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Wilson Associates’ new open-plan office features crystal chandeliers made from skulls and bones

Wilson Associates’ new open-plan office features crystal chandeliers made from skulls and bones

Dubai, Dubai Design District, Interior design, Interiors, Office design, Wilson Associates, Wilson Associates Dubai

Global interior architecture firm Wilson Associates has recently relocated its Dubai office to Dubai Design District, complete with a new interior design concept.

Led by the team at Wilson Associates Dubai, the 6,000 square foot office is designed to reflect the firm’s character and innovative approach to design, complete with quirky features such as a neon ‘On/Off’ sign at the entrance, a crystal chandelier composed of skulls and bones, gold-painted ceilings, and an over-scaled sofa.

These extravagant design pieces are balanced by a reserved colour palette and selection of sober finishes, fixtures, and materials.

Geometric flooring by Bolon seamlessly transitions into a Tom Dixon-designed carpet in the studio area of the office. The carpet itself mimics the movement of water in the River Thames, contrasting against the angular flooring that references the urban and natural influences of Wilson Associates’ body of work.

An open floor plan has been applied throughout the space to create a welcoming work environment, including a number of break out areas – from small, individual-style standing desks to an eight-person table for group and individual brainstorm sessions.

The office also includes a communal pantry complete with tables and cooking areas for staff.

Rather than having a traditional conference room, the new office includes a large meeting room where two tables replace the standard large conference table, allowing for multiple meetings to take place simultaneously.

Led by Isabel Pintado, senior vice president and managing director, the Wilson Associates team includes 30 designers. The Dubai team is currently working on luxury projects in the region, including a VIP private villa in Abu Dhabi, the Taj Hotel in Dubai’s Jumeirah Lakes Towers, and the Marriott Hotel Taghazout Bay in Morocco.

“D3 offers the ideal environment to foster the team’s creativity, encourage collaboration, and drive design innovation,” said Pintado.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be part of this exciting community of creative talent, and is one that is quickly gaining notoriety on a global level.”

Pintado has topped Commercial Interior Design magazine’s list for the top 50 most influential interior designers in the Middle East in 2017.  

It was also announced last year that Zaha Hadid Architects, Arcplus and Wilson Associates have merged in a strategic alliance. 

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