Furniture suppliers you should know

Furniture suppliers you should know

Al Aqili Furnishings, Al Reyami, Finasi, Indigo Living, RAME, Spacewell

With furniture used in commercial spaces, it’s important to have variety, be flexible and cost-effective. Now the latest watchword added to the mix is sustainability. Whether it is in outdoor or indoor furniture, commercial spaces need furniture that is timeless and will last for years to come.

However, Antony Guss, VP, Casualife said it is hard for customers to be certain what they are buying is good value for money when there seems to be not many standards in the industry. “Case in point: a leading restaurant opened for less than one year already is requesting tenders for re-supply of its wicker furniture.

Why? Because the synthetic wicker used was of insufficient quality, for the local Gulf market that has a very harsh climate. In this case the client failed its purchasing due diligence. A one-year life is well below what can be purchased; clients of that business also made claims against the proprietor for damage to their clothing which was caught by the broken strands of wicker,” said Guss.

Value for money, the design aesthetics and maintenance considerations are some of the things people need to consider before furnishing their commercial space.In addition to this, trends in the furniture industry also need to be taken into account.

Green furniture is also a factor, but how sustainable is furniture used in the Middle East? “As far as furniture goes, there is obviously an inherent conflict with sustainability given the materials used. As a manufacturer, we implement the designer’s concepts and directions and we are seeing greater awareness and actual specification of more sustainable products.

Whenever possible, we will try to take this further with recommendations that enhance this without compromising the furniture’s design, functionality or budget (for example by using different materials or production techniques),” said John McLennan, managing director, Indigo Living.He added, furniture design is taking on a fresher approach with more contemporary, modern and exciting designs being incorporated.

There is a move towards lighter materials, fabrics and colours; sleeker designs – less ostentatious at first sight but, in McLennan’s opinion, better designed and more on-trend.Another trend which seems to be gaining popularity is using retro and French-influenced designs.

Apart from distressing or creating vintage-looking furniture, French motifs such as fleur-de-lys and quatrefoils seem to be seen in many designs.Colours and designs of furniture almost always seem to follow the fashion runway’s styles.

Interior designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard said he is often very inspired by fashion in his designs.“Whether a current colour palette combination, a shape that maybe inspires me for a furniture detail or some embroidery on a shirt that I can use to border a chair or the leading edge of drapery; I think that fashion and interiors go hand in hand and as such are inspirational to both industries,” he said.

As furniture is one of the important elements of interiors, Commercial Interior Design speaks to furniture suppliers you definitely should know.

By Atieh Sabba, marketing & sales manager

Tell us about your company?
Cachet, which is the most recent business launch of RAME Design Solutions, will be the retail showroom that holds the internationally acclaimed high-end furniture and lighting brands, such as Beby Italy & Diluce, Carpanelli, Porta Romana and Jonathan Charles. These brands are very different from one another in style, finishes, and overall feel, yet all are very similar in representing authenticity, luxury and craftsmanship.

What projects have you worked on?
Each brand has its own success story of major projects around the world. For example, you can find Beby Italy’s masterpiece chandeliers at La Fenice theatre in Venice, La Scala in Milan, not to mention luxury hotels and palaces in KSA, UAE and Paris. Porta Romana’s pieces are coveted by major design firms around the world and can be seen at Beau Rivage Palace in Switzerland, St. Regis – Worldwide, Westin, are only few recent projects.

Recent news?
We are launching our Cachet showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road with our opening event being in conjunction with Index, as a Silver Sponsors at Festival of Interior Design we would like to provide to the designer the chance to see the entire collection of our brands.

Key challenges in the industry?
There are always some challenges for the calibre of brands which we carry, with the recent financial and political uncertainties, making it exigent for such brands to prosper.

Nevertheless, our passion and belief in the strength of these brands has further prompted us to expand. All one needs to do is watch, for example, the craftsmanship videos of Jonathan Charles or Carpanelli on their websites, or see a piece in person to understand where this belief stems from.

