A recent online article in Gulf News reported that interior design companies are seeing higher demand as new projects are launched in Dubai and UAE. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) estimates a construction value of $128.46 billion for 2014 (an increase of 92% compared to 2013). The UAE and Dubai are leading the market for developments with good demand. Demand for interior fit-outs is highest in the residential sector with 39,000 homes to be delivered in Dubai over the next two years. This is a 9% rise above the existing 365,000 units. Dubai is a large market for interior fit-outs with multinational companies from Europe and Asia said an export manager of an Egypt-based French home furnishing company. UAE accounts for 35% of GCC’s interior fit-out market and is expected to be valued at $2.73 billion this year. Estimated expenditure on interiors and fit-outs is expected to be up 29% over last year at $9.57 billion. The demand for interior fit-outs has strengthened compared to 2009 – 2012 says a major player in the interior and exterior work for private homes and hotels. People are willing to buy more houses than in the previous years, and there are more hotels […]
The Financial Times recently published a news article on the latest from Deloitte Real Estate report, which highlights the state of Central London’s office space construction. London is building 9.2m square feet of space equivalent to 15 Shards. Deloitte Real Estate reveals that rising confidence amongst developers and occupiers has raised office building construction to pre-recession levels in Central London. Although construction in the City seemed to have slowed down recently with only one building being built over the last six months, in the West End however, 10 buildings have started in the same period. A significant 50 percent of the 16 projects that are yet to be completed in the next three years (amounting to more than 10,000 sq ft) have already been let to tenants. Office lettings on the rise Although construction increased, a rise in office take-ups in the last 12 months has resulted in the availability of spaces falling to its lowest level since 2007. The reason for the office take-ups is the result of the recession and recovering economy, combined with development hiatus and expired leases signed after the 1980’s Big Bang. There is only five completed buildings on the market at present to accommodate […]
We found an interesting study issued by the EU Gateway Programme on the Japanese interior design market. The study reports on a division of the total Japanese interior market as 70% share for residential interior usage and 30% for contracted business channels such as offices, hotels, restaurants and public projects. The report highlights useful information on the Japanese market dynamics such as the effects of increased imports of low-end interior products from South East Asia, about distribution channels, market challenges particular to interior design industry, business opportunities, housing stats, lifestyles, consumers habits, purchasing trends and the state of the furniture industry. The Lehman incident is said to have resulted in low annual sales below the 3 trillion Japanese Yen threshold a year and increased imports of low end interior products from South East Asia such as China and Vietnam, hurting the Japanese interior industry as a whole. Over the past two decades we see several European interior design companies that have set-up shops in Tokyo such as IKEA, Bo Concept, Cassina, Calligaris, Conran, B&B Italia and Hulsta. The majority of European interior design products reach the Japanese market via local importers, whole sellers and retailers. Several of these companies and […]
The fourth National BIM report by The NBS covers the latest figures for BIM usage including the latest on the Government’s approach towards BIM. Key findings in the report include the fact that awareness of BIM is now almost universal, and in the last year, 54% have used BIM on at least one project – an increase of 15% over 2012. The report also highlights that a majority of active BIM users have reached level 2 BIM and that the adoption of BIM itself has brought about competitive advantage. Smaller practices seem to be lagging behind their larger competitors. 93% of those who have been using BIM believes that they will still be using it in three years time. It is also noted that the Government’s 2016 deadline is achievable. View the full report and infographic below. View the report. View the infographic.
There is nothing quite like lounging on a large cosy bean bag to watch your favourite film on a large screen TV. So it was with great pleasure, we took over the production of a 3D cinema room that included 3D visualisation of a bean bag. Our client, Trevillion Interiors managed to design a modern interior for an in-house cinema room that included a designer bean bag (six to be exact) to add to this relaxed, cinematic atmosphere. The 3D bean bag needed to portray materials of a robust feel but an inviting and cosy look. This required careful rendering, appropriate texturing, effects, and clever room lighting to visualise a photo-realistic piece of furniture. At our 3D studio, the bean bag creation commenced by creating a 3D model mesh and a support back to host the item. Using latest technology, the bean bag was then shaped and moulded using a figure to gain correct depths and creases to provide a seated-in look. The carefully sculptured bean bag was then treated with specific furniture materials to add texture and depth. The client-specified flower design was then placed over the textured bean bag to produce the final bean bag image. The final CGI of […]
Following interviews with famous US interior designers, a Wall Street Journal article highlighted the latest trends on what’s in and what’s outdated in the interior design field for US homes. Here’s a summary of the article below, along with some interior design trends trending in the UK: First up, what’s OUT? Ikat prints: Historically these were used to dress the grandest pashas; the ikat pattern has now become a patchy print on kitchen towels says Los Angeles-based designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. All-white kitchens: All-white kitchens were referred to as cold, stark and humourless. However, new white-glass appliances adds cleanliness and calm, unlike ubiquitous stainless steel. Woodland creatures: The use of blinky owls, Machiavellian foxes, timid deer and, most recently, mushrooms as decorative motifs in artwork and textiles is verging on kitschy. Books reduced to décor: stacks of books dust-jacketed in matching colours, stacked into precious tabletop tableaux or shelved with their spines to the wall. The Belgian look: Devolving into a catalogue cliche, the mix of freshly manufactured “antiques” with the linen upholstery and neutral tones loved by Belgian taste makers like Axel Vervoordt has influenced even our Main Street, U.S.A. vendors. You cannot do a whole room like that without […]