Dubai-based interior designer Sonal Kotecha has just opened her own design studio – Rumah Interiors. According to Kotecha, the studio will focus mostly on residential projects.
“Back in 2010, I left London and decided to make Dubai the place to grow as a designer. In that time, I have noticed that an increasing number of the UAE residents have started to sow long-term roots into the country. This means they have gone from switching rental properties every few years, to settling into places that they can call home.
“Rumah means home in Indonesian, and I often go to Bali to draw my inspiration. I try to bring that energy back to help clients that share a primitive desire for a well-designed living environment,” explains Kotecha.
Kotecha’s says her goal is to make good design accessible and affordable, while still capturing the personality of those that will enjoy their home on a daily basis.
“My clients range from family villa owners in Arabian Ranches to city dwellers in Downtown; but typically, what they all have in common is a lack of time and/or knowledge to do this for themselves.”
Previously working as a senior interior designer at Pallavi Dean Interiors, Kotecha was the winner of the CID’s 2015 Young Interior Designer of the Year award.