Thursday 02, November 2017 by Jessica Combes

Mega-projects to boost UAE design market to $36 billion by 2019


The UAE’s design market will likely reach $36 billion in 2019, fueled by architects and interior designers leveraging innovations such as felt to enhance the experience, experts announced ahead of The Big 5 in Dubai.

Boosted by innovative architecture and interior design projects, the UAE’s design market is expected to grow by 13 per cent from $32 billion in 2017 to $36 billion by 2019, according to the Dubai Design and Fashion Council.

The Middle East and North Africa’s design market is expected to grow by 15 per cent to $148 billion in 2019, with interior design growing seven times faster than the global average.

“The UAE and the Middle East are global hubs for showcasing how architecture and design innovations can transforming how we work, live, and play. At The Big 5 Dubai, designers can experience how felt can provide safe, comfortable, and cost-effective experiences, from sports stadiums to office towers and metro stations,” said Santhosh Vallil, Sales Manager for the Middle East at global architecture and design consultancy Hunter Douglas.

Supporting Middle East construction and design innovation, the Hunter Douglas felt linear ceiling system HeartFelt, is seeing strong demand in the region. After its regional launch earlier this year, HeartFelt is now expanding its colours tones to black and white, plus five new earth tones–cream, light brown, medium brown, dark brown, and umber.

HeartFelt is made out of felt, a natural, soft material with a warm appearance and excellent acoustic properties. Both the felt and the panels are cradle-to-cradle certified in sustainability. As a result, earlier in 2017, HeartFelt was awarded the prestigious Red Dot Award for Best of the Best in the Product Design category.

“With the earth tones palette, it is possible to imitate the natural look and feel of wood. Now that the range has twelve colours, designers are even better equipped to create dynamic, visually attractive ceilings with HeartFelt. By varying the colour schemes, designers can create a truly eye-catching design,” said Pieter van Rees, Business Development Manager for Ceilings at Hunter Douglas.