Zeina Khoury has been awarded first place in the Marina Home design initiative #MarinaProjectRemake that offers senior students the opportunity to showcase their skills, and to be recognised by the industry.
Students commencing their third, fourth or fifth years at the Canadian University Dubai and American University in Dubai were invited to participate in Project Remake. The challenge for all of the students was taking a Marina Home’s canvas chair product and make it their own.
Khoury created a design called The Horizon which used lights to create a dazzling effect around the piece of furniture and was presented with her award at Marina Home showroom in Dubai.
The judges – which included in the panel Commercial Interior Design magazine editor Marina Petrovic – praised the “quality of excellence of her work” and it got top marks from both the panel of experts who looked at all the entries and in a public online vote.
“I feel so good,” she said after receiving the award. “When I first saw the chair I knew I wanted to express the idea of a horizon so lighting immediately came to mind. I designed it in just one day – then took a week to actually make it.
“I feel this is a stepping stone in my career and I definitely want to specialise in furniture.”
Khurshid Vakil is co-founder of Marina Homes. He said: “Our aim was to give students the chance to be creative and showcase what they can do to the who’s who of the industry.
“The designs were on display at the Commercial Interior Awards and now our judges have placed them in order. We want to help budding designers to come forward and showcase their talent.
“Because of the university semesters they had just one week to design and create their ideas. The standard we received – especially with that timeframe in mind – was exceptional.”