”
Kristian will step down in 2019 as managing director, but will remain an owner of Studio EM.
It will see Emma Stinson take on the day-to-day running of the business, alongside creative director Neil Baker and head of F&B design, Nicola Fahy.
Kristian said Studio EM's creative triumvirate were more than capable of leading the boutique practice without him.
“I may have been holding back the creative development or natural development of Studio EM by my way of doing things, so now it's time for Emma to shine and run the kind of design studio she really wants to run,” he said.
“I have no worries that with Emma, Neil and Nicky, the company will be in safe and creative hands. I can't wait to see what Emma does with the company, she is the heartbeat of the firm.”