Perla Lichi has offices in Florida, New York, Dubai and Abu Dhabi with another one about to open in Brazil.
She recently visited the School of Architecture & Interior Design at the Canadian University, Dubai, to talk to 100 students about ‘Design around the World’.
Well known for her high-end residential work, her clients include royalty, entrepreneurs, business executives and sports professionals.
She is currently designing a number of units at the Infinity Tower, a skyscraper by Cayan Real Estate Investment & Development in Dubai, which is set to be 330 m (1,080 ft) high with 73 storeys, and the building has a twist of 90˚ similar to the Turning Torso in Malmo, Sweden,
The tower will have residential apartments, conference rooms, tennis courts, pools, gym, nursery and spa.
“I live here and split the majority of my time between the UAE and Florida. But we are almost always on the road visiting clients, whether they are as close as Abu Dhabi or as far away as South Africa or Eastern Europe.
“There are many differences in people’s style preferences and some of these are unique to Gulf customers. In the end, all my clients want the same thing. A comfortable, yet elegant and beautifully put together style that they can enjoy with their families,” she said.
“Clients today are looking for value, more than ever before. But design is very important to them. Yes, they want ‘the look’ that only comes from having a professional designer, but they also want the best value.”