How do we contact you?
Sheikh Zayed Road, Safa 1st – Street 22A, Building 111 – SR 01.
Tel:+9714 380 8018
Fax: +9714 3808 198

By Matteo Pellegrini, general manager

Tell us about your company?
Finasi LLC is a Gargash Group company, established in UAE in the spring of 2007, with the purpose of making some of the most respected brands in the industry accessible to discerning customers in the Middle East.
As the UAE arm of Molteni Group, one of Italy’s leaders in furnishings, Finasi offers the full range of Molteni &C home furnishings, Dada S.p.A. kitchens including the Armani/Dada range, and Citterio S.p.A. office furnishings.

What projects have you worked on?
Some of the prestigious projects that Finasi has undertaken/completed are as follows: Burj Khalifa, UAE; Capital Club, Bahrain; Commercial Bank Plaza, West Bay, Qatar; Cartier Boutiques; Rosewood Apartments, UAE; Mirdiff Villas, UAE; Al Badia Villas, UAE; High-end private villas, GCC.

Recent news?
The Armani Group and the Molteni Group, through joint partnership, have produced the third kitchen system under the brand name of Armani/Dada. Called Checkers, this model was launched in UAE earlier this year.
Finasi has recently tied up with Panzeri Italy to represent their range of high quality lighting products, adding yet another dimension to homes and offices.

Key challenges in the industry?
One of the major challenges lies in educating potential customers to distinguish the quality of our products.

Our products are produced 100% in Italy, following comprehensive research on all aspects of design and material strength. The uniqueness of all our brands is that they continuously strive for innovation in design, functionality and durability.

How do we contact you?
PO Box 118508
Dubai, UAE.
Tel: +9714 297 1777
Fax +9714 297 1717;

Al Reyami
By Mithun Nambiar, head of strategy planning & business development

Tell us about your company?
Al Reyami Interiors is the flagship company of the Al Reyami Group, specialising in interior fit-outs and commercial furnishings with an exceptional focus on high-end offices. Over the course of the past two decades, we have tied up with a multitude of reputed international furniture brands as their exclusive distributor for the Middle East.

Some of these well known brands include Knoll USA, Sinetica Italy, Rockworth Thailand, Maars Netherlands and Okamura Japan among others.

What projects have you worked on?
We have an immeasurable client base across diversified sectors which include banking, hospitality and government organisations.

A few of our prestigious projects include Meydan corporate office, RTA Head Office, headquarters of various banks such as ABN-Ambro, Union National Bank, Al-Hilal Bank and the Dubai Islamic Bank.

Recent news?
We have recently inaugurated our new 40,000 square feet state-of-the-art showroom in Abu Dhabi featuring a whole host of office furnishings designed to cater to various tastes. Furthermore, in line with expanding our footprint, we have partnered with Rockworth in opening a 200,000 square feet LEED Gold certified factory in the south of India to manufacture and supply commercial furniture to the Indian subcontinent and the MENA region.

Key challenges in the industry?
We have noticed over the past couple of years that there is a remarkable shift towards cheaper alternatives with a price-over-quality mentality. Changing this mindset of the buyers poses a great challenge. However as the market improves we are confident that we can overcome this trial.

How do we contact you?
Toll free number: 800 REYAMI. You can
also reach us at +9714 336 4666.

Indigo Living
By John McLennan, managing director

Tell us about your company?
Indigo Living operates across the whole spectrum of interior solutions, from retail to large FF&E projects. We have three retail stores which are very popular with the interior design community.

The second is furniture rental: anything in the stores can be leased from us for up to two years; this is really good for show-flats and mock ups. Project work is our biggest division and are renowned for our custom manufacture of high-end FF&E for the hospitality industry.

What projects have you worked on?
Our first project in Dubai was The Westin. Since then we’ve worked on The Address Marina, Yas Links Golf Club, Traders Hotel Abu Dhabi. We’ve also supplied Emirates Airlines with more than 5,000 units of staff accommodation. Internationally, we’re active in India with DLF and in the Far East.

Recent news?
We launched our new flagship store on Sheikh Zayed Road in May. In October we will be re-launching our interior designer loyalty programme which will confer a 20% discount for all members plus a host of other benefits like previews of new collections, in-store events and personal advisors. We’re very busy with a host of projects here in the UAE but also in Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Key challenges in the industry?
The market is definitely improving: we were receiving RFQs through Ramadan which is unusual. We are seeing a lot of old projects being resuscitated and whilst this is obviously positive, it can be difficult working with specs and designs that in some cases are three to four years old and have not been revised to reflect current circumstances; in many cases the original ID firm is no longer involved and this obviously makes things even harder, especially when no one has been appointed instead.

How do we contact you?
PO Box 282425, Dubai, UAE
T: +9714 339 7705

By R Kumar, managing director

Tell us about your company?
Spacewell Interiors was established in 2007, specialising in turn-key office interiors (design, fit-out and furnishings). Today Spacewell has grown to a medium-sized company employing six architects, three designers, four engineers, over 12 persons in sales/marketing/admin/finance, and more than 65 skilled workmen to execute works at site (total staff strength 90).

We have a corporate headoffice and showroom in Dubai (Tecom), with a branch office in Abu Dhabi. We represent major international brands such as Haworth, Fritz Hansen, Orangebox, Fursys, Sidiz, Egetaepper, EFG and Markant.

What projects have you worked on?
Major recent projects includes turn-key interiors (design, fit-out and furnishings) for: Mercedes Benz, Chrysler Corporation, Hyundai Motors, Sumitomo Corporation, Royal Bank of Canada, Naburs Drilling, Cameron Petreco Process, Brabus Middle East, Motorola, Emitac Blackberry.

Recent news?
We have established a showroom (level 20, Al Shafar Towers, Tecom), have become a dealer for Orangebox from UK, just completed a major design/fit-out and furnishing project for Naburs Drilling International, and Cameron Petreco Process Systems.

Key challenges in the industry?
Maintain sustainable sustainability practices, economical office solutions without compromising quality, being able to clearly distinguish between aesthetics, functionality, sustainability and affordability (or ability to combine all the four together), sourcing talents (human resources) are the key challenges faced by the industry.

How do we contact you?
Tel: +971 4 447 7301
Level 20, Al Shafar Tower, Tecom
Fax: +971 4 4477302
PO Box: 125783, Dubai, UAE
Mob: +971 50 5592092

Al Aqili Furnishings
By Shahriar Khodjasteh, group marketing director

Tell us about your company?
Since established in 1997, Al Aqili Furnishings has and continues to consistently deliver value, innovation and premium brands as the region’s leading flooring specialist and interiors solutions provider.

The steady growth and confidence in meeting increasingly sophisticated business and residential market needs is underlined by world-class partnerships with over 50 global brands that form the depth and breadth of an interiors solutions portfolio of flooring, fabrics, lighting and residential and office furniture, catering to the contract, distribution and retail sectors of the furnishings industry.

A wide selection of contemporary and classic furniture can be found at Decoworld, the name for style, design and quality furniture and accessories catering to the most sophisticated residential and hospitality demands.

The “By Appointment Only” Francesco Molon showcases the world’s finest offering in the design and production of classical furniture; a mixture of luxury, elegance and premium quality that can only match the vision of excellence at Al Aqili Furnishings.

What projects have you worked on?
Nikkie Beach Resort, Doha, Qatar; Cin Cin Wine Bar, Fairmont – Dubai, UAE; Dubai Airport Concourse Hotel – Dubai, UAE; Park Place Hotel/Furnished Apartments – Dubai, UAE.

Recent news?
AAF is participating in three largest exhibitions, Index 2011, Gulf A la Carte and INFDEX Qatar.

Key challenges in the industry?
The key challenge is the slow pace of the market right now.

How do we contact you?
Pyramid Centre
Umm Hurair Road
Dubai, UAE
Tel: +9714 335 6811
Fax: +9714 335 6812

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